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Kadenge's family
Kadenge
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
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5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I started receiving transfers, I ventured into poultry farming. However, the flock occupies a vacant rental room as I build a chicken pen. So I spent the recent transfer to thatch the roof of the small mad-shed to accommodate my chickens. I purchased palm branches worth KES 2000 and compensated the laborer who handled the exercise using KES 1000.
 
3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received my second transfer I used it to start a poultry project. I did not have a reliable source of income but a small business and subsistence farming. Due to the unfavorable climate, whatever we harvest can not sustain our family for half a year. Poultry project is a good investment because they are not affected by the climate, and they reproduce faster. When I received my second transfer I spent it on both poultry feed and vaccines. Once all goes well then in 6 months' time I will be assured of a good income from the poultry sales.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does well by conducting fair enrollment exercises for everyone within the village. I also commend them for the good services their officers offer to us when they were enrolling us and also when doing their follow-up checks ups. Their services are good and this encourages us to continue to hold on to life and invest the money into meaningful projects.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received the transfer I spent KSH 300 as tithe. I believe that once I give out the tithe I will receive more blessings. In addition to that, I spent KSH 1400 buying chicken. I have always wanted to start a chicken rearing project but finances have always been a challenge for me. Upon receiving the transfer this was my priority. Once this project becomes successful I will be earning some amount from it. I also spent the remaining KSH 1300 to buy some chicken feeds. I am hopeful that the project will be a success and it will help in sustaining my family's needs.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was very happy when I confirmed that I had received the cash. It was my happiest day. It was 8 am and I was in deep thoughts about where I was going to raise school fees since one of my children had already been sent away from school and called and told me about the situation. As I was thinking about where to source the funds from, it happened that the Cash from Give directly arrived at the right time. I was very happy I can’t even explain how. So used the cash to clear the school fees for my child.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Yes, I have hope, now that my children are all back in school they will be able to continue with their education. I am also optimistic in ensuring that I can be able to plan well for my family in terms of food and other expenses. I can feel a huge relief in terms of my bills since this cash was used to clear some of the bills that I would be struggling to pay. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KSH 1000 on food. I decided to spend on food. It has been a rough road for us in the past couple of months. Our farms are no longer productive as it was before. We are experiencing no rainfall at all. What we plant in our farms is disappointing due to the weather conditions we are undergoing at the moment. This has made water become very expensive and so the first thing that came to mind was spending the cash on food so that we could avoid starvation. I also spent KSH 2000 on paying school fees for my children. My children had been sent back home due to overdue school fees payment. I am happy that they are back in school and continuing with their education.
 
Enrolled
access_time 1 year ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I run a shop at the market center, I get like 300KES a day. This is the cash I use to feed my family, buy clothes for my children as well as paying school fees. I have nine children, my firstborn is in college, two of my children are in secondary school. The rest are in primary. Almost every month there is one child at home due to fees. Receiving this money will relieve me from the burden of paying school fees while will use the savings from my shop to cater to our basic needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
When my children are in school, I normally feel happy. Such days will find me waking up early in the morning with a zeal to do my routine job. Contrary, having my child at home due to fee arrears is always the source of my distress.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Having inadequate money to cater to my family is the greatest challenge am facing. Am struggling because I was not able to further my studies after high school due to financial constraint. When I see my children being sent home for fees, I feel like without education they will have the same fate. This has made me do whatever I can to ensure they continue with their studies. I was recently forced to sell two and a half acres of my ancestral land to support my children. This has pained me, for if I still do not get money, will have to go back and sell the remaining portion.