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Mary's family
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($443 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I do not have any new goal. I am forcusing of rearing goats which is an investment which will help my family Incase of emergencies.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The fact that we were not subjected to any prejudice during the recruitment process, made me have confidence with GiveDirectly. Their is nothing that did not go well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Since this cash transfer came on time when my child had a school fees arrears of KES 5500, I hurriedly cleared the fees balance. Now he is settled in school. Furthermore, I bought two she goats at the cost of KES 8000. An investment that will come handy in future should need be. I am also delighted that the same second cash transfer proceeds went into paying for my husband's driving school tuition. I am am happy that he successfully cleared and obtained his certified driving license. Ultimately he has been running his errands without fear of being victimized due to lack of the legal driving license. Being a housewife, I am not worried of my husband being arrested due to lack of the lincence, I am assured of our daily household needs been taken of easily. Thank you GiveDirectly
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($486 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
As I was feeding my child with some porridge my phone vibrated twice, something that made me curious to see what it was all about. Since it was at a distance, I stood and picked it. Upon checking, I was dump founded when I saw a huge figure of money and it was my first time to receive such money in my phone. My heart was filled with joy and a thanks giving for the GiveDirectly organization since the money was from them.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Initially I relied on making and selling charcoal which is a tiresome business to do. The most challenging thing was getting the client to buy the charcoals because charcoals were almost everywhere. Sometimes I used to sleep hungry for not selling even a single sack and this situation left me desiring this without managing to accomplish them. But since the time I received money from GiveDirectly, I have been able to do the things that I have desired for a while. I was able to construct a house and now we are living in a good spacious house not as before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon withdrawing the money, I bought some iron sheets and other construction materials with an aim of building a new spacious house since the one I had was very small to accommodate my family comfortably. I also bought 2 goats so as to start a livestock rearing journey. I could have bought more goats but the climate was not favorable by then. Since it was a drought season, I used the remaining amount in buying some food and water.
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means building a spacious house for my family. I am a mother of three and we are living in a one bedroom house where there is no privacy. During rains season , it is also leaking. I will build a two bedroom house which will cost 60000 KES . I will also use 30000 KES to buy ten goats as investment and use the remaining 20000 to pay school fees for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the evening. This is because I only prepare one meal for the family in the evening due to the famine in our community. Over the day , I go look for job at Bamba market.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband and I are casual labourers. He works in Mombasa. When covid-19 came in 2020, it has been very difficult to both of us to find jobs both in Mombasa and here at Bamba. This has made my family to go without food for sometime. We are only surviving with only one meal per day .That is the biggest hardship I faced in my life.