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Kavumbi's family
Small business
Kenya Standard Remote
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($489 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 10 AM when I was from the bush when my grandson alerted me that I had received my first KES 55000. At first, I thought he was kidding because he is always full of jokes so I decided to ignore the story. A few minutes later my bender son informed me that I had received the cash transfers. I was so excited I remember dancing while praising my Lord for the special gift in my life. This will be one of the memorable days in our lives as a family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my family life is that I am now hopeful. Currently, I have goats that I am rearing in my homestead. The fact that I now have six goats, my dream of buying more livestock like a dairy cow is now achievable. I believe when I get the dairy cow my life will improve because I will be getting milk. This means I will have additional income because I plan to sell the milk whereby a liter goes for KES 50. We will also be healthier because we will not have to buy milk, it will supplement our daily meals. Since I have been the family breadwinner of nine, life has never been easy. The little I could earn could not sustain most of our needs. Therefore I feel there is a relief for now because the goats will continue reproducing and in that process, my livestock will increase in number making me wealthier. Through this asset, I trust that I will be able to easily pay school fees for my children and cater to other basic needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying beddings which include a new wooden bed at KES 7000 which was to replace the old traditio0nsl one made of ropes that I have been using. I later bought sox goats at KES 20000 which are now the living assets that I can now rely on in case of a financial crisis. Also, I bought building materials like building poles at KES 10000 which I am planning to construct a new house because the old one was very small. In addition, I learned the school fees of KES 10000 for my son who is in his second year. With the remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuffs for my children that can sustain us for a while.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a spacious house for my family.I am now living in a one roomed house which does not offer privacy.I am planning to spend 40,000 KES to build a two roomed house. I will also spend some of the transfer to buy two indigenous cows to produce milk for own consumption and sell surplus to my neighbors.The remaining amount will help me buy beddings as well as other basic needs such as food.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon.This is because I chat with my neighbors about our well being.Unlike in the morning and evening I stay at my house doing my household chores.This keeps me busy and tired.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have ever faced in my life is sickness. I was bitten by a dog twenty years ago and I am still feeling pains in the whole body. I have been getting treatment but the condition does not go away. My husband depends on charcoal production which earns him 1200KES per week. The money is not enough to cater for food and my medication. Due to this I have been struggling to save enough money to construct a big house.Sometimes, when I get visitors I aske relatives to accommodate them.This makes me feel ashamed.