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Dama
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kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
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Kenya Basic Income
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18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My primary goal is to ensure the education of all ten of my children. Currently, only three of them are enrolled in primary school, and they began their education journey when I started receiving the cash transfers. Before this, the income generated from charcoal making by both their father and me was insufficient to support the educational needs of all our children. I am determined to utilize livestock keeping as a means to address the financial requirements of my children's education. To kickstart this initiative, I have already purchased one goat. I plan to expand this endeavor and save additional funds to enroll the remaining seven children in school so that none of them are left behind.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Both my husband and I rely on charcoal making to support our family of ten children. However, the income generated from this activity is so meager that we've struggled to enroll seven of our children in school. Sometimes, the earnings are barely sufficient to provide daily meals for our family, and there have been nights when we've gone to bed hungry. Despite these challenges, I'm grateful that the cash transfers have enabled us to keep three of our children in school. I used $15 to clear outstanding debts for my children's ongoing term to prevent them from missing classes. I also invested $34 in buying a goat for rearing, as I believe I can sell these animals in the future to cover my children's school fees. Moreover, I saved $10 through a savings club to support their education, ensuring that their studies are not interrupted. There was a time when I fell ill with the flu and had to spend $5 on medication, but I'm relieved to say that I'm now recovering well with proper treatment. Additionally, I spent $6 on purchasing a pair of khanga, replacing the worn-out one that had been torn from repetitive use. The remaining $32 was allocated towards household expenses such as food and toiletries to ensure the well-being of my children.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My goal is to establish a stable source of income, specifically through a vegetable-selling business. Due to my chest complications, which restrict strenuous activities, operating such a business is a viable option. The profits from this venture can help support my husband in providing for our eleven children, alleviating the burden on him. I envision setting up the business at the trade center to attract more customers, and I hope that the cash transfers will significantly contribute to financing this goal.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Previously, I used to engage in farm work and charcoal making to support my husband in providing for our eleven children. Unfortunately, I developed chest complications, and the doctors advised me against such strenuous activities. Consequently, my husband became the sole provider, relying on demanding casual jobs like house construction. The scarcity of these jobs made it challenging to fully meet our family's needs, leading to five of our children dropping out of school due to a lack of funds. The cash transfers brought a glimmer of hope, allowing me to actively contribute to the family's needs, although it hasn't extended to sending my children back to school. From the recent funds, I invested $54 to purchase three goats, marking the beginning of my venture into livestock rearing. I believe these animals will be invaluable when my husband faces challenges, as we can sell them to support the children's needs. Additionally, I spent $14 on second-hand clothes for three children, replacing their torn attire. Another $10 went towards buying a wooden box to store our clothes, as we usually hung them in the house. Through a savings group, I managed to save $10, foreseeing its usefulness in the future when faced with hardships. The remaining funds were allocated to supporting my husband in putting food on the table.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
As a parent, my heart is heavy knowing that my four children have not yet been able to attend school. The visible disappointment on their faces as they watch their peers going to school speaks volumes about their unhappiness. My main objective is to rectify this situation by diligently saving money from my transfers, which I plan to utilize for enrolling my children in school. I firmly believe that education is an essential foundation for success, and witnessing my children acquire the necessary skills in school will bring me immense joy.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband and I are both peasant farmers, and during the rainy season, we work diligently on the farm to ensure an ample food supply. Besides farming, we also sell charcoal to make a living, but unfortunately, it doesn't bring in much money. These financial challenges have plunged our family into deep poverty. Recently, I managed to partially pay my eldest son's $10 school fees, as he is currently attending secondary school. Although there is still a remaining debt of $30, I am grateful that he hasn't been sent home and is still able to continue his education. However, I feel great sadness knowing that my four other children have not yet been able to enroll in school because we cannot afford their school fees. To sustain our family, I spent $14 on purchasing food, which should last us for a few days until we figure out a way to acquire more. Additionally, I allocated $10 to buy new clothes for myself since my wardrobe only had two torn pairs left. I am now content because these new clothes make me look presentable, a significant improvement from before.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Owing to the current situation in our area, obtaining food has been extremely hard. Despite the attempt by the entire community to do farming, our crops have been failing for the last four consecutive seasons. It leaves us with no option but to dig tree roots for charcoal burning. However, with the assurance of the monthly transfers, I have a goal to always focus on obtaining food for my family of ten members. I shall, therefore, be spending a large proportion of my transfers to acquire food every month probably for the rest of this year. It will play a key role in reducing my stress.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
