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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 8 days ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I received the transfer at a time when I was going through a tough time financially. I depend mostly on farming on my land. The last year was very dry and the drought-hit us hard. I struggled in terms of providing daily meals to my family and also paying school fees for children who are in school. When I received my first transfer of KSH 1200 I spent it all on buying food for my family. I spent KSH 2000 of my second transfer to add some stock to my newly started business of selling Jembes. I started the business to cope up with the harsh economic and weather conditions that have been greatly affecting our sources of lively hoods for the past two years. I also spent KSH 500 in paying exam fees from sons who are in primary school. The remaining KSH 500 was spent on buying food for my family. I spent KSH 1000 of my third transfer to buy food for my family. I received the transfer at a time when we were heading towards the festive season. I bought rice and some goat meat that we cooked and celebrated well over the festive season. I also spent the remaining KSH 2000 to add some stock to my growing business that I had already started.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Unconditional money help.no bad things. Give directly giving away unconditional money is the best thing I have ever seen. Someone helping and also giving you the option to best sort out your financial constraints is something not many can do. I have yet to see anything it does not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used KES. 2000 o pay school fees for my three children who had been sent home due to the school fees balances. They had exams coming soon and I did not want them to be inconvenienced. They needed to revise with the rest of the class to perform better. The other KES.1000 I decided to put it back in my business I had lacked enough capital to expand it. I make farming tools which I go round selling but due to the drought, nobody needed the tools for farming this decreasing the income. I am thankful for Give directly for putting me in such a project to help me grow.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home doing some light chores at home I got word that from friends saying that they had received the money. I quickly rushed to check my phone and was pleasantly surprised that I too have received the money. I am very had and grateful for the opportunity.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my day-to-day life is that my grandchildren can have a stable education without being sent home due to school fees. The worry of them constantly being sent home has been lifted from my back. I am thankful.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Receiving this money has been a blessing that I cannot begin to describe. My grandchildren had just been sent home due to a delay in payment of fees. Since they were about to close the term and they were doing exams, they were sent home. At that time I had no help and no other means of income except my small business of selling farming tools in Kilifi. With this money, I was able to quickly pay Ksh.1000. KES.170 after the withdrawal fee was spent on food. The rest of the money which was KES.1800 was a fee I paid to get a phone. Without this opportunity, I do not think my grandchildren would have gone back to school and for that I am grateful.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
For a better part of my life since getting into wedlock, I have been into the business of selling hoes on a small scale. It's the only thing that has kept me running all through since my husband became incapacitated for work due to old age. The business has been doing well, but I could not afford to expand it due to low capital. I am planning to improve my business, sell more hoes and as well widen my market to other places where there are gaps and opportunities. The proceeds from the business will help me care for my aged husband and also renovate our house which is leaking whenever it heavily rains.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Drought has ravaged our area for the better part of the year. People are no longer practicing crop production making the demand for hoes decline. Whenever I make a sale of a hoe, which retails at 120KES, I am most grateful and happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have shouldered the responsibility of caring for my husband and our six children for a long time. My husband, who is quite older than me, is debilitated making me the sole breadwinner. The basic needs of my six children overwhelmed me. To lessen the burden, my children had to take up responsibilities at a very tender age. My daughters eventually entered into early marriages while my sons left in search of jobs. It pains me that my children had to miss out on a chance at education.