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Kadzo
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
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Kenya Basic Income
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26th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the upcoming year, my aim is to construct a new house to replace the current old and deteriorating one. I hope to utilize the financial assistance to acquire the necessary building materials and establish a new home before my current residence deteriorates further, potentially leaving me homeless. I am extremely grateful for the financial support and remain hopeful that I will soon realize my dream of owning a new house.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As a casual laborer, I primarily support myself by selling firewood and working on other people's farms. The income from these sporadic jobs totals to $5, supplemented by monthly transfers from Give Directly. This combined support allows me to provide for my family's needs. I allocated $61 for my two children's school fees; my elder child attends secondary school while the younger one is in primary school. I am grateful that their education has been uninterrupted. Additionally, I spent $22 on food for my family during the festive season. Furthermore, I repaid a $ debt to a friend who assisted me during a period of financial hardship. The assistance from Give Directly has greatly contributed to my ability to care for my family, and for that, I am truly thankful.
 
22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Despite the financial challenges I am currently facing, my determination to ensure my children's success in life remains unwavering. I am committed to financing their education and creating a conducive environment for their growth. To achieve this goal, I intend to utilize the monthly stipend and explore avenues to invest in livestock, eventually venturing into the livestock-selling business. This strategic move will not only generate additional income but also enable me to support my family effectively.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As a widow, I find myself as the sole provider for my family of three. My oldest son is currently attending secondary school, while my youngest is in primary school. Financing their education has been a constant struggle due to the limited income I earn from various odd jobs. These jobs primarily include working on other people's farms for pay and selling charcoal and firewood. When I received my July transfers, I immediately used $10 to partially pay off my two sons' school debts, which amounted to $25. Thankfully, after three days of being unable to attend school, they were allowed to continue their studies. Additionally, I allocated $10 to purchase a single piece of iron sheet. Unfortunately, my cooking structure collapsed, leaving me to face difficulties cooking outdoors during this rainy season. I am slowly acquiring the iron sheets needed to rebuild the structure. With the remaining $14, I bought food to ensure my family's sustenance. As we wait for the harvest from the farm, this food is crucial in preventing my family from going hungry. Despite the challenges, I am determined to make ends meet and provide the best for my children's education and well-being.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Looking into the next year, I purpose to have successfully enrolled my son in high school. He recently completed grade eight and is set to join secondary education, but financial constraints are burdening me. After he is settled, I plan to construct a concrete pillar around the mud walls of my house to reinforce them. This will prevent the house from collapsing from adverse weather. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My casual hustles of splitting firewood and working on people's farms for money hardly afford enough food for the family, which leaves us starving most of the time. As we speak, we are hungry as we have not had anything to eat since yesterday. More so, I have no idea where am going to get money for food. That is why when I receive cash transfers, my priority is food. I directed $14 and $5 from last month's and this month's transfers toward food. Also, there was a school fees debt for my two children that were carried from last year, and I used $10 to settle it. Next, I spent $10 on my treatment after I was involved in a motorcycle accident that injured my arm. Am glad that I have started recovering. I used $10 from December’s transfer as the final payment for my new bed that I had longed to own for a long time. Lastly, I saved $20 from both cash transfers. Am hoping for these savings to help me during emergencies. 
