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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 23 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The investment of the transfer proceeds toward the purchase of goats will be my greatest accomplishment this year and moving forward. I currently have 8 goats in total, and my goal is to increase this herd to a sizable size. The proceeds from the sale of some of the goats will then be used to purchase cows. The price of a cow can range from $50000 to $80000. This sum is enormous and can address many of my issues. Many cows equal a lot of wealth that can be cashed in at any time.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I'm working on any available job that comes my way because of the country's deteriorating current economy. I do work related to selling charcoal, fishing, and building homes. All of these jobs have one thing in common: I don't make enough money to support my family on my meager pay. My children are the first to bear the impact whenever I am unable to land a job. Due to significant unpaid school fees, they are frequently expelled. I paid $4 in school fees for my youngest son, who was starting kindergarten this year, when I received my February transfers. With the aid of the Give Directly transfers, I am pleased and confident that I will see my children through to the end of their highest level of education. Last but not least, I bought a goat with the remaining $30. I want them to grow in number so I can eventually sell some and buy some cows, so this is an investment for the future. The market value of the cows is extremely high, which will be economically advantageous for me when I wil be selling them in the market.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I started receiving money from GiveDirectly I began to invest in goat-rearing projects. I spent $25 on purchasing a goat. The reason why I loved this project is that goats reproduce twice per year. I will sell the young ones to be able to purchase an ox. I have always wanted to own an ox since it helps in plowing the farm during the planting season and makes the work much easier. For the remaining amount of money, I top up with my little savings and purchase shoes, book, and pens for my five children in primary school. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has improved our living standards
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Before the transfers came through, I barely had any money and yet I had a debt in tuition fee which led to my children being sent home almost everyday. I spoke to the administration and promised to pay as soon as I got the money. Sooner than later GiveDirectly sent out the transfers, so I took KES 1,800 and paid it for my four children. Since we were also facing challenges when it came to having a meal I ensured that I used the balance of KES 1,100 and purchased five packets of maize flour. Lastly I took the KES 100 left and bought laundry detergent.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, the transfers I get monthly is something GiveDirectly does well. I can develop myself. I'm now assured of having money every month unlike in the past. I therefore, intend to plan adequately that I may grow. At the moment, I do not feel there's something GiveDirectly is not doing well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received the first transfer, one of my children who is a class 8 candidate needed some money for the national exams. I therefore, spent KES 800 on this. The remaining KES 300 was used on food. For the second transfer, I used it to reduce my debt at the school. Thus, I paid KES 2500. Since it very hot at this time of the year in my region, I had to get my children shoes. I spent the remaining KES 500 on buying them shoes.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was in the forest gathering wood ready to burn charcoal, when I had my phone beep. I stopped for a second to check the message. I was happy and excited when I saw the Mpesa message. All of a sudden I stopped doing what I was doing and rushed home.It was a relief because charcoal burning is one of the hardest job have ever had to do and takes long for one to enjoy its benefits.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving this transfers is being debt free when it comes to my children school fees. I have 7 children where 4 are already in the lower primary and the other 3 are yet to join school in the next 2 years.I am hopeful that I will be able to pay my children school fees with the next 5 years support program.Besides I have interest in keeping of livestock as a way of supporting my family and retiring from working as a charcoal burner.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have 7 children and the oldest is a candidate. I received my transfer when she was at home because she was expected to pay her end term exam fee. The situation at home was quite frustrating because I mainly rely on working as a charcoal burner and the process takes more than a day to be ready .I took KES 800 and paid partly her exam fee as I used the remaining KES 370 to buy a meal for my family for the next 2days as I hope to make sales.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have 9 children with 6 of them in primary school. I have desired to ensure these children get their best in school and I have tried a lot to support them in paying fees. With all my struggle from the charcoal work that earns me very little usually 1600 KES per month, I have sometimes failed since some lack school uniforms. Seeing them putting on home clothes as they go to school makes me feel like an irresponsible father. I plan to spend the better part of my transfers in supporting my children's education in terms of paying their fees and also buying uniforms. This will give me peace of mind and also a guarantee of a better future. The other transfers will help me to buy food and construct a separate house for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Despite the many challenges that my children have faced in school like the lack of fees, they have recently demonstrated that they can do better regardless of the hardship they are going through. In their last exam on June 2021, they had good marks something that I never expected. This has given me the energy to work hard and support them. Hence, I consider this as what has brought joy to my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My work is to vend charcoal, a job that earns me very little usually 1600 KES per month. This income is very low to fully support the needs of my family of 11 members. Consequently, my children have been sent out of school due to lack of fees while at home, skipping meals has become our norm. I, therefore, consider the lack of a reliable source of income as the main challenge that I am currently facing.