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Lilian
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Subsistence farming
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Kenya Basic Income
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26th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 9 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
With my daughter now progressing well and attending school, I am now shifting my focus towards livestock farming. I currently have over 500 chicken and I am excited to expand into goats as well using the transfers I receive from GiveDirectly. I already have two goats and plan to add more, hoping that they will multiply and increase in numbers. Once they have added in numbers, I will then sell them at the market and use the income generated from the proceeds to support my family. Livestock farming has been my ultimate goal, and I am happy that my dream is finally becoming a reality, all thanks to the support from GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With the previous transfers from GiveDirectly, I ventured into poultry farming,which has become my primary source of income and I am happy that I am creating a good market for them. Upon receiving the transfers, I spent $46 on chicken feed and medicine to ensure the health and well-being of my chickens, which in turn increased their value. To add to my livestock, I purchased a goat for $28, hoping it would multiply in numbers into a large herd and contribute to my goal of becoming a livestock farmer, specializing in raising and selling chickens and goats. With school-going children in my household, I also used $10 to settle school fee balance so that they could attend school without any outstanding debts when schools reopened after the holiday break. I further spent $4 to buy additional food to add to our household supplies, ensuring that my family would not go hungry. Finally, I have a daughter who is epileptic, who requires regular medical attention. To achieve this, we started visiting the Epilepsy-Specialized clinic at KEMRI, where she received treatment for free. To facilitate her medical care, I spent $16 on transportation to take her to the clinic, where she was treated. I am grateful that we received the necessary care that we needed, and my daughter is now on medication and attending school. Initially, her condition prevented her from attending school, but with the current treatment, she is making very good progress, and I am thankful to God for this.
 
22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($21 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I pray that God will continue to keep us safe and grant me the strength to provide for my family. In the coming months, I have plans to establish a source of income that aligns with my responsibility as a parent. Unable to leave my children on their own, I'm planning to pursue large-scale farming as a business venture cultivating crops not only for sustenance but with the intention to sell and generate income. My aspiration is not only to have something substantial but to build a thriving business that can support my family. I'm so excited.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Receiving this Givedirectly monthly cash transfers has been a turning point for me and my family. With $19, I invested in chicken feed and bought a goat for $34.5, envisioning a source of income that could sustain us in times of need. The goat not only provided financial security but also allowed me to save for potential emergencies. This was crucial as my 5-year-old child is epileptic, and the medical expenses become overwhelming. Transport to the hospital, medication, and a proper diet are always necessary, and without the financial support, it would be a struggle.. I then spent $48.50 of the transfer on school fees for my two other children. I can now witness the positive impact on my family and the broader community.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 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 child has issues with speech and I have been seeking treatment to settle this. I sometimes get caught off guard when he falls sick which makes me take loans to ensure that we see a doctor. My hope is to add animals to my herd so that I can have the animals as an emergency fund in case of need. I want to also ensure my two children in school get a good education and I hope to achieve this by adding more animals which will reproduce to make more money.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have 6 chicken with chicks. I needed to replace my rooster as I had gotten rid of the older one. I spent $12 from my July transfers acquiring a new rooster. I also bought chicken feed for the rest of my chicken at $11in July and September. In August I also added one hen to the already existing hens. This month I have been looking for a goat and still looking with a budget of $20. I also spent some of my transfers buying food in August at $5 and also paying school fees for my child at $60 in July. I sought treatment for my child with speech issues adding $4.5 from my July transfers to my savings to get enough medicine and paying for consultation. I accrued a debt of $2 in July which I paid with August transfers.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 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?
With the goal of providing a stable source of income while caring for my ailing younger child, I am determined to make a significant investment in poultry farming. Currently, I am meticulously tending to a small group of hens and ducks, ensuring they receive proper nutrition to facilitate rapid multiplication and growth. As their numbers increase, I plan to sell them and generate substantial earnings, which will enable me to meet my family's needs, assist my husband, and cover our household expenses. Thus, my objective for this year is to embark on a poultry business and establish a reliable income stream.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband is the sole breadwinner for our family of four. He is employed by a power company, but as a contracted worker rather than full-time, which means he earns very little. This makes it difficult for him to meet all of our family's needs. Unfortunately, I am unable to contribute financially because my youngest son has epilepsy and requires round-the-clock attention. When I received my mail transfers, I used $7 to purchase medication for my son, ensuring his condition remains stable. Additionally, I bought 5 packets of 2 kg maize flour for a total of $10,000 since we had almost no food left at home. This purchase brought smiles to my children, who were worried about missing meals due to our financial constraints. To sustain our livestock, I spent $6 on animal feeds for the hens and ducks that I bought with the transfer money. I am hopeful that with the number of hens and ducks increasing, I will be able to sell them at a higher price in the market and earn some income. Finally, I used the remaining amount to pay my two children's school fees and purchase stationery items, creating a conducive learning environment for them at school. I am deeply grateful to the organization for their significant financial assistance. These transfers have enabled me to fulfill needs that were previously out of reach due to the extreme poverty I was experiencing.
 
