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Kadzo's family
Kenya Basic Income
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
While growing up, I desired to pursue academic excellence. However, my dream was cut short due to poverty, my parents were too poor to afford my education expenses. When I got enrolled in GiveDirectly's program, I resolved to support my children's education with the transfer. At the beginning of this year, I revisited the same goal and did not see a need to develop a new goal. Therefore, my sole goal that I work to accomplish by the end of this year is to see my children go to school courtesy of the transfers. Both my husband's and my wages are too low to cater to their academic needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have three children; Hamisi, Jackson, and Jumaa. All of them are enrolled in school now. When I received my recent transfer, they were home due to my inability to pay their school fees in time. Their total outstanding school fees were $60. I spent the whole of my recent transfer, $34 on school fees payment. As a result, the arrears went down, and teachers were at last happy hence they were allowed in school despite the accrued balance. I am glad that they are progressing well with their studies. The other transfers for the last three months helped me to acquire three goats that I added to my flock, and now I have five goats. I am optimistic that these will be beneficial to my family. My work is to make charcoal, and my husband's.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My husband and I both work as casual workers and rely on the sale of charcoal for our income. Our daily income is less than $3, so we barely make ends meet. We struggle to cover our children's primary school tuition with such a meager sum. My main objective for the entire year is to use a significant portion of the funds from the transfers to pay for my children's tuition. By preventing them from quitting school, this will allow my kids to fully focus on their education. I'm also interested in raising livestock. Four goats that I currently own were purchased with funds from the transfers. The reason I want to buy more this year is so that I can sell the extra goats in case of an emergency and use the proceeds to help myself.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After the arrival of the donations, I felt like huge burden had been lifted off my shoulders especially since my children were literally on the verge of being kicked out of school. Therefore, the minute I got the chance to withdraw the money I went ahead to pay KES 1,500 to be split among the three of them equally. I also decided to buy a duck which also cost me the same amount. Lastly I spent the remaining KES 400 by purchasing two packets of maize flour so that we would have a meal.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Part of the roof to my house was blown away by the strong winds two weeks ago. Since then, I am having sleepless nights because of the rains and chilly weather. I covered the house using sacks because I have no money to repair the house. My husband who is a fisherman is struggling to repair the house because there are no fish in the rivers. Therefore, when I received my transfer, I bought two pieces of iron sheets at KES 2000 and repaired my house. I am happy that I sleep peacefully and soundly. Besides buying the iron sheets, I bought food worth KES 500 and paid school fee arrears for my four children who are in lower primary classes.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
What GiveDirectly does well is supporting us through the unconditional cash transfers, I know in five years time, the transfers would have changed lives of thousands in various way. This was a great intiative that you took and we are so grateful for the support.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I burn and sell charcoal to earn living while my husband is a fisherman. All our efforts combined, we have been raising our five children and giving them the best that we could afford. For the last one year, my charcoal business hasn't been doing well because it's been a struggle to find trees to burn due to deforestation. I wanted to give up on the business and focus on something else such as rearing livestock but I lost almost all my livestock to severe drought last year. When I was enrolled in the program, my goal was to buy livestock, at least one goat per month because goats can thrive so we'll under harsh climatic condition compered to cows. I spend my recent transfer to buy a goat. I now have four goats and I want to focus on rearing them as I look forward to buy more.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I can't express how happy I was when I received the funds. At the time, I was busy in the kitchen cooking for my children. So, when the message came in, I finished what I was doing, served the kids some food, and then I rushed out to withdraw the funds.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The funds are very helpful, especially with my children's school fees. I managed to reduce their arrears by KES500. Even so, I still cannot tell the big difference these funds have brought into my life but I believe with more transfers, I will be able to tell.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a mother of four children. Providing for all of them, my husband, who works as a fisherman, and I, working as a charcoal manufacturer, both work collaboratively to ensure that their needs are well taken care of. When I received my transfer, the children had school fee arrears of KES2000. so I used KES500 to reduce the arrears of the one who is in class five. As for the one who is in class 8, he lacked proper school uniforms, so, I used KES500 to purchase new ones and the remaining KES200 I used to buy some soap.  
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have always dreamt of sleeping in a comfortable bed because what I sleep in currently is made of sisal strings which is very uncomfortable. My budget for the bed is 4500KES and since what I will get will not be enough to buy the bed, I plan to save the first and second transfers for this to work.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Having good health amidst all the challenges that I currently face gives me joy in my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Paying school fees has been my main challenge because I do not have a consistent income. I have 9 children, 6 of them had to drop out of school because of a lack of money to pay their school fees. It is every parent's wish to see their children throughout school until they get to a stage where they can depend on their own unfortunately this is not the case for me.