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Joyce
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kenya
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Teaching
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Kenya Basic Income
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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My goal for this year is to expand my shop business. It has been thriving, but I want to enhance it by adding more stock, which will make it more stable. With school closing soon, my strategy is to use my upcoming transfers to achieve this objective. A well-stocked shop not only boosts profitability but also attracts more customers. I'm content with the progress I have made so far and eagerly anticipate a brighter future ahead.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I'm currently training to become a teacher, while I also manage a shop in my village to sustain myself. Previously, I faced significant challenges as my business struggled due to a lack of capital, and I could not afford the fees for my teaching course. However, I'm delighted to share that my circumstances have improved significantly. My business has thrived, and I have even hired someone to assist me in running it. With improved financial stability, I can now afford my course fees, and I am happy that I will be completing my studies by April next year. With the transfers received, I allocated $34 to expand my business by purchasing additional stock, which has significantly contributed to its growth. Additionally, I used $30 to pay my employee, which has facilitated smoother operations. The remainder of the funds went towards covering my course fees, allowing me to resume my semester with confidence. These financial transfers have brought me immense joy and peace of mind, as they enable me to meet my needs. I'm sincerely grateful for the support I've received, as it has truly transformed my life.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My goal in the coming years is to expand my kiosk business further. Currently, I utilize my brother's shop space, which poses an inconvenience to him. Therefore, I aspire to acquire my own shop space and, more specifically, build a brick-walled room to house and expand my business. Owning a shop will not limit my brother from using his space when the need arises. I will also be more confident operating the business from my own space.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Over the past two years, I have faced severe health challenges, requiring monthly hospital visits for treatment. My arm developed complications, which make it pain and swell from time to time necessitating immediate medical attention. This is why I spent $34 on transportation to and from the hospital. Despite my health struggles, I work as a kindergarten teacher, and recently, I started a kiosk business in my village. The inception of my business journey began with a small sardine-selling venture, which has now grown into a kiosk. I spent another $68 from the cash transfer to buy more items like maize flour and sugar for the business and the funds have played a crucial role in supporting and promoting my business. Although the business is still catching up, the income from my job at least provides a daily meal for me.
 
13th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have seen a great improvement in my earnings which has in turn improved my life. I used to make about $30 to $50 in profits from the grocery stall in a month when things went really well. Now with the shop I can make at least $100 monthly from the business. I am planning to inject my transfers and profits back into the business which I hope will in turn contribute to my doing more for my family especially my siblings who are still school going.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used to sell vegetable in a stall before Givedirectly came to our place. Once I received my transfers I started working towards starting a general items shop. I started the business last year with the help of Givedirectly transfers and I have been doing that ever since. I have been adding to the business from my monthly transfers. In April I added $20 while in May and June I spent $30 each. In April I used the rest of my transfers to pay school fees for my sisters and bought food at $8 and $6 respectively. In May and June the $4 left went into buying me shoes and food respectively.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I was unable to join college because of financial constraints but I always had a dream of starting my shop where I will be selling branded, designer clothes and also uniforms for school going children.I am filled with excitement and gratitude for the opportunity I got from GiveDirectly of receiving monthly transfers. I know and believe that this dream would be possible with the support I have received from GiveDirectly, and I'm grateful for the help that has allowed me to build my business to the point where I can expand and grow. I have gone the extra mile of calculating the amount I need to live my dream and it amount to $200 and as at now I have managed to save $9 and I believe with the little effort I make towards success, I will reach my target and all goals in my life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a single lady who believes that any little effort you put in, to change your life, will always bring about positive great changes in your life. I started my own business just six months ago with a small sum of $10 from GiveDirectly. At the outset, I began selling vegetables and fish, but with the recent transfer from GiveDirectly, I was able to expand my business and add new products to my existing business, such as maize flour, biscuits, and cooking oil. I am fortunate enough to be able to use my brother's shop as he left it to me after he found another job. This has really saved me from incurring cost related to renting or buying a place and it's also convinent for me to work there till late hours as it is near our place where we reside. I know that managing my stock effectively is key to maintaining a successful business, so I am always mindful of balancing customer demand with smart stocking strategies.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I formerly owned a roadside food stand, but it was unsuccessful due to the costs I had to pay, particularly for water. Water is scarce as a result of the present drought, and getting it for the business proved expensive. As a result, I was unable to sustain the business and had to shut it down. When I got my third transfer, I opened a kiosk and started selling various food and some stationery. I have been replenishing it ever since with the transfers from the previous three months. Although the business has really not grown, I'm nevertheless happy to have made some money from it. My mother and I are still together after my father passed away over a year ago. Due to her advanced age, my mother is unable to work, leaving me as the family's main provider. My three siblings are at school, and I have been paying for their education with the money I make from the business. We appreciate the support and are grateful that the money arrived just when we needed it.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has really come through for me, especially since my family looks up to me in a lot of financial situations. Although I have a job the money I make was hardly enough to cater for everything but with the support from the organization, I have managed to sustain a business and grow it as well which has easened a ton of financial stress and that is why I support the work of the organization.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
This year I decided to venture into business to that I could help support my family and siblings especially since the cost of living had gone quite high. I happend to be a teacher by profession and so I used some of my savings to open the business which was a store and when I recently received the transfers, I decided to use the money I received ensure that grow my business. I sold mostly Maize flour, wheat flour, stationery and other items, so I used the entire funds of KES 3,000 that I had received and added to the stock of my business.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was heading home from school in the evening. Two of my siblings were not in school because of school fee arrears and I was very stressed. I received a message notification on my phone and I hurriedly checked it out. I was surprised and excited when I realized I had received my first transfer. My heart melted with joy as tears flowed freely down my chubby cheeks.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Investing the transfer into my small business has made a tremendous difference in my life. The business is recovering and from the profit, I will pay school fees for my siblings. This will boost my financial capability and help pay my bills on time and with minor struggles.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My profession is a teacher. I teach at a nearby school not far away from my home. I am the sole breadwinner of my family and tasked with the additional responsibilities of paying school fees for my younger siblings. This has put some pressure on my finances in the past few months, since I cannot cater to all my bills. I started a hotel business selling fast foods so that I earn extra income and use it to pay school fees for my siblings. The business has been on a downward trajectory for the last two weeks because of the hike in food prices. I Had little money left to buy more stock that will keep the business running. When I received my first transfer of KES 1200, I bought more stock for the business. I am happy that the business is picking well and will help me earn a large amount of profit and use it to pay school fees for my siblings.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will fulfil my dream of owning a business. I have always desired to venture in business and to be specific a food cafe and a grocery. I am planning to use KES 20,000 from the GiveDirectly to open the food cafe and a further KES 10,000 to open the grocery. The good thing is with all these businesses, I will be able to get the commodities from the nearest town, about 20KM away. The profits from these businesses will be enough to sustain my family with the basic necessities of life such as food, clothes and education.
What is the happiest part of your day?
With all the struggles I have been going through in life, being alive and seeing my family healthy makes me happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest challenge I am facing currently is lack of clean water for domestic consumption. I can only manage 20Litre jerrican of water per day because I have to walk for longer distances every morning to get water. Imagine I only take birth thrice a week something that is not healthy in as far as hygiene is concerned.