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Neema
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kenya
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Small business
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5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The first I considered after receiving the transfers was nourishment for my family and I because drought had taken a toll on us and we barely had any food left in the house. I went ahead and bought six packet of maize flour for KES 720 and then used KES 250 as transportation fee for the person I sent to go fetch water for me in the neighbouring town since it was scarce in our area. Then I took part of the balance which is KES 750 and used it to buy three hens since I intended to begin poultry farming. I then went on and decided to purchase clothes for my two kids since they barely had anything presentable because most of their clothes were old and worn out and for that I used KES 1,200. Lastly I remained with KES 80 which I used to get sugar.
 
3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my most recent transfer to buy two hens at KES 300 and a goat at KES 2000. I intend to raise them and later resell them when they are fully grown. Through this I shall get some additional money. Thanks to GiveDirrctly for its support.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well especially on the part where we are given cash directly. This is good because it will open up our minds to look beyond just buying food and put into good use the money into long-lasting projects. These projects once are up and running will change our life for the better.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With the current drought situation we are currently facing, everything is expensive and has made life very difficult. I currently do not have a job and I have a child who depends on me for everything. Water is very expensive and a jerrican retails at KSH 50. I have always depended on farming for my survival but for now, it is not the case. With no rain, everything we planted has dried out and we are left with nothing to depend on. When I received the transfer I spent KSH 1000 in starting a new business of selling mandazi just to cope with the situation and earn a living for myself. I also spent KSH 1800 buying food for my family. With no food on our farms, we depend on food bought from the very expensive shop. In addition to that, I spent KSH 200 buying water for my use at home.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home making preparations for my business when I had the ping and vibrations of my phone. I went to check it and could not believe that I had received money from GiveDirectly. I was very happy to have gotten this money and I am forever grateful.
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 a source of income which gives me a sense of security in that no matter how things get difficult I still have some money I can get. The thought of getting food without struggle is like a blessing.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
During this drought season, we have been having a hard time meeting our basic needs. I came up with the idea of selling some food like mahamri to get a little income. With this money, I was able to invest in my business idea and start it. I spent the whole KES.1200 to start my business. I still cannot believe my dream has come to fruition. Thank you Give directly for this opportunity.
 
Enrolled
access_time 10 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I toil under the scorching sun every day as a hawker only to earn 100 KES. An alternative source of income will save me the struggle of getting my needs. I desire to change my story because I am my child's only hope, and she deserves the best. I am looking forward to these transfers because they will help me re-enroll in a tailoring college. Upon completion of the course, I will open a dressmaking shop.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Juliet had outgrown most of her clothes but I couldn't even remember the last time I bought her new ones. My sister saved the situation in May when she bought us new clothes. I was so glad to received the package.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I struggle to raise my daughter (Juliet) singlehandedly. My snacks (Maandazi) business earns me $1 a day. I cannot get all our needs with this amount and I am forced to borrow from relatives. I am so unhappy with this life because I believe I am too young to suffer.