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Amina
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Tailoring
faceAge:
23
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($492 USD)
access_time 16 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from the way it would have been had I not received the transfer because life is currently bearable. Through the money I was able to construct a decent house, something I could not do previously because I did not have a reliable source of income . Besides that, one of the goats I bought has already given birth and the three are soon giving birth. By the end of the year if all goes I will have a good number of goats. They are investment for the future.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, Give Directly does well in giving people cash and let them decide on how to spend them. The idea has enabled so many people to improve their lives. On the other hand, they are not doing anything wrong that needs to be worked on.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the second transfer on the building materials which I have already used to construct a better house. The previous house was in a bad state, the roof was almost falling while part of the walls had fallen off . It was not safe staying in it and I am glad Give Directly came to my rescue. I now have a safe decent house. A portion of the money I spent on 4 goats and 1 of them has already given birth. Since goats gives birth three times a year I am hopeful to have a good number of them by the end of the year.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I can still recall just like the other day when I was preparing breakfast for my family then my phone started ringing contionnsy. I was a bit curious since that wasb an indication of aq new meaqaqsge. On checking I relaied it was an Mpesa message from GiveDireclty they had debited my first transfers as promised. I felt happy and kew my poverty life will come to an end.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Having have renvated mmy house makes the biggest difference in my daily life. Previously I used to sleep under a small grass-thatched muddy hut that leaked a lot whenever it rained. This was so stressing and whenever it could rain we used to stay awake till dawn. In addition this was really affecting my chlrens academic life because they were unable to do their assignments or even study at home. Most of the time they had to study at their friends home. I am now a happy parent because after renovating it, my children can no study peacifully without any difficuloltes. Also we no longer have to worry about the rains.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some buildng materials such as ironsheets, nails, and a few building poles. This was purposely for renovation of my house which was in poor state. I later bought a goat as the living assets that I can lean on incase of any financial difficulties. With the remaining amount of money I bought enough foodstuffs for my family.
 
Enrolled
access_time 7 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I trained as a tailor with an intension of owning the tailoring business by getting a machine and opening my shop. However financial problems fails my ambition. Now I can see my dream will come true soon when I receive the GiveDirectly transfer. I intend to use 20,000 shillings to buy a brand new sewing machine, 30,000 to buy some linens, 5,000 for paying rental fees. This will transform my life for the better.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning marks the happiest part of my day because waking up healthy and refreshed after a good sleep give me energy to start a new day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Despite having skills in toiloring I have not been able to start my toiloring business due to financial problems. This has forced me to resort into charcoal vending inorder to get meal for my family. I always regret seeing my mates living a good life after college while I am still struggling.This all happened due to financial crisis.