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Christine's family
Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53010 KES ($372 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My aspirations are focused on realizing a long-held dream: purchasing a piece of land where I can build rental stalls. With my background as a tailor, I plan to sell both new and used clothes, leveraging my expertise to curate a unique selection. This vision holds immense significance for me, as it promises stability and an end to the constant upheaval of moving from one area to another to provide for my children as a single parent. I've set a timeline to achieve this goal, aiming for the moment when my son graduates in two years. I believe that once I establish this business, not only will it provide a sustainable income for my family, but it will also grant us a sense of permanence and security we've longed for.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has truly excelled in their approach. The staff dedicated themselves to educating us thoroughly, ensuring we fully understood the impact and potential of the unconditional cash transfer. With their guidance, we were empowered to plan for ourselves, harnessing the resources provided to create opportunities for our families. Now, I can see the tangible results of their support as I embark on projects and investments that were once beyond my reach. GiveDirectly's commitment to empowering individuals like myself has unlocked a world of possibilities, and I am grateful for the transformative impact it has had on my life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With the weight of financial strain lifted, I could finally breathe easier knowing that my son's education was secured. The $300 from my second cash transfer went straight towards his university fees, a burden that had loomed large over our heads for years. As a single parent relying on meager earnings from selling fish and sporadic income from farming and livestock keeping, the thought of providing a quality education for my son seemed like an impossible dream. Countless times, I had resorted to taking out loans to keep him in school, each repayment adding to the heavy load on my shoulders. But now, with the timely assistance from GiveDirectly, I could witness my son continuing his journey towards a brighter future, free from the worry of financial instability. With the remaining funds, I turned my attention to our humble abode. Our two-bedroom house, whose mud walls and floors made rainy days a constant source of stress, had long been in need of repair. Now, with the means to do so, I eagerly embarked on the journey of renovation. Each stroke of paint and every repaired wall symbolized not just a physical transformation but a newfound sense of pride and dignity. As a single parent, providing a welcoming and secure home for my family of two had always been a priority, and now, with the renovations underway, I could envision a future filled with warmth and comfort.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($359 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 3 pm, and I was at home, preparing a meal for some relatives who had visited us. Amid the cooking process, my phone chimed with a message tone. I checked, and there was a notification that the first GiveDirectly transfer had been sent to my account. In that moment, joy surged through me. As a single parent, life's challenges had often seemed unbearable, especially with the pressing need to pay my son's university fees. I wanted to scream with happiness, to let out a victorious ululation that could echo through the neighborhood. However, I held back, containing my emotions as a personal secret. I didn't want the visitors to notice anything, but inside, my heart danced with gratitude and relief, knowing that a brighter path had just opened up for my family's future.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Life wasn't easy when I was trying to make things work as a single mom. Sewing was my skill, but without a proper place to work, keeping customers was tough. Paying for my son's university fees felt like climbing a mountain. But then, GiveDirectly came into my life. That cash transfer was like a ray of sunshine in a stormy sky. With it, I cleared my son's fees, and he completed his exams. The relief I felt was beyond words. It was a turning point. Now, I see a brighter future ahead. The weight that was lifted off my shoulders was enormous, and I'm forever grateful to GiveDirectly for changing our lives.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My son was facing a hurdle with his education due to unpaid university fees. Without hesitation, I used $100 to clear his fee arrears, ensuring he could take his semester exams. Seeing him sitting for those exams brought immense relief and joy to my heart. With part of the remaining money, I invested $70 in two goats, seeing them as a step towards securing our future. These goats are investments that could grow and provide for us down the line. Knowing the importance of keeping my family nourished, I used $20 to buy essential food supplies for the three of us. But the biggest dream I'm working towards is setting up my own tailoring business. With careful planning, I've saved the rest of the money to buy a plot where I can build a structure for my sewing work. As a tailor without a dedicated space, this opportunity means everything to me. It's a chance to turn my skills into a sustainable business that can support my family's needs and pave the way for a better future.
access_time 6 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I am a single mother of two working as a casual laborer in the village. I have tailoring skills though I lack the funds to start my own tailoring shop. I have two sons where the first born is at the University level while the second one is at primary school. The children have fees balances of $350. I will use $350 to clear the balances so that the children can settle and improve in their studies. I will also use $700 to build a house at the shopping center and buy materials to start my dressmaking business. My catchment areas are the primary schools around where I will be making school uniforms for the children. This will help me raise school fees for the children in future.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have been struggling raising school fees for the family and also buying food. In April this year we received rain and I did maize farming on my two acre piece of land and harvested six bags of maize each 90kg. The food will sustain the family for the next six months. The harvest brought happiness in my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am a single mother of two and I do casual jobs for survival. I earn very little income from my casual jobs which caters for food and school fees. However, I have a son who is at the University level and he requires alot of money for his studies. This has been a challenge for me to raise the required amount on time. Sometimes he goes without food at the college. Lack of reliable source of income is the challenge I am currently facing in life.