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Halima's family
Small business
Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($430 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My goal is to start a grocery and salon business by February or March this year . I'm not sure how much capital it will need in total but I'm already saving the money I get from my casual jobs and hope that my husband will help me to top it up . I think that this village has good market since there are no many salons nor groceries yet . Especially salons , most ladies get difficulties in finding a place to make their hair and that is why I want to venture into it. Also these two businesses are usually very profitable , and I can be able to use the returns to buy basic needs for my family .
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give Directly does everything well . You have created a direct link with residents . You always come directly to the ground to explain to us about your projects and good intentions , which clears any fears and doubts that we could be having about you . You have given us non refundable money which has helped us to do several developments in this village . Personally I have bought a mattress , a bed and a cow , these are things that I never knew I would buy . There is nothing to improve on , just continue helping people .
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I'm a casual labourer , I prepare land for people and also sell charcoal . My husband is a chef , he works in a good hotel in town . He is the bread winner of our family but his income is not enough to sustain us . When I received this transfer , I went direct to the market and paid $240 for 1 bull and $120 for 1 heifer . This had been my long term goal and I was so happy to have achieved it . I now use the bull commercially whereby it digs land for people and they pay . I also hope the heifer will start giving me milk in future , I can use some at home and sell the rest . I also spent $64 on 2 female goats . I just love livestock because it is an investment , after they multiply, I'll be able to sell some when need arise . Previously , I used to sleep on a floor mat , so I bought a bed worth $70 and a mattress worth $65 . Thanks to Give Directly , I can now witness what it is like to sleep comfortably . We had no food in the house , so I spent $60 on 1 bag of maize and used the rest of the money on small house hold items like soap and water .
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($464 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
While in the kitchen preparing breakfast at around 9 am, I saw a message icon on my phone screen. I opened it to see what was kind of message it was and to my surprise, I saw a huge amount of money. I became keener to know more about it and I realized it was the first transfer from GiveDirectly. My heart was filled with joy and thanksgiving for receiving a huge amount in the morning making the whole day bright.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Initially, I used to fight tooth and nail to make ends meet. I purely relied on making and selling charcoal which was an unreliable business but I had no alternative. Getting enough food was rarely due to lack of money. As of now, I am very grateful for the support I received from GiveDirectly. It helps me to provide for my family as well as enabled me to get a nice bed and a mattress. Currently, I sleep in a better place not as before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
On the very day I withdrew the money, I bought 10 pieces of iron sheets for KES 12000.00. The aim is to construct a new house because the one I have is very small and congested. So the 10 iron sheets marked the start of a construction journey. I also bought a bed and a mattress for KES 12800.00 because I was sleeping on a mat which was exhaustive. Thereafter, I bought a cow for KES 23000.00 for milk provision both for sale and family use. For the remaining amount, I bought a sack of maize for food and other food stuff for the family.
access_time 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
The main goal when I receive the transfer is to build a three-roomed house. The one I have is not sufficient for my family of 3 members and when I host visitors. To fulfill this, I am planning to spend KES 40,000 to buy materials, and because I am a masonry I will use my expertise to construct it so that I save on labor. I will also buy two indigenous cows and an oxen plough to help me cultivate more land and also hire to my neighbors for a fee. This will helps me increase my sources of income and earn me a living. Once I accomplish it I will be happy because I will be able to host my guests in a separate room from mine and that of children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Life has been going on normal, full of up and down but each day comes with its challenges. In the last month, I was informed by my village elder that Give Directly is coming to our area. This brought joy and happiness because I have been thinking about how I will get money to build a better house. It revives my dream knowing that it will be realized.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of finances is the main challenge that I am currently facing. I depend on charcoal production as the main source of income. Crop farming is unreliable due to the prolonged drought. It has been three years since we received adequate rainfall and had a good harvest in the area. In a month I can earn KES 3000 which is not enough due to the high cost of food prices. In a day I need KES 500 to cater for the basic needs of my family of 3 members. Consequently, it is very hard to save for improving my shelter. All the proceeds go into buying food.