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55000 KES ($501 USD)
access_time 27 days ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I can still remember very well it was exactly 9 AM when I was preparing for my daily hustle then I heard my phone ringing. I asked my spouse to check who it could be since he was seated next to the phone. Upon checking he realized that, It was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and I remember, leaving whatever I was doing that morning and started celebrating with all my family members since they were all around. I will live to remember this day.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I had acquired a piece of land for farming through the little savings from my saloon business. However, my business was not doing well, and was not able to clear the outstanding amount on time. My spouse lost his job at a time I was in dire need to complete the payment. I was not at peace from the frustrations and threats of being dispossessed since it had taken longer than expected. The fact that I managed to clear the debt of KES 35000 makes the biggest difference in my daily life. I am at peace now since this debt, threats and the frustrations I suffered are now over. I am now happy to own this land which I am planning to practice and expand my farming. The initial farm was only one acre and I could harvest just a handful of bags of maize which was relatively little as compared to my family of six. Currently, I am glad that I can even harvest more than 10 bags since the farm is very productive and large. This will ensure food security in my household. I am grateful to GiveDirectly because it would have taken a long time to pay back If I was to pay with my own finances.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer in repaying a debt of KES 35000 for a piece of land in the neighboring village. I opted to prioritize this because the current one is no longer productive and very small ( one acre) . As a result, I have been harvesting low yields which led to a prolonged famine in my household. Later on, I paid school fees (KES 10000)for my son who is in his second year and bought stationeries as well as clearing fees for those in primary school at a total of KES 2000. Also with the remaining amount, I bought foodstuff like bags of maize, beans, vegetables, utensils, and other household items that I was lacking.
access_time 2 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
The tough economic times have seen me struggle a lot financially. Receiving this money will help me diversify my income. My hair dressing business is not doing so well. Farming is also not reliable due to prolonged drought. I intend to spend approximately 150 USD to buy 4 goats. This will help me pay school fees in future which I have been struggling a lot to get. Goats do well in such a dry climate since they can persevere the dry conditions. I also plan to spend 200 USD to clear school fees arrears and pay next term fees for my son in secondary school.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My day is usually very busy. I start by doing house chores like fetching water before going to the shopping centre where I have my hairdressing business. I work till 5 pm on a busy day. I get back home in the evening feeling exhausted. The happiest part of my day comes in the evening after having my meal. This is because I take the time to relax after a busy day as I chat with my spouse and children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of a stable source of income is what has been my biggest hardship. I depend on farming and my hair dressing business which has not been doing well especially during this time of the COVID 19 pandemic. Farming has also not been doing well due to long dry spells. My spouse is unemployed and therefore our income is not enough to fully cater for our needs which include buying food and educating my two youngest children.