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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
This year, I aim to pursue a hairdressing course, which perfectly aligns with my passion and skills. Unfortunately, my plans were disrupted when my father, who was my main financial support, passed away suddenly in April, just as I was set to join college. However, I remain optimistic. I intend to utilize my savings to fulfill this goal and honor my father's memory by achieving success in my chosen field. Developing a skill that allows me to earn an income will significantly enhance my family's financial stability. I am sincerely grateful to GiveDirectly for being a steadfast source of support during these challenging times.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband works as a mason to support our family, but his income barely covers our needs. Previously, accessing food and water was a challenge, but I'm grateful that our circumstances have improved. We are now able to meet our basic expenses such as food, water, and clothing. With the transfers received, I allocated $25 to purchase a small goat, intending to rear it for future profits. Utilizing the remaining $9, I purchased essential household items that were depleted. Additionally, $34 was dedicated to facilitating my father's burial expenses, after he passed away in February. Furthermore, I used $34 to purchase iron roofing sheets for renovation purposes as my house suffered damage during the heavy rains. These transfers have empowered me to realize my goals, and for that, I am sincerely grateful.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the upcoming year, I aspire to enroll in a college to acquire proficiency in hair plaiting. This skill will enable me to establish my own business, generate income, and contribute to fulfilling my family's necessities alongside my husband. Additionally, I am dedicated to completing the construction of my residence. I have already procured a substantial quantity of the requisite building materials, including construction poles, nails, and iron sheets. I am genuinely delighted with the financial assistance, as it will play a pivotal role in realizing these objectives in the forthcoming year.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
A significant portion of my transfers, totaling $64, was allocated to procure food for my family. Given my reliance on my husband, who earns a livelihood as a casual laborer in house construction, the recent prolonged heavy rains have led to a scarcity of such work, posing challenges for his income generation. The purchase of food ensured that we did not go to bed on an empty stomach. Furthermore, I dedicated $10 to cultivate one acre of my two-acre plot in the village, considering the promising rainfall. Opting to plant maize will guarantee an ample food supply. Additionally, I acquired three pieces of iron sheets to construct a new, more spacious two-roomed house. The current dwelling is quite cramped, and transitioning to the new residence will afford us more space. I am genuinely content with the financial backing from the transfers, as it has significantly enhanced the quality of my life.
 
13th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My plan is to build a bigger house. My husband and I have a house but it is a small one room house. I would like for us to have a two room house with a front extension. We live in a room where we have all our thongs on display even when we have guests they have access to our sleeping area which is not dignifying. I hope to at least have a room for our sleeping areas separate that even when we have guests they only have access to the living room area and even during the scorching sun we can sit in the front extension and shield from the sun.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I had a chance in June to go see my grandmother and it was quite a pricey journey for me. I spent My entire June transfer on it. I spent $30 as my transport to and fro there and as is custom I couldn't go barehanded, I did some food shopping and I used $4 from my transfer. In May I spent my transfers on buying building poles at $20 and paid for my land to be tilled at $5, we also bought food for $9. In April I had also invested an amount in buying building poles $15 and I got myself some clothes $10 as well as food $7 and toiletries $2.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My husband happens to be the breadwinner of our family and he works in a construction site where he is paid $8 when there is work at the site to do. At times he comes home empty handed and we are forced to go hungry some days. To avoid going for days without food and also come out of poverty, I want to join college where I will go learn about the saloon. I love making, plating and doing make up and I believe in beauty, you will never go wrong. I will first go and get free training from my neighbor who has a saloon near my place so that when I join college, it will be much easier. I had dropped out of school while I was in class eight because of my parents inability to pay my fees and I have no certificate. I really wanted to join college earlier but due to financial constraints I am forced to first complete my house construction project and later join when I am finally stable enough. I will also buy goats that I will be taking care of and when they grow I will be able to sell them at a profit and the best thing about goats is that they can withstand the prolonged drought.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I currently live with my husband in our small, muddy house that he inherited from his beloved father. Ever since I got married, my biggest desire was to build ourselves a new house where I can comfortably give birth to our first child and also easily raise our children there. To make my dream come true, I currently work in a hotel near my home. I normally get paid $50 a month that I save towards my project goals. The moment I started receiving my transfers, I started buying building materials so that by the time I start building my house, I would have all the required materials. with the recent transfers, I spent $15 to purchase building sticks that I will continue adding until I have enough to start my construction work. Sometimes My husband does not have money as his job is a casual one, to avoid going hungry for days, I stocked up for food at home. I spent $10 on food and the remaining amount of $9 I bought clothes for myself so that I can look young and beautiful.