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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 22 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Since am still in form two, my focus is on completing high school with great grades that will secure me a spot at the university or college. I would be happy if I graduated from high school and throughout university without having to miss classes from unpaid school fees. Although this is a nearly impossible wish given the tough economy and low financial status of my family, I hope to be able to finance my education through Give Directly’s cash transfers and my chicken-rearing project.  
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Taking care of my six siblings and me by herself has caused a lot of strain on my mother. The food stand she operates hardly puts daily meals on the table, sometimes we sleep hungry at least twice a month. Furthermore, there are times we miss classes for days due to unpaid school fees. To support her and alleviate these hardships, I mostly spend cash transfers on school fees for my siblings and me. I used the entire February transfer to clear my overdue fee debt, which had cost me two days of learning. Am happy that I have never missed school since that day. In January, I spent $15 on my tuition and the remaining $19 on my siblings had been frequently sent out of class to collect the money. In December, schools were closed for the holidays, so I spent $30 to buy six hens for rearing. Keeping poultry is a project that I initiated through the transfers, and am excited about the progress am making; I currently have 32 chickens. Whenever we are stuck with finances, I usually sell these chickens to cover my family’s needs.  
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My mother is a single mother with four children. She is the breadwinner of the family. She takes care of us with grace and I am thankful for that. I am twenty years old and in Secondary school in form one. When I was in primary school I had to stop school for three years due to lack of school fees. Luckily after three years, my mother come up with the fee and I went back to school which I am grateful for. Every month I take $27 to school for my fees.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am an orphan, and since my father's death, I have relied primarily on my grandmother for support. This is because my mother does not have a steady source of income and must rely on casual jobs like charcoal making to provide for us. So, when I received my recent transfer, I used the entire KES 3000 to pay my school fees. I recently joined form one, and the GiveDirectly's support greatly relieved my grandmother of the burden of raising the entire school fee. I am hopeful that if I focus well on my studies, I will be able to succeed in life and be able to support my mother, who has been living in an extreme poverty for over a decade.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give directly has really helped me with my education. I have been able to study with so much ease unlike before when I would frequently be sent home due to school fee arrears. The organization has really progressed me.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Coming from a very humble background, my parents would often struggle with the payment of my school fees. In one term, I am often absent from school for a month. This causes me to miss out and it affects my performance. So when I started receiving these funds, it's been a while since I was sent home due to school fee arrears. It's only this week that I was sent home due to arrears of ksh2000. So, I am awaiting my third transfer to settle it. So the only use I has done with the funds is to pay my school fees.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I saw the text message at noon. I was from school during the lunch break. I was very happy when I saw the text message. I quickly went and informed my mother about the good news. I was all smiles because I knew the money had come through at a good time when I needed money to pay school fees.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The money has made a big difference. After paying school fees, I currently do not have any stress or any fear of being sent back home. I am using this opportunity to catch up with others and also put more effort into my studies so that I can be successful later in life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am still a student. I am currently in class seven. I am a focused student who wants to learn and work hard in school. The major challenge I am currently facing is school fees. My parents are very poor and I depend on them for everything. This term alone I have been sent home several times. This has also even affected my performance in school. Once I am back at home, I sometimes find it hard to catch up with the others once I am back in school. I want to work smart and hard so that I can be successful in life land a good job and help my parents and my siblings. I want to become a doctor once I am done with my education. When I was enrolled in the program I saw it as an opportunity that will boost me in my education. When I received the transfer I spent it all on paying my school fees.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am now optimistic that I will join high school once I complete my primary exams. I was giving up on this because I have been on and off school so many times. I will use this money to pay my outstanding school fees balance of 500 KES, pay for my primary exams, and see myself through high school. I would one day want to be a teacher but my current goal is to just complete high school.
What is the happiest part of your day?
In September one of my uncles was empathetic with my situation and offered to pay my school fees arrears for the term. I was so happy and humbled by his gesture.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
It has now been five years since it rained. Getting water has been very difficult and I have had to make major adjustments at school. I have to wake up thirty minutes earlier than I used to just to go and fetch water for home consumption. In the evening I also have to leave school early to do the same. It has interrupted my study time and also my free time.