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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 28 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have a big piece of land that I always cultivate but it had been more costly for me since I always hire livestock(cows)from a friend at a higher fee to help me with the land cultivation. But in the next one year, I would want to have my own two cows to help me with the cultivation work and one dairy cow as well believing that the profits I would be getting from selling the milk would be of great help in terms of fending for my family. And to achieve this, I would continue saving part of my monthly transfers to a certain amount that would be enough for the purchase of the livestock
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I received the transfers at a time when I was financially straining. I had two of my children in school who needed school fees and getting money for food was also a challenge. Upon receiving the transfers, I bought food worth $14 and, managed to pay $10 for school fees and deposited $10 to my savings account to help me with my future project and I currently feel a bit of relief.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am married with four children. The support program has enabled me to open a small shop within my village but hardly get enough to sustain my family of six members. I have spent most of my cash transfers on food and school fees. Recently, I joined a savings group that takes up $10 of the cash transfers, leaving me with $20 for any other expenses. Drought has affected this village and food is a major challenge. I spent $12 to buy food, which would last for a week, and the remaining balance of $8 was used to settle the school fees arrears for my child.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Nourishment has been one of the biggest concerns for me and my family especially due to persistent drought. Meanwhile the cost of living has gone extremely high which makes things even more tough for me and my family. Therefore when I received the transfers I went ahead to purchase four packets of maize flour which cost me KES 1,000. I also happen to own a store so I used KES 1,040 from the transfers I had to add more more stock to my store so I purchased sugar, tea leaves, maize flour just to mention a few. Afterwards I used KES 800 to pay a debt in tuition fee since my child had been kicked out of school two days prior to receiving the funds. I am still left with about KES 160 which I have yet put to use.
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?
GiveDirectly is doing well because through this funds,so many of us have achieved our small goals and changed our lifestyle. In my village I can attest that some have started small business which is an empowerment to meeting our basic needs like having atleast a decent meal once in a day and educating our children. I have not seen anything that this organisation is doing wrongly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have been in business for more than two years ,I own a grocery shop .Recently when I received the cash transfer I used the whole amount to buy more stock .I bought tealeaves,sugar and maize flour in wholesale because those are the commodities that are high in demand and I almost ran out of stock which is not good for 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?
I was sitting outside my shop waiting for customers when I received the message confirming the received of the transfers from give directly. I had placed an order of KES8780 for some items but I only had KES8280. So, my plan was to sell more products so I may get the KES500. This plan was changed since I had the money. I immediately topped it up with what I had and got the goods I ordered for. The remaining amount helped with the purchases of some nourishment for my family. I felt relieved
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference I have witnessed in my life from the funds I received is that my business is now operating smoothly and my wife, who is still in maternity, can feed well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
In January 17th, my wife put to bed a set of twins, making me a father of four girls. One of my children is in kindergarten the others are yet to start school. My job as a shopkeeper hasn't been bringing in much. So, at the time I had some financial constraints and providing for my family was a challenge. My wife, who was on maternity, also had special needs. Therefore, when I received the funds from give directly, I used KES700 for food purchases and KES500 to top up the amount I had so I could purchase more stock for my shop.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have a small retail shop in my village, I started it 6 years ago but due to financial constraints, it has not grown as I had hoped. My wish has always been to grow my business so I can have good returns, with GD transfers my dreams will come true. My plan for these transfers is to boost the business every month by adding something that has not been there before.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am grateful f that my business is still running amidst the hard economic situation in the county.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I take care of my aging mother, plus my expecting wife, and our two children. The responsibility is overwhelming, especially with the current drought. Water and food have become rare commodities in my village. For water we have to walk 12km away from my village, prices of food, on the other hand, have also hiked up.