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Mwenda's family
Forestry (e.g rubber tapping)
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 18 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Since I am a single mother, I would always want my children to have a better life and also continue with their education, therefore my main goal in the next one year is to save part of my transfers every month and by the end of the year, I would want to start up a greengrocery business so that I have a source of income to support my children.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Ever since my husband departed, life had never been any better for me, getting money for food and other necessities had been quite a challenge and with the ongoing drought, the situation is getting worse. GiveDirectly had been helpful to me in terms of financial support and with the most recent transfers, I managed to pay school fees worth KES. 1000 because my children had been sent home, I bought food worth KES. 970 and saved the remaining amount of KES. 1500. I now feel happy because my children got a chance to go and continue with their learning.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent $20 on paying school fees for my three children in primary. They are now studying well without being sent home. This was affecting their performance since they would miss some lessons whenever they were home. I am so happy and this has given me peace of mind to do my daily activities well. I spent the rest of the money on food for the family.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Two days prior to receiving the funds from GiveDirectly, my children had actually been kicked out of school for my failure in paying their tuition fee but this was because I had no money. So immediately I noticed the transfers had been sent out, I quick went ahead to pay KES 2,000 in school fees so that they would not have to spend another day staying home. I also used KES 1,000 and invested it in my business where I sell sardines from my home. Lastly I was left with KES 1,000 which I left on savings account because I planned of eventually building a house for me and children because the one we lived in at the moment was the shed where the goats used to stay previously.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give directly has done very well when it comes to cash donations. This has helped me to support my children and improve my life. I now have a stable business and I have added ducks to my farm. I have not seen any area where give directly has not done well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Being a widow has not been an easy journey for me. To fend for my children, I sell fish on the street. This business has not been earning me much. Whatever I get, I mostly use it to cover the food budget. When it comes to paying the children's school fees, I am forced to pay in installments. Currently, I have arrears of KES2,000 that I plan on settling using the profits I make from my business. So, when I received my first transfer, I bought two ducks. As for my second transfer, I saved 1500 in the Chama and the remaining KES1,500 I used to improve my business.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
All through my life I have been longing to get a reliable source of income. When GiveDirectly enrolled me in its program, I was convinced that my prayers had been answered. From then I anxiously began to wait for my first transfer. When the transfer was first sent, I was so excited. It was late in the evening at around 5.00pm and I was just resting at home with my children. I am so grateful to GiveDirectly for it's support.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life since I began receiving my transfer is having peace of mind after I had begun buying round poles for building new house. This has given me an assurance that I shall be able to finally build a new house. I am glad I shall finally be able to finish building a better house. I shall no longer live under such an extreme hard condition which I have persevered for some years. This will help in restoring my self-esteem.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent all of my very most recent transfer to buy 25 round poles. I am planning to build a new house. I have been living in a very old but small house that cannot accommodate all my household members. Whenever it rains, the current house leaks thus it becomes very uncomfortable. I shall be glad when my house is completed and I finally begin to live in it.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
This cloudy weather scares me to death. If it was to rain today, my family will have nowhere to sleep. My muddy weak grass-thatched house is nearby collapsing and this means if rain falls, it will be washed away. The house doesn't have a door and I use the iron sheet to close the door during the night or when I have to go outside my company. I am scared that the sharp edges will injure my kids while trying to open the door someday. Receiving this money means that I will be able to build a permanent house and I will no longer have to be stressed when the rainy season nears.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Getting something to put on the table some days is what makes me happy. Even though we can't afford three meals a day, we have been able to eat at least one meal most days.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity is the biggest challenge that I'm facing currently. Being in a polygamous setup family, my husband is not capable to provide for both families because of the low wages that he earns from casual jobs.