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Kimera
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kenya
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Raising livestock
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Kenya Basic Income
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25th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I've invested in chickens with the intention of them multiplying, allowing me to trade them for goats. These goats, in turn, will multiply and be traded for cows, which I plan to utilize for ploughing and hiring out for additional income. This strategy is driven by my desire to secure resources that will support my children's education and other essential needs. Each step in this plan represents a commitment to providing a better future for my family. I am hopeful that through hard work and strategic investments, I can create opportunities for financial stability and prosperity, ensuring that my children's needs are met and their aspirations are supported.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Ensuring my children's education remains my top priority, allocating $35 of the transfers towards paying their school fees was essential to guarantee their uninterrupted studies. With a keen interest in poultry farming, I chose to invest $40 in purchasing chickens, hopeful that their multiplication will eventually enable me to trade them for goats in the future. This investment brings me great joy, and I am optimistic about its potential outcomes. Addressing immediate needs, I allocated $17 to purchase food for my family, bringing relief and happiness to us all. However, amidst our daily struggles, we faced the sorrow of losing a relative and had to attend the burial. I therefore allocated $10 towards the burial expenses which was a necessary but obligation.
 
22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($21 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The meager income from my role as a casual laborer selling charcoal has placed me in the challenging position of being unable to adequately address all my family's needs. In an effort to improve this situation, I plan to utilize my transfers by investing in the purchase of additional hens, aiming to rear them for multiplication. The subsequent sale of some of these hens will enable me to acquire a sheep, presenting a promising source of income. The assistance from Give Directly has been instrumental in alleviating financial constraints and has played a crucial role in supporting my family. I am deeply grateful for the valuable financial aid provided.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
At the onset of the year, I faced the responsibility of sending my five children back to school. To facilitate their return, I paid a total of $34 in school fees, which was distributed among them. Witnessing them resume their studies brought me a sense of relief. Additionally, I invested $34 in acquiring five hens with the aim of breeding them. Once they multiply, the plan is to sell them and utilize the proceeds to obtain a sheep. Towards the end of the previous year, my wife fell ill, experiencing discomfort with itchiness and swelling. To alleviate her pain, I spent $15 on purchasing medicinal drugs. In an effort to provide a positive boost for my children, I also spent $19 on acquiring new clothes for them. It brings me great joy to see them looking good and presentable in their new school uniforms. The financial support has been invaluable, especially given my modest income as a casual laborer involved in charcoal sales. I am sincerely grateful for this support, as it significantly aids in meeting our needs.
 
17th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My aspirations are firmly set on starting a poultry farm, a venture that aligns perfectly with the suitability of my location. Recognizing the resilience of poultry farming, I anticipate it becoming a vital source of financial security in the event of unforeseen financial crises. With plans to purchase the first batch of chickens this month, I am eagerly preparing to embark on this journey towards a more stable and self-reliant future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The settlement of my debts took a huge weight off my shoulders. For too long, I had been promising to clear the $25 I owed at the local shop where I buy foodstuffs for my family. It had reached a point where I couldn't look the shopkeeper in the eye due to my false assurances. My self-esteem had taken a hit, and I felt a constant sense of unease. But now, with part of my recent unconditional cash transfer, I am finally able to pay off that debt. The sense of relief and pride I felt was immeasurable. I had my dignity back, and I could face my neighbors and friends without the burden of unpaid debts weighing me down. With the remaining amount, I made sure to stock up on food for my family of ten. In a polygamous marriage, I am the breadwinner, and it's a constant struggle to provide for everyone. My livelihood primarily depends on farming and occasionally selling charcoal, both of which can be unpredictable. However, knowing that I had enough food to feed my family for a while brought me a sense of security and peace.
 
