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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?
Looking ahead to the coming years, my goal is to extend one of the rooms in our two-room house. The current space is not sufficient, especially when we have visitors, as both rooms are usually occupied by my children my husband, and me. I am tired of having to rely on relatives to provide shelter for our guests, and I want to change that. I plan to start buying building materials like iron sheets and building poles and hire someone to help me build the extension. Since my income from selling sardines is not enough to fund this project, and my husband's income from house construction jobs is inconsistent, my goal is to use the cash transfers to achieve this objective.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
This time around, I used most of the cash transfers, which amounted to $89, to purchase a goat and two sheep. This brings my herd to a total of six animals. I believe that having both goats and sheep is a good strategy because while sheep can reproduce up to three times a year, goats are hardier and can withstand harsh climatic conditions. As these animals multiply and the herd grows, I can sell some of them to generate funds to support my children's education. This not only secures their education in the future but also eases the financial burden on my husband, who is our primary provider. I allocated the remaining funds to buy new sandals for myself. Previously, I used to walk barefoot and often suffered from thorn pricks and the scorching sun. Am relieved that I no longer have to experience the discomfort now. Additionally, I paid school fees for one of my children to ensure they would not miss their classes and used the rest of the money to purchase more food.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My biggest challenge right now is that I have to occasionally squeeze my belongings into my small, two-room shelter. Even worse, when guests arrive and I have nowhere for them to stay, it's really embarrassing. Because of this issue, I intend to construct an extension of a single room to make it more spacious. Every month, I will set aside a portion of the transfer to purchase building supplies such as iron sheets. To accomplish this goal, I plan to buy 15 iron sheets and some building poles.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used my most recent transfers to buy goats, pay school fees for my four children in high school and primary school, and buy food for my family. I've been saving $20 per month for the past few months with the intention of purchasing livestock such as goats. I am pleased that I currently own five goats and two sheep. I couldn't afford to buy any of these on my own before enrolling in the program. I'm relieved that I can finally sit down and budget for livestock. They are a source of wealth, especially for someone like me who does not have any formal employment. I am also relieved to see my two children in school after having paid for them on time. I've been paying around $10 per month for the past few months, which has ensured that their education is not disrupted due to a lack of fees or failure to pay them on time. Aside from school and livestock, the transfers have also ensured that my household has enough food. I bought enough maize flour and cereal that I could now eat three meals a day. My husband, who is the breadwinner, works casual jobs that do not pay well in comparison to the numerous family needs. Thus, receiving the transfers and his meager income has enabled the family to afford some of the most basic necessities, such as food.
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?
For this year, my main goal is to invest in buying and raising goats and sheep. Through this venture, I shall be able to diversify my livestock-keeping venture. As a result, I shall be able to acquire a cow as my flock increases. These are long-term assets that will be beneficial to my family. In the event of an emergency, we will be in a position to raise some money. Secondly, I aim to expand my business of selling cooked food. The re-investment plan will enhance its performance. As a result, it will be easier for me to raise some money from it to support the family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
For the last three months, I have been able to invest my transfers in livestock rearing. So far, I have bought a goat for $30 and five hens for $15. From this venture, I am hopeful they will increase and earn me a respectful standing in my community. Goats are highly valued, and those who do not have them are considered of low status in our community. In addition, with the increased flock, I shall be in a position to sell some to help raise money when I have an emergency. Lastly, I spent $54 on iron sheets for building a new house. The old one was leaking, and I could hardly have comfort during rainy seasons. I am glad that we are currently living in a better condition.
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?
GiveDirectly, in my opinion, does an excellent job of alleviating poverty by giving direct cash transfers. As a result, it has helped to raise the living standards of the surrounding community. We have been able to buy food and pay school fees for our children since GiveDirectly began sending transfers. This is a huge relief that we did not expect. Although GiveDirectly provides assistance to many people, the amounts vary. I suggest that it should offer equal financial assistance to all recipients within our area.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I had never owned a goat or a sheep before in my life. I have, however, been raising domestic fowl. As a result, I devised a plan to start raising goats, even though I lacked the necessary funds. I bought a goat with $28 from a recent transfer. I am hopeful that when it produces and my lock increases, I will have assets in terms of livestock to fall back on in the event of an emergency. As a result, I will have more possessions than I could have imagined before I received my transfer.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had been struggling financially in August because the election process had temporarily halted my ability to earn a living through casual jobs. As a result, my family had to deal with some financial difficulties. However, when I received confirmation that I had received my transfer that evening, my heart was overjoyed. It was such a historic moment that I can't stop thinking about it. Before that, I was struggling financially and worried about how I would feed my family. We are grateful for this assistance.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
It had been my dream to advance my poultry farming project although that seemed impossible owing to my low level of income. It, therefore, played a big role in making me embark on my dream by buying a hen and a duck. I know these seem just a few but I am hopeful that when they begin laying, my fowl will increase. Whenever I see these birds, I feel so good and see a positive move in my life. I am so grateful to GiveDirectly for coming to my aid.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 500 on a duck and KES 200 on a hen as soon as I received my recent transfer. I have some domestic fowl that I intend to sell to supplement my family's income. Due to the low income from my charcoal selling business, I will be able to fund a portion of my children's school fees through this venture. For the remainder of the transfer, KES 500 assisted me in purchasing food for my family, as I did not have enough food at the time. As a result of the transfer, I was able to feed my family comfortably and stress-free for five days. Thanks to GiveDirectly for the historical support.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a decent life through good housing. For two years, I have been staying under a leaking roof together with my 3 children. The iron sheets are old and full of holes. I have been unable to renovate it because the income I make from charcoal burning only caters for food. My goal is to refurbish the roof at a cost of 15,000 KES. A good house free from leakages will boost my dignity.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My daughter who passed her primary education examinations made me so proud. Her success brought me so much. In a month, she will be joining secondary school.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity is the current challenge I am facing. I have a family of 3 children still under my care. Unlike before when I was depending on subsistence farming for food, I currently buy food because the weather patterns are no longer reliable. The last time I made meaningful farm produce was in 2020. I work as a charcoal burner earning approximately 500 KES per week. This income only lasts us three days. Skipping meals or going a day without a meal is our new normal.