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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?
One of my major financial burdens has always been school fees for my children. They have always been sent home for fees on a monthly basis because I was never up to date in paying school fees. I used to rely on a small income from casual work and farming which could not even give much for our daily needs. As a result, I ended up having so many debts which I could not pay on my own. When I received my first tr5ansfer, I used it to pay back debts and to clear fees arrears for my children so that they may not be sent home anymore. I am glad they have never been sent home for fees arrears since last year which is a very big step in my life.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I am glad GD gave us transfers and not empty promises just like other NGOs. At first, I thought it was an empty promise and did not consider it nor did I plan for it. GD challenged me and I feel there is nothing they could have done better.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on buying a cow as investment for my family. I wanted to have an investment which requires very little resources to keep and I settled on a cow. When it reproduces, I will have a number which I can as well leave for my children as an inheritance. I also used part of the transfer to pay school fees and school requirements for my children who are in both primary and secondary schools. They had been sent home for the arrears and for the requirements. I was resolving on borrowing to raise money when I received my transfer from GD. I am glad I did not get any debt because of GD transfer. I also used part of the transfer to pay for rent since I stay in a rental house. The remaining amount I used on medication for my children and me when we were sick and needed medical attention. I am glad we got quality medication because of GD transfer s.
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
After completing my tailoring course, I was so desperate to have my own business. In the past three years, I actually decided to start a business but opted to hire a sewing machine at a cost since I was not in a position to buy one. The disadvantage of hiring the machine was that the owner demanded a pay even in days when I didn't get any work which was hard for me. I was left with no choice since I had to make money and provide for my family. Tailoring has always been a path that I chose and was comfortable doing the work. I am happy and at peace after acquiring a tailoring machine with the transfer. I enjoy all the profits of the business to myself which is the biggest difference in my daily life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money through an Mpesa message , I felt very happy and upto date upon hearing GiveDirectly my heart jumps with joy.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to buy four piece of mattress and a bed .I bought building materials such as twelve iron sheets and timbers in order to build a kitchen . I am at peace since I no longer worry that the smoke would affect us in any way at night after cooking the evening meal in my main house which served as the living room and kitchen . I also bought food for my family and sewing machine as well .
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
After clearing my tailoring course, I could not afford a sewing machine and thus opted to rent one at a fee of 1000 shillings a month. Receiving this money means I will be able to buy my own at a cost of 35000 shillings and save the monthly rent which will later enable me get a second machine and employ someone thus growing my business and income significantly.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I love my afternoons because I get to sew since most mornings and evenings are spent in the farm now being the rainy season.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Since I could not afford a sewing machine, I decided to rent one at a cost of 1000 shillings a month. This turned out to be a costly venture as the 1000 I pay is more than what I make within the month by almost 200 shillings. Thus, am always far behind on the rent and cannot meet other needs such as food and education for my kids.