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Sidi's family
Small business
Kenya Standard Remote
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($488 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
While just sitting conversing with my family members, I heard my phone’s message tone from the house. I sent my child to pick it so that I can know what message had been sent. Upon opening the message, directly my eyes saw the word Mpesa. I was curious to know where the money message was from and I felt so happy knowing that the promised transfer from GiveDirectly was successful.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The act of settling the school fees for my college and primary school children is the major difference that I can testify of GiveDirectly. If it were not for this organization, all my children could be just idling at home due to lack of school fees. I am very grateful for this organization and I pray for it to prosper more. Currently I can confidently relax because my mind is now settled, no longer being disturbed as before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Having been struggling with school fees for my children, this transfer came right on time. I have five children; 2 are in college while 3 are in primary school. After withdrawing the money, I took KES 40000.00 and paid for the 2 college children so that they can focus on their studies without fee stress. Thereafter, I tool KES 6000.00 and paid for the primary school children to curb the movements of being sent back home on regular basis. After settling the school fees issue I bought some food for the family and kept the remaining for their upkeep.
access_time 3 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a sustainable income to my household. I am planning to spend KES 30,000 to start a food kiosk at Midoina trading center. I am a house wife and my husband and I depend on charcoal production which gives returns of KES 2600 per month. The income is not sufficient for all basic needs and as a result all the money goes to buying food and water. This has made me to struggle to put food on the table as well as buying water. In fact my family is always on debts. The remaining transfer will help me to buy five indigenous goats so as to create an asset that will assist me when need occur.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Last week I received information from the village elder that Givedirectly will enroll us in the community. Those who are successful will be given cash transfers so that they use it on their household needs. At first I thought it was not true until yesterday when we had a community baraza. This is because I have been hearing about the organization in my neighbouring villages not knowing that one day it will reach my community. This news brought me joy and happiness because I knew if I receive the money my dream of starting the food kiosk business will come true.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The challenge that I am currently facing is food insecurity due to lack of a reliable income. The charcoal production job is energy draining and due to the prolonged drought it is hard to get big logs that can produce high quality charcoal. Due to this, I have been struggling to provide for my children. All the earnings go to purchasing food stuff and water.