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Mwambire
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kenya
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House construction
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Kenya Basic Income
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25th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 30 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My main goal for the coming year is to complete the construction of my new house. Having assembled all the required materials, I am pleased with the progress and look forward to finishing the construction next month. This will ensure the safety and well-being of my family members. Once the house is completed, my focus will shift to supporting my daughter, who is in class six, in her educational journey. I aim to provide her with a good environment to achieve her dreams and gain the necessary education.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My job of constructing houses is unpredictable, as I often go long periods without any job offers, making it difficult to earn an income and cater to the needs of my family of five. Before being enrolled in the program, I struggled to pay school fees and purchase food for my family due to the little income I made from my job. Thanks to the financial transfers, I was able to finance my son's education, and he has now completed his secondary education. With his education completed, I embarked on building a new house for my family. Our current one-room house is in a dilapidated condition and is almost collapsing. Repairing it would cost more in future repairs, so I decided the best option is to build a new house. I spent all my transfers, totaling $102, to purchase building poles for the construction of our new house. I am very happy with the financial transfers, which have been a significant boost in ensuring I achieve my goal of building a new house before the old one completely collapses.
 
22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I'm determined to build a new house because the current one was damaged by heavy rains at the end of last year. It's starting to collapse, and the large holes in the mud walls make it unsafe to live in. Since building a new house requires a lot of time and materials, my family has been enduring cold nights in the damaged shelter. I would not wish this to last. That is why I've started saving money from the transfers to buy the necessary building materials, including poles and iron sheets. Thankfully, I'm a builder myself, so I can save on labor costs. I'm hopeful that we won't have to endure these conditions for much longer.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The heavy rains at the end of last year destroyed my mud-walled house. It's not safe anymore because there's a big hole in the wall where cold and crawling animals can get in, and our belongings are at risk of theft. I need to build a new house to keep my family safe. For the past three months, I've been saving $20 each month to gather enough money to buy building poles and iron sheets. Since I'm skilled in construction, I only need a little help with labor, which won't cost much. I am relieved because, without the cash transfers, I'd struggle to afford these materials because my job barely covers our basic needs like food and school fees. The remaining $14 goes towards household expenses like food and sometimes buying stationery for my children when they need it.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My primary aspiration is to provide my child with a college education. His dream is to pursue a teaching course, and I am determined to ensure that he achieves this goal no matter the sacrifices required. I plan to set aside the upcoming transfers and the earnings from my work to fund his education. I firmly believe that education is the cornerstone of a prosperous future, and by equipping him with the necessary skills, we will enhance the quality of his life. Moreover, his education will empower him to support us in our old age, fostering a brighter future for our family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I work as a professional builder in my village and nearby towns. However, the income I earn from my profession falls short of covering the expenses of my family, which consists of five members. In the past, it was a real struggle as I couldn't afford to pay for my children's school fees. The arrival of GiveDirectly in our village has brought us immense relief. My wife and I have combined our transfers to ensure our children's education is well taken care of. I have a son who attends a day school in Mitangani. Out of the transfers I received, I allocated $75 to cover his school fees for the current term, with the remaining $37 going towards his housing and rent. This arrangement allows him to stay closer to the school since daily commuting is both time-consuming and expensive. GiveDirectly has truly revitalized our hope and provided us with a much-needed lifeline.
