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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 14 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My primary goal is to complete the repairs on my house, where I currently reside with my daughter and her four children. The structure has suffered considerable damage from the recent heavy rains. Having already acquired iron roofing sheets, my forthcoming transfers will be allocated towards the purchase of essential building materials, including cement, building poles, and rafters. The restoration of my house holds great significance, as it will provide my family with an improved and safer living environment, bringing me immense joy. I extend my gratitude to GiveDirectly for their invaluable support throughout this journey.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Throughout my entire life, farming has been my primary means of livelihood. However, this changed when my village faced an extended period of drought. Getting food became a hard task and life became unbearable. In the midst of these challenges, GiveDirectly entered our lives, and their impact has been transformative. The financial assistance we receive has enabled us to procure essential supplies such as food, cover school fees, and even establish small businesses. I directed the entire sum of $102 towards the purchase of nine iron roofing sheets. These sheets will be utilized to repair my deteriorating house, a consequence of the ongoing rains. I take pride in the fact that these transfers have empowered me to make a tangible improvement in my circumstances.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I plan to purchase building materials such as iron sheets and building poles in order to build a larger and more spacious house. My current home is too small to accommodate my three grandchildren, who are in my care. Every night, they must seek shelter from neighbors, and I am concerned that this will have a negative impact on their studies. I want to start saving every month so that I can buy iron sheets to begin with. I am optimistic that I will be able to achieve this goal as long as I continue to benefit from the program.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used $10 of my recent transfers to purchase five chickens, which I am now rearing. My intention is to keep them and allow them to multiply. I currently have no source of income, and I believe that starting this poultry project will provide me with some cash. This will make it easier for me to meet my urgent financial needs. I am also hoping to exchange the chickens for goats. In addition, I paid fees for my three grandsons, who are currently enrolled in high school. I am glad they are back in school now that their arrears have been cleared. Due to financial constraints, my daughter has been unable to pay for them on time, so I have been assisting her, and I am confident that my grandsons will be able to achieve their education goals. I also purchased some foodstuffs, including maize flour, so that my family could now eat three meals a day.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the months to come, I am hoping to raise enough cash to purchase livestock, especially goats. I believe that these are the best assets that I can keep in my home and benefit a lot. First, I will be able to sell one or two as soon as their number increases and sort out any pending bills. Also, through them, I believe that I will be able to start businesses of my choice. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my recent transfer on buying three chickens, which cost around $15. It has been my wish to keep them for so long, but I couldn't afford any at my cost. I am glad that I now have assets that I can readily rely on whenever an emergency arises. To add to that, I paid fees for my granddaughter, who is in primary school. I am happy she will now study properly without any challenges like before. Also, this has motivated her, and I am hopeful that she will excel. With the remaining amount of money, I have been buying foodstuffs and other household needs that I was lacking.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I am at a loss for words to express how grateful I am to the organization at the moment for the financial support they are providing. I was in the dark before getting the money, and we had trouble making ends meet. I'm appreciative that I can meet my basic needs and use my income to live a better life and escape the clutches of poverty. I implore the organization to offer assistance to additional residents of impoverished villages so they can improve their situation in life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My daughter and my two grandchildren and I reside in the village. After the drought started, I was unable to continue farming, which was my primary source of income. I heavily rely on my daughter to provide for the needs of the family (buying food and paying school fees and medication). She makes a living by selling palm wine, a local brew, in the community. Her business is struggling as a result of the drop in customers brought on by the difficult economic climate. The negative effects of the drought have also significantly decreased the amount of brew she harvests from the coconut trees. Due to the impact on her business, she earns very little money just enough to provide a single meal for a family of five and has no money left over for savings. Consequently, when I received my transfer, I largely spent $22.5 on food. Before the transfer, we only had one meal a day, which had an impact on the wellness of my grandchildren. In addition to purchasing food, I also paid $5 in school fees for my two grandkids, who were ousted from school due to sizable balances. The last $2.5 I had was spent on a hen to add to the six hens I already had.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was watching the sun set and savoring the nice evening wind outside my home. My granddaughter's presence bothered me because she wasn't in school and was playing instead. I received a text message on my phone a little while later. Being illiterate, I asked my granddaughter to come read the message. She gave me the exciting news that I had gotten my first transfer. I began to cry because I was so moved by my feelings. I said a brief prayer of appreciation, thanking God for the miracle.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I am overjoyed that the transfer played a significant role in assisting my granddaughter in returning to school. Her mother was having difficulty making a livelihood off the poorly performing business. She had been an intelligent and diligent child, so being regularly sent home for not having enough money for school fees depressed her. I'm glad she's back in class and continuing her education.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I completely rely on my daughter, who works in the village selling local beer. She has had several difficulties in her field of work, which has significantly impacted her ability to support the family. Due to these difficulties, she has been unable to pay her daughter's tuition, which frequently results in dismissal from school. My granddaughter felt awful about being home all week instead of attending school. I partially paid the outstanding KES 500 in school fees upon getting my transfer so that she may return to class and continue her education. I used the remaining KES 670 to purchase food in addition to paying my tuition in order to prevent starvation. Since circumstances have been difficult for the past three months, we have had to get by on only one meal every day. On the worst of days, we slept on an empty stomach in the hopes of receiving good news the next morning.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Due to marital conflict, my daughter separated with her husband and returned home with five children. I live in a one bedroom house and we were all forced to share the room. We lack privacy and respect as the grandchildren are grown up. I have longed to expand one more room for the children in vain due to financial challenges. The GiveDirectly transfers will help me construct an extra room and restore my dignity as a parent and a grandmother. I will be saving 1500KES from every transfer towards the house as the rest of the cash support in food provision.
What is the happiest part of your day?
There is a kiosk where we take goods (most food stuffs)on credit whenever we run short of cash. The debt had accumulated to an extent we were denied from taking more. For two consecutive days, we had no food and we were surviving on porridge taken once a day. It was during this time when I reached out to my daughter who managed to send 2000KES which was enough to offset the debt and bought six packets of maize flour which took us through a week.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband passed away four years ago leaving behind two daughters. Through burning charcoal, I was determined as a responsible parent to ensure my children lack no food. They grew to maturity and both got married. Unfortunately marriage life did not work for them, they separated with their husbands and one returned home with five children as the other relocated to town to seek employment. I am currently held with the responsibility of taking care of myself and also helping my daughter in raising my grandchildren. Burning charcoal is what I do for a living but the job is faced by numerous setbacks including lack of trees and heavy rains. This has made it difficult to produce a sack of charcoal a day. As a result, we often go without food and we have not managed to expand the small house we currently have.