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Charo's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Charo received a $484 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying the building maters which include iron sheets at KES 17000, the building poles at KES 8000, nails at KES 1350, and the labor charge of KES 5000. I had intended to build a new house because the previous one was a traditional temporary house which would collapse anytime. Also, I cleared school fees of KES for my children since their exam was approaching and I was worried they would miss. With the remaining amount of money, I bought enough food for my family and catered for some household items."
Karisa's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Karisa received a $484 initial payment.
"I spent my transfer to construct a decent house by purchasing building materials which included 29 iron sheets, nails , building poles and timber. This is because my house was very small, despite it being small I used it as kitchen and granary at the same time. I was very ashamed whenever I saw my daughter-in-law cooking while I am relaxing in the house. In addition, I used KES 10,500 to invest in my goat's rearing activity. Moreover, I used KES 5000 to pay part of the school fees for my son who is taking a construction course. Lastly, I used KES 4900 to settle my debts at the shop."
Dama's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Dama received a $484 initial payment.
"It was around 11.30 pm when I was preparing to go to bed to rest. I had been assisting my kids who were doing their night studies at the house. I heard my phone message alert and my husband asked me what was the message all about at such a time. After examining it, I realized that it was the transfer from GiveDirectly. I was very happy and relieved of all the stress since my 2 secondary school children who are in a day school had been sent home due to school fees on that particular day."
Alice's family
access_time 20 hours ago
Alice received a $484 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the clearance of school fees arrears for my children. It has given me satisfaction and I can now sleep in peace without worrying that they can be sent home anytime. I am grateful to God and Give directly for this support that has brought a lot of changes in my family."
Rebecca's family
access_time 20 hours ago
Rebecca received a $484 initial payment.
"With the first transfer, I spent Kshs.30,000 on purchasing a dairy cow which we now milk, and get two liters of milk per day. Before we use to buy one liter of milk per day which wasn't sufficient for my family. I am now happy that we can have adequate milk for consumption. With Ksh.20,000 I used in clearing school fees arrears for my three school-going children. I am so grateful that now they are fully settled in school and catching up with what they had lost when they had been sent home. With the remaining amount, I used it in purchasing food for consumption especially during this period of drought."
Mwanapili's family
access_time 20 hours ago
Mwanapili received a $484 initial payment.
"I spent a part of my first transfer on buying some building materials which comprises iron sheets at KES 28600, building poles at 4800, nails at KES 1600. I had intended to build a new house because the previous one was not in good condition and I was worried that it might collapse. Also, I cleared school fees of KES 4000 for my five children who are in primary schools. As their mother, I am so glad that they are now studying peacefully with fewer disturbances. In addition, I bought new clothes for my children and enough foodstuffs. For now, we no longer starve."
Lydia's family
access_time 21 hours ago
Lydia received a $484 initial payment.
"I have been married for over five years and my life has been full of sorrows all though. I have been sheltering under a temporary small house which could hardly accommodate all my family members. During the winter seasons, it was the worst of all because we could all squeeze ourselves into one corner of the house till the heavy downpours stops. My children were always sick as a result of the harsh climates, especially at night. I have been aspiring to at least renovate it but I couldn't afford it since the materials were very expensive. Being jobless, the little my spouse could earn was only enough for the daily meals and part of their school fees. This is evident that building the house using our cash would take years. I am now grateful because through the financial support I was able to build a permanent spacious house. We no longer have to worry about the rains and even the insecurity of our properties."
Kadzo's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Kadzo received a $484 initial payment.
"Having the goats has made my life to be very different in various ways in my entire household. Being jobless, has never been easy at all, since we only depended on my spouse for the family's upkeep. He used to earn KES 100 in a day which was not enough in raising the seven children. We have been through a lot especially in catering to our children's basic needs like food. Skipping meals was the trend and the kids were always home concerning the school fees issue. I am therefore hopeful that through the goats all the troubles will come to an end. Once they multiply, I will be able to sell some and start a kiosk business which will now be my reliable source of income. I am positive that I will now be able to take good care of my family without straining any more."
Tabu's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Tabu received a $484 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am now a proud owner of goats. It has been my desire to at least own one but they were very expensive. I opted for the goats because they take very little time to mature and their pastures are readily available in my region. Being a housewife of six children has been tough all along especially in raising fees for my kids. My spouse is a casual laborer and the little he earns couldn't satisfy all the family's basic needs like food and the fees. Therefore their education journey has been full of ups and downs. For that reason, I had to think of a permanent solution on the same. I am now hopeful that by the time they will be transitioning to secondary schools or even colleges, the goats will have multiplied. I will be in a position to sell some and cater for the school fees and their basic needs. As a mother this has restored my lost hope and joy in life, courtesy of GiveDirectly."
Karisa's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Karisa received a $27 third payment.
"For a while, I have been struggling to pay school fees for my children. I do manual jobs for my survival and that of my family. I mainly do construction work. The pay per day is KSH 500. Work is not daily and I can sometimes work three times a week or even none. The earnings are enough to just budget food for my family. In a good month I can save some money to pay for school fees balances. I have two children who are currently in school. My daughter is in form one and her favorite subject is biology. My son is currently in class eight, preparing to sit for his final primary examinations. When I received the transfer, I spent KSH 1500 plus my savings and cleared part of the KSH 8,960 fee balance I owed the school. I also spent KSH 800 to buy food in bulk for my family. With all my saving spent in paying school fees, I so it was wise to spend part of the transfer in buying food in bulk for my family. The idea is good because I can have enough time to save enough money to buy more food. I also saved the rest of the money to give myself plenty of time to plan on how to use the rest of the money."
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