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Mwenda's family
Raising livestock
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?
At the moment, my daughter is enrolled in a three-year hairdressing course, and she relies on me to cover her tuition fees. This course holds significant importance for her as it paves the way for her to establish her own hairdressing business and become financially independent. Unfortunately, my current financial situation is not very stable, as I lack a steady source of income. I depend solely on the monthly transfers, and my husband is also a beneficiary of these funds. Our shared objective is to ensure that our daughter can complete her course without any disruptions due to financial constraints. I am committed to paying her tuition fees on time and helping her achieve her educational aspirations.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent $60 from the recent transfers to cover my daughter's college fees. She is currently in her first year of a three-year hairdressing course as part of her vocational training. The monthly transfers have proven to be indispensable in ensuring her education continues smoothly. Initially, I was concerned about the financial burden, but now I'm relieved that she can comfortably attend her classes, all thanks to the transfers. Additionally, I invested $30 in acquiring a goat, adding to my homestead's assets, bringing the total to four goats. I plan to allow them to reproduce, creating a financial safety net for future needs. I can readily sell them if necessary to support my financial obligations, particularly my daughter's education. Also, my house had fallen into disrepair, with one side collapsing due to heavy rains. This made it uninhabitable, forcing me to seek shelter elsewhere. However, I used $14 to purchase building poles and undertake the necessary renovations. I'm pleased that my house is now in excellent condition and suitable for habitation. I spent the remaining funds on purchasing essential provisions for my family. This included buying beans for sustenance and acquiring personal hygiene items such as soap, along with other household necessities.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My goal for this year and the future is to save sufficient funds from my subsequent transfers. I intend to utilize these savings to cover the school fees for my two children. Although my youngest child finished her secondary education last year, financial constraints prevent me from immediately supporting her college enrollment. Witnessing my children pursue their desired career paths brings me immense satisfaction, and I aim to strive towards that by utilizing the resources obtained from these transfers.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As the sole breadwinner in my family of four, I bear the responsibility of providing for everyone. My husband, due to his old age, is unable to work and can only tend to our livestock by taking them to the field. While I manage a small business selling palm wine, the income it generates is not substantial enough. Consequently, there are times when I struggle to meet the family's financial needs. In May, a significant portion of the $20 I received went towards my daughter's college tuition fees. She recently started her beauty course, specializing in hair styling. It brings me great joy to know that she will acquire enough knowledge and skills in the next two years to establish her own business and assist me as well. In addition to the tuition fees, I allocated $10 to prepare my half-acre farm for planting. Finally, after a long wait of over six years, the rain has arrived. This presents a wonderful opportunity for me to resume farming, with hopes of a bountiful harvest. A successful harvest would alleviate the burden of purchasing food at exorbitant prices from the store. Having an abundance of food would ensure that we never go hungry or skip meals again. With the remaining $4, I purchased a packet of maize flour and sugar, which would sustain us for an extra day. I eagerly awaited the chance to capitalize on my business and buy more food for my family.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
At the time I started the program, our house was in terrible shape. Both the previous roof and the walls were in bad shape. My husband looks after our goats in the, while I manage a tiny coconut shop. The lack of income from our sources prevented us from building a new house. Thank you, GiveDirectly, for saving my life. During the last three months, I spent $44 on timber, which we used to restore a section of the wall. While it isn't nearly finished, we are happy with the development. By the end of this year, perhaps, it will be done and furnished. In addition, with the complete transfer I received in November, I purchased chickens for raising, but I recently sold them owing to a case of a poultry disease outbreak. Later, I increased the remaining $28 of my transfer by the $30 I had made from sales and purchased two goats. They are easier to handle and rarely get sick compared to chickens. I pooled my savings with $20 from the transfer when our last child, a secondary student, went back to school in order to cover some of this year's tuition. We purchased food for our home with the $10 I had left.
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 personally want to applaud GiveDirectly especially because through the funds they have clearly elevated us from the conditions of living in pure poverty to where we are now, where we are at better survival rate as compared go before. This is because our children were not going to school, starvation was the order of the day and most of us could hardly call what we lived in houses.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have been looking forward to do some reconstruction when it comes to my house especially because it is almost collapsing. Therefore when I got the chance to withdraw the funds I went ahead to use KES 1,500 to buy the. pieces of timber. Afterwards I proceeded to spend KES 1,000 by purchasing two hens because I was planning to invest in poultry farming with the sole purpose of financial gain. As for what remained which was KES 500 I bought two kilograms of sugar and three kilograms of beans.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received a message alert on my mobile phone at night, but I could not confirm its contents due to my inability to read. I waited till the following morning and requested my helper to check what the message was all about. My heart melted with joy when she found that Give Directly had sent my first transfer. The money would help me afford some food for the family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since the month began, up until the day I received the transfer, my family would skip taking basic meals to save the little available for supper. We would either forgo breakfast or lunch because the food was always not enough for three meals per day. However, the food consumption frequency improved after I used the entire transfer amount to obtain food. My family was able to eat all three meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the entire transfer amount on food to boost the little that was left in stock. At least this helped relieve the responsibility burden off my son's shoulders who has been actively providing for the family of seven people. The little earnings he makes from working as a bus conductor barely provides regular meals for the family. Am glad because the transfer gave me a chance to support him by purchasing food for the household.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I'm currently living in a house that has only three walls after one collapsed during the last rainy season. I have meant to repair it but the whole house is more than fifteen years old with even the remaining wall not in a very good condition. I'm always scared to be inside this structure whenever there's strong winds or during rains because I do not trust it would remain upright for long. When I get this money, I want to be buying building materials in bits until when I'll have enough to construct a new one.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The one thing that has given me given me complete joy is being part of this program because I stand a chance to get enough money to construct a new house. I was stuck with this every day living in a risky structure with no one to come to my rescue. I couldn't even tell my sons because already they are helping out by paying school fees for my two last siblings who are currently in high school.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest challenge is that I do not have a proper structure to live in and do not have money to construct another one. When you look at this house, you'll realize the back is covered with sacs and small pieces of iron sheets. That is because the wall collapsed about two months ago during the last rainy season. But I'm also broke due to the fact that I'm no longer economically active at this old age and just dependent on my sons who are already paying school fees for their younger siblings; can't burden them more.