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Joyce's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($417 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My main goal is to gather more funds to support my two daughters' college education. It's been two long years since they've been stuck at home, unable to pursue their dreams due to financial constraints. Sending them to college will not only open doors to better opportunities and a brighter future for them, but it will also ease my worries about aging and depending on them. I believe education is the key to success, and by investing in their academic pursuits, I'm investing in a better tomorrow for our family. As they acquire knowledge and skills, they'll be better equipped to support themselves and contribute positively to society. While it's a significant financial commitment, the long-term benefits outweigh the short-term sacrifices. My daughters' education is my priority, and I'm determined to do whatever it takes to make it happen, ensuring a greener future for them and peace of mind for myself as I grow older.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, the organization has truly excelled. Thanks to their support, I've been able to start my own business, providing me with a steady source of income and newfound independence. My family now sleeps comfortably with good-quality bedding, ensuring restful nights and improved well-being. Additionally, the financial empowerment I've gained from GiveDirectly has enabled me to provide my son with a home of his own, a safe and stable environment where he can thrive. GiveDirectly's unconditional money transfer has brought tangible and life-changing improvements to our lives, for which I am immensely grateful.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As soon as I received my second transfer, I felt a surge of purpose. With $145 in hand, I wasted no time investing in my son's future. Completing his one-bedroom house was not just about providing shelter but also about nurturing his independence and guiding him towards a path of responsibility. No longer would he sleep in the confines of our neighbour's compound; for now, he had a home of his own where I could instil good morals and values. Apart from that, I ventured into entrepreneurship by purchasing coconut oil to start a business. With each litre fetching $4 and a promising return of $20 for 20 litres, I found solace in the stability this business brought. The returns are promising, providing a stable income that surpasses the toil and meagre profits of my previous charcoal-selling ventures. As a widow responsible for eight children, financial stability has always been a struggle, but now, with the ability to comfortably pay bills and provide for my family, life feels more manageable. I also allocated $56 towards clothing for my children, which instilled a sense of dignity and confidence, a luxury they hadn't experienced before. Finally, I directed a fraction of the funds towards my mother's comfort, acknowledging her unwavering support throughout our journey. With Ramadan approaching, I made sure to stock up on essentials, alleviating the stress of providing for the festivities. The transformation in our lives is profound, and I am deeply grateful to GiveDirectly.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($339 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at the shamba digging, busy in the routine of tilling the soil when the unexpected happened. The sound of my phone's messages interrupted the peaceful atmosphere. Hurriedly, I checked my phone, and to my absolute delight, the first unconditional cash transfer from GiveDirectly had arrived. Stunned, I dropped the jembe, my disbelief noticeable. I must have checked the message at least five times, uttering Alhamdillah countless times as if to convince myself of the reality. Overwhelmed with joy, I left the shamba without a second thought, rushing home to share the incredible news with my family. Their skepticism mirrored my initial reaction, prompting me to hand them the phone for confirmation. Amidst the jubilation, my mind raced to the pressing matter at hand – my children's education. With both of them frequently sent home due to unpaid school fees, the financial burden weighed heavily on me. Determined, I decided that the first use of the money would be to settle their dues. On that day, with hearts overflowed with gratitude, I sent my children to buy maize flour and fish, ensuring a celebratory feast despite the scarcity of food.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since I started getting money from GiveDirectly, the change in my life is that my kids haven't been sent home from school because I can now manage to pay their fees without stress. Plus, I've started a tailoring business that brings in income. Before, there were risks from wildlife and people cutting down trees in the forest where I used to work. But now, with my own business, I'm relieved from the strainous job and not exposed to those dangers anymore, making life safer and more secure for me and my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
On receiving the recent cash transfer, I used $210 to pay my children's school fees, ensuring they no longer face regular sent-home notices. As a tailor without a sewing machine, I've been working as a casual laborer, earning only $35 in three weeks by burning charcoal. The living situation at home was horrible, with my eight children and I using boxes for bedding, resulting in complaints of backaches. I spent $120 to purchase bedding, providing much-needed comfort. During the GiveDirectly photo session, I avidly hoped they wouldn't capture the state of our bedding, as it was truly terrible. Since my husband's passing in 2018 due to cancer, I've become the sole provider for my family. The remaining funds were wisely used: $200 went towards buying a sewing machine, a crucial investment that will enable me to generate income and support my family more efficiently. Additionally, I allocated $30 for food and bought clothes for my children, who had been wearing torn garments.
access_time 8 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I am a widow living with my nine children. I do casual jobs and the children all the children are schooling. I have been struggling paying school fees for them thus most of the time especially the one at secondary school has been missing classes. They have a collective fees balance of $300. I will use $300 to clear the school fees balance so that they can settle and improve their performances. I have knowledge in tailoring but lack the machine so I will also use $200 to buy the sewing machine and start the business. The market is good since people walk for a long distance to get tailoring services.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have struggled to pay school fees for my children at school. However, in October this year my daughter who is at Mekatilili secondary got a bursary of $50 from MTG organization and reduced her fees balance. I felt happy because through that bursary she was able to do her end term examination.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of reliable source of income is the challenge I am currently facing in life. I am a widow doing casual jobs making a very little income per month which caters mostly for food. I have six children schooling and they have a collective school fees balance of $ 300. This has made them miss class and affect their performance.