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47900 KES ($464 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
Since we lived on the lake shore with my husband we decided to start a fishing business using our third transfer to enable us pay school fees for our children.
50000 KES ($481 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
When I received my second transfer, I had plans of purchasing a boat engine. A new one went at 60 , so being much higher than what we had, we opted for a second-hand one which costed us 60000 KES. We therefore made a down payment of 43000 KES with monthly installments of 5000 KES. That has greatly improved his fishing activities because he can go as far us 50km inside the lake and get as many fish as possible. As a result a lot of income has always been generated using the engine boat as compared to previously when he used a manual boat which could hardly cover 10km.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the increased income generation from the fishing activities that my spouse conducts in the lake. With the engine boat, we said goodbye to poverty.
10000 KES ($97 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on paying school fees for my child 4,000 KES who is in nursery school .I bought a school uniform 1000 KES. I also bought three fishing net to start a small scale fish vending business since my husband is a fisherman and this project will grow through his guidance 4500 KES
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my first transfer,I felt very happy and I was certain of accomplishing most of my goals such as starting a small scale fish vending business hence at the moment I am no longer a housewife .I am thankful to GiveDirectly for supporting women empowerment as a value of development in the community through the financial Aid it sent.
access_time 10 months ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face is the inability to provide for all of my family's basic needs since I am not working and my husbands income is hardly enough.As a result, schooling,feeding and clothing my children is very hectic most of the time.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evenings when I am able to sit and relax after finishing all of my daily chores.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means the start of a promising future for my family.Through the transfer, my husband will be able to purchase his own boat and engine to be fishing with.This will enable him to earn more to support the family unlike presently where he is earning too little as a helper in someone else's boat.