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Ruth's family
Looking after house/family
FSD / Urban Youth
Upcoming Stage
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
20000 KES ($198 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I have no new goal but to save for my college education. I believe through completing my college studies on hairdressing and beauty, I will be able to get employed and provide for my family with ease.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is that I have bought a goat and in the unforeseen future once their population have increased I will be able to sell some of them and use the profits to start a cosmetic business with the profits. At that time I will be acquitted with knowledge after completing the hairdressing and beauty course on how to operate such a business for its sustainability. Having doubled profits I will be able to provide for my family with ease.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the money I received from GiveDirectly to buy a goat and remaining amount I paid school fees for my nephew who had stayed home for two weeks due to lack of money to settle the lump sum arrears she had in school. I also partly paid my enrollment fees to college for a hair and beauty training course.
Describe the moment when you started receiving transfers. How did you feel?
It was 4:00 am in the morning I was wakened up by a message alert on my phone and upon looking at it. I found that GiveDirectly had sent me money. I felt very happy because I knew most of my financial problems will be solved and having thought GiveDirectly's programme was blackmail and this act disapproved my ideology. The funniest thing I was able to sleep up to later during the day.
access_time 7 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
My first priority will be to use rye money to start a new business of selling fruits. I want to open a small place where I can sell fruits, like fruit salad, fresh fruit juice and whole fruits. I believe I can get a large margin of clients with this kind of business. It will help me with my livelihood too. My second priority will be to use the money to pay for my small sisters education. I can pay her fees and help my parents out since they have a challenge in providing better education for her. She gets sent home often due to lack of school fees. Lastly I will use the money to relocate to a better house and neighbourhood. I always feel insecure in my neighbourhood, and this money will give me a chance to move to a better house and location.
Describe your biggest worry.
My top concern is gang violence/crime because I often worry that one day some one from my family might get involved with these many gang groups around, get caught stealing and even get jailed or killed by police. I also live in worry and fear because I stay in a neighborhood that is very insecure that's why when j get money I would love to move to a better and secure place.
What are your greatest ambitions?
My ambitions are for me and my family to live a healthy long life, make sure my children grows up with a better and improved life, I want to ensure they also get the best and quality education without me worrying about their school fees. I also want to be successful enough in my future businesses and be financially stable. I will be able to build or buy my mother a house.
Describe your usual day. How do you spend your time?
On my usual day I wake up, prepare breakfast for my husband , do some house chores, and take care of the baby. I do this almost everyday and in between chores I watch TV while taking care if my child. During my free time I try to visit my relatives, play games using my phone and mingle with my friends.