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Kache's family
Subsistence farming
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?
I am happy that the recent planting season was a success, providing my family with enough food that should last us for the remainder of the year. This allows me to allocate funds to areas other than food, something that was quite challenging when food was a constant concern for the family. My particular interest is in livestock keeping. With the assistance of the cash transfers, I have been able to acquire nine chickens and three goats. However, my goal is to focus more on raising goats to build a more sustainable form of wealth. Even when the cash transfers come to an end, I am confident that selling these animals will generate the funds needed to meet my needs and those of my family. Besides, this will reduce my dependence on my son.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
During the three months when I received the cash transfers, there were moments when ensuring we had enough food was a constant worry. My son, who is the primary breadwinner and relies on casual jobs in town to support his six children, often struggled to provide daily meals with his limited earnings. Even though it was the planting season, our maize crops were not ready for harvest and consumption. This is why I allocated $43 to purchase food. Additionally, one of my grandchildren was sent home from school due to unpaid tuition fees. I used $22 to settle the outstanding debts. I would not wish for him to miss a single day of classes due to lack of school fees, and the cash transfers have been a lifeline in ensuring this doesn't happen. Around the same time, heavy rains damaged my kitchen structure, and I had to spend $30 to repair it. This was essential as I did not want to prepare meals in the same area where we sleep. Finally, I purchased two hens for rearing. I see this as a way to attain financial security down the line.
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?
Well, considering my many needs, there are several goals I wish to accomplish. However, at the top of my priority list is building a new house. The current one has deteriorated over the years, with a corroded tin roof that leaks during rainfall. My wish is to construct a completely new house, even if it means using mud walls and an iron sheet roof, as bricks are expensive. Once the house is built, I plan to invest in a decent bed and a suitable mattress. Currently, our bed is broken, and the mattress is worn out. I hope the cash transfers will help bring me closer to accomplishing these goals in the coming years.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
In my household, it's just my husband and me, and as we grow older, we find it increasingly challenging to take on casual jobs to support ourselves financially. Our two daughters, who work as house helps, actively contribute to our basic needs, especially food. The cash transfers we receive from Give Directly have allowed my husband and me to provide for some of our own needs, and we only rely on our daughters when the funds run out. Additionally, I have used some of the cash transfers to purchase chickens for rearing. Since I don't have a source of income, I believe that these chickens will reproduce and help me generate income by selling them to cover household expenses. In the recent transfer, I spent $9 to buy three chickens, increasing my flock to six chickens. I then used $15 to buy food, which sustained both my husband and me until our daughters received their salaries. The remaining $10 was used to settle the unpaid school fees of my grandchild, who had missed a day of class due to outstanding balances. Seeing him back in school brought relief to both me and his parents.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The provision of nutrients in my home is my first priority. This is due to the fact that we have been suffering from drought for a number of years, which has caused bad harvests and put us in a nearly starvation-like situation. In addition, I want to make a future investment and acquire a few additional goats and chickens.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I paid KES 2,500 for a goat as soon as I had the chance to withdraw the money. This is because I believe that with the investments I would have made on my farm, by the time the program is complete, I will be able to stand on my own two feet. There was also hardly any food left, so I went on to spend KES 600 on nutrients. I therefore purchased two packets of maize flour and a quarter kilo of sugar with that money. In the end, I used the remaining KES 300 to pay my grandson's tuition because he had been expelled from school and his parents were away at the time.
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?
In my own opinion GiveDirectly is doing quite a great job because it has elevated us from conditions of uttermost poverty and now we can at least actually afford a day-to-day leaving. I am definitely grateful and applaud them for their good work and generosity.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I felt quite a huge relief when I had received the money from the renovation especially because during the time I was struggling financially. After I withdrew the transfers I ended up spending KES 900 on purchasing three hens because I was investing in poultry farming gradually. I then proceeded to spend KES 500 on paying tuition for my grandson because at the time his parents were struggling money wise and he was about to get kicked out of school. Lastly I was left with a balance of 1600 which I ended up spending on nourishment because we were almost starving so I ended up buying five packets of maize flour, sardines, a kilogram of sugar and drinking water to use on a daily basis because it was scarce.
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 contemplating how I would earn money to buy food for my family as I sat outside my house. There was nothing left for breakfast, and all I had left was a small amount of maize flour to make porridge for supper. I heard a text message notification on my phone. When I learned I had received my first transfer, I sprung up from my seat in excitement. As I rejoiced in the joyous occasion, I burst into a dance and ululated loudly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My life has significantly changed as a result of the transfer. I feel overwhelmed by the numerous bills I have to pay because I am the family's only source of income. The fact that I make so little money from my source of income to meet all these obligations makes it considerably tougher and more stressful. I am appreciative of the funding' significant part in ensuring that my child returned to school after being expelled for not paying his or her school fees.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I support my family financially alone. My spouse is far too elderly to work. Since my income from selling charcoal is so little, it is difficult for me to support my family. The process of making charcoal is laborious and time-consuming. Each and every two weeks, I sell three bags of charcoal for KES 900. The amount is quite small when compared to the family's necessities, which include covering medical costs, food purchases, and education costs. My son, a secondary school student, was kicked out the day after I received my first transfer owing to unpaid school fees. I spent a total of KES 600 on helping him partially settle his school tuition debt so that he could pick up where he left off with his studies. Additionally, I invested KES 300 on two chickens for the future. To avoid my family being hungry, I ultimately used the remaining money to buy food.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means better welfare to me. I have been struggling to maintain my well-being caused by low income. For over 5 years now, my main occupation is charcoal burning. I earn approximately 1,500 KES a month from this job. This income is very little. I have been unable to buy the necessary furniture a standard home should have. I have been sleeping in the worst environment ever. I neither have a bed nor a mattress. This has caused me a lot of discomforts. I am planning to use 15,000 KES to buy modern sleeping materials. A better sleeping spot will bring me peace. I will then purchase 5 goats for 10,000 KES. The animals will be my store of wealth. After some time, the livestock will have doubled. I will be selling the extra for an income that will finance my welfare.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My daughter-in-law gave birth to a healthy baby boy 4 months ago, making me a grandmother of 5 grandchildren. Having grandchildren around is my source of happiness. Nothing matches their company.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
It is saddening to go for days without food. Food insecurity is the worst problem that I am forced to deal with. I am a charcoal burner making a monthly income of roughly 1,500 KES. This amount cannot match my consumption. To sufficiently buy food to last for a month, I need approximately 3,500 KES.