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26th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 9 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Givedirectly transfers give you a chance to see life in a different way and build yourself from ground up. I am a father of four, two school going children while two are yet to join school. I am a fisherman during the rains and charcoal seller during the dry periods. My wife is a farmer. I make below $3 daily from any of the ventures I am involved, if I am lucky. This means I am unable to cover all the financial needs in my house. I would want to build on the animals I own so they are able to reproduce and make me enough money to get my children through school. The Givedirectly transfers allow me to own animals which I breed for reproduction.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Givedirectly transfers have made things that I viewed as unreachable to be reachable. I have had a very worn out mattress for so many years which was completely worn out. I was informed I would need about $35 to purchase a new one. With so many necessities such as food and clothes on my neck I had forgone the attempts of replacing the mattress until December where I used my entire transfer to buy mattress. I now sleep soundly thanks to this purchase. I have also bought two goats and added them into my heard. I now have four goats. They both cost $#4 and $35 respectively and I used my transfers in addition to my savings to purchase them.
 
21st Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
First, I plan to acquire an acre of land for $500, which would mark a significant step toward securing our own living space. Currently, we reside at my uncle's place together with my father. Furthermore, I intend to expand my livestock holdings by increasing the number of goats. This expansion will enable me to generate additional income when I sell some of them. With this extra income, I will be able to purchase two male cows for ploughing my land. This investment will not only facilitate the cultivation of my own land but also provide an opportunity to offer ploughing services to others. I'm excited about how all these endeavors will boost my income and provide me with financial stability.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have three children. My firstborn is 7 years old, the second child is 5 years old and our youngest is 3 years old. Some time ago, their bed broke, and I struggled to find a replacement. Fortunately, I managed to purchase a new one for $34 thanks to the recent transfer that I received from GiveDirectly. My eldest child is currently in school, and we had accumulated $10 in school fees arrears. The feeling of having overdue school fees troubles me. I was again lucky to settle the outstanding payments using the transfers. I then spent $24, which covered a bundle of maize and other household items that would last us a while. In addition to our household expenses, I invested $32 in buying a goat. My children have a passion for livestock rearing and I will also have something to sell in case of any financial emergencies. In the past, affording such animals felt beyond my reach, and it left me with a sense of financial limitation. I'm so happy, GiveDirectly transfers have improved my situation and restored my sense of dignity.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am planning to buy a piece of land for me to farm and settle with. I live on my uncle's piece of land and farm on it. I would want to have my own piece of land which I can farm and call my own, as much as my uncle has been generous with his a man should have something of his own and that's why I am saving from my transfers and buying goats so they can reproduce and I can sell them to but the piece of land.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The drought had turned us to completely rely on buying food as the only was of providing nutrition to our families. As much as its rained now we are yet to harvest so that we can use our harvest for food so most of our cash transfers have been going into the purchase of food. In April I used $24 on food, in June I used a similar amount while in may I used only $4. I bought a goat in May and in June I spent $10 adding to my business
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The current business I am doing is really progressing well and I pray that it constantly makes huge profit so that I can purchase a big land where I can build my own house and also start farming. I will plant things like maize, cabbages and kales and easily sell all my produce at my shop. I will also build my home because I am currently living in someone else's house and it gives me sleeplessness at night. The thought of not having your own house is not a very pleasing thought so to have that peace of mind, I will have to work hard and do my level best to get land, start building and have my own place.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The first time I started receiving my transfers I saved up to $60 and decided to start the shop that I am currently working on. I looked around and saw that most of my villagers were really struggling to go to town just to get something and it really was becoming so unbearable for them so I decided to bridge that gap by opening a shop at my village. The moment I opened my shop everyone was so happy that whenever they needed anything they could easily get it at their door post. The moment I received my transfers, I took $30 and added stock into my shop. I bought things like sugar, flour, cakes and many other things that we get in a normal shop. The remaining amount of $4 I paid for my child's school fees and it really made me thank God for pouring on me such a blessing of receiving unconditional transfers.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Over the last three months, I have used all my entire transfer to improve my food selling business. Before I started receiving funds from GiveDirectly, I used to earn a living through fishing. The rivers in which I have been doing the fishing have since dried up following prolonged droughts and I was forced to think of other ways of earning a living. GiveDirectly funds have been very instrumental in seeing me start up the food store. I have managed to channel all the $90 received over the last three months into this business. I am so happy that the business has gradually improved. Right now, I make up to $8 per day as profit and this has made life for us as a family quite enjoyable. I buy and sell dried up foodstuffs like cereals in a nearby centre. I am looking forward to making the business even better and raising the standards of living for my family. I am a father of three children with one of them already in school and two joining school soon. My desire and hope is to see my children go through school without so much problems like lack of school fees.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon receiving the transfers just recently, I decided to start my own business and opened up my own store. This is because I wanted to have a way of helping myself to sustain my family especially since I saw that the closest store around our area was about twenty five kilometres away and most times getting there was quite hard, that is why I opted to opening up a store. I used the entire funds I had received from the organisation which was KES 3,000 to purchase the items which included maize flour, sugar and tea leaves.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 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 is alleviating me from poverty. For instance, I now have goats. Plan to venture into livestock raring and the results will be that by the end of it all, I'll no longer be living in poverty.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used both transfers to buy goats and pay school fees for my child. For the first transfer, KES 2700 was spent on purchasing one goat and the rest, KES 300, went to payment of school fees. The same for the second transfer, KES 2700 was spent on buying another goat and KES 300 on school fees payment for my child.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home when I received the funds. I immediately shared the great news with my wife so together we agreed on purchasing a goat and paying the school fees for our child, to say the least, I felt very happy.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I used to leave in extreme poverty. Even the pride of owning a goat was unattainable. But when the funds from give directly came in, my life has really improved. I plan to keep up with this plan of purchasing goats as my target is to have at least 10. From this, I am certain they will multiply in number and I will be able to sell some and from the profit, I will purchase an acre of land. Where an acre sells at KES50,000. Therefore, there is a great difference in my life as I can now dream again.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I never owned any livestock in my compound before, so the first thing I did when I received the funds was to buy a goat that cost me KES2700. Since I have one child in school, who currently is in pp1, with a school fee arrears of KES500 I used the remaining KES300 to reduce the balance to KES200. This has been quite a challenge as my work as a fisherman only earns me KES1500 weekly. From it, I also have two other children and my wife who depend on my support.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I was raised up knowing we have enough land for even our future children till recently when I realized the land upon which we live was leased. My all plans have now been on purchasing my piece of land. Every month I plan to save approximately 2000KES which can buy a goat. My ultimate goal is to sell the goats after they have multiplied enough and purchase a ten acres piece of land.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My firstborn baby has been struggling with an unknown illness which has made me in and out of different health facilities for almost five years. She recovered five months ago bringing joy and peace of mind into my life
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of food is the greatest challenge I currently face. My job, fishing, is greatly affected by drought. I hardly save a coin from my daily income of approximately 200KES.All my resources were drained towards paying fees and food.