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Jumaa's family
Casual labor
Kenya Basic Income
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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 17 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I aim to save enough money to acquire five goats for rearing purposes. Additionally, I plan to sell these goats at the local market. This will provide me with additional streams of income and help me achieve greater financial stability. To facilitate the transportation of the animals to the marketplaces and increase my income opportunities, I aim to secure a motorcycle on a loan basis. With a motorcycle, I can transport livestock to the market more efficiently. Furthermore, on other days, I can utilize the motorcycle to operate a taxi business, supplementing my overall income. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
To sustain my family, I primarily rely on casual jobs in house construction, and during the rainy season, I engage in subsistence farming to produce food. With six children under my care, the little I make from the casual jobs is only enough for food needs but nothing beyond that. I am grateful for the cash assistance I received as it has allowed me to make important purchases that have already shown their benefits. One of the significant investments I made was buying chickens, and I also used the funds to repair my house, which now has a new tin roof. From the recent transfer, I allocated $10 for weeding my one-acre land, $3 for purchasing a chicken, and $4 for covering examination fees for my four children in school. I saved the remaining amount for unexpected expenses or emergencies like medical emergencies.  
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As the head of the family, nothing makes me happier than providing for my wife and six children. However, the little I make from casual jobs I do in house construction can hardly cover all essentials like food, school fees, and clothing. Furthermore, the jobs rarely come by due to the scarcity of construction projects and the high number of people seeking such casual tasks daily. So, the cash transfers play a huge role in supplementing my scant earnings and allowing me to meet the needs of my family. From the three recent cash transfers, I deducted $15 to pay examination fees for five of my children in primary school, who had been sent home to collect the cash. I spent $8 on an iron sheet to start accumulating materials for a new two-room house that I intend to build; the current one-room structure, which doubles as a kitchen, is too tiny for all of us. Also, I spent $30 on new clothes for my children, which they wore on Christmas and enjoyed themselves. I spent the remaining $45 on food to ensure that the household never ran empty to the extent of forcing my family to miss meals. Honestly, I pray that Give Directly never fails to send the monthly transfers because they relieve a significant part of my financial obligations.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does well in offering financial support to our people. It gives direct cash transfers through Mpesa, a well-thought model that enhances safety among the recipients. No one knows when we receive our transfers unless we share about it. As a result, we are always at liberty to plan how to spend our transfers in a way that is quite beneficial to us. So far, there is nothing that GiveDirectly does not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
To make a living, I work as a house builder while my wife makes charcoal to support an eight-member family. Such jobs have been scarce in recent months, making it difficult to find alternative sources of income. When I got my transfer, I spent $15 on food because we didn't have any at the time. Unfortunately, we had borrowed some money that I had not fully reimbursed. I also have five school-age children, and I've been struggling to pay their tuition. From the transfer, I used $8 to pay for my children's school fees and they are now doing well in school. Lastly, I spent $5 on a solar lantern. I didn't have any light source at first.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
At the time the funds were being sent out I didn't even realise and the following day is when I noticed because my phone was charging the entire time. I was filled with so much euphoria especially because I was stuck financially and not forgetting the fact that my kids had been out of school for more than a fortnight was stressing me out.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I definitely have to mention the fact that I could finally pay tuition for my children and for them to actually be able to resume school was one of my biggest joys especially since they had been out of school close to up to a month while other children were proceeding with their education.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon receiving the funds from the Organization my first priority was to ensure that I catered for nourishment for my family and myself because having meals was a challenge. Therefore I went ahead and used KES 600 by purchasing three packets of maize flour. I also used the remaining KES 600 to pay tuition fee for three of my kids because they had been out of school for more than half a term.
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
As you can see, our house is on the verge of falling apart. I would say that we will build a better one but seeing as this money is coming in small bits, my wife and I will collaborate and buy three iron sheets a month until we collect enough to start building. My family deserves better linking conditions than this and we are grateful that Give Directly has reached us.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Today has got to be the day my joy is restored. That we will get financial aid from Give Directly has renewed my hope of living in a better house and send my children to school without interruptions.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My challenge is raising money for my four children's school fees. We sell charcoal for a living and the money is not enough to cover all our needs. I am also constantly worried about the house we live in. It is so worn and I worry that one day it will come tumbling down and God forbid my family will be in it.