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Kenga's family
Small business
Kenya Basic Income
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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 17 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
To achieve my ultimate goal, I invest my monthly transfers in purchasing livestock. The aim is to amass a substantial herd, which I can eventually sell. With the proceeds, I plan to acquire bulls that will be utilized for tilling and plowing farms during the rainy season. Currently, our areas have started receiving rain, but the absence of machinery presents challenges when working on the farms. As a solution, we rely on the bulls for plowing the land. This approach enables me to generate income by utilizing others' land, providing a means to support my family's needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After the rainfall stopped, I ventured into livestock farming and abandoned my primary farming income. Unfortunately, selling livestock has been challenging due to drought conditions, resulting in lower market prices. Despite the difficulties, I used my transfers to purchase three goats for a total of $90. However, I still owed $56 to the owners. To repay them, I sold the goats for $120, making a profit of $30. Currently, I have three goats and I am pleased with their growth in their numbers. My goal is to build a large cattle herd, which I can eventually sell for a substantial profit. This profit will be used to provide education for my three children who are currently in primary school.
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I embody the positive transformation that has been witnessed with the organization's return to our town and the associated funding. Before the year was over, I managed to start a business selling groceries to assist me provide for my family. I had been saving money during the months. This year, I want to make sure that I use the funding I will continue to get to make my company more successful and sustainable. After that, I was also expecting to utilize the money to purchase a few farm animals, especially goats and chickens as they are less expensive than cows.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I own a small business where I sell some groceries and other food items, so when I recently received a transfer, I combined it with the $14 that I had previously saved from the previous month's transfers and restocked the store. I spent $20 to cover the monthly payments on a motorcycle I had purchased on credit. Since I began getting the transfers, my life has gotten better, and I am appreciative of that. I use my motorcycle to transport the goods to my shop and occasionally use it as a motorcycle taxi, so I don't have to pay for that service. In addition, because I now have a strong stock, my earnings have increased.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I echo the GiveDirectly program for it is well thought out. Giving someone some money unconditional gives the recipient the liberty to decide on how to use the money as per their demanding needs. The follow-up which is done some time to time also awakens our minds knowing that we are being cared for and the organization has good plans for us.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I desired to buy a motorbike to aid me in my grocery business. Before getting the recent transfer, I had some savings amounting to $170. When I received the $30 I combine the amount and bought a motorbike on hire-purchase. I paid a deposit of $200, and I am paying a weekly installment of $28 for 72 weeks. Since I have a grocery business, I saw it prudent to get the motorbike which helps me in carrying the vegetables from the vegetable gardens to the grocery.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES
access_time 9 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
My phone vibrated with a message notification around 9 p.m just before I got to bed. Immediately, I checked what it contained and confirmed that Give Directly had delivered its promise of a monthly cash transfer. It was a nice surprise since the money came earlier than the anticipated date, which was September. I felt excited to have an opportunity to expand my kiosk business.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Before the cash transfer, my business was not progressing well. The daily flow of customers was quite low due to insufficient stock, which consequently reduced my profits in the end. Gladly, the cash transfer allowed me to buy more things to increase the stock of the shop. I am grateful that the kiosk now gets more customers than before, which also improves my returns. I am confident that the upcoming cash transfers will help expand the store further. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With my advanced age, it is difficult to do strenuous activities to earn a living and provide for my wife and occasionally support my seven grandchildren. So, to fend for my family, I own and run a small kiosk business that generates just enough profits for at least one meal per day. When I received the transfer, my idea was to expand the business by adding new stock. This is why I spent KES 900 on new items for the shop. I acquired a chicken with the remaining funds to increase my flock to four hens. The goal is to let these birds breed, grow the flock, and sell them later to generate money for household expenses. 
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I run a small shop by the roadside. I started it last year and I need to grow it more. I sell very few commodities and I would like to add more stock using this money so that I can get more income. I also plan to save 15,000 KES of the transfers so that I can buy a second hand motorcycle. This is a long term plan because I incur a lot of transportation cost. One trip to and from the market costs me 500 KES. I go to the market twice a day to get goods to sell.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The holy month of Ramadhan brought a lot of joy to my life. The climax put the icing on the cake. We had a wonderful celebration to mark the end of the holy month.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My business is struggling because of little stock which translates to few customers. This is because of lack of money to boost the business. I started this business with a token from a politician and I have not been able to stabalize it well. It is a challenge because this is my main source of income..