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Furaha's family
Casual labor
Kenya Large Transfer
Upcoming Stage
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($428 USD)
access_time 23 days ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had gone to fetch firewood in the nearby bushes at around 4pm when I heard a message on my phone. Since I do not know how to read, I waited until I got home and asked my daughter to read the message, and when she told me it was the GiveDirectly transfers, I was overjoyed. Just as my name, Furaha, means happiness, I felt an overwhelming sense of joy. Immediately, I started thinking about how I could finally build a new house, something I had dreamed of for so long. This unexpected blessing was the beginning of a brighter future for my family and me.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
With the money I received, I was able to start my own business baking cakes, bread, and cookies. Now, on a good day, I can make about $6. It may not seem like much to some, but compared to my previous situation, it's a world of difference. Before this, I used to burn charcoal and take on other casual jobs, and those would only bring in around $10 every two weeks. Plus, the work was extremely exhausting and labor-intensive. I was always tired and barely making enough to take us for some time. Now, not only am I earning more consistently, but the work I do is much less physically demanding. The most rewarding part is that I can now provide for my children’s daily needs, including their school requirements, which was something I could never do before. The financial stability and the ability to support my family have been life-changing.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received the cash transfer, I first bought a charcoal oven for $200. I had been taught how to bake a while back, but I never had the means to get an oven. With the new oven, I started baking cakes and bread. Using $10, I also purchased baking flour and other essential ingredients to kickstart my baking business. This small investment has already begun to bring in extra income, which is a huge relief. Next, I used $250 of the transfer to buy construction materials like iron sheets and roofing nails. Our current house is too small to accommodate my entire family, forcing some members to sleep at the neighbors'. I am eagerly waiting for the mason to come and start the construction of our new house. Lastly, with the remaining money, I bought household food items and detergents. It's a season of food scarcity, and this money could not have come at a better time. The cash transfer has allowed me to secure essentials for my family, ensuring we have enough to eat. This support has been transformative, giving me the means to improve our living conditions and sustain our basic needs.
access_time 3 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
My husband and I do casual jobs making little income that caters for food and school fees. I have eight children at school and most of the time miss classes due to lack of school fees. That affects their performances. I have no investment here at home and this makes me stranded whenever I have an emergency that requires money. I will use $400 to buy one cow and two goats as an investment. This will bring sustainable income for my family in future. I will also use $550 to build a house for the children. Currently both boys and girls sleep in the same room and they are now grown up. Culturally it is not acceptable.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I do casual jobs and most of the time I earn $20 in a month. However, in February this year , I did a job and earned $35 and I really felt happy. I used the money to buy clothes for the children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
A reliable source of income is the challenge I am currently facing in life. My husband and I do casual jobs making little income that caters for food and school fees. I have eight children at school and most of the time they miss classes due to lack of school fees. This affects their performances.