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Thabu's family
Casual labor
Kenya Large Transfer
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($374 USD)
access_time 14 days ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
At around 3:15 PM, as I was finally taking a moment to relax from my daily chores, I felt my phone buzz with a message notification. With a sense of anticipation, I checked it to find the long-awaited cash transfer from GiveDirectly had arrived. Overwhelmed with relief and gratitude, I couldn't help but smile. For years, I had endured the misery of a leaky old house that brought both discomfort and stress into my life. As I gazed at the message, the thought of constructing a new home flooded my mind—a place where I and my family could finally find comfort, safety, and peace.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Receiving unconditional cash transfers from GiveDirectly has brought the most profound change to my life. The biggest difference is that I now have a new house, and as a mother, this makes me feel an overwhelming sense of joy and relief. For over 15 years of marriage, my family endured a challenging life because I couldn't afford the materials needed for a better home. During those years, my children, husband, and I suffered, especially during the rainy seasons. We had to constantly borrow shelter from our neighbors, which was both frustrating and demoralizing. But now, thanks to GiveDirectly, our lives have been transformed. I thank God for this incredible opportunity to provide a safe and comfortable home for my family, and I no longer have to worry about the hardships we once faced.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Using $475 of my recent unconditional cash transfer, I embarked on a project that had been a long-cherished dream: building a new, sturdy roof for our home. Our old roof used to leak terribly, and with six family members under one roof, it was a constant struggle during the rainy season. Whenever dark clouds gathered, I had to rush to move our belongings to my kind neighbors' houses and seek shelter for my children. It was a stressful routine that I had endured for far too long. Finally, with the funds, I bought iron sheets, building poles, and nails, and we started construction. As I watch the raindrops fall harmlessly outside, I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of relief and accomplishment. Our new home not only provides shelter but also a sense of security and stability for my family. In addition to improving my living conditions, I used a portion of the money to pay the overdue school fees of $40 for my four children. Education is paramount, and their frequent stays at home due to unpaid fees were a source of frustration for them and me. Now, with their fees settled, I see hope in their eyes as they head to school every morning. Lastly, I allocated $35 to ensure we no longer go to bed with empty stomachs. My husband and I have been tirelessly working any job that comes our way to make ends meet, but this cash transfer has provided a much-needed respite. With these improvements, I feel a renewed sense of hope and determination for a better future for my family.
access_time 3 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Spending my life in a grass-thatched house is something that has devoured my happiness for a long time. This is because it has lowered my status since I look so needy in the community. In addition, I never enjoy my nights, especially during the rainy season. Standing and changing bed positions is the order of my nights and this brings about my fear to welcome visitors. Receiving this money means improving my social status because I will be able to own a decent house. To make this a reality, I plan to spend my first transfer($550) to construct a spacious iron-roofed house for myself. On the other hand, I will use the remaining amount to support my son's education and buying of livestock more specifically goats which multiply fast. Doing this will mean a better livelihood, a life that I have always wished to live.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The good harvest I am expecting from my farm this season is the reason to have hope of taking back my son to school. Currently, my 2 acres are full of green maize and this means I will have enough food in my household in the next 2 months. This will provide us with the opportunity to use whatever we get from my husband's casual job to pay school fees. Therefore, farm produce has brought about happiness in my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
It is so painful as a parent to desperately watch your son at home due to lack of school fees. Whenever I see him around, I always think of how much I have already spent in school until he dropped in form three this year. As a mother, it has stressed me a lot because his dreams are shuttered without completing his studies. Since we depend on my husband for everything, his support has never been enough to sustain all our needs. This is something that has affected our livelihoods, more so the children in school. Hence, I consider financial instability as my biggest challenge.