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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Currently, my life is different from how it was in that, I am self dependent. I used to depend on relatives for financial support and most of the time I could be disappointed because they were not able to send money when I needed it most instead send the money later on. I am also proud because I have been able to save save money with an aim of building my mother a house. I had never thought of saving and thought that it was actualy inpossible. I know that I will be able to build the house very soon.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life?
My new goal is to go back to college. I had dropped out of college due to lack of school fees. I used to sell clothes in order to take care of my needs and pay fees although the money was not enough, therefore, I had to drop out of school. I am determined to finish school using the transfers I get from Give Directly because I know that education is a way to a bright future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I kept a large portion of my transfer as savings. I plan to build a house for my mother with these savings. The current house she is living in is in a very bad condition. It is an old grass-thatched one which leaks during the rainy season. The walls are weak and I am afraid that it might collapse because it was built a long time ago. I am the one who can help now that I was lucky to be among the beneficiaries of Give Directly. I also paid school fees for my child and used the remaining amount on food.
5000 KES ($50 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
access_time 9 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
My first priority is to save most of the money for sometime, money accumulated will help me pay for my education which is my third priority.
I had gone for a vocational training on catering but did not manage to finish the course. I couldn't afford the fees so that's why I want to invest in my education finish and use the skills to open a bakery.
My other priority is to invest in my existing business of selling second hand under garments, by buying new stoke and finding a suitable shop to sell at.
Describe your biggest worry.
My top concern is not achieving my ambitions because this means that whatever goals I set maybe in a year will not be met. And that disorients my plans in many ways. It could be financial plans or even growing socially.
What are your greatest ambitions?
My ambition in life is to be an empowered woman, be someone who people will admire in future. Once am empowered and advanced, then I can be a tool of change to my peers and empower them as well.
I also want to finish my catering course, open a bakery and be able to grow financially and support my child and family.
Describe your usual day. How do you spend your time?
On my usual day I wake up, do some house cleaning, prepare food for my children then ho to work.
I work at Hope Worldwide Kenya in Mathare. That is where I spend most of the time compiling files, writing reports and from time to time I facilitate mentorship programs for girls.
Before the days work we normally have devotional mornings and pray for an hour then start work.
During lunch and breakfast breaks I sell my second hand garments because my market is if women and young girls who visit us at the office.
During my free time I watch TV, get updated on what's happening in my community and I spend time with my family and friends as well.