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53150 KES ($441 USD)
access_time 20 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I do not have any new goals now since I still have children in secondary school and university. I wish to save money from my casual jobs and get support from my family to pay their school fees. This is my main focus for now.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well by giving money to the poor in the community to build better houses, invest in dairy-keeping projects and some even started small businesses that give them daily income. This has improved their standard of living. I do not find anything that GiveDirectly did not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 20,000 on paying school fees for my daughter in secondary school and my son at the university. I am so happy because they are now studying well without being disturbed. They used to be sent home and this was affecting their performance in school. I do casual jobs in the village and the small amount of money that I get is for basic needs and school fees. I was not able to pay the money at once. Besides that, I gave KES 8,000 to my son who was cleared for his graduation from Maseno university. He was able to pay for the gown and gather transport money. I am so happy because all this could have been a big challenge was it not GiveDirectly to support us. Currently, I have peace of mind to conduct my daily activities at home without any stress.
55000 KES ($485 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 10am ,When my aunty came to inform me that she has received the transfer. She asked me to check if I have received money. Actually there was a message confirming that I have received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and immediately informed my family members and they were so happy too. I knew I would be able to buy a dairy cow. The cost of buying milk was so expensive. I am so happy because currently I no longer stress up on where to get the money to buy the milk.
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 have paid School fees for my son who joined the University and others in secondary. This was the biggest challenge that I had that particular time. I didn't had any other source of income apart from the farming and small causal jobs in the village. The money that I would get was so small and I was not able to pay all the required school on time. I was do worried because my son was joining the University that particular time and I had no money When I received the transfer from GiveDirectly I felt so happy because I knew I would be able to pay school fees. Currently my children are studying well without being disturbed. I hope their performance will improve compared to previous days. I am so grateful because GiveDirectly enabled me to fulfilled this. I had peace of mind to conduct other household needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 37,000 to purchase a dairy cow. This was because I used to buy milk daily and this was so demoralizing and stressful. I paid school fees for my children in various schools. My children used to be sent home and this was affecting their performance in school. I bought a phone for my son who joined the University, this was to anable him to do the assignments. The rest of the money I bought food and clothes for my children.
access_time 12 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means educational support to my children. My eldest son is in his final year at Maseno University and requires KES 15000 to clear his school fees arrears. My second-born son recently joined Kenyatta University and needs an android phone worth KES 10000 to aid him in his research studies. My daughter who is in her third year in high school also requires KES 6000 for her remedial classes since the government via bursary helped us clear her school fees. I will then spend the remaining KES 40000 to buy ten goats at KES 4000 each. These will be my store of wealth, hence an assurance that my two children who are still in primary school won't lack school fees when they get to higher learning institutions.
What is the happiest part of your day?
When my second-born son completed his secondary school education last year, my greatest prayer was to see him secure a position in one of the good universities in Kenya, after passing his examinations well with a C+ grade. I couldn't hide my joy three months ago in August, when we received his letter of admission to Kenyatta University, to undertake a teaching course. My contentment lies on seeing my children fulfill their dreams through education and I will always toil hard to support them.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I decided to engage in carpentry trade two years ago, when land unproductivity took toll on me after the crops (maize and beans) that I used to plant for commercial purpose, failed to yield after several attempts. However, my carpentry job has not been easy, since I have not been able to establish a work station due to lack of funds. I therefore work from home. I haven't been able to market my goods since my consumers are those who knows me personally.I usually split the little I earn ( KES 10000 per month) in buying food for my family as well as paying school fees. My third-born daughter will be joining high school next year and my second born son recently joined the university. my deepest worries lingers around how I will manage to support their education and see their dreams fulfilled.