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Alphones's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Kenya
Upcoming Stage
Next Payment
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($550 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that the transfer has enabled me to pay for my children's school fees who are in high school. The arrears had accumulated to a point that I had to seek loans from my neighbours in order for them to stay in school. I am now at peace because of the financial assistance from GiveDirectly.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the transfer at a time that I was going through hardship, for I was unable to pay for my children's school fees. The transfer notification came early in the morning and on checking its content, I was greatly amused and instantly filled with joy in my heart when I realized that it was from GiveDirectly. My first transfer had finally been sent.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of the transfer I received from GiveDirectly in paying school fees for my children. The fees balance had accumulated and since my dream is for them to continue their studies comfortably, I had to seek for financial support through loans from neighbours and support from well-wishers. Getting this transfer has enabled me to pay for them and now they are happily in school and I am at peace for they will no longer be sent home for fees. I also had one of my children who had eye problems and it was difficult for him to concentrate in school. Due to this, I paid for his medication and he is now going on well. I also bought a goat to keep in my compound and I am expecting it to reproduce and increase in number so as to help me during future financial needs.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My greatest desire has been to start my own business. This is because, since I left my job as a conductor eight years ago, I depend on subsistence farming but due to scorching droughts it has not been reliable at all. Receiving this money will mean investing in a livestock business at Bamba market. This will earn me more profit to pay school fees for my two daughters in secondary and also sustaining other family needs among them; food.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I come from my daily casual jobs. It is at this time I get bonding with my family and share with them what I have. Having something for my family to eat makes me feel very happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is lack of permanent job that can support me to have savings in my bank account. Since I left my job as a conductor, I rarely get enough money to save and this has made me inactive. I spend everything i get on school fees and other family needs.