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Mwanajuma
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
33
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Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($388 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My focus in the coming year and beyond is on resuming my hustle of cooking samosas. I understand the responsibilities that lie ahead in supporting my spouse and ensuring our family's needs are met. It's not easy for him to shoulder the burden alone, and I am determined to do my part. By returning to my business in four months, I hope to contribute financially and create a more stable and comfortable life for our little one and ourselves. Cooking samosas has always been my passion, and I believe that with dedication and hard work, it can serve as a source of strength for our family's future.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Thanks to GiveDirectly, I can hardly believe my eyes as I send my son off to secondary school. It feels like an unbelievable dream come true. With the unconditional money they provided, I was able to cover the school fees and necessary expenses, ensuring my son could pursue his education without any worries. Seeing him proudly don his school uniform and embark on this new chapter fills my heart with immense joy and gratitude.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With part of the money, I immediately took care of my son's education, who is in high school, paying off his outstanding fees of $300, relieving a burden that had weighed heavily on my shoulders. No longer would he be sent home due to unpaid fees, and I could see the relief in his eyes, knowing he could now focus on his studies without the constant worry of being turned away from school. The investment in his future was worth every penny. With a portion of the funds, I invested in new furniture, purchasing five sturdy plastic chairs for $ 42. It might seem like a small thing, but having chairs that won't break and having enough for visitors makes a world of difference to our family's dignity and comfort. No more will I have to borrow from friends, feeling embarrassed during gatherings. With the remaining amount, I made essential improvements to our living conditions. I bought roofing sheets, nails, and timber to construct a safe and hygienic kitchen. Previously, we were cooking on an open fire, which posed numerous risks to our health and safety. The new kitchen brings me immense relief and a sense of security for my family. Lastly, I used part of the money to buy food for my six family members. This was a relief to my spouse, who works as a mechanic and earns so little that it is challenging for him to sustain us all. Thanks to the unconditional cash transfer, we now have a brighter future ahead, free from the burden of debt and filled with hope for a better life.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES
access_time 1 year ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had visit my sister's place in the nearby town. I spent almost the entire day there. At around 4 pm, I returned home where I heard the news about the transfers. For all that time, I had removed my sim card from the phone. After inputting it back I was surprised to learn that I had received the transfer too. I was very happy for receiving my transfers, I shared the good news with my husband who was at home on leave. We both celebrated and thank Givedirectly for the transfer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am happy my child has been able to join a secondary school without any difficulty. Previously, I did not have money to take the kid to secondary school despite him excelling in his primary education. I had already loose hope and wanted him to repeat class eight.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the recent transfer to further the studies of my firstborn son who had completed primary school and was about to join secondary. The transfer come at the right time when we need it most since we did not have any savings for his education. I used $440 to do the required shopping as well as pay the secondary school boarding fees. Currently, I am happy that my kid was able to join secondary school without much problem and continue learning without any issues. In addition, I used the remaining amount to acquire a new mattress for our 3 kids who were spending their nights on an old, small and worn-out mattress that was not comfortable.
 
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access_time 1 year ago
 
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
My house! I have for a long time desired to change the roof of my house because the iron sheets are currently rusted and leak during the rainy season. In addition, some sheets bang a lot when it's windy because the nails are no longer stable and this has pushed me to the need of changing them. With this money, I intend to spend a big portion ($600) to ensure my house gets into my desired status. This will guarantee me a better life since I will no longer have stress about the nature of my structure, also, I will be having peaceful nights. The remaining amount will help me to support my children's education, especially the one who is about to join secondary school next year. Therefore, this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
In November 2022, my son was doing his final primary school exam but the challenge was his fee arrears which had accumulated to $30. Although this seems to be a small debt, it was giving me sleepless nights considering that, it could make my son miss the exams. Fortunately, the headteacher requested me to make a commitment how to settle the debt as my son continues with his exams. What a sigh of relief! This gave me peace of mind since my child was able to do all the exams and we are now expecting good results. Therefore, I consider this as what brought me joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband used to work in a very potential company as an electrician but in the year 2018, he was retrenched from work. This compelled him to stay idle at home until the year 2021 when he was able to secure the same job but in a different firm. His recent income has not been reliable since they usually postpone payments and this has forced me to engage in the small business of selling fast food at the nearby school, to supplement his income. Although I put more effort into ensuring I support my children in school, sometimes I fail in providing some of our very basic needs like food when my husband is yet to get his salary. This situation has robbed away my joy as a mother because it is not believable to see my children crying due to hunger. Therefore, I consider financial instability as my biggest challenge.