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Dama
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Casual labor
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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My sole source of income is burning of charcoal and splitting of firewood. I usually have a vendor in Mariakani who sells the charcoal for me. However, due to low demand, it may take him two months to sell two sacks of charcoal for KES 600. This is why I resort to splitting and selling firewood, which earns me no more than KES 100 per day. This income is extremely unreliable in meeting my family's needs, such as food, due to the high commodity prices. In fact, my family had run out of food five days before the transfers arrived, leaving us sleeping hungry consecutively. In addition, my three children had constantly been missing classes because they owed KES 900 in school fees. To resolve this, I paid the school KES 1000, and they resumed studies. 
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Both my husband and I are casual laborers, earning very little from our respective jobs. I make and sell charcoal while my husband sells water for his boss in Mombasa and is paid monthly. I struggle a lot in my business because making charcoal is tedious and generates low income due to the low demand by the consumers. A bag of charcoal goes for KES 500 and it takes up to one or four days for the charcoal to be ready. I take up to three months before I can sell a bag of charcoal because of the delays in transporting the charcoal to town. My husband experienced delayed payments from his boss, making it difficult to cater to the essential needs (buying food, clothes, and medication) of the family. When I received my transfer, I spent KES 1000 on buying food for the family because we had exhausted the food stock. We had no money to buy more stock, forcing us to sleep hungry occasionally and survive on one meal per day. In addition, I paid school fees for my three children, who were on the verge of being sent home to pick up school fees. Paying the school fees ensured they remained in school and did not interrupt their studies.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Unfortunately four days before receiving the money my children were kicked out of school because I had a huge debt in tuition fee that I was yet to clear. So when I received the money I went ahead and I paid the school administration KES 1,000 so that my kids would be allowed back to the premises and so that they no longer had to miss out. I was left with KES 2,000 and with it I bought a bag of maize flour that had twelve packets and it was sold to me for KES 1,300 and as for what was left I went on to buy sugar, sardines and drinking water because it was scarce in my area and I had to get it from a different town.
 
3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used the first transfer on food. Upon receiving the second transfer, I decided to use it to clear the balance at my children's school. I had previously paid some amount and was left with some that'd pay later. Hence, used the transfer for that. I then used the third transfer to buy food as it was during the festive season and the remaining KES 2000 went to school fees payment.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does well in terms of dealing with us recipients directly. This is a good move in that every needy is assured of getting the help. We have been in a scenario before where I was registered by another group to receive aid but I was never helped. I am now happy that I was enrolled in the program and I can say this because GiveDirectly deals directly with the recipient.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KSH 1000 of the transfer in paying school fees for my children. I do not have a job and neither does my husband. The little jobs we do earn us just enough to feed ourselves and our children. I am very passionate about education. I want my children to get an education so that they can have a good future. My priority was paying the school fees so that they are not chased away from school. I also spent KSH 2000 buying food for my family. When you do not know where your next meal is going to come from, it is really bad. That is the situation I am currently in and sometimes it gets even worse when we have nothing to eat for several days. Purchasing the food was among the priorities because we did not have any food left ourselves in the house.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I always wake up early. So on this fateful day, I was headed to work and on the way, I happened to meet some Give Directly staff who were going about their business. After sharing with them warm greetings as our culture does require us to do, they did inform me that I should expect funds in my account any time that day. I went ahead to my work area and later that day I received a confirmation message about me receiving the funds. I was a happy man. I informed my wife and later that evening when I was back home we sat down with my wife and planned how best to use the money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is that I am now able to pay school fees for my children without much struggle unlike before. In addition, I am leaving a stress-free life because I don’t have to struggle much as I did before. Now that my daughter’s school fees have been taken care of I am very happy and thankful for that.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent a large portion of the money on paying school fees for my daughter. I believe in girl child empowerment. During my time when I was a kid, the girl child was neglected and no emphasis was taken to educate them. I now want to change that with my daughter who is currently in form 2. When I received the money I used all the amount to pay her school fees. I want her to be able to continue with her education without any hiccups. I am thankful that the finds were made available and I did pay for my child's school fees. I have other children who are still young compared to the one in secondary. I want her to perform well in her studies so that her siblings and look up to her and also help them out.
 
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access_time 1 year ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I live in a mud walled, grass-thatched house. It has no compartment, no section for a bed-room. The cooking place serves a bedroom role at night. I have four children, with the first born turning ten next month. I don't get the joy of sleeping with my children in the same room when my husband comes back home. For privacy, my daughter is obligated to borough sleep in the nearby compound, which put her to risk of getting early pregnancy. This hurts me most, and I have always thought of how I can get out of this concern. With the transfers, building a spacious house comes first into my mind. I will save the money in our local financial institution so that I can realize my desire of decent house upon accumulation.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My son's health status is not something I can be joyous about. He has retarded growth, 1 year 2 months old but still, he is crawling. It's distressing seeing other children bubbling with joy, and having normal growth and development. If I can make it to take my son for treatment, that will be the biggest turn of my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have had an undiagnosed problem with my uterus. So far, I have had two miscarriages. However, with the financial constraints I am going through, I have never had the opportunity to visit any hospital for check-up. It is a worrying trend, now that my last born son also has navel problems. His navel sometimes swells with no reason. Still I cannot go to hospital to check on his whereabouts. Health has been the biggest problem for me.