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am eagerly anticipating the monies I will receive this year because I plan to completely renovate my home so that I may add more rooms. Currently, my husband and I are the only ones living in our home, but we plan to expand our family in the future, so this will be useful in the long run. Additionally, I hoped to create a business where I could own a kiosk before the year is out by using the money I was given. I want to start a business so I can assist my husband with household expenses because he struggles to pay them.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Due to the adverse effects of drought, nutrition has been one of the biggest and constant predicaments that my family and I have experienced, and not only my family but also the entire village as well. Therefore I was over the moon when I noticed that the money had actually been sent out and so I decided to spend most part of it on nutrition. I initially spent KES 1,400 by purchasing Maize instead of maize flour. The maize weighed twenty kilograms and I bought that instead of the flour because it was less costly and it would last us longer. Afterwards I proceeded to spend KES 1,700 on purchasing groceries which included tomatoes, kale, potatoes sardines and I also spent a portion of that money to buy drinking water because it was scarce. lastly I remained with a balance of KES 300 which I used it to purchase a hen.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
access_time almost 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly is definitely doing a great job if I do say so myself and this is because through the funds I received I managed to open up a business which I never thought was possible in a million years because money was already had to come by. Therefore I am quite grateful for that because now I can also chip in when it comes to some of the bills at home.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After I received the first transfers, I decided to open up a business to help my husband when it came to providing for the family especially since I did not have job so I set up a small business where I sold maize flour and sardines at the comfort of my home. Therefore this time round I decided to add on to the stock of my business so I bought sardines worth KES 260 and bought maize worth KES 1,600 which I took to mill to get grinded for KES 140. Buying maize and grinding to flour was less costly as compared to purchasing ready made maize flour. I was left with about KES 1,000 which I ended up using KES 700 on medical attention since I fell ill and the balancing remaining was my fare to and fro.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES
access_time almost 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
My husband informed me I had received a text message on my phone. I read the message, and was surprised to learn that I had received my first transfer. I jumped up and down and hugged my husband as I broke the good news to him about the transfer. I looked up at the skies and whispered a short thanksgiving prayer, thanking the lord for the miracle.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Starting the business using the money from the transfer has made a big difference in my life. I can now help by buying food and complimenting my husband, who recently lost his job. I am grateful that I am financially stable and able to provide for the family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The past three months were tough for my family (husband and me). My husband, who was working as a casual laborer building houses in Mombasa town, lost his job and came back home. In the village, he works on manual jobs, fetching water for people and repairing houses which earn him less money compared to his previous job. I have no job and fully depend on him to pay all the bills. Upon receiving my transfer, I invested KES 400 in starting a business selling “Omena”. This will help ease the burden on my husband in paying the bills. I bought food worth KES 800 with the remaining amount of money because we had nothing left to eat.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
The house I am living in is in bad state. It has been in this condition since I got married four year ago. I feel unsafe sleeping in it as both the roof and the walls are damaged. It worsens whenever it rains. Receiving this money from GiveDirectly would mean I start saving the money for a period of six month where by I will build a two bedroom house. This will enable my family have the respect and privacy it deserves. I will spend 65,000 KES on this project with the financial assistance from my husband. I will also start a small kiosk whereby I will be selling the first moving commodities like foodstuffs and home care products. Through this business I believe it will be a source of income to my family. The rest of the money will be spent on buying food.
What is the happiest part of your day?
When my husband got a masonry job in the city two weeks ago. This was one of the greatest moments in my life as it marked a new beginning because he has been jobless for the past one year. Despite being not paid well but I thank God that I can rely on him in providing the family with the basic needs such as food and clothes.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Due to the drought experienced in the region, water has been a challenge as the water pans dried up and we have to walk for about 3 kilometers to the nearby water pan. It's always tiresome and the water is not safe for human consumption. Lack of food in the family as my husband does not have a stable source of income. Most of the days of the week we only take one meal a day. I also have had some stomach pains since last year and I can not afford better health care because I do not have enough money for the treatments. This condition has really affected my health.