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53150 KES ($521 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Having my own business is the best step I made in life with these transfers. I did not have any source of income I could rely on and had to wait for odd jobs in the village to earn an income. Since most people in the village did not have good income, there were not many jobs in the village. I would rely on the help and sometimes I would fail to have my needs met because I did not have any income. This is why I decided to start a business so that I could have an income-generating activity which will support me and my family well long after the transfers. I know through the business I will never go back to odd jobs.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Giving everyone in the village the transfers was the best move GD to us. There has never been such kind of help from anyone to the village as this of GD. I appreciate their help. There is nothing GD did not do well according to me.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfers on boosting my retail shop and cloth businesses. These are business I started with part of the first transfers as an investment which will sustain my needs and that of my family long after the transfers are gone. I wanted to make them stable by adding more stock which will; increase my income from the profits. I also use part of the transfer to buy an Ox plough so that I could also earn an income when hiring out to my neighbours. It means I will also not have to spend any amount to have my farm ploughed when I own an ox plough. I paid school fees for my children so that they may not be sent home for the arrears at the end of the month. The rest of the transfer I used on buying food for my family so that we may not run out of what to eat in the house.
55000 KES ($542 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Before I got lucky to be one of GiveDirectly's beneficiaries, I was operating a business of selling clothes but it was not doing well. I was really stressed and worried that I might be forced to shut it down. I did not have adequate capital to revive it. However, when I received the financial help from the organization, I decided to inject KES 20000 and bought an adequate stock that would ensure that I serve a larger number of customers. I am expecting an increased profit from now on, which makes it be the biggest difference in my daily life. This will ensure that I adequately provide for my family instead of depending on the little income that my husband who works as a driver earns.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was really stressed about where to get enough capital to bring my business back to life once again. However, When I saw the transfer notification early in the morning from GiveDirectly, it brought great joy to me and my family. I knew that I would now revive my business again. I thank them for the help.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
For some time now I have been running a business of selling clothes that I entirely depend on. It was, however not doing well. When I received my transfer, I took KES 20000 and purchased more stock to revive it again. So far I cannot complain. The business is doing well. Apart from this, I also spent a portion of the money to buy adequate foodstuffs and in paying for other household expenses. In addition to this, I also took KES 7000 to buy an ox-plough. This will help me on my farm together with a pair of oxen that I am planning to buy soon. I mainly depend on subsistence farming for family consumption thus having a pair of oxen will greatly help me to increase production.
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I run a boutique in my village but the business does not produce enough because of insufficient capital. I recently closed it down because I cannot sustain it. My clients are even complaining that they have to travel all the way to Bamba to purchase their desired items. With this demand, I have always wanted to restock my shop. This will help me earn extra income to sustain my family. This will reduce the dependence on my husband who works extra hard to sustain us. Besides, I will purchase cows that I will sell to finance my children's education in future.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening. This is after a long day of doing tiresome farm activities. This is the time I get to rest as I bond with my family. Having them around gives me so much joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband is a driver but he is not fully employed. He therefore depends on other peoples' vehicles to ferry customers. This means he does not have a consistent source of income. He can spend up to a whole month without earning anything. This has negatively affected us since he is the sole breadwinner. He is straining too much to provide for us making financial instability my biggest hardship.