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Kadzo's family
Casual labor
Kenya Basic Income
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
It would be a great joy if we could construct a more spacious iron-roofed house to replace the leaking, grass-thatched one we live in. The house is also too small to accommodate my large family which consists of 9 children, 7 of whom are still under our care. It is a nightmare whenever it rains because the house leaks so we have to sit in strategic places, and with the looming El Nino rains, it is paramount that we have a better house as soon as possible. Besides the physical problems we face, we also have to endure the shame of sleeping in the same room with our children who are old enough to have a separate room. Worst of all is that those who are old enough have to sleep at a neighbour's house leaving them with very little supervision. Having a more decent and a much bigger house to accommodate all of us would make me very happy. A bonus would be being able to harvest rain water for domestic use .
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My transfers for this quarter(past 4 months) aided me during the farming season by helping to purchase farm inputs, hiring of labour and purchasing of foodstuff for the family. Our farm is too wide for us to till on our own, so we had to hire cow-driven plough for tilling and human labour for weeding. As we were busy on the farm throughout the farming season, we did not have enough time to engage in our normal income generating activity which is charcoal making and selling, so we had to fully rely on the transfers for our basic household needs. We were also forced to purchase foodstuff on credit which would again be paid for when we received the money. During this period, the transfers also ensured that our children's school requirements were catered for therefore securing their full stay in school because without remitting the requirements, they would have to be sent out of school. The transfers have been of great help to my family during this period because without them, we would not have managed to realize such a generous harvest as we would not have managed to hire the required labour and would also have to split our time between farm work and earning our daily income. It is also not a secret that without the transfers, the effects of the prolonged famine would have been clearly visible on my children through malnutrition. With enough food in our granaries, we can now focus on other projects such as constructing a better house.
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 goal for the year is ensure my children are not out of school and I have a better house. We have a one roomed grass thatched house that is dilapidated due to the years of wearing out by wind and rains. Now I am planning to renew the grass thatch but I hope to eventually get a tin roof house which is much bigger with more rooms and in a better condition. I am yet to get an estimate but once we harvest and have food in place I will redirect the money we use for food for this construction project. My children are currently home as they were ent away from school I hope that with time I will also increase the amounts I sent to school to avoid such incidences in the future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Thanks to Givedirectky transfers our lives have changed tremendously. Before the rains began I used to help my husband seek for tree stumps to burn for charcoal. I have since stopped and become a full time farmer since the transfers came in. I used $20 my April transfers to hire a oxen plough and seeds to farm. I would have not planted had it not been that the rains have blessed us over the past few months. I am planting and ploughing maize and green grams which I hope will provide a food source for my family once they are harvested. Until then most of my transfers will probably still go into buying food as it has been these previous months. I spent $20 in March, $14 in April and $20 in may on maize flour which is a staple for us. I also have 7 of my children in primary school and I have spent $10 in March, $10 in May to help reduce the fee balances at my children’s school. We do not have electricity in our are but one of our neighbours acquired a solar system and charge us around $0.2 cents for charging services and so I sent aside about $4 in order to help facilitate me to access this service.
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Every cash transfer brings a huge relief to the hardships, especially hunger, that my family endures. Due to the drought in my area, charcoal burning is all that my husband can do to put food on the table for our nine children. The $4 we make per week can hardly serve food for more than three days, which makes us go hungry for the rest of the week. I thank God for the cash transfers because they play a great role in providing food for my children. From the recent three transfers, I have solely directed $68 toward securing maize flour. Though it's not enough to last us the entire month, we have been able to manage the little to last at least three weeks. Also, since three of my children do not attend school due to a lack of money, I saved $20 from the transfers to help enroll them in learning this year. I spent the remaining amount, $10, on clearing debts that I had acquired before to buy food for my family. Honestly speaking, the transfers have improved the well-being and happiness of my family and I could never be more grateful.  
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?
From the time GiveDirectly began to work in our area, it does well in promoting development within the community. From the transfer, I could obtain food and pay school fees for my children. It also created awareness through the sensitization program, making many of our community members understand how its program. That led to good participation among village members. It also embraces sending transfers through the Mpesa platform, a mechanism for enhancing our safety against fraudsters. So far, I have not observed what GiveDirectly does not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a mother of nine children, and I always struggle to support their educational needs. Unfortunately, my husband and I rely on charcoal burning to earn a living. It is strenuous work with low returns, as a result, we suffer more to meet our daily household needs. As soon as I received my recent transfer, I prioritized spending $13 on food. The previous night, we only took food not sufficient for us because my husband and I could do not have money. In addition, I used $3 to buy a hen. The remaining balance helped me settle the school fee arrears for my children. I am glad, courtesy of the transfer, I felt much relieved and was able to put more effort into my charcoal-making work. I am so grateful to GiveDirectly.
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 at the marketplace where I had been contracted to help sell tomatoes for a business lady who would earn a day’s pay. The earnings were enough to buy a 2kg packet of maize flour to cook for my family that evening. I received a text message, and I was excited when I found out that I had received my first transfer. I jumped up and down and ululated at the top of my voice. My heart filled with joy and tears rolled freely down my chubby cheeks.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The transfer helped me a lot when I was on the verge of giving up because I could not get money to buy food for my family. Receiving the transfer at this moment made a huge difference in my life because I bought food for the family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband and I are casual laborers selling charcoal to earn a living. For over three years, we have not received rain in our village, making this the primary root cause of our suffering. The scarcity of jobs has made it difficult to find any job. It is normal to miss food for two to three days because of our financial status., I have accumulated several debts from friends and neighbors and I feel shy approaching them for help in times of need. Therefore, when I received my transfer, I spent it all on buying food for the family and rescuing my children from starvation. Before receiving the transfer, we had spent two days without eating food and surviving on a cup of porridge per day.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Food, shelter and school fees are my biggest burdens that this money will help me counter. My first step is paying school fees using the first transfer of 3,000 KES. I will then start buying iron sheets and other building materials using the transfers. One iron sheet costs 1,000 KES. With two iron sheets every month and and the remaining 1,000 KES for food, I believe that I will be able to at least reduce the burden of getting basic needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The gift of life and the health that I have is what brings happiness to my life. Despite my son fracturing his hand this year, he has recovered well and the rest of my children together with my spouse are all healthy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Education for my children is always my priority. However, this has been a challenge because of the limited resources I get from selling charcoal. I do not have an alternative means of income especially now that the rains have failed me as a farmer. My children are always on and off school because of school fees balances. I have 3 children who should have started school by now but are at home. I feel so sad. I have 9 children and the burden is becoming bigger every day.