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8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life has greatly changed over the last four months because I am able to cater to my personal needs. I am well dressed and very comfortable with myself as I feel good to also have the basic desire as a young lady to dress like the rest of my peers. Being that I save some money, I am also hopeful that soon, I will be able to also meet my school fees needs beyond the secondary school level.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I plan to continue saving money over the next four months. This is because I will be Joining a college or a university soon after completing the secondary school level and I will need a lot of money. I save in my mobile money account for these future expenses.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life is that payment of my school fees has become a smooth process. Initially, I used to rely on my mother who was struggling very hard since her income is low. She is a peasant farmer who is a single mother and raising up all my siblings and I is overwhelming. As a result, I could miss school because the fee payment would delay causing me to miss classes. But using some of the transfers, I am able to assist her in the payment which is now giving me ample time to complete my studies. My performance has improved and I expect very good results at the end of the year.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I will be sitting for my final secondary school exam. This will be a time where the transfers will have taken me well through my studies. I will be giving my best as this laying a foundation for my career life. I am confident that I will do well and proceed to train in a college that I will choose after the results are out.
4th Payment
Transfer Amount
4560 KES ($45 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving the money I'm able to pay my school fees on time unlike before where I could not get the money on time. I could be sent home to collect school several times and at times I missed some lessons and this was affecting my performance. My mother is a farmer and sometime she could hardly get the money to pay our school fees due to the poor harvest. I have a brother in the university and other siblings in primary school. Getting school fees for all of us is a big challenge to my mother. I have been applying for bursaries but I have never been successful to get any for my school fees. Nowadays I get time to study well and my performance has really improved because I can devote all my time studing. The school fees are paid on time and I expect good performance to enable me to join university next year.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six months in that I will be able to attend all the lessons and improve on my previous grades at school.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from how it could have been in that my performance has really improved due to the payment of school fees are on time. I can also get the basic needs including buying clothes and textbooks to use at school.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
Before I didn't know that I would continue with my studies due to lack of school fees and now my new goal to devoted all my time and energy on my studies so that I get good performance to join the university early next year.
access_time over 1 year ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
No comment
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of my day is evening when I am with my family
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
Having completed my primary school studies is a big achievement for me so far