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Regina
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labor
faceAge:
34
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Kenya Large Transfer
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($308 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the next year, I plan on constructing a decent house for my growing boys, ensuring their comfort and security as they embark on their journey into adulthood. It is a dream rooted in love and the desire to provide them with a stable and nurturing environment. Additionally, I plan to purchase a goat as a means to generate income for my family. Goats are hardy creatures, and I believe that this investment will not only contribute to our financial well-being but also serve as a sustainable source of income through the sale of milk, meat, and offspring. Professionally, I am an early childhood development (ECD) teacher, a role that holds great significance in my life. I am committed to nurturing young minds and preparing children for their educational journey. It is a profession that I hold dear, and I am eager to seek employment in this field to continue making a positive impact on the lives of children as well as earn income to support this plan
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly's commitment to making a difference in the lives of others is truly commendable, and it is clear that these actions have brought about positive changes in my community. It is inspiring to know that there are organizations like GiveDirectly who are dedicated to helping those in need and creating opportunities for them to earn income and lead more fulfilling lives. I am content with how GiveDirectly operates, and I never wish for it to change.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My life took a significant turn when I got married in Kibingor back in 2014. For three years, until 2017, my world revolved around my family, and it was a period filled with love, responsibility, and shared dreams. However, everything changed when my mother fell seriously ill. Her condition required constant care, and she became bedridden. To ensure she received the medical attention she needed, I had to leave my matrimonial home to join her back at home. It was a challenging time, and caring for her became my top priority. As the primary breadwinner for my family of five, I depended on casual jobs to earn $1 daily. I am happy GiveDirectly came to my rescue. When I received the transfers, I used $30 towards her medication and $339 to purchase food. Ensuring that my children continued their education was also a priority. I allocated $10 to buy school uniforms for my two children, one in grade 8 and the other in grade 4. I also set aside $21 to prepare for my child's transition to grade 9, emphasizing the importance of education in our family. Recognizing the unpredictability of life, I decided to save $50 for emergencies. It was a small but vital financial safety net to address unforeseen challenges that might arise.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($317 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 coming year and beyond, my primary objective is to expand my house to a bigger one. To fulfill this aspiration, I am eagerly waiting for a government teaching job once I secure the government placement. I am confident that with time and dedication, I can turn this vision into a tangible reality. I believe that the stability and security offered by a government teaching position will provide me with the means to pursue this goal and create a better living space for myself and my family. Looking back, I am immensely grateful for all that I have accomplished thus far, and I remain optimistic about the future and the opportunities that lie ahead. With a strong determination to achieve my dreams, I am ready to embrace the challenges that come my way and continue striving for a brighter and more prosperous future.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The organization's performance in delivering messages and providing financial advice was truly impeccable. We were consistently treated with dignity and respect, and the organization maintained a consistent level of high-quality services, ensuring that we received the utmost care. So far, there have been no areas that require improvement on their part. I am genuinely grateful for the outstanding support and guidance we received from the organization, and I have full confidence in their continued ability to deliver excellent service to others in the future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After receiving my second transfer from GiveDirectly, I made a thoughtful decision to invest in building a kitchen house. Cooking outside had been quite uncomfortable due to the dust, but financial constraints, compounded by my current unemployment, made it difficult to afford such an improvement. As I wait for government placement as a trained teacher, I rely on casual jobs to make a living. Nevertheless, I used $150 from the transfer to construct the kitchen house, which proved to be a significant investment in enhancing our living conditions. With the remaining amount, I wisely purchased foodstuffs. The support from GiveDirectly has had a remarkable impact on my life, far beyond what I ever imagined was possible. The ability to invest in building a proper kitchen and ensuring a steady supply of food has brought significant relief. As a single mother living with my mother and taking care of my child, the positive changes brought about by this support have been truly transformative. I am filled with deep gratitude for the assistance received, and I am hopeful that with continued dedication and hard work, I can build a brighter future for my family. The kindness and generosity of GiveDirectly have touched my life in a meaningful way, and I am forever thankful for the positive impact it has had on my life.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
20000 KES ($143 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received a notification message that I had received $200 from Givedirectly as we had been promised when I was on my way back back to my home from the school where I volunteer as a teacher. I praised God silently for Givedirectly and prayed for his blessing to Givedirectly as I was overcome with joy.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I'm overjoyed that my mother's health has significantly improved since we received the transfers! In the past, her health had gotten so bad that she could not even feedherself and had to be supported. This was because of the fact that, due to her health, we were unable to routinely give her the foods the doctor had advised. Since receiving the transfer, I have made sure that she eats balanced meals in the proper amounts. Prior to the transfer, we were unable to fully satisfy these demands and others due to the high cost of food due to the drought.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Less than a year ago, my paralyzed mother was diagnosed with diabetes, and she spent about two months in the hospital for close monitoring. When she was discharged, the doctor told us that because of her condition, she would need to eat a balanced diet. I used half of the $200 received to buy food and fruit for the entire family, including her. With the remaining transfer, I also purchased two goats for rearing for $50 each. Our hope is that these goats will procreate and become multiply. When we are in need, we can always sell them and use the money to buy what we need.
 
Enrolled
access_time 11 months ago
 
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Receiving this money means a stable source of income for my family. When my mother fell ill fifteen years ago, I became the breadwinner at a tender age. This forced me to drop out of school to take care of her and my siblings. I do casual jobs to earn a living and the $2 I earn thrice a week is only enough to purchase food for the five of us. Due to her ailment, she requires medication and good nutrition which is quite expensive. As a result, I am forced to borrow money from people and even soft loans from mobile banking applications. The transfers will lift a financial burden from me as I will use it to open up a business. This will ensure a consistent flow of income and be in a position to meet the basic needs comfortably. The remaining transfer will go into paying debts and purchasing food.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My mother's health has improved for the past six months. Her condition was bad , but nowadays she can afford a smile because she is recovering well. She also got a wheelchair donation from a well-wisher and this has eased her movement within the compound at the same time she can sit or even sleep comfortably.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My mother has been sickly for the past twenty years and since she is bed ridden, I am the breadwinner of my family. I do casual jobs to earn a living and the $2 I earn a day is not enough to purchase food at the same time her drugs. Some days, she stays without the prescribed medication which worsens her situation. This stresses me and I feel bad when I cannot provide for her.