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18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 27 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My focus is to enroll in college to study mixology within the next six months. Lack of finances has been a barrier since I graduated in 2021, but thanks to the cash transfers, I now have the opportunity to pursue my dreams. The short course will equip me with essential skills for immediate employment. Alongside this, I plan to open a shop in my village in the coming years. Not only will it meet the community's demand for everyday items, but it will also boost my income. I am confident that this will enable me to support my seven siblings' education and ease the burden on my father's shoulders.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After finishing high school in 2021, I dreamed of attending college to study mixology. Unfortunately, my family's financial situation didn't allow for it. We relied on my father, who worked various odd jobs like charcoal making to support our large family of seven school-going children. I didn't want to add to his burden, so I had to put my dreams on hold. Then came the cash transfers, like a ray of hope in our lives. With the initial transfer, I started a small vegetable-selling business in the village, which I still manage today. The profits from this venture not only sustain me but also help me contribute to my siblings' school fees when needed. From the recent three transfers, I managed to save $50. I plan to save a significant amount by September to finally enroll in the college I've been dreaming of. When two of my siblings were sent home for school fees, and my father couldn't cover the costs immediately, I stepped in with $20. I also invested $20 in buying a goat, aiming to grow my assets. The remaining amount went towards essential household expenses like toiletries and food.
 
14th 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?
My primary focus now is on enrolling in an Information and Communication Technology college in the upcoming year. Throughout the past year, I diligently saved $20 from each cash transfer to fund my college education. Given the unreliability of my parents' casual labor jobs and the financial responsibility of supporting my younger siblings, the cash transfers have become a lifeline for my educational aspirations. During the two years of my college program, I plan to utilize the cash transfers to cover tuition fees, and I also hope for additional support from my parents when needed.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Since completing high school last year, I have faced challenges pursuing further education due to financial constraints within my family. My parents, engaged in various casual jobs like house construction, struggle to meet daily expenses, particularly for my six younger siblings. The cash transfers have emerged as a beacon of hope, enabling me to save $20 each month towards enrolling in an Information and Communication Technology college starting January next year. In addition to saving, I allocated $15 from the recent cash transfers to purchase 11 chicks, intending to rear them. As these chicks mature and reproduce, I plan to sell them to contribute to household needs and further build my education fund. Another essential purchase was a solar lamp, which I acquired for $20, eliminating the need for expensive daily kerosene expenses as I previously used a paraffin-powered lantern. The remaining $17 was used to support my parents in covering household expenses such as food and toiletries.
 
9th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am not employed full time but from time to time I do casual construction work or farm hand work. My earnings would mostly help around my needs but I save a portion to my account. I also save from my Givedirectly transfers into this account. The goal for all this is to allow me access an education from an institution of higher learning. I would like to join Kinango Training college to study ICT which I believe will allow me to seek for jobs in the industry and allow me take care of my siblings and parents.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have been saving to my mobile money locked savings account whenever I can or have some money to spare but also more intentionally from the transfers I receive. I saved $20 in April and the same amount in May in this account. I have also bought a couple of chicken using part of the transfers. In may and June I spent $4 to get three chicken. Since I still live with my family I have been contributing $10 monthly to the family food amount to ensure access to sufficient food by everyone. In The month of June my brother had been sent away from school and I gave him $20 to reduce his school fee balance.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 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?
My future plan is to further my education. I completed my high school education my I haven't joined college or enrolled in any other course due to the lack of money. My goal is join college and pursue a course of my choice in September, to achieve this, I had started saving and will continue to save part of my transfers on a monthly basis to help me cater for my school fees in the future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I received the transfers at a time when my family was starving. Therefore with the transfers that I received of KES.3470, I gave my parents KES.2000 to help in the purchase of food since we had no any other source of income. I also saved KES. 1000 in my account and spent the remaining amount of KES. 470 to buy a pair of shoes for myself. I was so grateful to GiveDirectly for the support
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3627 KES ($30 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I applaud the group for their passionate efforts to assist the less fortunate members of society. Personally, the money will enable me to fulfill my ambition of going to school for an information and communications technology degree. This will present me with the chance to find a lucrative job and generate a good income to support my family. Since they have access to more information than we do, I implore the organization to regularly advise us on how we should invest the funds.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
April of this year marked the end of my secondary education. I haven't started college yet because I don't have enough money for the tuition. Because of the current level of poverty in our home, my reliance on my parents for financial support is limited. My parents are poor farmers who support themselves by tilling land. They are unable to financially support me as I continue my education because of the drought's lingering effects on their income. My four siblings attend Mnazimwenga's primary schools; one attends secondary school. They are all financially dependent on my parents, which makes it difficult for them to provide for all of us. I spent $10 to help my parents, who are overburdened by the many demands of the family, by purchasing food. The previous mattress was damaged and cut into several pieces, so I spent $6 on a new one. I finally decided to save the remaining $18 in the hopes that I would have enough money the following year to cover my tuition and enroll in college.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1060 KES ($9 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I can vividly recall the moment that I received my initial transfer. I was in the fields herding. Then suddenly, I heard my phone ringing. Upon checking, I saw a message notification showing that I had received money from GiveDirectly. When we least expected it, the support came. I then told my equally grateful parents. This will allow me to accomplish my goals. I then embarked on planning.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life today is that I can comfortably able to pay for my transport to and from work. This was not possible before, because of financial constraints. I am happy and grateful for the support that brought so much happiness into my life and also uplifted my living standards and that of my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Receiving money from GiveDirectly has been of great assistance in my life. This is because it gave me hope for a better tomorrow. Upon receiving my transfer, I used $3 to buy a hen to start poultry keeping and saved $700 for other needs that would arise. My dream is to be able to enrol on college where I would wish to pursue an ICT course. I am optimistic that the monthly aid from GiveDirectly would be possible. Achieving this before was not possible because of financial constraints, since I depend on casual jobs which are not stable. I am happy and grateful to have been chosen to be among the GiveDirectly recipient.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Looking at the situation at home, the level of poverty we dwell in is not something I want to carry on with. I completed my secondary school examinations and the grade I attained will allow me to enroll in a teaching course. I will do my best to join Shanzu Teachers college and looks like Give Directly will give me a headstart. I do not know how much the course will cost but even if it means saving my money for a year, I will do that. After completion, I pray to get a job that will allow me to change the situation here. My family deserves a comfortable life and at least three square meals.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Although I am not happy about the situation at home, I was delighted to complete my high school education and attain a nit so bad grade. That was an achievement and I am so proud of myself.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Is there anything more heartbreaking than watching your diabetic parents and younger siblings go to bed on empty stomachs? I do not think there is. We do not have money to afford consistent meals. We can only afford one meal a day and sometimes, none at all.