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4th Payment
Transfer Amount
4560 KES ($45 USD)
access_time 3 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 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