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Kenya Basic Income
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My primary goal is to construct a more comfortable and secure two-roomed house for my family of five, consisting of my husband, three children, and myself, by May of next year. Our current dwelling is in a deteriorating state, and every time it rains, we endure discomfort and inconvenience. To achieve this goal, I am committed to allocating a portion of my monthly salary towards a dedicated savings fund for the construction project.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used the GiveDirectly money wisely to invest in a sustainable future for my family. With a strong desire to secure our long-term well-being, I decided to embark on a livestock-keeping endeavor. With the recent transfer, I purchased a goat valued at $25, marking the beginning of my project. Additionally, I utilized the remaining $9.70 to clear the overdue school fees for three of my children who had been forced to stay home due to our financial constraints. This support lifted a significant burden off my shoulders. I am immensely grateful for the financial assistance I received, which has allowed me to take meaningful steps towards securing a better future for my family.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
During the years I have been married, I have primarily relied on my husband for everything as a housewife. His income is insufficient to adequately support the family and pay for the children's expenses due to the growing number of household needs. I intend to open a small shop, make use of the transfers, increase my meagre savings, and start selling flour, vegetables, and fruits. Because I think the shop will make some money, this will at least make sure that my husband is not overwhelmed.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Two chickens and a goat are among the livestock I purchased with recent transfers, among other things. Owning some livestock is the only savings I have to my name thus far because I do not possess any other reliable assets on which I could fall back in the event of a financial emergency. I'm glad I've been adding livestock; right now, I have three goats and six chickens. I anticipate being able to easily sell them as they procreate and grow in number to meet my financial needs. The livestock savings will be used to fund my young children's education in the future. I do not have a source of income, but I am confident that the livestock will eventually be able to provide some income if necessary. Aside from the livestock, I also paid the fees and cleared the arrears for my three children, and thanks to the transfer, they are now happily enrolled in school. They haven't been expelled for failing to pay fees in a while, so I'm relieved that their education hasn't been hindered. In order to ensure that there is always food in my home, I also went grocery shopping, purchasing a bale of maize flour as well as some cereals.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Currently, I run a small business selling various food items. Although it does not perform very well, I am always able to realize a daily profit of $2 from it. To realize an increased income, I have developed a goal of expanding my business this year. With the continuous monthly transfers, I will re-invest some money to boost it in anticipation of realizing an increased profit. Second, I want to raise livestock, specifically goats and cows. They can be useful, especially during an emergency, because I can sell some to raise cash.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I had hoped to start a development project at home because I am getting older, but I need a business that will benefit me after my GiveDirectly's transfers. So I used $25 of my November transfer to buy a goat. The December transfer enabled me to purchase two hens for $10. I used the rest of the money to purchase food for the December holiday season. However, with the January transfers, I bought food worth $14 as well as offsetting school fees arrears of $20 for my two school-going children. I bear more burden of supporting my family since my husband has a chronic condition and he cannot do any work.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my view, GiveDirectly is the only non-governmental organization that aims at improving the living standard of the community where it works. It does so well in ensuring that we receive our transfers directly through the Mpesa platform. This a situation that enhances our safety since no one knows when recipients receive their transfers unless we opt to share with them. Many community members have been able to return their children to school as a result of the financial assistance. In addition, people's purchase power has risen. There is nothing that I have observed that GiveDiercetly does not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a mother of seven children. At home, we are staying eight members since my husband stays away in Mombasa town where he does casual jobs. Although he does a casual job to earn a living, he is medically unstable since he had previously suffered from a stroke. His left hand is not functional. Immediately after I received, the transfer, I spent $9 on buying two hens. Currently, I have four hens. I spent $10.1 on paying school fees for my five school-going children. They are progressing well with their studies. Since I did not have food, I spent $10 on food.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was late in the evening and I was in the house resting before my eldest son came in. On his face, there was an expression of joy because he had accessed my phone. He immediately informed me that I had received my transfer. Upon checking the Mpesa messages, I could not hold my joy. As soon as I learned of the transfer, I felt so excited because that was historical in my life. I am so grateful to GiveDirectly for such a timely support.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Throughout my life, I have been relying on charcoal making to earn a living. It subjects my family to a hard situation due to the low level of my family income. With the transfer, I was able to pay school fees for my children. I am glad that my children have found it easier to concentrate on their studies with minimal distractions.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
To pursue my dream of raising domestic fowl, I spent KES 300 on two chickens as soon as I received my transfer. I am optimistic that this will be a profitable venture for my family, as I do not have a steady source of income. In addition, I spent KES 500 on school fees for my children who attend school. The final transfer batch enabled me to purchase food for my seven-member family. Although the food never kept us going for longer, I am grateful because it made our lives easier.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
The greatest desire of every parent is to see the children have a successful life. I believe this can only be achieved through good education. Receiving this money will help me support my children in their academics. I have 4 children who are still schooling. Raising their school fees is always very challenging. This is because I do not make a lot of money from my charcoal-burning business. I approximately make 2,000 KES per month. Food consumption consumes this entire amount. This leaves me with nothing to pay for their school fees. I am planning to use 20,000 KES to purchase 10 goats as my store wealth. The livestock will gradually reproduce and I will be selling them to clear the tuition fees for my little ones.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have a daughter who completed high school in April. Recalling all the struggles I went through for her education, her clearing school with a zero-fee balance gave me alot of happiness.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity due to financial instability is a menace in my household. I undergo lots of struggles to ensure my 5 children have something to eat. The income I make from charcoal burning is very low compared to the food prices. A 2,000 KES a month income cannot sustain a family of 6 members for a full month.