13th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 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?
If I didn't have to press financial constraints, particularly in terms of food, I would have allocated a significant portion of the cash transfers towards creating a stable income stream, such as acquiring goats for rearing. Currently, I carry a heavy burden of responsibilities as I have two wives and grandchildren to support. However, despite these obligations, I still have a strong desire to invest in goats. I recognize the potential of goat rearing as a sustainable income-generating activity. This will enable me to better support the education of my grandchildren and contribute to the overall well-being of my household.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Sincerely speaking, the most pressing problem my family is currently dealing with is hunger. I often rely on sporadic jobs, such as making charcoal, to earn money for food, but these opportunities are few and far between. As a result, it's challenging for us to have regular meals. When I received the cash transfer, I immediately used $19 to purchase food. This helped alleviate our immediate hunger and ensured that we had something to eat. With the remaining $15, I decided to buy maize seeds that I planted on my two acres of land, taking advantage of the ongoing rains. I am hopeful that the crops will grow successfully and provide us with a bountiful harvest this season. I am optimistic that this will bring us much-needed relief in terms of food security.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My main aim is to make sure that my children excel in their studies by ensuring that I pay their fees on time every school term. I am assured of fulfilling this since I am guaranteed to get a monthly transfer from GiveDirectly. I have been struggling to raise their fees by selling charcoal, however, despite the efforts I have been putting in, they frequently get sent home. I am glad that through the five years of this program, my children will no longer be struggling with school fees, and my expectation as a parent is to see them achieve their career goals.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have been spending my recent transfers majorly on paying school fees and buying food in my household. I have five children currently enrolled in high school and primary school who all depend on me for their fees. My only source of livelihood, burning and selling charcoal, is not enough for my family. Also, we have been experiencing a severe drought that has made it impossible to sell charcoal. I am happy that through the monthly transfers, my children have been studying with no interruptions in school fees. Also, despite the financial hardship, the transfers have also ensured that I do not lack food in my household. My family has been enjoying three meals a day.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Prior to receiving the money my family and I had experienced some financial strain and to prevent us from starving I ended up by taking some items on loan at our neighborhood store. Therefore after I realized the arrival of the transfers I ended up settling a debt of KES 1,500 at the store. Immediately after I decided to pay a tuition debt for my four children who had been out of school for two days, so I ended up paying KES 1,000 in school fees. I was left with a balance of KES 500 which I ended up buying two hens, with the aim of investing in poultry farming .
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my view, GiveDirectly does well in sensitizing and informing potential recipients that their participation is voluntary, and one can terminate the enrollment at will. It also does well in sending the transfers through Mpesa which helps in enhancing safety and security among the beneficiaries. So far, I have not yet observed what GiveDirectly does not do well. In all its ways of operation, does not take advantage of any person.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I did not have any food in the house when I got my most recent transfer. Unfortunately, I was not expecting any cash that day to assist me in providing food for my children. With the transfer, I set aside KES 2,000 to purchase a bag of maize. As a result, I have had minimal struggles for the past three weeks because my family has enough food. In addition, I spent KES 1,000 for a part of one of my four children's secondary school fees. Prior to this, I relied solely on burning charcoal, a physically demanding job, in order to feed my family.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the text message a few minutes past 10 pm when I was preparing to go to bed. I immersed my mind in deep thoughts on where to get food for my family for the next day. This was after unsuccessfully selling any bag of charcoal, hence forcing the family to sleep hungry. My phone's vibration distracted me from my heavy thinking and I checked my phone right away. Wow! I was very surprised upon realizing that I had received my transfer. It filled my heart with joy and I thought of running to the shop to buy food, but I could not because it was too late. I slept a cheerful man as I looked forward to the new day and buy food for my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Buying the food is the biggest difference in my daily life since I received the transfer. Due to the unstable source of income I have, it has been challenging to feed my family consistently. Reducing the number of meals, skipping meals, and buying food on credit are some techniques I have used to sustain my family, but it has failed. I am happy that after using the money from the transfer to buy food, my family has plenty to eat and we no longer sleep on empty stomachs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Gd-2047461 As a farmer who majorly depended on subsistence farming, I faced a lot of challenges after the emergence of the drought in taking care of my family (2 wives and 8 children). Having no other option, I started burning down trees and selling charcoal. The amount I earn from the sale of the charcoal is too little to cater to all my family's needs. My wives are jobless and cannot help either in settling the many bills we have (food, school fees, and clothing). This challenging situation forced us to reduce the number of meals from three to having one every day. I incurred a lot of debts in the past three months due to buying food on credit to prevent my family from going without food. Therefore, when I received my transfer of KES 1200, I spent it all on buying 8 packets of maize flour to feed my family after having spent a day with nothing to eat.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am livestock farmer who would love to expand my herd to up to 50 goats. I currently have 10 goats. This transfers will help me achieve my goal. Every month I will be using 1,500 KES for buying a young goat and the remaining 1,500 KES for basic needs such as food until my target of 50 goats is achieved.
What is the happiest part of your day?
What gives me joy is when my family is healthy and has food as well. The last few months have been tough but last year August was the best for me. I harvested a little food from my farm which helped us sail through the month of August to October well.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
As a farmer, my income is very little given the frequent droughts in this area. This is the main cause of my challenges because it is difficult satisfying all the family's needs. My recent challenge has been medication especially for my grand daughter who has been in and out of hospital. My family is large because I have two wives and this makes the situation more difficult because I have many mouths to feed and take care of.