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53150 KES ($528 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The biggest difference is that I am now hopeful of living in my own home. Through the transfers I got from Give Directly I have already bought the necessary building materials. Initially, I only used to depend on casual jobs. The money I got from these jobs was enough to buy basic needs. I used to save nothing towards this goal therefore there were slim chances of establishing my home. I am happy that soon I will be living with my family in our own homestead. Besides that, I have also paid school fees for all my children and none of them will be sent home for school fees like they used to before.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, the fact that the grant issued by Give Directly is unconditional makes it so unique. One can use the money how best they feel without restrictions and again as I have said it is a grant hence you owe no one. There is nothing bad that I have seen GD do.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
When I received my recent transfers I did use the amount to purchase materials for building my house. We used to live in a grass-thatched house and this was uncomfortable because it used to leak whenever it rained. I took some amount and paid school fees for my children and they have nill arrears. This makes me a proud parent.
55000 KES ($541 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the happiness and relieved I have gotten after being able to admit my daughter in Makadara hospital for medication . The happiness of a mother is when her children are healthy and good of health . Therefore , seeing my daughter recover gracefully after starting the required medication is my point of hope to her recovery . Thanks to GiveDirectly .
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The previous night my phone went off and I was not able to charge it immediately since my house has no installed electricity . The next morning I took it to my neighbor who charged it for me . Upon opening the phone in the afternoon soon after it had charged fully . I got a message notification from GiveDirectly that money had been sent . I felt very happy because I knew my daughter's medication was catered for .
What did you spend your first transfer on?
My daughter who is seventeen years old has been ailing for three years now . During this times , I got financial assistance from friends , relatives and neighbors through conducting fundraisers unfortunately it reached a point when they were tired to offer assistance . Therefore , with my first transfer I spent on her medication and I am glad she is getting the required medical attention at Madaraka hospital .
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will enable me to solve two major stumbling blocks in my life. I will be able to seek proper medication for my daughter who has been suffering from uncontrolled bleeding during her menses for 3 years now. I will also spend roughly ksh.50,000 to help me reduce on the accumulated fee arrears for 8 of my children which is totalling to ksh. 147,000 as follows : ( ksh.50,000 for the one in college, ksh.89,000 for 2 in secondary school and ksh.8000 for 5 in primary school. This debts have been accumulating and much as I strive to do different jobs like burning charcoal, extracting aloe vera juice and even selling the little harvest from farming, balancing between buying food,seeking for treatment and paying school fees has been an impossible mission to accomplish because back home, I have additional 4 dependants bringing the total number of people looking up to me for upkeep to 12 family members. Since I know that this money is not enough to help me achieve all this, I plan to broaden my source of income flow by investing in livestock trade and general shop business. Over time, I am sure that my income will be consistent thus reducing the heavy burden of finances that I am currently facing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I feel very happy in the evening while resting with my family after a hard day's work in the farm planting my maize or burning my charcoal and at times preparing my aloe vera juice extract for selling. All this activities require exertion of great physical strength and by evening when I am done, I feel so tired and only wish to rest.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial constraint to accord my daughter proper medical check up for her current condition of continuous and uncontrolled bleeding even when it is not yet time for her menstral flow is the biggest hardship that I face.For the past 3 years, her menses have been so irregular, full of excessive stomach cramps and continuous all months through. We have tried nearly all local hospitals but the result is always the same that the condition will stabilize itself on its own. My poor daughter. This condition has greatly affected her self esteem and morale to even be in school. Right now she would be in form 2 but because she kept skipping school when it started and she was too weak and in so much pain, she was forced to repeat class 8. I have ran out of money to buy sanitary towels and this forces her to use pieces of clothes to contain the flow. How I wish for my child to be healed so that she goes back to her normal bubbly and jovial self.