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53150 KES ($527 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The difference in my life is that I have manage to restock goods to boost my business of selling domestic goods. The business is now doing well and I'm able to get more profit which I could not get before. I no longer depend on my spouse to provide for me everything because I used the profit to meet my daily household needs and also to support my spouse to pay school fees for our children. I'm so happy because I now have stable source of income. I also no longer pay rent as I used to do before.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion Give directly did well by training people before they could start the program, this helped so many people by making the right decision while spending the money. It was also a good thing to give us unconditional cash since people have different needs and priorities.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent most of the second transfer to buy building materials and built my own business premise in my own compound. I was having a retail shop at the shopping center where I was paying rent every month and this is very costly since sometimes the sales is not that good. The center is also very far away from home and this was always inconveniences me so much mostly with the customers, because sometimes I report late and miss out on customers. Building my own premise is much cheaper because I am now not be paying rent and I am also be present most of the time to capture all the customers. The remaining balance I spent to boost the restocking and it is now doing very well as compared to before.
55000 KES ($535 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Since I am the first born in our family, most decisions are always made with my approval. They have always looked unto me even if am married elsewhere. When my mother fell sick, I recommended the hospital in she was taken for treatment. When she was almost being discharged, my family were waiting for me on how we will raise finances to help pay the bills. I was so stranded because I did not know where to get or borrow 30000KES to settle the hospital bills. My daily income from my small business could not even satisfactory provide for my family. My siblings' income could not get even quarter of the total amount required. The only option we had was to sell part of our livestock to raise the money. Right now, I feel so very proud that we did not sell anything to raise the money for paying the hospital bills. I used part of my transfer to settle the bills. My mother is doing very well even though she is not fully healed but she is way better than how she was earlier. I thank God for Give Directly.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I received this transfer, I was very happy. I had only wished in my dreams and imaginations of how my life could change if I get 50000 KES. I never knew I could get it until Give Directly sent me th transfer. They have even given me more than I imagined.This was surely a dream come true for me.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer from Give Directly to buy new seats since the ones I had were too old and worn out. I really needed new ones because I was really feeling ashamed with the ones I had prior to receiving this transfer. The other part of the transfer I used to settle medical bills for my mother who had been admitted. I was really stranded on where I would get money to pay for the bills which were accumulating at high rates. This was a big relief to me. The remaining part of the transfer, I have saved in my M-shwari account. I will use the money to pay school fees for my children when school re-opens next year for the first term. I would not want them to be sent home for the same.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this transfer means a financial relief to me. I shall spend my transfer to start off a shop from which I shall be able to earn a living.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon after I have interacted with my friends and they have i n one way or the other encouraged me to be optimistic in life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I currently face is difficulty in paying school fees to my children. I also struggle to fend for my family.