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Serfina
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
55
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
47900 KES ($462 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent my third transfer on enrolling my children in form one. They had completed their form four but did not have hopes at all of continuing with their education. Even as I speak, I feel so happy motivated to participate more in GD programs. Besides the school fee, I purchased bedding that has greatly improved my life. I currently sleep well more than what people expected.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Were it not for the transfers, my children would have dropped out of school at primary level. Secondly, I would still be the poor Serfin that I was before, walking here and there as I beg for help.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well in its promises without any delays or failures. The fact that I could count on the transfer after every 2 months was something worth appreciating.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($485 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent most of the transfer to pay school fee for my children who are in secondary school. I spent the transfer to buy sawing machine for my daughter who completed her course of tailoring. I also spent the transfer to buy cupboard for keeping my utensils safely. The remaining balance l spent to buy 1 sack of maize and food for my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that, my daughter is now independent , she does not depend on me any more, after getting her own ways of getting money.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($97 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying a mattress because my previous one was thin and worn out, I paid school fees for my children and bought a solar lighting system which assist my children to do their homework comfortably after dusk.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was fetching firewood when I received the money,I could not contain my joy so I left for home to inform my children.
 
Enrolled
access_time 5 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Firstly, I intend to use part of the transfer to pay school fees for my two children who will be joining form one next year. Secondly, I plan to use another part of the transfer to buy two sheep for my investment. Lastly, I'm planning to spend the remaining amount of money on buying food for my family.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I'm very proud of is having managed to feed my family through my small business of local mart-making and selling.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have is paying school levies for my two children in primary school.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up and find out that everyone is well.