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Margaret
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Motorcycle or bicycle taxi
faceAge:
30
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Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 4 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have managed to increase my wealth after receiving the transfer. Precisely, I bought the goats as an investment. Also, I am making some relatively good savings of about 70 USD per week from my business of trading on milk. As such, we look forward to a brighter future where we shall have sufficient resources for developmental programs and handling our demands and needs. Thank you GiveDirectly.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does well by offering the aid in form of money. This allows us to choose how best to use the funds to realize maximum benefits and improve our living standards. I find nothing that GiveDirectly is not doing well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent 105 USD of my second transfer on purchasing some livestock as an investment to be sold in the future while educating my other children. Also, we cleared fee arrears totaling up to 120 USD that had accumulated when educating one of my children who has just completed grade 12. This would ensure she gets ample study unlike before when she used to waste lots of time coming home to collect the pending amount, but we had none. Besides, we used 180 USD on building an extra house where our children would sleep in since they had none yet they are young adults who need some privacy. We used the remaining amount on purchasing food items to allow us to make some savings from my business of trading on milk. Before receipt of GiveDirectly funds, I would spend all the profits I get from the business on feeding my family, hence making no savings.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I heard my phone ring at a quarter past seven that beautiful morning. On checking, I was overwhelmed with joy because it was the GD money I had been eagerly waiting for. Immediately, I paid school fees for my daughter in her fourth form and couldn't be happier than that.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is abundance of peace and happiness in my house. This is because the transfers have relieved us of school fees and food burden. I am now stress free and my kids are eating well. Before, we used to rely on my milk selling business and my husband's motorcycle taxi business in order to pay fees and buy food for my family.We are therefore grateful to GiveDirectly for coming through for us.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent 150USD of my transfer on a 14 Iron roofed singlebhouse for my son who just completed his male passage of of rite and now considered a grown up in the community. Another 150 USD was spent on payment of school fees for my daughter in her fourth form. I also spent 150USD on three goats because they grow quickly and I intend to sell in future for school fees. I also spent 84USD on three maize sacks as food for my family because maize hasn't been doing well for the past seven years in our area and we've been relying on sweet potatoes.
 
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access_time 9 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Adding one dairy cow costing $250 to my heard, clearing school fees arrears for my two children; one in primary school and another one in secondary school as well as building a two bedroomed house that will cost $250 for my teenage sons is what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evening reunion with my spouse and children is the time I am always happy. Chatting with them as they narrate how they spent their day while taking our evening meal is always a sigh of relief after a long day being apart.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Imagine depending on farming 0.5 acre piece of land to support all family needs like food, schoolfees and healthcare for a family of 7, yet the farm itself yields less harvests due to prolonged drought! This is the biggest hardship we face in my family. My spouse works as an employed motorcycle taxi rider and the $3 he earns daily is also barely enough to sustain all these needs. Tough economic times has made us lag behind development wise.