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Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($431 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Two of my children are in their final year in secondary school. One other child is in form three. This calls for so much attention in terms of raising money for school fees for them. My desire is to see them do very well in school and we therefore will be concentrating on raising enough money to clear their school fees in time. I still rely on dairy keeping to raise income and small business that I run on market days. My husband too relies on small business to raise income that helps us in running our family. It is my hope and prayer that in the coming year, I will be able to pay all the school fees in time. I know this will be more clear and realistic once we make our first harvest from our farms-this will leave us fully concentrating on payment of school fees contrary to now where we struggle to raise money to buy food and pay school fees at the same time.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly does very well by giving support in form of cash. This cash gives people freedom to choose how to spend the money and prioritize according to their needs. Having cleared school fees for my children and the fact that I was able to seek medication for one of them really gave me some sense of satisfaction. I did not find anything that I thought GiveDirectly could have done better.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received my second transfer, I used $300 to pay school fees for my three sons who are currently in their secondary level of education. I then used the remaining amount of $230 to seek medication for one of my sons who has been ill for quite sometime now. I normally rely on dairy keeping and small business that I run on market days to raise income for both payment of school fees and meeting other needs for my family. At the time that we received the money, we had huge school fees arears for our three children while at the same time we were facing hunger threat brought about by prolonged droughts in our area. Had I not received this sum of money then I would be having the fees arears until today and which would have even been higher as at today. We are so happy as a family that one of my sons who has been sick is now feeling much better after the medical attention that he received after getting this transfer. The payment of school fees also gave me an opportunity together with my husband to plan ahead in raising enough money for school fees as the new year begins.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($473 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was 6.20 pm while on my way to check on my sick brother. That's when I heard a message alert on my phone. On checking, I had received KES 55,000 from was very happy and grateful for the money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving the transfers is the purchase of a heifer. This will lead to increased milk production once it reproduces hence increased income for school fees payment. Secondly, I have bought more comfortable sofas through the transfers something that I couldn't afford before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a mother of nine and a food vendor for the past twenty years and on a good day I get up to KES 1000. When I received my transfers, I spent KES 30,000 on a heifer. This is because I had only one dairy cow which normally produces 3 liters, two of which I sell to schools. This second one will also be helpful in school fees payment. Secondly, I also spent KES 20,000 on clearance of school fees arrears for my three kids in high school. Earlier on, they used to be in and out of school. As a result, my son who just cleared his fourth form performed poorly in his final exams and opted to repeat this year. Lastly, I spent KES 5,000 on two sofa set seats. These are more comfortable compared to the locally made benches and armchairs.
access_time over 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I majorly rely on casual jobs for my livelihood. I am growing old and always wishing that I would do my work at home. This will reduce the hard work and have the flexible time off work conducive for my age. To me, receiving this money means expansion of my farming. I am planning to use KES28000 to buy a heifer. This is an added asset to my family and with time we will have more milk from my farm. I foresee better days to come since I will no longer have to go for casual jobs. I believe I will have more liters of milk to sell and for household consumption. I will be spending the extra income to meet my household daily needs while the offspring I will sell to have funds to educate my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My husband was retrenched in the year 2017 when my children were in various schools. This was the darkest moment in my life. I resolved to do casual jobs to meet the family's needs. Since then, we sold the few livestock we had to pay our children fee and until we were left with none. In the last six months, I bought a worth KES20000. This is has been a source of joy. Besides being an asset to us, it is my hope of better things ahead.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial instability is the main challenge we are currently facing. I rely on small food vendor business to meet my family's needs. This earns me approximately KES 600 a week. This is too little to meet my household needs. I still have three children in high schools looking at this small amount to pay their fees.