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6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have been living in a very weak muddy house which is a danger to my life because it can collapse anytime incase of heavy rainfall or strong winds. Due to financial constraints, I have not been able to build another house because the average daily wage that I earn from working in construction sites couldn't afford me basic needs and support my old parents. When I was enrolled in the program, my goal was to save towards building a house and I have committed to savings KES 2000 monthly towards the same. For the last three months, I have been saving KES 2000 monthly and spend the balance to buy food. I'm hopeful that I will be able to build a house in a few months time and evade the danger of being buried inside my house in case of heavy rainfall.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I am very loyal to the help I receive from you. GiveDirectly is okay and the best among the rest.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
0Receiving money from GiveDirectly was a great milestone for me and my family. It came when I was required to pay for the hospital bill which had taken a long time to be paid back. This was because I was sick and treated in debt. I had no job and could not even afford to buy food, hospital bill and even rent. I spent KES. 1500 to repay the debt, and spent KES. 1000 on food, 500 spent on other basic needs. The first transfer helped me in buying water to help my family during drought and food. Thank you so much, you have put a smile on my face.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at my workplace cutting vegetables for my customers. It was around 9 am. I received a notification on my phone. Upon checking it up, I confirmed that I had indeed received the transfer. I was very happy and wore a big smile. This attracted the attention of my customers who inquired about it. I shared the good news with them and they were happy and also told me that they were too eager to wait to receive their transfer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The transfer has made a big difference in my life. I can now say confidently that my life is on an upward trajectory. I want to change my life for the better. Once I receive the other transfer I will invest even more in other projects that will help me earn some considerable amount of income and thus seek out my daily needs with ease.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a focused woman. I have always wanted to be financially stable but challenges have not ceased to come my way. A time came when I decided to join a women’s saving group which we use to save money weekly. With this group, I can ask for a loan invest it in any income-generating project. Since I started my contributions, I have experienced some hitches in raising the amount required for one to be given a loan by the savings group. When I learned that I had received the transfer I was very excited. I took KSH 1000 and saved it in the women’s group to increase my credit score. I also spent KSH 1000 buying vegetable stock for my business. I wanted to expand my business but did not have money to do that. I used the remaining amount to buy food and water for my family. Finding water for use has become a very big hustle due to the drought conditions. One has to purchase water from the vendors and this is very expensive for us.
access_time 10 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I started building my dream house about a year ago but it is yet to be completed. I ran out of money and I got so devastated since I could not move in. My heart now is filled with joy because I know that finally, I will be moving into my new home. I will buy irons sheets, windows, two doors, and bags of cement. The good and comfortable life that I have always wanted is just a few months away.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am grateful for the gift of life, I am healthy, I have not been to the hospital for any ailment. It is enough reason to be happy, as one of my brothers is currently sick and has had to seek further treatment in Mombasa.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I sell vegetables at a nearby village, but its flow is unpredictable. There are days I do not sell all the products and I have to go back with them. Most vegetables are perishable and this means that I have to incur the loss. With little or no income at times I am forced to survive on one meal a day and the rest I keep aside for business.