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Subsistence farming
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6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My husband is a hawker in Mombasa who makes and sells soap to his clients. Sometimes he makes profit and at times he sells nothing. I want to start my own business where I can sell vegetables and at least make a huge profit and help my husband out in meeting our day to day expenses. I am confident that I will generate a profit of at least $2 so that I will be able to save enough money. People are barely making it through this drought and some are dying because of lack of anything to eat and drink. I will also want to at least help out in curbing the hunger issue by selling to my locals at afford prices.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a mother of 5 children and the moment I received my transfers, I went and bought school uniform for my children. I spent $15 on uniforms for my 3 children, the remaining 2 children I had budgeted and bought for them uniform with the transfers I received last November. I paid their tuition with $15 and with the remaining $ 4 I bought food for my entire family. Thank you so much GiveDirectly for it all. My entire family depends on the money I receive from GiveDirectly because my spouse does not have a steady source of income.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The coming of GiveDirectly to our village was like a godsend. Many lives are gradually transforming courtesy of GiveDirectly’s monthly transfers. Being converged into merry-go-round groups and advising us on how to spend the money have brought unity and peaceful co-existence in the village. I have, however, not seen any area of weakness and still thank GiveDirectly for considering me for their cash transfer program.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a mother of five working as a subsistence farmer for survival. I also raise cattle while my husband is a hawker. My husband is the sole breadwinner of the family and also the one who pays school fees for our five kids. I received the transfer when I had no money to buy food or take my son who was feeling unwell to the hospital. I spent my transfers to buy food worth KES 650, pay for my son's medication, and buy a sheep worth KES 2000 for investment. Taking my son to the hospital on time enabled him to get proper medical care making him regain good health. Besides, we also enjoyed balanced diets through the foods I bought using the transfers that helped improve our health. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for the timely financial support.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was out running the usual household chores when my son came running holding the phone. Upon checking it, there was a message notification and since I do not know how to read it, he opened the message. From the smile on his face, I could tell that it was good news. That was when he informed me that I had received the cash transfer. It was such a happy moment, and I was so delighted.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the joy of having been able to rescue my child’s life. The money was of great help because he was unwell and his condition kept worsening, but we had no money for his medication. I had called my spouse who promised to send us some money in case he was lucky but it seems luck was not on his side. He has a small business in town but it does not do well of late and thus we strain to meet our household needs. I am so grateful for the support because I am not sure how the condition would have been had it not been for the money.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Due to the prolonged drought, we have not been getting adequate harvests to sustain us. In most cases, we budget for foodstuff for the better part of the year which has been a challenge due to our low income. My spouse hawks utensils in Mombasa town but the much he makes can not sustain our family of ten. We thank God that GiveDirectly came to our rescue. With the first transfer, I bought foodstuffs for the family worth KES 950 because we had run out of food. KES 200 I spent in the hospital for my son's medication who was unwell at that time.
access_time 10 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have 5 children, all are still at primary level. Their school expenses have been a burden to me and this has outwitted my struggle to fully keep them in school. My greatest desire has been to invest more in my children's education to ensure they have a good time in school. This will boost their chance of having decent jobs in the future and hence, a better life. On the other hand, I will also venture into livestock keeping especially goats to have a long-term project that I can depend on. Thus, this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
In April, my husband bought us new clothes to replace our rugged ones. Considering this surprise, I feel it to be a big boost to my children too because it has restored our happiness. Seeing my children in new uniforms keeps a smile on my face and this is what has brought joy to my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being a housewife is a challenge of its own because it means waiting for my husband to bring food to the table. Since he works as a casual laborer, his support for us is unreliable, and sometimes getting our very basic needs becomes a problem. In most cases, my children are sent home due to lack of school fees while at home, we survive on one meal a day. This has robbed away my joy and I, therefore, consider financial instability as my greatest challenge.