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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($472 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The plans I had with the first and the second transfer were huge and so satisfying to me that I have not thought of any other new goal at the moment. I had been working on a construction project where I have assembled all the construction materials. I am looking forward to initiating the demolition of the old structure that we had been using since I will be erecting a new one on the same spot.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, the generous and unconditional support from GiveDirectly was the best part of the project that everyone had been echoing the organization for. This gave me a chance to address the major pain points in my household and even motivated me to work extra harder on other projects that I had alongside. I have no complaints at all since I feel that everything was done perfectly well as this is depicted by the joy in every household that received the same support in the village.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Receiving the second transfer was the climax of the execution of the final and the major project I had since I was enrolled in the program. I was glad that the first transfer cleared my school fees, and I will soon be sitting for my final examination in the Early Childhood Development Education Course that I had been pursuing. The second transfer has been useful in assembling all the construction materials I needed for the new house among them are enough timber, a total of 31 iron sheets, sand, gravel, several bags of cement, and also nails. All these have consumed an approximate cost of KES 50000 out of the second transfer. My husband and I have been looking for other ways to raise other money that will pay the labor cost, and the daily chores have been our hope. I am currently working on a contract basis in the nearby private school while my husband has been doing security work that we are certain that bringing our monthly wages together over some months will ensure that the construction work is complete within the estimated period.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($500 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 9:30 am. When I heard a ringtone message from my phone. I was in class teaching. I didn't expected any messages from anyone so I reluctantly check it. I couldn't believe my eyes. It was a message indicating that I have received KES 55,000. I was so overwhelmed with joy because I have never received such amount of money before. I continue with the class work. When I went back home I inform my spouse and he felt so happy too. We went and withdrew it that day. We knew we would be able to build a better house. We are so grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has changed our living standard.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have build a better kitchen house. We used to have a grass thatched house which was leaking from inside. During the rainy season it was so hectic because I could not cook. This was tiresome and time wastage since I could wait until there was no rain. My spouse do casual jobs in the village and the amount of money that he gets is so small and only for basic household needs. I am a teacher by profession, During the holidays I pursue a course in early childhood education. My salary is so small because I haven't graduated from college. We had always wished to build a better house but this was not possible because we had no money. When we received the transfer from GiveDirectly we decide to build a better kitchen house. Currently we have a spacious house and we are no longer exposed to cold like before.Whenever there is rain I no longer get worried. We are so grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has changed our living standard.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of the money I received from GiveDirectly on building a better kitchen. I had a small grass thatched kitchen which was leaking from inside. During the rainy season it was so stressful because cooking was not easy. I paid KES 15,000 for my school fees. Currently I am studying a diploma in early childhood education. I go to study during the holidays. I paid KES 5,000 for my child education. The rest of the money I bought food, plastic chairs and clothes for my family members. I am so grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has changed our living standard.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My dream is to be a certified ECD teacher. I have a passion of teaching young children. I'm still in doing my Diploma but I haven't been able to finish and get certified because of insufficient capital. Getting this money will mean a lot to me because I will use $300 to finish paying for my exam, $400 in building a better kitchen since the one I use now rains inside making it difficult to cook now that it's a rainy season. Lastly I will use the remaining transfer to buy 2or 3 goats for the homestead.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I get to spend time with my children. My youngest son is barely a year old and leaving him with a caretaker worries me at times. But when I get to hold him in the evenings I feel better.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is unemployment, because I'm not certified I can only teach in small schools and this limits my earning. I currently earn only $40 per month which is not enough in providing my family's basic needs such food and saving.