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Nyevu's family
Subsistence farming
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6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my recent transfers on paying school fees for my grandchildren. They were almost discontinued because I could not pay their fees on time. I am glad that they were allowed to continue with their studies after clearing the fee arrears. I have also been saving Ksh. 500 in our savings group every month I receive a transfer. I am planning to use these savings to buy some goats to keep in my homestead. I spent the remaining amount on buying foodstuffs which include maize flour and daily vegetables for my family. This ensured that food was readily available and taking three meals a day was no longer a challenge to me. Before the transfers, I had to skip meals since the food we had was not enough for us all.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Through the unconditional transfers from GiveDirectly, my children are back in school and are happy, just like they were before being sent home from school. I would like to appreciate that since I could not pay because of the financial challenges that I had. I would like to recommend to the organization to increase the transfer amount so that we can sort out the many challenges we are facing.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a widow in a polygamous family. My co-wife left our matrimonial home after our husband’s death, leaving her two children behind. I was not blessed with a child in my 32 years of marriage, so when my co-wife left, I gladly accepted the responsibilities of taking care of her children. Since then, I have gone through serious challenges in raising them up, including feeding, buying clothes, and paying school fees, because I do not have a job. I am a farmer who depends on farming to earn a living. This is currently is not possible because of the drought hindering me from planting on the farm. Because of my poor financial state and inability to pay school fees, the children were sent home. This demoralized their learning spirit and was unhappy with being at home while the other children were going to school. When I received my transfer, I spent KES 1000 to clear the school fee debt so that they would go back to school and continue with their education. Besides clearing the school fee debt, I spent the remaining amount of money on buying a sack of maize and this assured me of having food to feed my family for the next few weeks as I try finding other sources of income.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was so overwhelmed with so much joy seeing that I had received that money because, my boy was home without attending class for three which was quite a long time if you ask me, and I did not wish he stayed home any longer. So it was such a huge relief receiving the money and I was happy I could fulfill my duty as a parent.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Apart from being quite old myself, my husband also passed away some years back which has made life so hard over the years, because I have no support system and had to raise our kids all by myself. Therefore this funds have given me an opportunity to struggle less when it comes to finances, providing for the family and even myself. In my opinion GiveDirectly has been my saving grace
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My co-wife unfortunately passed on a few years back and she left one of her kids who was still very young to me as my responsibility to cater for which I have done diligently. Unfortunately three days before receiving the money the young boy had been kicked out of school because I could not afford to pay the debt that I owed the school. After receiving the money I immediately paid KES 400 for his tuition fee and the next day he was on his merry way back to school. I also decided to take care of matters concerning a meal in the house using the money that was left by buying four packets of maize flour for KES 400 and used the remaining KES 200 to buy a packet of wheat flour and sugar.
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I want to buy some furniture for my house. I do not have a bed I can sleep on and chairs to sit on. I am old and when I sleep on the ground my backaches For the rest of the money, I will be buying food.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am alive and healthy, it is a reason to be happy every other day. I get to see my children and grandchildren, spend time with them. I can not help but count my blessings.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am not working, getting an income to even buy food is a challenge. I depend on my children to at least give me food. Despite not having food, a comfortable place to sleep is a challenge. All I would want is to live comfortably for the remaining years I have left.