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Shida's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Basic Income
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13th 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 goal at the moment is to prepare for my son Onesmus's high school admission, which is scheduled for next year. He will soon be graduating from the eighth grade towards the end of this year. I anticipate that the admission procedure will be costly, so I intend to start saving a portion of the cash transfers to accumulate the necessary funds. Furthermore, I aspire to expand my herd of goats and cows to generate more wealth, which can continue to support my son's high school education even after his admission.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I primarily used the recent three cash transfers to support the education of my two children, who rely on me for their financial needs. As a widow, I don't have anyone else to help me provide for my children's education. My main source of income is making charcoal, which I rely on to provide for my two children but the income is barely enough to cover all needs. Therefore, I allocated $19 to clear the debts that my children had accumulated for their education by the time I received the funds. Additionally, I invested $5 in purchasing a hen for poultry farming. My plan is for this hen to breed and expand my flock so that I can eventually sell chickens to further support my children's education. I also used $60, along with some funds I obtained from trading 3 goats, to acquire a cow. Am happy that through this initiative, I have grown my cow herd to five. Having two children who rely on me for financial support, I believe the wealth I could generate through cattle keeping will help me contribute, especially to their tuition. Lastly, the remaining funds were utilized for purchasing food supplies such as sugar.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My ultimate goal is to ensure that my son, Onesimus, who is currently in grade eight, has the opportunity to attend high school next year. It would break my heart if he were unable to continue his education due to a lack of funds. Moreover, I do not wish to burden his older brother, who already has his own family to provide for. As the cash aid is currently my sole source of income, I plan to utilize it to pay for Onesimus's studies, ensuring his educational journey continues uninterrupted for the next four years until he completes high school.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am incredibly grateful for the cash transfers as they have allowed me to install a solar lighting system in my house, replacing the old paraffin lanterns. To ensure a steady supply of power, I allocate $5 each month to pay the solar company. As soon as I received the recent funds, I promptly paid the $5 fee, and I am delighted that my house has never experienced a shortage of power since then. I believe that education is of utmost importance to children, and I used a portion of the funds to settle the outstanding tuition fees for my son in grade eight, which amounted to $9.5. Additionally, I paid $4 for my grandson in kindergarten, who was frequently being pulled out of classes due to unpaid fees. Settling these balances has provided my children with the stability they need to continue their education uninterrupted. Give Directly's support has not only enabled us to meet our basic needs but has also helped to build trust with the teachers. They now allow my children to attend classes with the confidence that I will pay the fees upon receiving the transfers. I also used $3 to purchase a hen to expand my flock. By allowing them to reproduce, I can sell the chickens when needed, providing financial support for my family during difficult times. With the remaining funds, I bought food for my family. We had experienced going to bed hungry that week, and I am grateful that the cash transfers have alleviated that struggle.
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?
I am so glad and grateful to God for being among GiveDirectly's cash transfer recipients. So, as I continue to receive my transfers this year, my primary goal is to save part of them for the enrollment of my last son, Onesmus in High School next year. He is currently in eighth grade and will take his exams by the end of the year. Since my husband passed away, he has always represented hope in my life. He had just turned one year when his father passed on and seeing him always gives me hope for the future. I know when he succeeds in his academics, he will be able not only to support himself but also to give support to me as I advance in age.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The transfers have helped my family over the last four months. Despite being a widow, I have not had a difficult time providing for my family. Despite the fact that there has been a famine in the area, I had no trouble getting food; however, this would not have been the case if I were not a GiveDirectly recipient. I have been paying my two school-going children's tuition with a lot of ease, $10 every month. I am glad they were not sent home during those months to collect fees. I have also started raising goats and hens courtesy of the transfer. So far, I have invested $6 in two hens and $33 in a goat for a project I had only been hoping to start.
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?
According to me, the organisation did a very good job by coming up with the idea of offering us unconditional cash transfers. Also, the money was sent directly into our Mpesa accounts which I feel made it easier for us to access the cash. Also, there were no cases of bribes and theft as a result. Therefore, in my opinion, I do not see anything that GiveDirectly failed in its operation.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the whole of my recent transfer on buying a goat. Previously, I couldn't afford to buy any at my own cost and this is because of the financial difficulties I have been undergoing. I settled to purchase it because it is a very precious asset that I can rely on when a financial need arises. Also, goats reproduce twice a year, unlike other domestic animals. This is an assurance that I will have many of them within a short period. I will therefore be in a position to sell some and cater to my family's basic needs without straining like before.
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?
I was in the field sitting under a tree watching over livestock. I received a text message on my phone at around 4 pm. I was very exhausted and very weak because I had eaten nothing that day. I went back home and asked my son to read the message out loud. When he told me I had received my first transfer, I was very excited. Tears of joy rolled down my chubby cheeks as I murmured a short thanksgiving prayer, thanking the lord for the miracle.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The money from the transfer made an enormous impact on my son’s life. By paying the school fee arrears, he could return to school and continue with his education. Were it not for the transfer, he would still be at home, affecting his performance in school.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a widow earning a living through the sale of charcoal. I have a son who fully depends on me to cater to his basic needs (paying school fees, buying clothes, and medication). I earn very little from the job (KES 350 per sack of charcoal). Making charcoal is very tedious and takes a long time (2 weeks). On average, I sell two sacks every week. This means the money I earn is enough to only buy food. Often my son is sent home due to school fees arrears which disrupt his learning in school. When I received my first transfer, I paid a KES 500 school fee debt for my son. Due to my job, I often run out of money and this happened a day before receiving my transfer. We had nothing to eat, and we survived by drinking a cup of hot porridge for the entire day.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
The education for my lastborn is my current priority. I have a 17 years old son who is still in school. Being a widow with no formal employment, I sometimes find myself struggling in paying his school fees. I work as a charcoal burner in the village and I make roughly 500 KES in a week. Having other needs such as food and health care to be sorted with this same income, very little remains to be sufficient for the tuition fees. Absenteeism has dominated my son's education journey, affecting his academic performance. My objective is to set up a poultry business. I want to start by building a chicken house that will cost 20,000 KES. 10,000 KES will go into buying 50 chicks and chicken feed. The goal is to sell at least 30 birds at 800 KES each after every 5 months. This business is a guarantee of financial security for me. The income will enable my son to realize his academic dream.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The unity that exists in this homestead is what delights me. I cannot recall a day my family members denied to help me. Their sense of care is my source of joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food shortage is the challenge I am currently struggling with. Of late, food prices have been on the rise. With a constant income of 2,500 KES a month from charcoal burning, keeping up with prices has caused food security concerns in my family. Two years ago, this amount was enough for me to survive for a whole month, currently, this amount cannot last me and my son for even 3 weeks.