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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 25 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My main goal in the next one year and beyond is to see my children go to school without being sent home for school fees. Getting money to settle their school fees had been one great challenge owing to the fact that my husband and I no longer have any reliable income. I would ensure that I achieve this by majorly spending the transfers that I would be getting on paying their school fees believing that one day they would land better jobs in the future and support me as well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
It has always been my happiness and my dream to see my children continue and prosper in their education, and in the current state that we are in as a family, it had always been difficult for my husband and I to easily manage to reduce the school fees burden. So upon receiving the transfers, I decided to clear part of my children’s school fees for two who are in secondary and one in primary levels of education with the whole amount of KES. 3470 I received from GiveDirectly and I was so grateful.
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 all the transfer on paying school fees for my children. I have three children in primary school and one in secondary school. They would be sent home to collect the school fees and this was affecting their performance in school. Currently, they are studying well without being disturbed. I rely on small-scale farming and selling of charcoals. This is my source of income to meet the basic needs of the family. I am so happy because my children are no studying well.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My daughter, who is in form two, had pending school fee arrears when I received my transfer. Her school administration would constantly remind me to clear the balance so that her studies would not be disrupted. Most of the time, I was able to persuade them to keep her in class while I toiled to raise money by selling charcoal. I had not made any sales by the transfer day, so I opted to use the majority of the transfer, KES 2,000, to pay the fee. During this time, my household had run out of food from the previous two days, leaving us mostly starving. As a result, I purchased food with the remaining cash, enough to last the rest of the week.
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?
In my opinion, give directly has done extremely well. This is because using the financial support that they give us; I have been able to pay my children's school fees. Now they're not sent home due to fee arrears. I am yet to note any area where give directly has not done well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a charcoal manufacturer. In a week I make around KES800. This helps me to fend for my seven children, especially when it comes to paying school fees which are now in arrears. In my first transfer of KES3000, I used to buy a goat at KES2000, the remaining amount I used towards the payment of my children's school fees. When I got my second transfer of KES3000, my children had school fee arrears of KES6,000, So I used it all to reduce the debt.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was in the farm looking for vegetable when I heard a message ring, upon checking it, I found out that I had received the transfer. I couldn't wait anymore as I had to rush to the nearby market where I withdrew the whole amount. I was so relieved that my children will go back to school finally after staying at home for a couple of days without hope of going back.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that my children are now in school and the fact that I am guaranteed that I will be receiving the monthly transfers, I can talk to their headteacher to allow them stay in school and concentrate on their studies.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a mother of seven children and I have been burning and selling charcoal to provide for my family. Although it has not been easy paying school fees for the five school going children and providing other basic needs, I have been trying my best to give them the best that I can. When my mother passed on two month ago, I had to chip in with all the money that I had to cater for the burial expenses. I couldn't afford to pay school fees and the fees arrears added up to KES 3550. When my children were send home for fees, I couldn't afford to take them back to school and they had to stay at home. My goal was to buy more livestock but since the kids were at home, I had to pay something for them to be allowed back to school. I spent KES 1000 to pay school fees and KES 2000 to buy a goat. I'm hopeful that it will give birth to some other goats and one day I'll be able to sell it and provide pay some bills.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My daughter is currently in class seven at Kabatheni primary school. One year from now she will be joining high school and I know I'll need a lot of money to be able to take care of that. I therefore plan to buy many goats to help me keep my money in a form that is safe and grows in value so that in future when I need money for her education I just sell some and raise it. My husband also works in Mariakani making about 300 KES per day, but I know with that he can not comfortably afford it.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have daughter who experienced a severe stomachache for about two months until I was worried it might turn out to be a case of alcers or cancer. This was especially due to the fact that I tried taking her to several local hospitals but they couldn't get a definite diagnosis. The problem finally went away on its own and I was very happy. At that point I was already out of resources to keep trying different treatment methods.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have five children who are in school; one in form one and four in primary school. We have been struggling a lot to raise their school fees to an extent that they're constantly out of school to fetch different balances. This is mostly because we only depend on my husband's income of about 300 KES per day since I'm not economically involved at the moment.