 
9th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Since I do not have any formal job, I always strive to look for a casual job to support my family. However, my wages are always insufficient to help me pay school fees for my son, who is in form four now. Even though my wife does charcoal making, her income is also low to meet the rising needs of the family. Therefore, with the assurance of the monthly transfers, I developed an of focusing on paying school fees for my children. It will go a long way in helping them to concentrate on their studies.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
By the time schools re-opened, I was in a financial crisis. My son had been promoted to form four, and the principal gave an ultimatum that all the first-term school fees be paid in full. There was a need for every parent to pay off all the fee balance for the new term. Since I only had $20, I topped up with the transfer, $34 to offset his first-term fee arrears. I am so glad that he has been able to be in school throughout hence focusing on his study. I am so grateful to GiveDirectly for such timely financial aid.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I currently construct people's houses and get paid $10 a day after a long day of struggle at work. I did not complete my studies because of my parents inability to take me to school because they were financially unstable.The only goal I have right now is to ensure that my children are in school busy studying and graduate from school with better grades. The lives of our future leaders are in our hands and I believe when my children get good jobs in future, they will remember all the sacrifices I did for them and pay back with taking care of me and opening for me a business that I will be operating.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My wife and I benefit from GiveDirectly's transfers. This has really made our life simpler and easier. The moment we receive our transfers we normally sit down and discuss ways to use our transfers and better the lives of our children. We normally divide tasks and projects to support for a particular month. For instance, I spent $16 to go get my family a goat since we had no goats and due to the prolonged drought, I spent $10 to get my family food to eat for that particular month, at least we had enough for the month.The remaining amount of $8 I took it and added it to my children's school fees and it enabled them to be in school for that period.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a father of two, one is currently in secondary school and the other is still in primary school. Raising a family of four has become a challenge of late especially with the current famine that has resulted in scarcity and rise in prices of both water and food. I do house construction and this has been our main household income, unfortunately, it cannot sustain my household anymore. Thank God, GiveDirectly came to our rescue. I have, therefore, committed KES 2000 of my transfer to pay for my children's school fees and use KES 1000 to purchase water and food. For the past three months, I spent KES 6000 on my son's school fees and used KES 3000 to purchase both foodstuffs and water. This is a great boost to our household income, and I am glad I have managed to reduce a bigger portion of the fee arrears.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I barely any complaints when it comes to this organisation because it has offered a lot of assistance to me and my family financial. For instance, if I had not received the funds when I did, God knows how long my son would have probably stayed home because I had no money at the time. Therefore I am grateful and happy of its generosity towards me and my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I happen to have two children who are still pursuing their studies, one if them being in elementary school while the other is in high-school. They just recently resumed their classes in school but unfortunately at the time I did not have enough money to pay school fees so I had a debt but I had promised their teachers that as soon I as got my money I will ensure to pay. Just as day before receiving transfers, my son who is in secondary school was sent home due to pending arrears but luckily the next day the transfers came in and gave him KES 2,000 to goa ahead and pay. Although I still owed the school over KES 10,000, they were okay allowing my son my to class for the time being. Meanwhile I paid for my daughter who is in primary school KES 600 for examination fee and tuition fee as well. Good thing her debt is not as large as that of her sibling. I still have KES 400 with me that I am yet to use. I plan on leaving it in my savings account incase of any emergency.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 11 am, I was resting on my bed when I heard the notifications of the messages on my phone. I was with my wife who also had received it earlier. After confirming the message, I was very happy after realizing that I had received the transfer. Joy filled my heart since I was sure that I will be able to solve some of my financial problems.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am now able to cater to some needs of my family like food without much struggle. I am now left with the bigger roles like paying the school fees. This has reduced the burden of providing for every need of the family, something that has given me relief in my life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am the breadwinner of my family of 6 members. My job of temporary house construction was greatly affected by the high cost of living as most of my customers lack finances. The coming of Givedirectly was a great boost for me. I spent most of my transfer to purchase enough food for the family. In addition, my kids were about to go back to school after the long holiday. I used KES 500 to purchase some exercise books for them. I am planning to spend the next transfer on supporting the education of my kids by paying part of the secondary school fees for my elder kid who is in form 3.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Education is the pillar of a better society. I have always yearned to give my children good education. I will use my transfers to support my child who is in form two and will be proceeding to form three come May. The transfers will be a boost to me and I am planning to channel whole of it towards settling his arrears of 16500 KES and the coming academy year which I am required to part with 34800 KES.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have constructed a house for my friend a long time ago. He owed me 1000 KES from the job he offered. The situation was tough last week as my family had no food and I had gone for weeks without any job. I thought he had forgotten his debt only for him to send the remaining amount at the hour of need. The sparked happiness in me because I was able to salvage the situation then owing to him fulfilling his promise.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Construction of semi permanent houses is my profession. I earn around 15 000 KES when I build a structure which take twenty-one days to complete. It also take me not less than two days to get a call for a job. This amount is supposed to feed my family of seven, pay school fees for my two schooling children as well as cater for other household needs such as food and water( We ferry water from very far places, this has made this commodity expensive because of its scarcity). The unpredictable low income and sometimes lack of job is currently my major challenge.