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Tabnyobii's family
access_time 4 days ago
Tabnyobii received a $499 initial payment.
"My daughter who's a business lady came home at around 1pm while taking lunch. She informed me that GiveDirectly had sent me my transfers as promised and she had even withdrawn because she had my phone with her. On hearing the good news and seeing the GiveDirectly transfers I was overwhelmed with joy and thanked God for GiveDirectly because I had never received such a lump sum before."
Vincent's family
access_time 8 days ago
Vincent received a $498 initial payment.
"I operate a workshop in my village which is doing well with the little I have invested in. The business is a source of income to me and despite the challenges, my desire has been to boost it to enjoy higher profits thus when I received my first transfer, I took KES15000 to buy better carpentry tools that have enabled me to operate my business without any difficulties. This to me is an investment from which I am expecting a good income that will enable me to meet my financial needs. I am now happy that my business is doing better, which makes it be the biggest difference in my daily life."
Lydia's family
access_time 9 days ago
Lydia received a $500 initial payment.
"I spent KES50000 to buy a cows and five sheep. Having this herd to me is saving for my future family needs. My child is still in lower levels of education and I am expecting to educate them using these animals offsprings and their products. Besides, I will also be getting milk from the cows for my family consumption and surplus for sale to earn extra income. I am also planning to start a business of buying and selling charcoal in the city with the remaining amount. This will be an income-generating activity for us to enhance our unstable sources of income. I used the remaining amount of money on my household items and daily basic needs." (Occupation: Small business)
Leonard's family
access_time 9 days ago
Leonard received a $500 initial payment.
"In the last ten years, I have worked as a motorcycle taxi operator employed by different peoples. I have been forced by the limited resource in our family to persevere the hardship that comes with being a casual laborer in the motorcycle taxi business. I have worked under the hot sun and heavy rains to please my different employers and later have something little to carry home. I am thankful that out of these hardships, I have gained experience and develop a passion for this sector. In recent years, I have longed to have my own motorcycle, a dream that had never seem to be possible. The biggest difference in my daily life ever since I received my first transfer is owning my own motorcycle. My life has greatly changed in that currently, I enjoy the daily profits of at least KES800 a day, no longer work during heavy rains at the same time I have enough rest. I have been able to join two different merry go round that we contribute a total of KES1250 per week a plan that I feel it secures my future. Thank you GiveDirectly."
Regina's family
access_time 9 days ago
Regina received a $500 initial payment.
"The transfer has brought a big difference in my life and that of my family. We were able to clear the big school fees arrears that we had and hence we no longer have stress about where to get the money to do so. Our children will be able to study well without the fear that they will be sent home due to arrears. The calf that we bought will help us in the future. We will take care of it and when it matures enough, we will sell it at a higher price and use the money on important things such as paying school fees for the children. Having invested some money in the shop business, we will be able to get more income that will help us in buying food and other necessities. The children are also happy after we bought them new clothes with part of the transfer." (Occupation: Small business)
Nancy's family
access_time 10 days ago
Nancy received a $500 initial payment.
"I spent KES 35000 on a heifer as an addition to the ones I had. I also spent KES 3050 on a bag of maize because my maize stock was depleted. I also spent KES 500 on a maize seeds in order to avert hunger in the next season. I also added KES 1000 to my sour milk business because it's my main income source. I also spent KES 1000 on other food and household items. I have also saved the rest for furniture because I normally borrow from the neighborhood whenever I have guests."
Rubina's family
access_time 10 days ago
Rubina received a $500 initial payment.
"The transfer from GiveDirectly has brought a big difference in our lives as a family. We have been able to buy the cow that we have always desired to have. This cow will enable us to have milk for our consumption and hence we will no longer have to incur the cost of buying milk. The business that I have started will enable us to get more income in addition to the little that we have been getting from farming. This will thus help us in investing in other important things. The food that we bought with the transfer will enable us to have something to eat for a while and hence we will not be having worries about where to get money to buy food each time. We have also been able to buy a few items that we have been missing in our household. Thank you GiveDirectly for making this possible for us."
Caren's family
access_time 10 days ago
Caren received a $500 initial payment.
"The transfer from GiveDirectly has helped me a lot. I bought some iron sheets with it that I plan to use on the construction of a store. I was also able to buy a bag of maize, some clothes for the children, and I cleared paying their school fees. I still have some amount that I plan to use in paying for the labor once the construction of the store kicks off. We decided to build a store with the transfer because we have been lacking somewhere to store our things. There was some timber that we had bought a while ago that we were planning to use in the construction of another house and we had to store them in the kitchen because we lacked somewhere to place them. This however caused inconveniences for our children who usually sleep in the kitchen. The kitchen is small and hence space was not enough. We also decided to clear the school fees with this transfer that we got because that is what is always our biggest challenge. I depend on small-scale farming to earn a living and my husband usually does the motorbike business of moving people from one to another. The money that we usually get from the two activities has mostly been going to the payment of school fees for our children. It has hence not been possible for us to do any other developments because of lack of enough money."
Zephenia's family
access_time 10 days ago
Zephenia received a $500 initial payment.
"I was going about with my motorbike business and I had stopped for a while at a hotel to have lunch. I heard my phone ringing notifying me of an incoming message. I pulled my phone from the pockets to check what the SMS was all about. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the contents of the SMS. I became so happy on seeing this that I could no longer continue having lunch. I called my wife and I informed her of the good news. She was so happy to hear this and she kept saying thank you to God. I also thanked God because He had opened a way for us."
Faith's family
access_time 10 days ago
Faith received a $500 initial payment.
"The transfer from GiveDirectly has helped us in a big way. We were able to buy a cow with part of it. We also bought a solar panel battery, a woofer, chairs, food and some clothes for our children. I have always wanted to have a cow of my own because I have been buying milk for a while now. The milk that we buy is only enough to prepare tea and hence our children have been lacking milk for their consumption. We had bought a solar panel but we had not bought a battery for it. We have been borrowing the solar battery and hence when the transfer came in, we decided to buy one of our own. We also had no chairs in our home and hence we decided to buy them when we got the transfer. The above was not possible for us to do before due to lack of money. My husband has a small business of buying and selling chicken and I usually practice some small scale farming. The money that we get from the business and farming has mostly been going to the purchase of food. It was hence not possible for us to make any other developments." (Occupation: Small business)