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55000 KES ($507 USD)
access_time 16 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The biggest in my life is that I managed to send my son to college and cleared the school fees for my other children who are still in primary school. Previously they used to stay home for weeks becasue I only depended on the casual jobs and sometimes the money that I was earning was not enough for food leave alone the fees. Therefore sometimes I depended on the well-wishers and most of the time it was difficult to get help. This forced my children to stay home and moss important exams. I am now a happy parent because it has been my wish to see my children getting good education like the rest. I am now optimistic that they will have a bright future together with their generation courtesy of GiveDirectly.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did a perfect job in all the regions in my community. This is because the money was sent directly into our Mpesa account and this reduced the cases of theft and bribery. Also, we were well informed on the issues of security in regards to the money, everyone was how secure his or her money from the online scammers. I do not see any sector that GiveDirectly failed us in my region.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my second transfer in buying a dairy cow worthy of KES 14000. I have been yearning to own one for years but I could not afford it since they were too expensive. I am also planning to send my children to join college who just finished secondary school recently. I had no idea where I would acquire the required amount of money to pay the fees for a start. Also, I bought sufficient foodstuffs for my family that would take us to the next season. We are now taking two meals a day unlike before whereby we could have a single meal or go without.
55000 KES ($500 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was having lunch with my family when I heard my phone ringing. I had received a message and on checking the contents, I realised I had received my first transfer from GiveDirectly. I felt happy and thanked them for the financial support.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Owning the cow is the biggest difference in my daily life. Before the coming of GiveDirectly, I did not have any livestock to boast of. This is because they form part of our valuable assets in our poverty stricken region. I am expecting the cow to reproduce and increase in number, I can sell the offspring in case I am faced with a financial need. I will also be getting milk which I can sell and earn an income. This income will help me to meet my family's basic needs with ease.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying a cow which I am currently keeping in my homestead. My aim is for this cow to reproduce and have many of them. I am glad that I will be getting some money through selling milk. This is a source of income to me. In addition to this, I also paid KES 20000 for my son who is in high school. I had not paid for a whole term and the arrears had accumulated over the months . I am happy that he is now back to school to comfortably continue with his studies . I spent the remaining amount to buy foodstuffs and other household items..
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have had the desire to own dairy cows but due to financial instability, this has been in vain. Receiving this money means a dream fulfilled because I will be able to buy 2 indigenous dairy cows at an estimated cost of 150 dollars each. This will mean more milk for my household consumption and also for sale once they breed to have an extra income for my family. On the other hand, I also plan to spend 200 dollars to pay school fees for my son who is in form four. Having done this, my mind will be at peace and hence, a better life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I consider the evening as the happiest part of my day because it is at this time that I get maximum time to relax. Unlike in the morning and afternoon hours where I am too busy engaged in household chores plus my charcoal work, jobs which drain much of my energy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Since I am just a housewife, I depend mostly on my husband's casual job and the only work I am doing is charcoal burning, a job that drains much of my energy. Therefore, the lack of a stable source of income to cater to my family's basic needs like better housing and school fees is generally the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life.