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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 23 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My main objective for this year is to gather all the necessary materials and construct a home for myself. My house collapsed a year ago, and since then I have been unable to build another one because of a lack of money. My son, who has a job in town, was kind enough to let me use his house as he never comes home frequently. I'm going to start building my house with the money from the transfers after buying iron sheets, cement, stones, and building sand.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I work as a peasant farmer to support my family. The last three years as a farmer have been the hardest for me. I've been unable to grow anything on the farm or harvest anything because of the severe drought climate conditions that have persisted. I am now at a point where I have no choice but to sell charcoal in order to support myself. The weather has recently changed, and it appears likely that we will soon experience some significant rain. When I received my February transfers, I spent $10 on a plowing jembe. By doing this, I am better positioned to have the required working tools in case it starts to rain. For a total of $10, I bought five packets of maize flour. I have to buy the majority of my food from stores at exorbitant prices because there is nothing to harvest on the farms. The $14 is still in my possession, and I'm thinking of the best way to spend it.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I intended on doing renovations to my house especially since at the moment I had a roof which was grass thatched and was always in need of repair so it was costly. Therefore I decided to withdraw the funds I had received and I ended up depositing KES 2,000 into my savings account in preparation for later because I wanted to buy iron sheets. As for the balance of KES 1,000 that I was left with, I decided to spend it on nutrition by purchasing five packets of my maize flour because there was hardly any food in the house and I would have probably goneng to bed hungry that evening.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I started a business selling “Maandazi” with KES 500 with money from the transfer. Being a widow and with no permanent job, I failed several times to put ends meet. I worked as a casual laborer selling charcoal and digging other people's farms for over 20 years. The past few months were tough because I could not sell any bag of charcoal as many of my customers opted to use the cheaper fuel. I stopped working on people’s farms after the jobs became scarce because of the drought. Finally, I bought twelve packets of 2kg maize flour, 4kg of beans, and 1 kg of sugar. Buying food in large amounts will help me have plenty to eat as I keep growing the business I recently started.
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?
GiveDirectly does well by helping the less fortunate in the society. Before the drought, we survived on food. we grew from the farm. It is very difficult for to survive with the current conditions. I am grateful that through the money, I can take care of the most pressing needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent half of my transfer of KSH 1500 on starting a business of selling Omena. Since I am not employed and do not have a job, I have struggled a lot to make ends meet. The hot and dry weather has hindered me from working on my farm, and the solution to that is to venture into business. I am happy that the business is picking well and I can cater to my basic needs. Besides starting the business, I also bought two ducks and one chicken at a total price of KSH 1150. I have always dreamt of owning livestock. Buy buying the ducks and the chicken, I fulfilled one of my life’s wishes. Once they multiply in numbers, I will sell some and buy another type of livestock. With the remaining amount, I bought three packets of maize flour to add to the dwindling stock food in my house.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I received the funds, I felt relieved. At that time, I had taken a lunch break from work. I was also worried about how I will take my child back to school after he was sent home due to school fees arrears plus, I had no funds to buy food for my children. So immediately after I received the message confirming the receipt of the transfer, I advised my son to go and withdraw and we left for school. After which, I went to buy some food.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Digging out stumps for a living earns me very little. So, managing my bills has been very strenuous and I have been often behind with my bill settlements. Ever since I started receiving the funds, I have been able to support my children better and I believe with time, I will be debt-free. This will help me focus on progressing myself by buying a goat or two using the funds
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I dig out stumps for a living. With my age, I find it too hard to do but I cannot quit as I do not have any alternative plus after my husband's demise, I am the only breadwinner of the family. I have 3 children in school, a class 7, 6, and 4. Managing their fees has been very hard and their current school fee arrears stand at KES2000 which I plan on clearing with my next transfer. On my first transfer, I used KES9550 to pay for their school fee arrears, and the remaining amount I used to buy two packets of maize flour that cost KES125 each. This was necessary at the time because I had run out of food and my child, who is in class 7 had been sent home due to school fee arrears. To avoid the other children following suit, I negotiated with the headteacher to allow me to pay in installments of two months which he agreed to.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I lost my husband many years ago, I lost count. My daughter got married. one of my sons disappeared with no trace. One other son passed on. When all this happened, I was left alone and my husband's family harassed me out of my matrimonial home. I moved into my daughter's home and I've been here for a little over two years now. When we get this money, I'll save it and build a house for myself so that I can lift some burden off her shoulders. What I'm not sure of, is whether to try and go back to my husband's land or put up a house in my daughter's compound.
What is the happiest part of your day?
It's painful to watch my daughter struggle so much. Her children are unwell and out of school due to finances. I live with her and that adds to her burden because she has to provide for me too. Not that she complains but I feel embarrassed to be under her care. I haven't found joy in so many years, leave alone the 6 months in question.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My life events have mostly been tragic. I've lost so much. My husband died, years later I lost my house and livestock to his family. My son disappeared and I cannot explain the circumstances around it. The question that always lingers in my mind is, at what does misery end? At this age, m supposed to be enjoying the serenity of my home but now that's a tale. After years of building through blood, sweat, and tears I've nothing to show for it.