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Shida's family
Kenya Basic Income
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Currently, my primary focus is on acquiring a goat and repairing my house. I have already obtained two goats from previous cash transfers. I believe that owning goats will enable me to generate sufficient wealth even after the transfers end, ensuring I can continue supporting the education of my three grandchildren. Their mother, my daughter, is paralyzed in one leg and cannot engage in strenuous work to generate income. As a result, the children rely on me and my husband for their needs. Additionally, I aim to repair my house, which is on the brink of collapse due to damage from the recent rains. I plan to reinforce its foundation by building concrete pillars at each corner and replacing the old building poles with new ones. I hope that the cash transfers will help me achieve these goals.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Before we harvested our maize crops recently, my household had been grappling with hunger for the past three months. My husband, as the main breadwinner, often struggled to secure construction jobs to provide for us. Although I occasionally made and sold charcoal to buy food, it would run out quickly. Fortunately, the cash transfers played a crucial role in ensuring we had daily meals on the table. I spent $72 on food items to alleviate our hunger. There was also a period when one of my grandchildren stayed home for a week due to unpaid school fees. I used $20 from the transfer funds to clear the balance, ensuring he was not pulled out of school ever again. Also, I put a $10 deposit on a goat, which I plan to purchase with the next transfer. I believe that raising goats is a reliable way to build wealth and support my grandchildren's education.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My objective for the upcoming year and beyond is to invest a portion of our monthly funds in purchasing and raising livestock to supplement both my husband's and my income. As the livestock herd expands, I plan to sell a portion of the animals, using the proceeds to support my two grandchildren's education even after the cash program concludes.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I work as a peasant farmer, while my husband earns a living as a mason. Both of our income sources are meager, so we face difficulties in meeting our family's needs. One of the essential requirements is paying school fees for my two grandchildren, whom we take care of. My daughter, who is the mother of my two grandchildren, is disabled and unable to care for them. Unfortunately, my two grandchildren have accumulated significant school fee debts, resulting in frequent dismissals from school until the fees are paid. This situation has caused them to miss important classes and negatively impact their academic performance. I managed to pay off a portion of the outstanding school fee debt with $15. Although I still have a remaining balance of $5, I am pleased that my grandchildren can continue their education. It brings me happiness and relief. With the remaining $19, I bought food. Previously, we had experienced nights of hunger due to a lack of funds to purchase food. The monthly stipend now provides us with a financial boost, ensuring that we never go to sleep on an empty stomach again. I am grateful to the organization for their assistance and encourage them to continue helping people, especially during these times when the prices of essential food items like sugar and maize flour have skyrocketed.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My three children count on their father and me to support their education until they graduate from college. As we speak, one of them is already in college, one is in high school and the other is set to join secondary school next week. I would be happy if they would study without being constantly pulled out of class to collect tuition fees. My greatest accomplishment would be funding their education to college without having them miss any classes. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband works in house construction to provide for our three children and me. However, his jobs rarely come by as not many people can afford to build houses in our region given the tough economic conditions.  Not to entirely depend on him, I sometimes make and sell charcoal to raise money for the family’s needs. But this is still not enough as the household keeps running out of food, forcing us to sleep hungry sometimes, and our children miss days of school following unpaid tuition balances. In fact, one of my children was supposed to join high school last week but we had to postpone to a later date in the month to accumulate his admission fees. This is why I direct most of my cash transfers toward food and the education of our children. I spent $23 from the recent cash on maize flour and $5 on buying clean tap water. I spent the remaining $6 to secure three chickens to start rearing. From each of the cash I received in November and December, I saved $20 in preparation for my son’s high school admission which is set to happen next week. The remaining $14 went towards food. 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I am really grateful for the generosity that the Organisation has shown us, because before we came into contact with it, we were living in very terrible conditions. We barely had any food and hardly any money to take our kids to school, but now the situation is definitely better.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I was really excited to realize I had received a nation and this is because my grandchildren has been out of two weeks since my daughter who is single parent had failed to pay for them. Therefore after withdrawing the money I ended up paying KES 800 for the both of them. Afterwards I decided to use KES 900 and bought three hens because I was planning to invest in poultry farming for commercial benefit. The balance left was KES 1,300 which I saw fit to spend on nutrition because I barely had any food left, so I ended up purchasing seven packets of maize flour and two kilograms of beans.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was preparing porridge for my school-age children's breakfast when my phone rang with a text message. I skimmed the message and was delighted to see that I had already received my first transfer. I leaped up and down and ululated at the top of my voice, my heart bursting with delight. After breakfast, I withdrew the money, drove my kids to school, and partially paid the back school fees.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Particularly in the lives of my children, the transfer had a profound impact. They valued the exams highly, and failing them would have sapped their morale. I'm happy that the money was a big assistance in getting them to take the tests, and I'm pleased that they did well on them.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My two kids owed their school a combined amount of KES 800 in unpaid school fees. Before they could take their end-of-term exams, the head teacher insisted that the arrears be paid. Since my husband and I lacked the funds to pay off the school fee debt, I was under a lot of stress and lacked peace of mind. While I make a living selling charcoal, my husband is a mason. My husband has been trying to find work for more than three weeks, while I have not been successful in selling any bags of charcoal. The family has been forced to sleep on an empty stomach as a result on numerous occasions. As a result, when I got my transfer, I bought enough food to feed the family for a week for KES 700. Along with purchasing food, I paid off a portion of the KES 500 debt my children owed their school so they may take their exam.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means quality education for my son. Recently, he achieved his dream of studying electrical engineering in college. However, affording his school fees has been a struggle. I am planning to use KES 60,000 to clear his annual fees. I will later use KES 20,000 to help my husband in renovating our house. The balance will be spent on buying food for my family of five.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Getting enrolled to the GiveDirectly program has brought joy in my life. I am now assured of a daily meal and and at the same time quality education for my only son in college.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The greatest challenge I am currently facing is food insecurity. It really pains me whenever I see my grandchildren crying because they have eaten nothing. This has been as a result of the drought currently experienced in my area. Moreover, the price of food commodities in my country is high.