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Naomy's family
Charcoal burning
Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($314 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I plan to open a tailoring business using my last transfer. I have the necessary skills, I pursued tailoring in school, but finding a job has been difficult. I plan to start this business close to home, where there are no existing tailoring shops, and I won't have any competitors. My services will include clothing repairs, designing, and selling clothes. I intend to rent a shop, with the rent being around $25 a month, which is affordable and makes economic sense. My goal is to expand the business in the future. The income generated will help support my family and allow me to give back to the community, even if it's just a little.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The support from GiveDirectly has been incredible and has truly changed lives, including mine. It has improved our living standards. During the enrollment process, there was no discrimination or tribalism, which was very important to me since I am not originally from the community, yet I still received support. GiveDirectly is doing commendable work. I hope they continue in the same way
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Before receiving my second transfer, my husband and I had discussed spending the money on purchasing a second-hand motorcycle. Immediately after I received my transfer of $450, we proceeded with our plan. We bought a second-hand bike for $400, although this bike was acquired on credit and still has an outstanding balance of $800. We hired a rider who earns us $5 a day. From this, we use $2.5 to pay off the pending arrears, and the remaining $2.5 to cover our daily needs. I work alongside my husband in producing charcoal, a job we turned to after he lost his job as a petrol station attendant. We sell a sack of charcoal for $6, which helps us provide for our 2-year-old daughter. However, this work is challenging. Sometimes we get hurt by the thorny trees, and cutting them is difficult since we do it ourselves; we cannot afford a power saw. Moreover, the work often results in back pains. Finding logs is also becoming a challenge as we have exhausted the trees on our farm. We now source them from our neighbor’s farm and share the profits with them, paying $1.5 per sack. The number of sacks we can produce depends on the logs we manage to get. This pushed us to acquire the motorcycle as an alternative source of income. Additionally, I had taken food items on credit from a shop worth $25, which I managed to clear. From the remaining $25 I spent $10 in charcoal production and $15 I bought food to sustain us for a few days. Thank you, GiveDirectly, for your support.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
20000 KES ($130 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
As I toiled away in manual labor at home, my two-year-old playing nearby, a message arrived that changed everything. A surge of joy filled me as I realized the opportunity before me. Determined to make this moment memorable, I invested the $200 I received into farming. I bought maize seeds and secured additional land through a three-year rental. With each planted seed, I nurtured a hopeful future for my family, transforming a simple message into the beginning of a new agricultural journey.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since I began receiving the transfers from GiveDirectly, the most significant change in my life has been the newfound ability to immerse myself in what I love most: cultivating the land. Now equipped with the means, I can lease additional land and invest in quality maize seeds, transforming my passion into a flourishing venture. The transfers have not only enriched my fields but also granted me the opportunity to sow the seeds of prosperity.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With the recent transfer from GiveDirectly, I seized the opportunity to invest in a promising future. Allocating a portion to purchase maize seeds, I secured a plot of land for farming by directing $200 towards a three-year lease. The fertile soil became the canvas for my maize plantation, a testament to newfound possibilities. Not only did I sow the seeds of economic empowerment, but I also nurtured family well-being by wisely acquiring essential provisions. As my maize begins to flourish, so does the happiness within my home, a testament to the transformative impact of your thoughtful financial choices.
access_time 6 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
My plan with the transfers is to transform my life positively by starting a business. I intend to spend $300 of the transfers to purchase a sewing machine. I will also use about $300 of the transfers to purchase materials and other business requirements which I will start in town. This will act as an additional source of income for me and my family. For the remaining amount, I intend to build a house for my mother who is sick. This will provide me with delight and also lessen the stress of thinking about my mother whose house was destroyed.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiness has always come from my well-being and that of my family. I'm happy that over the past 6 months, my family has been well and we've not sought any medical assistance.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest challenge currently is a lack of sustainable work and money for basic needs. I solely depend on charcoal burning to look for money which is not enough. In addition to this, my mother is not feeling well and I need to send her money occasionally which I don't have. This stresses me so much.