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a widow with five children who fully depend on me to cater to their needs. A week before receiving my transfer, I fell very ill and was admitted to the hospital. When I receive my transfer, I spent KES 1000 to pay the medical bill I incurred in the hospital. I paid school fees for my five children who had spent an entire week at home without going to school because of school fee arrears. I used KES 500 to clear the payment for a bed I ordered in April. Finally, I bought food (two packets of 2 kg maize flour and ¼ kg of sugar). Spending an entire week in the hospital meant that I did not have money to buy food for my children. Receiving the transfer was a tremendous boost in helping me take care of my needs.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am the sole breadwinner of my family of two children. I earn a living by selling building poles. Since the drought started, it has been very difficult to find poles as all the trees dried up. I opted to work on people’s farms for pay earn very little (KES 200 per day) and buy food for my children. Jobs working on people's farms are scarce, making it hard to work daily. Therefore, when I received my transfer, I spent KES 1000 to buy food. Because of the unstable income, I had challenges providing for my children, forcing us to sleep hungry on some days (three days a week). Besides buying the food, I spent KES 1000 to pay off a school fee debt for my two children to be admitted back and continue with their education. Finally, I spent the remaining KES 1000 to pay for a bed that I had purchased on hire purchase. For the last 15 years, I slept on a makeshift bed made of carton boxes and which was uncomfortable.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Lack of money makes me sleep on the floor using sacks as beddings, which is uncomfortable and painful. Since I started benefiting from the cash program, I was inspired to acquire a decent bed and cozy mattress. So I spent most of my three recent transfers to put up a deposit for a bed and I have so far paid 4,500 KES to the carpenter. Also, I used 800 KES to settle my hospital bill, where I had obtained stomach ulcers treatment. On the other hand, I sought to clear the fee deficit at the school my children attend and I defrayed an amount of 2,000 KES. Lastly, I decided to use the rest of the money, 2200 KES, on food since the house had run out of meals for almost a week and we were starving.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does well in terms of giving us unconditional cash. This has helped us improve the status of our life and plan how best we can utilize the money. I am grateful for the help that has enabled me to finish and also start up the dream projects that I had.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am very happy that I was enrolled in this program. I can tell you for sure that since I was a small girl I have never slept on top of a bed. As I am talking to you I have a new bed and a mattress that I am currently sleeping on. I have been sleeping on the floor using mats all my life. This has made me have sleepless nights at times. Due to sleeping on the mat, I developed back problems and I have ever since been in and out of the hospital seeking medication. I will now comfortably sleep well and hope that the back pains I have experienced for some time now will soon go away. The amount I spent purchasing the bed was KSH 2000. The remaining KSH 1000 I spent in paying school fees for my 2 grandchildren who are still in school. They had been sent home severally due to school fee balances.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
During the morning hours while still at my home place, some friends of mine passed by and delivered the good news that they had received cash from GiveDirectly. I did not have my phone at that moment since I had taken it to a nearby shop where it was charging. I became very eager to find out if I had received mine too. When I picked my phone from the charging place I too confirmed that I had received the money. I was very happy.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I see a big difference in my life in that. I have been sleeping down on the flow since my husband left us. I can now smile that I have a bed where I can sleep on. My kids are back in school courtesy of money from GiveDirectly. I am grateful and with the other cash, I am going to receive I know it’s going to help rebuild my life once again.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My life to say the least has been on a downward spiral since the time my husband died and left me alone with my kids. My husband was the only family member that had a permanent job at that time and sole provider for the family. With the premature death of my husband, I had a lot to take in as a mother. I had to take care of my kids. I started doing manual jobs and through that, we have been surviving for the past few days. With the bad economic conditions as of now, life has become very hard and unbearable. When I received the money from GiveDirectly I was happy and relieved. I used KSH500 in making a bed for myself. I also spent KSH 400 on paying school fees for my two kids and spent the other KSH 270 on buying foodstuffs for my family.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My village depends on agricultural crop production. Being the interior of our location, tractors hardly maneuver to the farms. Farmers usually depend on hand-hoes to cultivate their farms, hence they cannot farm huge tracts of land. This fact has pushed me to have the desire to purchase ox-ploughs for hire to compliment the scarcity of tractors. With the transfers I will be receiving from GiveDirectly, I am planning to acquire and service a loan with financial institutions to help me realize the desire. I will be able to generate a continuous income from the hire of the ox-ploughs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have been hearing about the amazing work GiveDirectly is doing in our neighbor sub-county. My daughter who is married there used to tell me of the organization. I used to hope and pray that someday, the organization will find its way to our village to do operations. I am currently very happy seeing my prayer is answered and I am even part of the potential recipients.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband died 10 years ago. He was beaten by a dog while on his way to our nearest water pan. Due to financial problems, we could not afford to take him to hospital for medication. After few days, my husband started to bark like a dog, a condition which led to his untimely death. He left me behind with young children which needed close care and support for basic needs. Being unemployed, I struggled to provide for them. This led to my children not able to pursue their education goals, something that hurts me to date.