9th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 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?
My poultry farm, which had more than 67 hens, failed at the end of last year. A strange illness that affected the hens caused them all to die. My attempts to save the situation were unsuccessful because all of the hens passed away within a two-week period. This year, I want to dedicate all of my time and effort to raising livestock, such as goats. I want to build up a sizable flock of goats by the end of the year, which will increase my initial investment. The choice of livestock is influenced by the severe weather we are currently having as well as the accessibility of medications that can be given to the animals in the event that a disease outbreak occurs. I'm crossing my fingers that this will work out as I search for a reliable source of income to support my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Because of my four-year-old daughter's condition, I have not had a single peaceful moment in my life for the past four years. She has been suffering from a chronic illness since her birth. With my recent transfer, I spent $9 on her medication since I always take her for medication every month. Secondly, because I cannot engage in any formal job since I have to always be at home to look after my daughter, I spent $15 on a small goat. My goal is to keep livestock that I can always attend to while at home to diversify sources of my family income. It will allow me to comfortably care for my six-member family in the long run. The remainder of the transfer, $10, assisted me in obtaining food for my family.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent $8 on paying school fees for my child in a primary. She is now studying well without being sent home like before. I am so happy because this has given me peace of mind to do my daily chore at home. I repaid a debt of $4 that I had borrowed from a friend to pay the medical bills for my child who was unwell. The remaining amount of money $18 I purchased a goat. I have always loved goat rearing. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has changed our living standards.
 
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 commend the organization for helping the needy by giving out unconditional transfers. However, I would like to encourage the organization to conduct a physical follow-up in the village and assess the impact of the funds on changing lives for the better.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a small-scale farmer who ventured into poultry farming after the commencement of the drought. I lost all I had invested in the farm when all the crops dried up. When I received my transfer, I spent a large portion of KES 2000 on buying chicken feeds (starters mash). I depend heavily on this project because of the earnings I get to pay school fees for my 2 children, buy food and clothes and use some for medication. I spent KES 500 on paying school fees for my children after schools opened. Finally, I spent the remaining KES 500 on buying 2kgs of sugar, 1kg of sugar and tea leaves to add to the dwindling stock of food in my house.
 
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?
I got home at 8 pm. After I finished up with my errands, I went to bed at around 10 pm. I then woke up to breastfeed my child and minutes later I got a message. Upon checking, I saw that I had received funds from give directly. I was very delighted and filled with so much gratitude towards the organization for fulfilling the promise they made. Since I wished to grow my business, I went out to purchase some poultry feed for the 36 chickens I rear for a living.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Although my life has been full of struggles, I have never dared to give up. I engaged myself in small businesses like poultry farming and charcoal manufacturing. This is so I could ease the burden of paying bills for my husband who works as an electrician. With the intention of opening a canteen near a school, and providing for my children, I ensure I work very hard. Now that I'm receiving these funds, I believe my life will be greatly improved as I will have an extra income that will help me thrive in business as I will invest in it.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a poultry farmer, currently owning 36 chickens. I also practice charcoal manufacturing. When I got the funds from give directly, all I wanted to do was improve my business. From its profits, I would ensure that my children's needs are well taken care of and I could support them through school. So, I used the funds to invest in my poultry farming business by purchasing some poultry feed.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I used to do poultry farming but this project collapsed 1 year ago due to lack of money to buy the chicken feeds as well as to add more chicks. This demoralized me and I ended up disbanding the whole project. I have desired to restart this project because it has a lot of profit and I am now confident that, through this cash grant from GiveDirectly, I will be able to initiate it again. I only need utmost 10000 KES to offset this plan. The other transfers will help me to buy some goats that will also act as my long-term investment plan. Thus, this is generally the justification to receive this money.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My second-born daughter who is 4 years now have been suffering from loss of consciousness. This condition has terrified me for a long but I thank God early this year, I visited our "imam" who prayed for her and her condition is now improving. This has currently given me hope in my daughter and I consider this as what has brought joy to my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Nothing pains me much more than seeing my daughter who is in grade 4, stay at home for almost 2 weeks due to lack of fees. This is something that pisses me off and I am always stressed up. Since I lack a reliable source of income, I always seek some small loans from my relatives but this has recently been impossible due to defaulting for long. Therefore, I consider financial instability as what I am currently struggling with most.