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Penina
landscapeCountry:
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Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($529 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have always bought kerosene on a daily basis and it has been very costly on my daily expenditure. I knew the best way to reduce what I spend on a daily basis was to buy a solar system. Since I did not have any source of income, I was not able to buy a solar system. I had to put up with borrowing money to buy kerosene or take on credit for my children to comfortably do their homework. When I received the transfers, I used it to pay for a solar system which I bought on a higher purchases basis. I have fully paid for the panel and I don't feel the burden of buying kerosene on a daily basis.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
As for me, I feel GD is doing everything in the best way and as a result, there is so much peace in the village. They should continue with the good work. I do not feel there is anything GD is not doing well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my transfer on buying a cow and a goat as investment for my family. I know when they reproduce, I wil have a number which I can sell to raise money and even give some as an inheritance for my children. Since the bedding I have been using has lasted two years, they are worn out and torn hence I decided to get new ones with part of my transfers. I am glad I nowadays sleep comfortably because of GD transfers. We agreed with my husband to support him in going for driving school lessons which we paid for with part of the transfers and also bought food for the family.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Before we received the transfer, we were using a kerosene lantern for lighting which produced a lot of smoke yet very little light. The kerosene used was also costly and not readily available as we had to walk a long distance to get it at a fair price. With the money that I received, I was able to buy a solar lighting system which came with five bulbs, enough to light all the rooms in the house and outside the house to enhance security. I am happy that I now save a lot of money that I initially spent on kerosene and I don't have to deal with a dimly-lit house at night as the solar lights are bright enough.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was expecting the money because I knew it would come as promised, so when I saw the text messages, I was not surprised but rather pleased. It was about 4 am when I received the money and after reading the messages, I could barely get any sleep for the rest of the night as I was too excited.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used part of the money I received to buy a cow worth 15000KES, bought a solar lighting system and gave the rest to my husband to pay for the driving course he's currently taking. My husband does not have a stable job at the moment because he did not get the opportunity to go to college due to lack of money. His decision to take the driving course was driven by the desire to get a job as a driver with public service vehicles to earn a living.
 
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access_time almost 3 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My greatest ambition has always been to operate a cyber cafe. This is because I have the skills in all computer packages and I am proficient enough to run the business. However, I have not been able to meet my goal due to lack of startup capital. This is as a result of not having a stable source of income, since I am a house wife who depends solely on my husband. GiveDirectly has made my dream come true and I will start the cyber business in Mariango centre. This will help me generate income that I will use to cater for my family needs and also save extra cash to expand the business in future.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I spend the better part of my day doing household chores such as cleaning the house, looking for water and washing my children's clothes. This is my normal routine but it so cumbersome that I do not get enough time to interact with people. However, in the evening when I am done, I get time to rest and also talk with my husband via the phone. He encourages me to press on no matter how difficult life is. This gives me hope for a better future, thus making evening the happiest of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial instability is my biggest hardship. My husband who works as a tukutuk driver in Mombasa supports me with approximately 1000 shillings in a month. I have to budget for this amount to meet all my family needs such as food, medical and school fees. It is not sufficient and I have to go an extra mile of plaiting my fellow women in the village but they pay very little.