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Mwaro's family
Small business
Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53010 KES ($359 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My big dream is to open up a grocery store. With some money saved up, I'll be able to turn this dream into reality. This store won't just be a business for me; it'll be a means to provide for my family without the constant worry about making ends meet. It will enable me to create a stable and comfortable life for my loved ones.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly helped people in the community who were trying to make ends meet due to extreme weather conditions. Following the move, the community's livelihood improved. The majority of us chose food, while some chose businesses, and yet others chose school expenses. As a consequence, the number of confrontations has decreased. Our faith in GiveDirectly has grown as a result of your transparency and compliance with your promises.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The first thing I did when I received the second transfer was invest in ten goats. It cost me $200, but I knew it was a smart move. These goats would provide us with milk and, eventually, more goats to sell. I used $130 to pay the school fees for my three children. They had been out of school for a while because I couldn't afford their education. Seeing them back in school with smiles on their faces was the best feeling in my heart. Thereafter, I spent $100 on a new bed and mattress. Finally, we could sleep peacefully, and that made a huge difference in our daily lives. With the remaining amount, I made sure my family had enough food on the table and bought some good clothing for everyone. We might not have spent it on extravagant things, but those choices transformed our lives. Thanks to GiveDirectly, we now have hope, and security, for the future.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($388 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
As I sat down under a tree to enjoy my late lunch around 3 PM, my stomach grumbling with hunger, I saw a message notification on my mobile phone. Curiosity sparked within me, and upon checking, I discovered it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. Instantly, an overwhelming wave of joy washed over me as I realized that this unconditional cash transfer would change my life. No longer would I have to endure the discomfort of sleeping in a small house made of ropes; instead, I could finally dream of owning a proper home, a place where security and comfort would be my newfound reality.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life has been the opportunity to invest in livestock. Soon, I will have a sizable herd, allowing me to sell some and generate income. This newfound financial stability means I can now afford to pay school fees for all three of my children throughout their secondary education. It's a tremendous relief to know that they will have the opportunity to graduate and pursue higher education, breaking the cycle of poverty that has plagued my family. Additionally, having a growing goat herd provides a safety net for emergencies. In case of unexpected medical expenses or other urgent needs, I can sell some of the goats and ensure that my family members receive the necessary care and support. Furthermore, I have a long-term vision for my farming activities. Once my goat herd is large enough, I plan to exchange some of them for oxen. This will greatly assist me in my farming endeavors. For now, I still depend on my charcoal business to make ends meet, but it is not a highly profitable venture. However, with the increasing success of my goat herd and the potential income it brings, I can gradually transition away from the charcoal business and focus more on expanding my livestock. This shift will not only provide a more stable and sustainable income source but also reduce my reliance on environmentally harmful practices. Thanks to GiveDirectly's support, I am now on a transformative journey towards a better life where financial security is within reach.  
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After receiving the unconditional cash transfer from GiveDirectly, I wasted no time in improving the living conditions for my family. With approximately $210, I purchased building materials to construct a new house, replacing our dilapidated one. The sight of my three children, who had to sleep at my younger brother's house during school breaks, was disheartening. The new house would provide them with a comfortable and safe place, protecting them from diseases like malaria and the cold nights. Additionally, I invested around $145 in three goats, as they reproduce quickly and will offer a sustainable source of income in the near future. Part of the cash transfer, about $100, went towards paying off my children's school fee arrears, ensuring they receive a quality education. I also bought them new clothes and shoes, wanting them to look decent despite the challenges we've faced since their mother and I divorced seven years ago. With the remaining funds, I purchased food for my family, recognizing the importance of sustenance for our overall well-being. Currently, I am engaged in charcoal burning to supplement our income. Thanks to GiveDirectly, my family's pressing needs have been addressed, providing a safe and comfortable environment for my children and laying the foundation for a better future.
access_time 1 year ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I have been doing casual job of charcoal burning since when I was 18 years old. This job is tedious and it has affected my healthy. The income is very low earning approximately$100 per month which is not enough for family necessities. I have had the desire to start a shop business at Shangweni but due to lack of funds I could not. I will use $900 to start the shop business. The market is promising and I intend to make a profit of approximately $20 per day. This money will help me pay school fees for my three children at secondary school and also buy food in the future. I will use $200 to buy 20 pieces of iron sheets and build a two room house for the family. I am currently living in a shade which is not enough to accommodate my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
On of my sons at Ganze secondary got a sponsorship from one of the organizations in Ganze. My duty is to pay for boarding fees only. The sponsorship has relieved me of the burden I had . He was sponsored early this year. That made me happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I divorced my wife five years ago and left with the three daughters . I am now living with three sons who are schooling at Ganze secondary. I do casual jobs earning $100 per month which caters for school fees and food. I have an obligation to pay school fees and the nature of my work sometimes let me down thus my children are sent out of school. This has affected their performance. Lack of reliable job is the challenge I am currently facing.