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53075 KES ($526 USD)
access_time 25 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I believe my life has changed a lot because for one I managed to pay school fees for my children for the whole year so right now the financial burden on me has really eased up.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I think the organization has a way of giving the community members an opportunity to make adjustments and improvements in their lives.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the money to buy new beans seedlings that I bought at a total cost of 2000 KES. I also leased a farm that was given to me at a cost of 5000 KES. After that I paid some casual workers who helped in the process of cultivation at a total cost of 4000 KES.
Apart from that I decided to pay school fees for my children where i paid a total of 40000 KES due to the pending arrears by that time.
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is happiness since I did not sell my maize anymore in order to pay school fees for my child.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was so happy when I received my money since I knew that my child will not be sent back home.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to pay school fees worth 3000 KES for my child, bought a sheep worth 5000 KES and used the remaining amount to buy bean seeds, fertilizers, till my farm and to plant it.
access_time 11 months ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
"The biggest hardship i have faced is getting money to pay school fees and at the same time meeting my basic needs like food and clothing. Since my husband died, life has become difficult for me since i have inadequate resources."
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is afternoon. Because, this is the time i normally complete my work on the farm, and i have time to prepare meal for my little children. Taking responsibility as a mother create a bond between my children and i."
What does receiving this money mean to you?
"It will be a surprise to me, since i have my daughter in Secondary school and up to now i have accumulated fees balance in School which i could not imagine how to pay. Now i have got confidence that i will be able to clear the bill, and my daughter will be able to finish her education without hindrance."