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Safari's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Large Transfer
Upcoming Stage
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($417 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
We are a household of six members, comprising me, my husband, two children, and three grandchildren. My husband, now literally like a child due to the surgery he had some time back, is unable to do anything to support our family. One of my children has been facing mental challenges for years and is in need of special care, while the other separated from her husband and returned home with her three children. We are one household but we sleep in three different houses. My house, in the worst state made of grass, cannot withstand heavy rains, and I have long dreamed of a better dwelling. Building a house for myself has not been easy because I do not have a job but rely on my small vegetable business to support my family, with the help of my daughter who is also jobless. On this morning, as I relaxed at home with my family, my daughter called out to me, asking if I had received my transfers, having heard from our neighbors who had received money a day earlier. I handed her my phone to check, and we were surprised to find that we had indeed received $550 from GiveDirectly. We were all excited and overwhelmed with happiness as this was a true blessing. My first thought was to build a better home for myself so that my husband and I could sleep in warmth and comfort.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I sleep in a small grass house, and my deepest desire has always been to secure a better home. However, the financial constraints resulting from joblessness have stood as great barriers. With GiveDirectly stepping in, our lives have taken a better turn. We have initiated the construction of a 2 bedroom house with the transfers. Witnessing the gradual progress of our new home fills me with immense joy, as it symbolizes a step closer to our long-held dream. A sense of joy now fills our household, and happiness has become plenty. The bonds of love within our family have strengthened, and my husband and I find ourselves rekindling the passion of our early days together, we are now like newlyweds. Additionally, my great wish to provide the best medical care for my son's mental illness has long been hindered by financial constraints. Now, with the assistance of the transfers, I can finally afford to take him to the hospital for the quality treatment he deserves. I am filled with hope that this will mark the beginning of his journey toward healing.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Living in a small house made of grass, and with the rainy season ahead, my wish has always been to have a better house so that my husband and I can live in a better place with warmth. My husband is not strong enough to do any work to support our family of six members because of a surgery he underwent some time back. We all, therefore, depend on my small vegetable-selling business, and my daughter, who separated from her husband and came back home with her children, to support our family. With the financial limitations beholding us, I was unable to build a house for myself. On receiving the money, I, therefore, spent $350 to build a house so that I can have a better sleep. I am happy that my house is now progressing well, and very soon, I will move in with my husband. I then used $40 to lease a piece of land along a river where there is a throughout supply of water for farming maize and vegetables for food and sell. I then used $40 and helped my daughter to pay school fees for my grandchildren as they had a school fees balance which was yet to be cleared. Finally, I plan to use the balance of the transfer to take my child who has a mental illness to a good hospital where he can get good medical attention as I could not do this before because of financial constraints. My child's medication has always been challenging because we did not have enough money to take him to hospital, but right now, I have great hopes that he will be better.
access_time 4 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I have a family of six members and I do casual jobs and subsistence farming. My husband is aged and sick that he cannot work anymore. I have a boy who is mentally challenged and he shares the same house with us the parents. This is against our culture since a grown up man is not supposed to share house with their parents. I lack the capacity to build a house for him . I will use $550 to build a two room house for my son. My intention is to see him getting well and also marry a wife to start their family. I will also use $550 to buy one cow for dairy purpose. This is a best investment that will sustain my life and the family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The village has been under drought for the past three years. This caused famine and made the family change eating pattern. The family used to take only one meal per day only at the evening. However, on September last year, we received rains and planted maize on my 2.5 acre piece of land . We harvested two bags of maize each 90kg. This will sustain the family for the next four months. The harvest brought happiness in my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have a boy who has had mental illiness for the past three years. He went for checkup at the hospital in the coastal town but his condition is still not good. He cannot work and maintain for himself. This has made me and the family not to do any development project because a lot of money has been channeled on his medication.