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Furaha
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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I want to continue with the momentum of raising livestock until I can acquire cows. I know that I cannot raise funds to buy a cow, which costs at least $300. It will be challenging to save this amount because of financial constraints like school fees. So I plan to start rearing goats and sheep because, after they reproduce, I can sell some of them and raise funds to get cattle. Having cows will fulfill many needs. One of them is helping me with farming activities like plowing. Also, they will produce milk for domestic consumption and for selling to gain profits. This will help my child particularly, who has been underweight for a long time and require milk. I am excited that I will not have to buy as I do now.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have a daughter, Neema, who completed secondary school last year. However, there was still a tuition debt at school that needed to be settled before she could acquire her certificates. I am happy that her father and I are both beneficiaries of GiveDirectly’s transfers, so we both contributed towards clearing the fee; I contributed $30. I am glad that she now has her certificates. I also spent $16 to pay tuition for the other two children in primary school. They had been sent home that day to collect the money, and I am happy that the transfers came just in time. They resumed their classes without wasting a lot of time. I also decided to buy a goat for $15 and a sheep for $34 to rear them. When this livestock reproduces, I can sell the animals to raise money for emergency needs like school for my children. This will come in handy, especially before the cash transfers arrive. Right now, I rely on farming, which only ensures food needs are covered. The transfers, on the other hand, have helped cover school fees for my children and ensure they continue with their studies.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the upcoming year, my goal is to purchase a cow, which I plan to rear and eventually sell to fund my children's education. This investment holds significant value for me, as besides its eventual sale, the cow will serve the practical purpose of plowing my land, proving to be a dual benefit. To achieve this objective, I intend to allocate $25 from each of my upcoming transfers every month, and I am confident that with this consistent effort, I will succeed. I am grateful for the progress I have achieved so far.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Life posed significant challenges before, and I harbored genuine concerns that my children might be forced to drop out of school. Juggling kids in secondary and primary school, I am delighted to share that all are actively learning, with one having successfully completed his education. The positive impact of this project is evident in our ability to acquire livestock and install solar lighting in our home. Together with my husband, we are involved in farming and charcoal selling to meet the needs of our five children. A sudden illness befell my son, requiring urgent treatment, for which I spent $34. I am relieved that he has fully recovered and was able to sit for his examinations on time. Another $34 was invested in purchasing a goat, which I view as an asset for future sale to cover my children's school fees. The remaining amount was allocated to settle a school debt accrued during the year, enabling my son to obtain his school leaving certificate. My profound gratitude goes to this organization, as it has significantly elevated the quality of our lives.
 
13th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I hope to get my children through school. I have five children, four are in school. My two daughters are in secondary school form four and one while my other son and daughter are in primary school, one in class 5 and the other class 3. I want to give them a better chance at life. I didn't get an education and that has maybe limited my opportunities but I do not want my children to suffer the same fate. I am also buying animals which will act as a cushion since animals reproduce whenever we will have need for school fees with the animals we can always sell to cover that need.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The transfers always come in when we need it the most. In the month of April my girls in form one and form four had been sent away from school since we had not paid their school fees, I received my transfers shortly after they arrived and I redirected it to sort out their school fees. I divided $28 equally among them. My children in primary school were also required to register for exams and I also divided $4 among them. The remaining $2 I bough a chicken which now is the source of the eggs we have been enjoying. I may since I had already sorted school I bought a goat at $30 and then used $4 to get flour and sugar. I was again required to pay school fees for the girls in secondary school in June and so I sent $15 to each of them and then bought flour for those at home as the money came in when we had nothing in the house in terms of food.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Achieving financial stability that will allow me to cater to the needs of my five children is my ultimate goal. Having two of them in secondary school and the other two in elementary school, it is challenging to fully cover their education costs because I lack a stable source of income. This is why I want to start buying and rearing goats, as I can easily sell them later to support my children’s school cost. So far, am grateful for the cash transfers because they have ensured my children never miss a class. Am sure if it were not for the money, some of them would have dropped out. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When my daughter, Nuru, joined high school earlier this year, she had to borrow school uniforms from her friend because I did not have enough money to buy her some. The amount my husband and I had raised through charcoal-making mainly covered her admission fees and books. The fact that she had to go to school in borrowed attire broke my heart. More so, she also had challenges accessing some school amenities and meals because we had not paid for her student identity card. So, after I received the transfer, I prioritized buying her two pairs of school uniforms for $25 and paid $5 for the school ID card. Am happy and relieved that her learning experience has improved ever since and she can now comfortably benefit from the student benefits through her card. I used the remaining $4 to buy food for my other three children back home, who had been complaining about feeling hungry. 
