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Kambi
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kenya
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Subsistence farming
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Kenya Basic Income
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26th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
access_time 1 month ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
This year has been a whirlwind of emotions. My house, battered by the relentless winds of this season, stands on the brink of collapse. Every night, I sleep with a heavy heart, fearing that the walls might not hold until morning. With the funds I will be getting from now on, my primary goal is to begin renovating my home. I want a safer house where my family and I can sleep peacefully, free from the anxiety of falling walls. Beyond this year, I hope to create a lasting refuge, a place that will protect us and become a symbol of our resilience and newfound stability.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
For a while, I have been sick, unable to work due to problems with my eyes and ears. These ailments have rendered me unable to hear or see, making daily life challenging. Having retired from my job as a driver at the Kenya Port Authority, I have been relying on my retirement benefits for survival. With my most recent transfers, I decided to invest in something that would improve my quality of life. I bought a new bed and mattress, costing $50 and $65 respectively. Since the total amount was $115, I had to top up the remaining $13 from my savings. Previously, I slept on a broken traditional bed that left me feeling exhausted every morning. This situation added to my discomfort and fatigue, making my condition worse. Now, with the new bed and mattress, I sleep well and wake up feeling much more refreshed. This small investment has made a significant difference in my daily comfort and overall happiness.
 
22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($22 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?
My primary goal is to repair my house, which was constructed a long time ago. As it is a mud-walled house, the wooden poles are beginning to weaken, and caving in. Ideally, I would prefer to replace each wall with bricks, but financial constraints make this challenging. Since I share the space with my two wives, who also receive cash transfers, we have decided to collectively contribute to the repair of the house. Our initial plan is to build a concrete skirting around it to strengthen the foundation. This step will help stabilize the structure. As our financial situation improves, we hope to replace the mud walls with brick walls in the future. This collaborative effort among us will contribute to the long-term durability and safety of our home.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
In the months leading up to the recent rains in our village, my household grappled with the prevalent challenge of hunger. As an elderly man facing physical challenges, I rely solely on my son, who works as a conductor, to provide for me. His meager income is barely sufficient to cover daily meals and keep the children in school. During those difficult times, I directed most of the cash transfers towards purchasing food. This ensured that my family never went to bed hungry, and I also received proper nutrition that sustained me. I am pleased that the rains allowed us to harvest enough food to last through the first quarter of this year. That's why I have been saving $10 towards building my house. Both my wives and I are contributing to replacing the mud walls of our house with bricks as they are stronger and more durable. The remaining $24 goes towards my personal needs, such as hospital expenses and buying sugar, allowing me to enjoy tea with my family.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the coming year and beyond, my goal is to repair my house. It was built a long time ago, and as it's a mud-walled house, the wooden poles are beginning to weaken, and some of the walls are caving in. Ideally, I would have liked to replace each wall with bricks, but I lack the financial means to do so. Since I share the space with my two daughters-in-law, who are also cash transfer recipients, we have agreed to start contributing to the house's repair. To begin with, we plan to build a concrete skirting around it to strengthen the foundation. Later, when we are capable, we can start replacing the mud walls with brick walls.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
In the months leading up to the recent rains in our village, my household faced the prevalent challenge of hunger. As an elderly man with physical challenges, I depend solely on my son, who works as a conductor, to provide for me. However, his meager income is barely enough to cover daily meals and keep the children in school. During those difficult times, I directed every penny from the cash transfers towards purchasing food. This ensured that my family never went to bed hungry, and I also received proper nutrition that sustained me. In addition to using the cash transfers for food, I managed to save $10 for any future emergencies. This money may prove useful, especially for medication if the need arises.
 
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?
My objective for the remainder of this year and beyond is to secure the repair of my deteriorating residence and guarantee our safety. I am constantly concerned about the possibility of my house collapsing, which would leave my family and me without a home. To prevent such an outcome, my aim is to save sufficient funds to reconstruct and fortify the house, ensuring its longevity. Additionally, I aspire to support my daughter's college education in computer skills, enabling her to acquire the necessary knowledge to navigate life's challenges successfully.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Due to my old age, physical disability, and blindness, I rely heavily on my two wives to care for me as I am unable to work. Both of my wives support our family through farming and selling charcoal. However, their income is not sufficient, causing them to struggle to meet our family's needs. Consequently, I used $14 from my May transfers to purchase food for us. Unfortunately, the high prices at the shops make it difficult for us to have an ample food supply, and we often miss or skip meals to help cope with the situation. Nevertheless, I am grateful that my family now has something to eat for a week because of this contribution, considering my inability to provide for them due to my inability to work. Additionally, I used $20 from the remaining transfers to buy building stones. The current state of our two-room house is in disrepair, with weakened building poles and cracks that indicate a potential collapse. By acquiring the stones, my intention is to strengthen the house's pillars and ensure its safety, alleviating my worries about becoming homeless in the near future.
 
