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Kadzo's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Basic Income
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6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the coming years, I want to own more livestock than the four goats that I have so far obtained through previous transfers. As these livestock reproduce and increase in number, they will establish a reliable source of income in the future. I will be able to sell them and raise funds to buy food and pay for medication. In my old age, I constantly suffer from high blood pressure and asthma, which require constant medication to control.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My advanced age has come with so many ailments, such as high blood pressure and asthma, that always need medication to manage. I cannot work and my only son who used to support my needs passed away years ago. Since then, I have been relying on his wife, who handles casual tasks like burning charcoal to provide for her children’s needs as well as mine. The cash transfers presented a great chance to fend for myself, which I will eternally remain grateful for. Recently, my health has been a little bit stable, so I contributed $14 towards food instead of spending it on medication. Also, I bought a goat using the remaining $20. To date, I have acquired four goats through the transfers. The aim is to let them multiply and grow my wealth, as I could sell them in the future to cover my medical needs.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
access_time 5 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I am content with the help I am receiving from the organisation. The money has made it easier for me to take care of my health. If there had been no income, this would have been worse. However, I would implore the organization to ensure consistency in the monthly disbursement of funds, especially for recipients who are more vulnerable. I completely rely on these funds for my survival; whenever I don't get them, managing my condition is very difficult for me.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used a significant portion of my November transfers to pay medical expenses related to my deteriorating health. Since I am a widow without children and am taken care of by my family, I am dependent upon them. I've been battling serious health issues for the past three months, which have led to symptoms like swollen legs, frequent fainting, and memory loss. My stepdaughter-in-law, who is in charge of looking after me, is a farmer. Because of the drought that is currently affecting our region, farming is no longer profitable. I'm very appreciative of the money because it helped me out financially and medically. Thanks to the transfers, my health has significantly improved. I used the remaining $10 to purchase food in addition to going to the doctor. Due to the challenging economic conditions that month, we hardly had any food. It is a huge improvement in my life that I never skipped or missed meals because of a lack of money.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had no idea the transfers had been send out that day but my family members heard rumours going round that the Organization had rolled out the funds. Upon checking my phone, I was elated when my daughter in -law confirmed the rumours to be true. I was honestly a pleasant surprise especially since GiveDirectly had kept it's word.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Personally I am glad that through the transfers I was capable of affording a meal especially considering that starvation is almost the order of the day. The money has given me an opportunity to chip in with the needs at home unlike before where I depended on my family instead.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Due to my old age, making ends meet has been quite hard and I have had to depend on my daughter in-law to cater for my day to day needs. During the time the transfers were being rolled out, I was lucky enough to receive KES 1,200 since it was my first transaction. At the time there was barely any food in the house and therefore, I ended up spending the entire funds on nutrition by purchasing half a dozen packets of maize flour.
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means investing in poultry farming because this is the only project that I can maximize my time on it. In addition, this project does not require more energy as compared to other livestock like goats or cows. With these transfers, it will enable me to buy some chicken and also construct a cage for them. Since there is a good market in our nearby town, Mariakani, I am so confident in reaping a huge profit. The profit from this project will directly help me to meet my very basic needs like food and clothing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Despite the health challenges that I am facing in my life, I am grateful for the support I am receiving from my family members. They are so kind to me and this has continuously given me hope in my life. Thus, my source of happiness.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial instability is generally the biggest challenge that I am currently facing in my life. Due to lack of money, I have failed to seek proper medication to manage my blood pressure. The financial support I get from my daughter-in-law is not reliable and sometimes she also strains a lot because she has her children to take care of. Since I am required to take a monthly dose, sometimes this is not possible for me, something that has exposed my life to danger.