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access_time 9 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Depending on a single source of income is stressful and derailing as well; therefore, there is a need to diversify the sources of income to support the family's needs. Since my family of nine depends on maize farming and sometimes my husband's mason job, I appreciate that the income earned here can be minimal or none at all, hence the need for an additional constant source of income. For the next year, I hope to construct 10 single-room rental houses on our farm at Mtwapa. I will rent out each house for $20 a month and use the income to pay college fees for my children in grades 11 and 12 once they graduate from their secondary education. We hope to use the savings as well as my husband's income to make this a success.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
With the unconditional cash transfers, families have responded to their needs; for instance, children have gone to school, houses have been constructed, and food has been provided for the households. This is a commendable and life-changing initiative that GiveDirectly thought of. However, the short-term engagement does not respond to the needs exhaustively; therefore, if they could add more transfers, more change could be noticed, unlike now.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Education is the key to life, and everyone desires it for their children. However, financial instability has sometimes made this impossible. When I received the transfers, I cleared the $80 school fee arrears for my daughter in grade 12, as well as term 2 fees of $250. I further spent $150 on purchasing iron sheets for a house I wish to construct on our family farm in Mtwapa. In addition, I purchased two goats for $50 as a financial emergency when need arrived because my family of nine often depends on maize farming for a living, which is not always productive. I am happy that the rains have lately been constant and favorable for the maize, and I am hopeful that we will harvest about 10 bags, unlike the previous seasons when we did not harvest even a bag, therefore depending on my husband Samson, who is a mason, for support. Unfortunately, Samson's job is also unpredictable and seasonal, so we can sometimes stay without any income.
55000 KES ($425 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Immediately after I confirmed the receipt of my transfer, I felt excited. I was attending my nephew's funeral that evening. Although GiveDirectly had assured me that I would receive my transfer soon, I had always wondered when it would happen. I was not expecting such a transfer at that moment. Since I was with my husband, I also informed him, and he was equally happy. To him, that was a sigh of relief from the school fee issues that had taken our peace. I felt more at peace at that moment than ever before. Thanks to GiveDirectly for coming to our rescue.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Previously, I had the heavy burden of raising school fees for my children. We could not afford meals because my husband and I rely so much on informal, unreliable work. As a result, skipping meals or going without meals was a typical occurrence for us. Yet, I am relieved that there has been a positive change in our way of life since I received my first transfer. We are always guaranteed daily meals. My children have been attending school with less fear of being sent home. As a result, any money my husband and I earn go towards savings. I hope that will make life bearable for us post the last transfer. Despite the current famine situation, we have had sufficient food as a family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Before receiving my transfer, my children had accumulated school fee arrears. My husband and I do not have some formal engagement, and we constantly struggle to raise money for fee payments. The worst case for us was that my daughter, Eunice, currently in form four had fee arrears of $180. I prioritized spending $300 on paying school fees for all my children. In addition, I opted to spend $30 on food. Since, my son Emmanuel was promoted to grade 7, I spent the rest on his fees. I am glad that both of them can comfortably learn. I have witnessed a tremendous difference in my life since then.
access_time 1 year ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I have five children who are schooling at primary and secondary schools respectively. The first daughter is at Ngala girls secondary school and she has a fee balance of $640 as of January 2023. The other four in primary have a collective fee balance of $150. My husband and I are casual workers earning approximately $230 per month which mostly caters to food and medication. I will use $790 to clear all the fees arrears for the children at school so that they can settle and improve their performances. I will also use $150 to buy three goats as an investment for the family. Currently, I have no investment such that should any emergency occur then I am stuck. Thanks to Give directly organization for their program.
What is the happiest part of your day?
On July 2022 I suffered a kidney stone problem.It affected me for almost three months. I was indoors all the time. On October 2022 I got medication at the Kilifi referral hospital and became well. I felt very happy to be well and got back to my work.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband and I are casual workers. He works as a masonry at Mombasa earning approximately $200 per month though not all the time. I work at the nearby quarry earning approximately $30 per month. The family income is very low such that I find it hard to pay school fees for my children. I have five children where one is at Ngala girls secondary school and four are at Bale primary school. The one at secondary has a fee structure of $460 per year where as the four in primary have a fee structure of $3250 each per year. The daughter who is at secondary school has a fees balance of $180. This means that she will have a total balance of $640 when schools open on January 2023. The fees problem has affected her performance.