We live in extreme poverty, and every day we desire to work harder to break the cycle of poverty. As it has been our trend since we first received the initial transfer, I saved $ 10 in a merry-go-round. We are few, just a group of 10 members, and we can always borrow some money when financially constrained to meet core family needs; educational and nutritional needs. We could not be able to build our savings before GiveDirectly's program. Although I had other needs; clothing, food, and school fees, I prioritized spending $14 on maize flour and other foodstuff. I also spent $10 on paying school fees for my children, and I am relieved they are advancing well with their studies.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
access_time over 1 year ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Giving people affected by poverty, such as myself, unconditional money is one of the greatest things Give Directly does. I am grateful for the transfers I have received so far, as they have pulled me from hardships I never imagined were possible to relieve. Give Directly has done nothing wrong in my opinion.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Life has put my husband and me through the wringer, especially with the ongoing drought and having ten children to support. It has not been an easy journey. We rely heavily on charcoal burning to meet our family's necessities, particularly food and school expenses. However, the earnings are not sufficient. The physical rigors of the practice hinder us from producing much charcoal. Also, imagine digging tree stumps on an empty stomach while pregnant; you won't go very far. The best we can make in two weeks is $10, which barely fits to feed all of us. Right now, we are unable to enroll nine of the children in school because we cannot pay the costs. When I started receiving transfers, I began buying and rearing chickens. At least, as they multiply and grow, I will be able to sell them to help fund my children's education. So I spent $6 on four more hens. $13 went toward food, and $5 went toward my fifth-grade daughter's school fees. I saved the remaining $10 through a self-help group to help me with my needs whenever am stuck. 
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES
access_time over 1 year ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was late in the evening, and I was just at home. The day had been tiresome since I was out in the forest digging tree roots for charcoal burning. When I received my transfer, I felt just good. At first, I did not believe it, and I had to confirm that was a Mpesa message. In my life, I had never received a transfer like that, and that excited me even more. Without delay, I hurriedly went to withdraw the cash and spent part of it on maize flour because what we had was insufficient. I am grateful to GiveDirectly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I have experienced a positive change in my way of life ever since I received my most recent transfer. I have restarted poultry farming after losing a flock of hens. With a new beginning, I have high hopes for having more hens in the next year. Additionally, I invested in various outfits that help me look smart. Despite being second-hand, these are much better than the originals I had. I am quite appreciative of GiveDirectly for the financial support.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
For some months, I had been longing to begin fraising domestic fowl. Previously I had a flock that died due to the outbreak of domestic fowl-related diseases. From then, I had no money even to buy a hen. Therefore when I received my latest transfer, I spent $5 on two chicks. I am hopeful that they will grow into a large flock that can help us raise some additional income for the family. Since I had insufficient foodstuff, I used $5 on maize flour, and I was glad that for two days, my family members ate to their satisfaction. Lastly, I used $1.7 on some second-hand clothes. The set of clothes I previously had was old and unpresentable.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I'm a mother of ten living with my children and husband. As a family we depend on my husband's income from building traditional houses around the village. Lately these jobs are hardly available making it extremely unreliable. Alongside that he's also been burning and selling charcoal to supplement his income. Out of the ten, nine of our children are schooling paying 1900 KES each as school fees per academic term. This drains most of our resources leaving us with nearly nothing to feed my family. When I start receiving this money, we have agreed with my husband that we will spend my transfers on food and his on children's education.
What is the happiest part of your day?
It's been raining since the year begun and so we have planted most of our fields. I feel happy because the season seems promising which gives me hope that we will get good yield this time round. This will also lower prices of essential commodities and generally food prices which will favor us still.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I do not have any source of income which makes it hard for me to effectively feed my family. I'm not economically involved while my husband averagely gets 9000 KES per month. This amount is quite too little that most of the time we end up spending it all on school fees for our eight children in primary school. It's always a struggle to get food and most of the the time we have to depend on one meal per day.