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access_time 15 hours ago
"Receiving these transfers from GiveDirectly means so much to me and my family. With the transfers, we will be able to purchase food since it is our most immediate need. We plan to buy two bags of maize at 120 dollars and other basic needs such as cooking oil at 30 dollars. This will ensure that we have enough food to last us till the end of the year. For the remaining transfers, we plan to pay for our children's school fees; Brian and Sylvia who are in secondary school, and also purchase some goats which will be a future investment for us. The transfers will bring great relief to our family."
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access_time 16 hours ago
"Quality education for my children is what I desire most in life. Receiving this money means they will get to study comfortably without being sent home to collect school fees. Sometimes, they stay home for days and miss their studies because of a lack of money. I plan on using the transfer to clear school fees in arrears of $300 for my daughter in secondary school. I will also buy goats to secure my future as they are sellable assets. I am thankful to Givedirectly for it will make our work lighter, especially on school levies."
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access_time 1 day ago
"I am a person of little means who struggles to make ends meet to enable me to fend for the family. It is a huge responsibility that I have not been able to adequately carry on. I feel that I have failed as the sole breadwinner to provide for my family. It has been an uphill task paying school fees for my boy, Nickson, who is in Form 2. I am yet to clear the school fees for him. I want the best for him and I pray to God to help him pass and excel in his studies so that in the future he can break the chains of the vicious cycle of poverty that has been the face of our family for a long. I had no idea where I could get the money thanks to GiveDirectly's transfer which is in the offing. I intend to use $200 to pay for school fees and to clear all the pending arrears. I will use part of the money to purchase food for my family."
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access_time 1 day ago
"I dropped out of school for lack of school fees. Since then, I am not able to secure formal employment because I did not complete my studies. I resorted to the brokerage of livestock as a way of earning income. My job is unreliable and seasonal, as result, I hardly save any amount for other things like investments. Financial constraints are the biggest challenge currently."
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access_time 3 days ago
"This transfer could not have come at a better time than this, it is a big relief and reprieve for us. We have been suffering and struggling to even meet basic needs like putting food on the table. Our school-going children have been sent home for fees many times during the term and therefore disrupting their learning. It is from the foregoing that we intend to sort out the issue of food insecurity, we will purchase 5 bags of 90 kg maize grains and 1 bag of beans for $300 which will last us for at least 5 months. We will use the rest of the money to pay school fees for our children who are in various schools to enable them to have conducive learning and be able to excel in their studies. We are so moved by this transfer, it is life-changing and an enabler to the otherwise forgone dreams, we see ourselves having a better life in the future that we had never imagined before."
View Lilian's profile
access_time 4 days ago
"The transfers have come as a great opportunity for me to better my life and that of my household. I have the plan to start a business with the transfers. The business will involve purchasing goats and selling them at the slaughter and therefore, for the first transfers I plan to purchase two goats at $40 each. For the remaining amount, I plan to pay off my children's school fees which is about 100 dollars. For the second and third transfers, I plan to pay school fees and also boost the business which I will have started with the first transfers. This transfers will greatly change my life for the better since I will not depend anymore on occasional labor and I will also provide better for my family. This transfers will bring me dignity in society."
View Zakayo's profile
access_time 4 days ago
"Goat keeping is the mainstay economic activity in our area, it is the only source of livelihoods that we know and everyone look up to them to sustain themselves. This is for the simple reason that they multiple very fast and subsequently being abig enabler to wealth creation . It is for this reason that we intend to purchase 10 goats worth $400 for rearing to support us in future. We will also leverage on the plenty of pastures that have now sprout as a result of the onset of long rains and so they will be highly productive.We will use the rest of money to pay school fees for our children who are in various institutions of learning. It will be a big reliever from the stress that we have been facing each day."
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access_time 7 days ago
Sidi received a $26 fourteenth payment.
"As I said a large percentage of my income goes into taking care of my children's school fees. I have four children two are in school, grade 6 and class 8, one finished class 8 but is yet to join any further learning institution and my last born is still so young and not in school. My goal this year is to ensure the children in school stay in school using these transfers. My husband has a job but his income is not sufficient and this is why I would want to ensure that whatever I can do with my GD transfers to ensure my children do not miss out on an education I will. I also intend to use these transfers to continue saving in my savings as this money will eventually come to me as a big amount when it's my turn to receive the cash."
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access_time 8 days ago
"Six months ago, I got employed on a contract for three months and which earned me $ 210 in total. I was able to pay debts for my sister, school fees for my daughter, and two goats. The goats have since multiplied and I am delighted since that amount changed my life in a way."
View Benjamin's profile
access_time 8 days ago
"Receiving this transfers means a lot to my family. My grass-thatched house is old and dilapidated. When it rains it lets in water and also the walls are on the verge of collapsing. I have been pondering when and where to get the money to build a better one. The GiveDirectly transfers could not have come at a better time than this, I see my dream of building a decent house coming to fruition, this is a huge milestone to finally own an iron roofed house. I intend to use $400 for its construction and furnishing. Payment of school fees has been a headache to me too and so I will use the rest of the transfers to pay school fees for my children. It will be a major relief since I have been struggling to pay the fees."
View Chebor's profile