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Selina's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Basic Income
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6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have always wanted to start raising livestock. This has been difficult for me for the past 21 years because I lost all of my flock. From the recent transfer, I was able to spend KES 1,000 on buying four chickens, which are the only ones I have at the moment. This has rekindled my desire to restart my poultry farming venture. Even though the fact that I had three goats last year, they all died during the drought. I am hoping to start keeping goats once poultry farming picks up well. The rest of the transfer was used to pay a portion of my three children's school fee arrears. They are now undertaking their studies with minimal disruption.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, Give Directly does everything very well. For instance the way you send money directly to our phones and it does not pass through another person. You also never give is conditions on how to spend the money. That is great and everyone in this village is happy about it. I don't see anything that you do not do well. I pray that you just continue with the same spirit.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spend the two transfers mainly on water, school fees and food. The first transfer came in during drought season. I withdrew kshs 1150. I bought 6 Jerry cans of water at kshs 300. I have 3 school going children in grades 7, 6 and 4 respectively at Kimarani primary school. I used kshs 600 to pay for their school fees. I bought maize floor worth kshs 200 and used the remaining kshs 50 on vegetables. The second transfer of kshs 3,000 came on around Christmas. I paid school fees of kshs 1700 for my 3 children. I spent the rest on food; that is 2 packets of 2kg baking flour worth kshs 300, 2 litres of cooking oil at kshs 300, 2kg of sugar at kshs 200, 2 packets of 2kg maize flour worth kshs 300 and vegetables worth kshs 200. I'm a casual labourer. I depend on selling coconut and doing menial jobs like washing and digging for people to earn a living. Before I could never afforded such shopping for Christmas. We could even go hungry on 25th December but thanks to Give Directly, there was food in my house during the last Christmas season.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Earlier that day I had left home to go fetch water since our village experiences water shortages almost all time, so I left at around four in the morning and by the time I was back it was eight because even getting the water is quite a distance. After settling that is when I saw the message and I was so overjoyed because now I would be less stressed out over the fear that my children could be sent back home anytime.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Paying for tuition for our children would be the most important thing because both my husband and I have no permanent job so we go looking around for jobs on a daily whether in people's farms or any manual jobs that we could get. So sometimes saving money for the kids education, health and even their nutrition becomes difficult.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Prior to receiving the funds I was having some financial difficulty with my kids school fees. I had outstanding debts and soon after receiving the money I managed to pay KES 700 for my three children to their school although I still owed them a balance of KES 2600. I also managed to buy four packets of maize flour for KES 400 and six gallons of water for KES 200.
access_time almost 3 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
It will be of great impact to our family, I want to invest in my childrens education, ensuring non of them is sent home due to lack of school fees, buying food and keep some for emergencies; disease or any infection.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Just been alive is enough joy for me. Despite the many challenges I face; lack of food, I am still grateful for the gift of life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of finance, I only get casual jobs from time to time, fetching water for people and tilling their land. The income I earn is about Ksh.100 - 200. It is not enough to cater to our different needs. I have seven children, they need food, education, and clothing. We tend to go for days without food and as a mother it hurts to watch my children sleep without eating.