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Masha's family
Kenya Basic Income
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1480 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 29 days ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
As a high school student, I cannot access my phone during the weekdays due to ongoing learning. However, being a day scholar, the weekend is the only time that I can use my mobile phone. I switched on my phone one Saturday and a message popped up confirming that I had received my first transfer from Give Directly. At first, I could not believe it was real until I called my friends back home to check if they had received money as well – they confirmed it to be true. I was excited because I had been anxiously waiting for the funds to help pay my rent.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Before the cash transfers, paying my rent of $10 was a challenge. The little money my mother made from selling charcoal would sometime not fit all the basic needs, which include food, my sisters and my school fees, and my rent. This made rent accrue for three consecutive months, which attracted some eviction threats from my landlord. Gladly, the cash transfer allowed me to pay the fee. Am relieved that I no longer get eviction notices from the property owner. This is the greatest difference I have seen so far.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I joined high school three years ago, I stumbled on many obstacles in my learning journey with a lack of school fees topping the list. Since my father passed away, my sister and I have been solely depending on my mother for provisions. To take of us, Mum takes on casual jobs such as making charcoal, which hardly puts food on the table let alone settle our school fees. To reduce the school accommodation costs, she rented out a single room near my institution where I would stay as I studied. Sadly, paying the rent has equally been a tussle. By the time I received the transfer, I was in debt of three months’ worth of rent. I spent $10 to reduce the debt so that my landlord would not evict me. I deposited the remaining amount to my school to reduce the tuition fees balance that had remained unpaid for at least a year.
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will help me join Secondary school. I finished primary school in April but I have been unable to join secondary school because my mother cannot raise the required admission fees. My mother is a widow taking care of 3 other siblings. Being jobless, the burden of responsibility is surely overwhelming to her and that is why she has failed to support me. This has forced me to defer my studies until next year January. It saddens me but there is currently no way out. Come Next year January, I will have saved the first 4 transfers which will be enough for my admission. For the subsequent transfers, I will purchase 10 goats for 20,000 KES. Once they multiply, I will be selling them and save the earnings. Confidently, the income will sustain my whole high school education.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Finishing primary school was the peak of my happiness. I thought I could never manage because my parents are poor. They struggled to keep me in school. Despite all the challenges, I never got distracted and I luckily finished primary school in March this year.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Shortage of food is the current challenge I am facing. My father died in 2018. Together with my 3 siblings, we were only left with a single parent as the breadwinner. My mother is jobless. She has no source of income. This has really been challenging when it comes to providing us with food. We can go for two days without eating.