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Mwenda
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Small business
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Kenya Basic Income
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18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Nothing worries me more than the lack of a stable income, especially with my son, Abdalla, still in school. Ensuring he receives a good education by covering his school fees is my top priority. Despite my husband's and my limitations in taking physically demanding jobs due to our advancing age, I see livestock ownership as the best way to generate wealth and secure my son's education. Even if the cash transfers were to end, I wouldn't be concerned. I'm already planning to invest in goats and have begun saving towards this goal.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When the cash transfers arrived, my grandson had fallen ill, and his parents had not successfully raised funds to take him for treatment. The transfers were a much-needed relief. I contributed $24, enabling us to take him to the hospital, where he received treatment for about two days. Thankfully, he's now recovering well. Additionally, I covered my son's examination fees using $2 to ensure he wouldn't miss his end-of-term exams. Without a stable income source, particularly due to my advancing age and inability to take on physically demanding work, I'm focused on building a substantial livestock holding. This way, in case of future emergencies, like my son needing school fees, I can easily sell these animals for funds. To kickstart this plan, I invested $32 in buying a goat and $8 in purchasing two chickens. I also saved $20 through a merry-go-round contributions club, intending to use it for buying goats when my turn comes to receive funds. The remaining money was allocated for purchasing food, especially during the Christmas and New Year festivities, ensuring my family could enjoy delicious meals together.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My objective is to provide my child with a comfortable and uninterrupted education throughout the remainder of his school years. To realize this dream, I am planning to establish a livestock business, focusing on goats. With my child poised to enter secondary school next year, I have diligently saved a portion of my transfers to serve as an investment in this venture. The plan is to sell the livestock as needed, ensuring a sustainable source of income. The prospect of being able to educate my child without financial strain brings me a great deal of peace of mind. I firmly believe that education is the key to unlocking his full potential, and I am dedicated to making this vision a reality.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Relying on farming as my primary source of income, I've found that it often falls short of meeting my needs. Previously, my husband and I struggled to make ends meet, resorting to the physically demanding work of clearing tree stumps and selling charcoal. The support from GiveDirectly has been a lifeline, enabling me to invest in livestock and construct a new, safer house. With my children grown, except for one still in need of financial assistance for school fees, I allocated $18 from the transfers to settle an outstanding school debt for him. Additionally, $44 was used to purchase food when supplies were running low. Another $16 was invested in buying chickens, which I plan to raise and sell at a profit. The remaining $24 was directed towards purchasing medication for my grandchild, who fell ill and required urgent medical attention. I am content with the progress we have made so far, and I am grateful for the positive impact of GiveDirectly in our lives.
 
10th 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?
My main objective is to improve my life. I want to start raising animals, mainly goats, and I think saving some of my transfers will help me do so. I'm happy to know that my family will be well taken care of as a result of this.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I sell and supply charcoal to surrounding villages, but the task is incredibly tedious. I am also into poultry and cattle farming, so I spent $37 on buying chickens and a goat. Additionally, I used $23 on food for my family as there had been a severe shortage in recent months. Recently, I became ill and was hospitalized due to stomach problems. I am grateful that the rest of the transfers arrived just in time to save the situation, as I was not able to offset the hospital bill.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 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?
I am planning to buy goats, which are both an investment and savings for the future of my children's education. They are currently in primary school, and since I do not have a stable source of income, the goats will be of great help. I can readily sell the goats as they multiply to raise fees when they join a high school in the near future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have been sheltering in an old grass-thatched hut for many years, though my desire was to upgrade to an iron-roofed house. The hut was leaking uncontrollably whenever it rained, and I had to replace the roof with new grass every time. I could not afford to buy the necessary building materials at my own expense. However, when I began receiving the transfers, together with my husband, I decided to save our monthly transfers since last year in order to build a decent house. So far, we have been able to purchase 20 pieces of iron sheets, and building poles, and we have started the construction. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for enabling me to finally fulfil my dream of living in an iron-roofed house. This will relieve me of the stressful job of replacing the grass every month, which was really tiresome.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I applaud the organization for its efforts to assist society's most vulnerable people. I will be able to change and live a better life free from the clutches of poverty with the aid of the unconditional transfers we receive from GiveDirectly. I urge the organization to keep up with its programs because they are currently being carried out successfully and without any problems.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I live in a dilapidated, grass-thatched building with polythene bags covering the walls. Due to my lack of employment and complete reliance on my son, a casual laborer, I was unable to construct a quality home. I've been forced to put up with the cold weather and sleepless nights because of the leaking roof due to a lack of money. So when I got my transfer, I spent $22 on two pieces of iron sheeting. The purchase of the iron sheets marks the beginning of the realization of a long-held dream of mine: to construct a permanent, two-bedroom home for my family. I intend to purchase two iron sheets every time I get a transfer until I have 30. I will then purchase building poles, cement, and sand and begin construction on the house. In addition to purchasing iron sheets, I also added $5 worth of food to the house's dwindling supply. This prevented me from being caught off guard by going without food. Last but not least, I paid my son's class 7 tuition so that he wouldn't be expelled for having unpaid tuition.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
While lying in bed at home since I was unwell, I received a message on my phone at around 5 pm. I contacted my helper to read and interpret it for me because I do not know how to read. Upon confirming, she informed me that I had received my first transfer from GiveDirectly. My heart was filled with happiness for receiving the money knowing that, the monthly transfers for the next five years which I was informed by the GiveDirectly officers had kicked off well.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since this was my first transfer, the only difference that I can testify of is that the money came at a time when I needed it most and through it, I was able to seek medical attention. Again, I have faith difference that I feel my life will change from a struggling one to a better one since there is a guarantee of getting some money monthly. Through this money, I have some investment plans which I will soon unveil and they will change my story from hardship to inspiration.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
By the time I received my first transfer, I was just lying on my bed at home not feeling well. The money brought some light on me knowing that I had got something to seek medical attention with. Therefore, I went to the nearest government health center and got some treatment for $4. Thereafter, I thought it wise to buy a hen to mark the journey of poultry farming as it was said, "a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single stride." Concerning that, I bought a hen for $3 and used the remaining $8 for food.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My family of five is living in a poor condition house. It becomes worse whenever it rains as the roof leaks and the walls are damaged. I feel unsafe sleeping in it. Receiving this money would mean I build a semi permanent two bedroom house which will cost 35,000 KES. I will be saving 2,000 KES per month til I complete this project. The house will provide the needed safety for my family. I will also buy two beds and mattresses because I sleep on the floor. I will also spend some of the money on paying school fees for my son who is in grade 7. The rest of the money will be spent on food.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Two months ago my two daughters working in Mombasa paid me a visit. They brought home foodstuffs and clothes for me. This made me feel great and proud of them as I have been without food for two day. It was one of the best memories I have had this year.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My family of five depends on my spouse who does casual jobs such as charcoal burning. This activity earns him so little money such that it can not cater for the ever expensive commodities such as food. We sometimes go to bed hungry. Those in school also lack school fees and they are most of the time sent home and this has affected their academic performances.