10th 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?
I have goals for this year. I'm hoping that the money I'll get over the coming months will allow me to finish building my house. I'll use the funds to purchase further building supplies, including bricks, lumber, and any other tools I'll require. Additionally, I will use some of the funds to purchase food because, as I previously indicated, the drought makes it a constant hardship for us.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As soon as I had the chance to take money from my phone, I went ahead and spent KES 1,500 to purchase 15 pieces of timber. I made the decision to purchase the lumber in the hopes that I would finally be able to renovate my home, which is in danger of collapsing. After that, I made the decision to spend the KES 1,900 that was left over on food because it had been difficult. I spent that money on two kg of sugar and eight packs of maize flour.
 
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?
After the arrivals of the funds I decided to use KES 2,000 out of the transfers I went on to buy a goat. This is because I planned to invest in my farm by buying a couple of farm animals most preferably goats since cows were quite expensive. Afterwards I was left with a balance of KES 1,000 which I decided to spend on nourishment and bought half a dozen packets of maize flour since I barely had any food in the house.
 
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?
In my opinion, Givedirectly did well for sending directly cash aid to the less fortunate people in the society. Additionally, being an unconditional transfer, I had the freedom to plan on how to spend the transfer. I do not see anything that the organization did not do well
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 2500 to purchase sufficient food for my family. This is because I can no longer work because of my sight problem . I have been total depend on my wife who is a local wine vendor to raise and upkeep the family of 5 members. This activity is temporally, and providing food for the family has been a challenge, but since the coming of the Givedirectly, our lives are much better. I also save KES 500 for any financial challenge that might arise in the near future. I am planning to use the next transfer to renovate my house which is collapsing and very dangerous to our life. I am always worried that it may fall at any time rendered me homeless.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Due to my health condition, I hardly wake up very early in the morning. While still sleeping inside my nearly crumbling house, I heard my daughter’s voice call me from a distance. I woke up to exciting news that I had received my first transfer. Lol! I could not believe my ears. I pinched myself just to make sure it was not a dream. A broad, toothy smile filled my face as I asked her to go withdraw the money on my behalf.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Living in my dilapidated house has been challenging. I have the fear that the house might come crumbling down while taking a nap. I have also had to bear with the chilly weather during the night because of the condition of the house. Buying the building poles is the biggest difference in my daily life as I start the preparations to improve the state of the house. This will ensure I have peace of mind while sleeping and my property is safe from the rain.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Heading towards the rainy season, my biggest fear is my house collapsing. Not long ago, we received some light showers and the damage it caused to my house was catastrophic. The house started sinking because the ground was marshy. The old iron sheets are seriously leaking, damaging my property inside the house. Because of my old age, I cannot work and save enough to build the house well. My wife, who I depend on, is struggling with her business selling palm wine. The drought has dried up the coconut trees, leaving very few coconut trees. The few trees remaining produce very little palm wine, hence affecting the income she earns. She uses the little she makes to buy food and pay school fees for my daughter. Therefore, when I received my transfer, I spent it all on buying new poles to be used in improving the state of my house.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I plan to renovate my house. The woods that act as pillars are wearing out and I fear that the house my soon crumble and fall on us. This money will come in handy to help with the renovations. It might cost about 30000 KES. I am unable to work or provide for my family. My three wives are responsible and are in charge of my well-being. All they can do is farm since they have no skill for any kind of job.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I wake up to take my morning tea, at noon my lunch is served, later in the day I am given a bath and I sleep. This is my new normal and I have learned to appreciate and be happy about life. These three activities( eating, bathing, and sleeping) are my source of joy. I am blind, about to go deaf, and can not do anything on my own.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Eight years ago I lost my sight, it took me by surprise since I could comprehend why. As years passed I started having difficulties in hearing, I would hear noises and they would go away. This went on until I was about to lose my hearing. Today people have to shout at me so that I can hear them and in return, I respond by shouting so that we can communicate. My legs are weak and can not move as I used to. All I do is stay indoors. I long for the day someone will give me medicine that will be a cure for me to avoid being deaf, at least I salvage my ears.