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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?
In the next one year and beyond, I would want to have my own livestock. I had started saving little amount on a monthly basis and I want to ensure that I have enough money to buy goats and with time trade them for cows, and during the cultivation period, the cows would be of great help to me as I would no longer struggle to look for money to pay out those cultivating my land.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have always wanted to buy livestock for rearing, and due to the lack of money, I have never been privileged to. Getting enough money to feed my family had also been a challenge for my husband and I. Upon receiving the money I managed to remit $20 to my savings group for my future project(livestock-rearing), bought food worth $12 and also bought books worth $2 for my three children who were joining new classes. I feel happy because, with the little savings that I have been making from the transfers, my project would soon commence.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband has been working as a charcoal burner and we have eight children together. Lately, it has been a struggle because business is on the low. It may take more than a week for him to get a customer to buy a bag of charcoal which is about $4. Receiving these support funds for the last few months has been my main source of income which has been covering our food expenses and paying my children’s school fees. I recently received my funds and used $10 to open a grocery that entirely sells only tomatoes and sardines. The business has picked up well and at least I can make $3, which can afford to buy my family a meal every day. The other $10 was used to pay school fees for two of my children. I normally alternate paying for the five at school to ensure they do not send them home. The remaining $10 was used to buy food, which is five packets of maize flour that normally last us for at least three days. My husband was relieved and so happy to see that I had some of our needs met with the cash received from GiveDirectly.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I sell cooked food along the streets but currently, the demand is low. In most cases, we end up consuming a bigger portion of the unsold food in the family to avoid wastage since I do not have a fridge to store the unsold food. This has led me to run into losses which have made it challenging raising school fees for my 3 children who are in primary school. The moment when I received the recent transfer, I spent 2000 KES on their school fees so that they could be allowed in school. KES 1000 I spent on some of the foodstuffs for the family and detergents that we lacked.
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?
The funds have been very helpful. Using them, I bought myself some chickens and also paid my children's school fees. So in my opinion, give directly has done extremely well and there's nowhere that they have done badly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I received two transfers from give directly. The first transfer, I used KES500 to pay for my children's school fees and KES700 to buy some flour and soap. When I received the second transfer, I had a school fee arrears of KES3000. So, I used KES1500 to reduce the bill, bought two chickens at KES500, and the remaining KES1,000, I used to buy some flour. These funds have boosted my earnings from the street food vending business and I can now comfortably provide for my 8children.
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 so happy. I did not think about receiving the money from GiveDirectly. It came as a big and pleasant surprise.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My life has been great. The money assisted so much in uplifting my family. I think I will be in big debts trying to support my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Receiving this transfer from GiveDirectly has been if great help to me and my family. It came when I least expected. I managed to buy five packets of the floor at Kes. 500. Paid school fees and bought soap with the remaining amount. I am a mother of seven. Three girls and four boys. I am a farmer and a casual worker. My husband also does casual work also a farmer. You out a smile on our face and lifted our hope high.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Am a second wife with nine children at the age of 31 years.Life is not promising especially looking at how my husband struggles without a job to make ends meet.Coming of GiveDirectly has shaded light into my life and that of my children. I will use the transfers to start rearing goats. I have a plan of saving my first three transfers so as to enable me purchase four goats (which as I have observed) are able to survive in harsh climatic conditions. Selling a goat can help me cover any emergences especially food and school fees.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My last born has been seriously sick. We have been struggling with medication for almost three months. Early this month, we made a saving which enabled us take him to hospital. Seeing him recovered has been my greatest joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of money has been my greatest problem. I have nine children with the first born being 16years. Life challenged us to an extent getting a meal for a day was a dream. I had to force my first born to drop school while in lower primary school so that he could help me burn charcoal for our survival. My husband, who is jobless, has 17 children in total making him unreliable for the provision of the family needs. Seeing my children looking up to me for their future is enough to give me sleepless nights thinking how I could help shape their life through education.