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
access_time over 1 year ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I value the assistance from Give Directly since it has made my life better. My two children, who are enrolled in basic and senior schools, owed the school $20 in tuition arrears, which I paid when I recently received the $34 in this month. Due to the program, they do not miss class because of unpaid tuition. $3 I used to buy a hen to rear with the intention of selling some of the chicks to make money for our household needs, and I still have $14 saved away. Unfortunately, my husband's mother passed away last month, therefore the entire $30 was spent on funeral costs. I used the remaining $30 to buy a goat to raise since I have school-age children. They multiply more quickly, typically twice a year, and I am optimistic that in two years I will have a sizable herd that I can sell to make money for my kids' tuition.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
access_time almost 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I have not yet seen anything worth complaining so far when it comes to the organization because the finances that I have been receiving have assisted me quite a lot. Before my children would go almost close to a month without attending school but I consider myself lucky now after getting enrolled because their education is no longer a problem.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Two days prior to receiving the funds, three of my children has actually been kicked out of school because I had no money at the time to settle the debt in school fees. Luckily a couple of days later the organization came through for me and I received the transaction. I quickly went ahead and paid KES 1,000 for the three of them. After I decided to use KES 1,000 on nutrition since we hardly had any food left in the house and would have probably gone to bed hungry. Therefore I bought ninety kilograms of maize since it was less costly compared to maize flour. Lastly I used the remaining balance of KES 1,000 and bought a goat abd although the money was not complete, I promised the owner that I would eventually finish paying the debt since the goat was initially KES 2,700.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES
access_time almost 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was in my house when I heard one of my relatives shouting at the top of her voice that she had received her transfer. I quickly checked my phone and found out that I had received my transfer, too. Tears of joy rolled down my cheeks as I jumped up and down. I walked out of my house and delivered the good news to my other relatives and we all broke into a dance.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Buying food is the biggest difference that the funds have made in my life. I felt so much pain staring at my children cry out loud due to hunger. I am happy that since the day I received the transfer, my family is eating well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband and I are casual laborers earning a living through making and selling charcoal. The past three months have been tough for us in providing essential basic needs (food, paying school fees, and medication) for our family (Husband and 4 children. Our charcoal selling business has been on a downward trend caused by the tough economic times. We could not make any sales as our main customers opt to use an alternative source of fuel. They sent my children home because I could not pay school fees. Therefore, when I received my first transfer, I spent KES 600 to clear part of the school fee debts that my children owed the school for them to resume their studies. Finally, I spent the remaining amount of KES 600 on buying food for the family. We survived the last two weeks on one meal a day and this was not good for my children, as they were starving and showing signs of malnutrition.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
The well-being of my family is my immediate priority. For years, my children and I have been sleeping on traditional beds which are very uncomfortable. I have no chairs. I feel ashamed whenever I receive guests because they will have to sit on logs. This has seriously undermined the dignity of my family. I am planning to use the first 6 transfers to buy 2 beds and 5 chairs at a total cost of 15,000 KES. With improved welfare, I will no longer be viewed as a lesser human being in society. Thereafter, I will buy 5 goats that will guarantee a continuous income for me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Early this year, my 1-year-old last-born son fell seriously sick. He had very severe diarrhea. That was my lowest moment. I thought he could not survive. After being admitted for five days, his condition improved, and by the end of February, he had fully recovered. Candidly, I was the happiest mother.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Inadequate income has weakened the welfare of my household. I am a mother of 5 children. As their parent, their well-being depends on me. For them to eat well, go to school and access quality health care, I need to have a sufficient income. Working as a charcoal burner does not earn me enough to ensure my children comfortably access these needs. The 3,000 KES I make in a month is consumed in buying food.