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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 17 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the next one year, I would want to have my own business, I want to start a greengrocery business believing that the income would be of help in terms of catering for my family’s needs. I also want to start livestock rearing project and when the program comes to an end, I shall have done something constructive with the transfers to keep me going.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have children both in primary and high school, and some of the had been sent home for school fees. I had no money because my husband and I had no reliable source of income, recently, I also started a small business whose income is still low and could not support all the needs of the family. By good luck, GiveDireclty sent me the transfers that were of great help, and I managed to pay school fees with the entire amount that I received of KES. 3470 and I was so grateful.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 23 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
With the current business I have been doing, which earns me at least $3 per day and I hope I will be able to work a little harder to be able to get enough to keep adding the stock in my business.I currently sell soap and fish but due to the current adverse drought, a lot of people are unable to afford even to buy fish. I expect to save extra income from my daily proceeds in the coming year with the goal of acquiring more goats. This will not only reduce the cost that I will daily be incurring and also provide an additional source of income because I will be selling the goats to my immediate neighbors when they give birth and multiply.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a mother of eight children who happens to be the breadwinner of the family. My husband is very old and can barely do anything to support our family. The only thing I ask God every day is for me to have good health and strength to work hard so that I can earn enough money to keep my children and family moving. The only thing I want right now is for all of my children to graduate from high school and achieve their dreams. The moment I received my transfers, I took $15 and paid for three of my children's school fees that cost me $5 for each child. For them to be fit, I bought them food using $5 that they happily ate for two days without difficulties. The remaining amount of $60 I was able to go buy three goats that made me feel good and proud of myself.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My goals have been to run a business, grow animals, and pay my children's education expenses. Due to our meager income, I have been finding it difficult to work on these tasks. As I continue to receive such transfers, my main goal is to divert a portion of my transfers to fee payment. I shall also be using a portion to buy goats for livestock keeping since most of my children are in primary school, and by the time they will join secondary school, the program shall have come to a close. Lastly, I would want to have a diversified source of income hence my plan to invest in the business.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I think that GiveDirectly does well in alleviating poverty among poverty-stricken communities. It ensures that all enrolled in the program always receive their transfers regularly. Additionally, it consistently follows up on recipients so nobody can receive a transfer on someone else's behalf. In contrast to other programs that are always plagued by graft cases, the agents are competent and always prepared to offer advice regarding Mpesa security. I have not yet noticed anything that GiveDirectly does not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have a son in form three who was sent home for fee collections. Immediately after I received the transfer, I spent $20 on his fees. His fee arrears then was $150, and I am glad he can advance with his studies. In addition, I spent $5 on two hens. I have been longing to expand my poultry farming because they are always helpful to me. The remainder of the transfer went into food since we had none due to the current famine witnessed in our area. I am glad that as a result of that, I was able to meet the nutritional needs of my family of ten members.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had just returned from the field where I cut wood and made charcoal for sale. I made the decision to take a nap to regain energy and later cook porridge with the small amount of maize flour that was still in the house because I was extremely hungry and exhausted. I got a text message on my phone just as I was about to nod off. When I read the message and realized I had gotten my first transfer, I could not believe what my eyes were seeing. I jumped out of bed right away and called my son, who I informed of the good news. I grinned from ear to ear because I was so happy. The lengthy wait was now over.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My life has been significantly impacted by the hen purchase. Every morning I get up with the belief that one day I will sell the enormous number of hens that will have multiplied over the next few months and make some money. This gives me hope that my kids will finish school since I will be able to cover their tuition. I'm appreciative that the transfer's proceeds will allow me to make investments and improve my situation.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I own a small vegetable kiosk business. My entire family of seven relies solely on this business for income. My husband lost his job in the town, and he has since had no luck finding another one. $2 a day, the meager amount I make from the business, is insufficient to meet all of the family's needs, including feeding and clothing my four children, one of whom is in secondary school and the other three are in primary school, and paying their school fees. For my family and I, getting my first transfer of $12 was a huge financial boost. I was having trouble making ends meet because I could only afford to buy my family one meal a day. I used half of the $12 to purchase three packets of maize flour after receiving the transfer. We had enough food to last us the next three days, which I am grateful for. I spent $6 on three hens in the end. Since the hens will soon lay eggs and multiply, I see this as a future investment that will more than double my initial investment. I'll choose to sell a portion and use the proceeds to meet some of the family's needs.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I depend on casual work of vending charcoal that earns me $4 only after every 2 weeks. This income has never been enough to fully cater to our basic needs and this has affected my children's education since they frequently sent out of school. The transfers from GiveDirectly will boost my children in school since I will be able to comfortably pay their fees. This will results to improved performances and hence, a better future. On the other hand, this money will also aid in repairing my house which is half open at the roof. Therefore, this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have been facing many health challenges with my family until on October 2021 when I changed my faith to christianity. Since then, I have enjoyed peace since no more complicated diseases to the family. I therefore, consider this as what has brought joy in my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have a 3 years old son who is disabled and can not walk or speak. This has stressed me a lot since I lacked money to take him to hospital on time. Consequently, I do not have any hope for him to walk soon. This does not give me peace because I always feel committed to taking care of him and I can no longer get engaged into other major income-generating activities. Hence, this is basically the challenge that I am currently facing.