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Subsistence farming
Kenya Basic Income
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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Looking into the coming years, I wish to have bought more goats for rearing. I hope for the rains to persist, as this will enable me to utilize the cash transfer to acquire additional goats. With the previous transfers, I have already been able to purchase two goats, and I am determined to leverage this opportunity to further grow my wealth through livestock rearing.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As the planting season has arrived, with the ongoing rains, I allocated $13 to weed my farm, to ensure optimal growing conditions for my maize crops to thrive. At the same time, my four grandchildren were unable to attend school for two days due to unpaid fees. Their father was unavailable to address this issue, so I spent $7 to clear their outstanding debt and ensured their prompt return to classes. Also, our household was going through another hardship: we had completely run out of food and my son had not earned enough money to purchase more. Consequently, I utilized the remaining funds to acquire food for our family. The relief provided by the cash transfer has been invaluable during these challenging times and I could never be more grateful. 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I never imagined that I would be able to raise livestock before I was enrolled in GiveDirectly's program. I had yearned for it, even though my income was insufficient to achieve such ambitions. Now that I am assured of my continuous transfers, I intend to purchase additional goats to maintain a number while still in the program. I see this as an investment that will pay off handsomely when the program comes to an end. Apart from livestock, the transfers will enable me to pay school fees for my five school-age children every month, reducing the accumulation of fee arrears.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As a mother of five children, I rely heavily on small business that sell cooked food to support my family. My husband also runs a herbal medicine business. However, our daily wages are never enough to meet my family's insatiable educational and nutritional needs. We did not have food when I got my recent transfer. As a result, I spent $15 on food. The remainder went into school fees for my five school-going children. The transfers I received in October, November, and December enabled me to purchase two goats for $80. I chose these because goats are valuable and will benefit my family in the future.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The finances offered by the Organization have been quite a tremendous help when it comes to our day-to-day life. I have even had the opportunity to start small projects like poultry farming which I am hopefully will assist in the future in case of any financial strain. Therefore I am grateful for GiveDirectly lending us a hand when we needed it the most.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After withdrawing the transfers I went ahead to buy three chicks for KES 600 because I planned on investing in poultry farming with the aim of financial benefit as time went by. Immediately after I realized that I was left with a balance of KES 2,400 which I proceeded to sort out nutrition with because it was a necessity at the time. true that money I was able to purchase eight packets of maize flour, two and a half kilograms of sugar, two kilograms of beans, groceries on a day to day basis and sardines from time to time.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had just returned from fetching water from a far-off water pan when I arrived at home. My phone notified me of a text message before I could relax. I gave my oldest grandson, who was playing nearby, the phone so he could read the message. He told me I had gotten my first transfer, which was great news. Despite being worn out from the perilous trek, I bounced around in ecstasy and ululated loudly. I bowed my head and prayed a brief prayer of appreciation to the Lord while kneeling.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My grandchildren's enrollment in school again was greatly influenced by the transfer. Having them stay at home while their peers, pursued their schooling made me feel terrible. I made every effort to collect the funds needed to pay the outstanding school fees, but I was unable to do so. I'm incredibly appreciative of the money because it helped my dire financial situation a lot.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I make a living by selling charcoal in the village as a casual worker. We have not had rain for more than three years, which inhibits us from working on our fertile farms. Selling charcoal is the only way I can support my family. The demand for charcoal is declining as consumers chose to utilize more readily available, less expensive fuel as a result of the economy's dire condition. We eat less because of a lack of money, and even worse, we go to bed hungry. I bought food supplies for the family with my first transfer, which cost me KES 700. I purchased beans, one kilogram of sugar, and two packets of maize flour. Along with purchasing food, I paid KES 500 in back school fees for my five grandchildren who were staying at home due to unpaid school fees. I'm happy that the transfer made it possible for them to return to school and resume their study.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a reserve of wealth for future usage for me. I am a 62 years old woman. As the age catches up with me, my economic activeness slowly deteriorates. I am no longer productive as before. My goal is to have an income-generating enterprise in the years ahead. I want to utilize 18,000 KES to purchase 6 goats. While I will be using the subsequent transfers on food, my goats will slowly be reproducing. In a few years, I will be having a huge number of livestock. With the butcheries in Bamba and Mariakani, this investment will be my future financial security.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Food is my all-time source of happiness. My children working in Mombasa ensure I do not run out of food. They send me money when the food reserve is almost drying up.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial insecurities are a hindrance to my welfare. I have a zero source income. It is my husband who supports me together with my children. sometimes I fear asking for their assistance due to how personal the need I have to attend is.