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Dama's family
Casual labor
Kenya Basic Income
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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 18 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
bought iron sheets, build a house, my house is in adelapidate condition.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
1000, pay back a loan transport to go to kilifi for an operation. food 2400/=, doctors advice not to engage in hard labour. A long time ago, lack of funds prevented me from going to the hospital.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My main goal currently is to continue saving Ksh. 1000 every month in order to buy 22 pieces of iron sheets. The objective is to renovate my living house's roof, which is weak and dilapidated. I am saving money in our local merry-go-round group, which consists of 14 members. I believe that very soon after getting my savings back, I will be able to buy the iron sheets and start the renovation.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have been saving Ksh. 1000 of the monthly transfers in our local merry-go-round. My goal is to accumulate the savings and later on purchase 22 pieces of iron sheets. My current house's roof is worn out and not stable enough to withstand strong winds. My biggest worry is that it might be blown over and collapse on me. I am planning to save enough money to buy the materials and renovate the roof. I spent the remaining amount on the transfers. I spent the remaining amount on buying adequate food for my family. I did some shopping for maize and vegetables that served us for weeks. I am happy that, ever since receiving the transfer, my household has not lacked food.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give Directly works well by providing unconditional funds to the most vulnerable members of society. These cash transfers allow people like myself to accomplish dreams that we previously thought were out of reach owing to financial constraints. I am more optimistic than ever that the cash transfers will cover the entire cost of building my new home. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with how the organization functions.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Since I stay alone in the household, I fend for myself through charcoal burning. However, the strenuous activities involved in producing the product, including digging and splitting tree stumps, take a toll on my body, especially my left arm which fractured a couple of years ago. The most I can earn in two weeks is $7, which is not enough for my sustenance given the high living cost. As a result, missing meals is my norm. I remember early last month, I went four consecutive days without consuming a solid meal and nearly fainted from hunger. Had it been for the money from Give Directly, I am not sure if I would have survived well. I spent most of the transfer, $20, on food. I am glad I have never lacked a meal again. I wish I would give everyone from Give Directly a huge embrace for pulling out of hunger. I saved the rest amount through a self-help group. The goal is to obtain at least $100 in a span of the next 10 months to buy iron sheets for the construction of a new two-room tin roof and mud wall house. My current mud shelter is in bad shape, particularly the roof, which is wobbly and could be blown away by strong winds. 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I make a living out of cutting wood and selling it and that day when I received the funds I was actually doing that so because I needed money. That is the reason why I was so overwhelmed with so much happiness when I noticed the arrival of the funds and this is because we were starving.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Before I had received the transaction when I did, it already been a couple of days since I had a meal. Therefore the fact that I could finally not worry about when my next meal would be was quite relieving.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As soon as they realize that the transfers had been sent out immediately went ahead to ensure that I looked into nutrition because it was my biggest challenge. Therefore I went and used KES 1,500 to purchase twenty kilograms of maize and proceeded to use KES 500 to buy one kilogram of sugar and four kilograms of beans. Afterwards I used KES 800 to take the maize to the mill and the remaining balance of KES 200 I left it in my savings account.
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money from GiveDirectly means food security for my family and renovation of my collapsing structure. With the rise in the price of food products in my country, I am planning to use KES 35,000 from the entire transfer to buy enough food for my family. I will use a further KES 40,000 to renovate my house with concrete walls. With the multiple cracks allover, concrete walls will likely serve me better. The balance will be used to educate my grandchildren.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Affording a meal gives me joy for I know my grandchildren will finally smile.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity is the biggest challenge I am facing currently. With the rise in food prices, affording a meal has been difficult for my family. One 2kg packet of maize flour goes for KES 180, a price that is unaffordable to a jobless widow.