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Jumwa
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kenya
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Subsistence farming
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Kenya Basic Income
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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 14 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
With my immediate need for a mattress and bedding now resolved, I'm channeling my full attention towards my passion for livestock farming. It's not just about buying chickens and goats with my transfers but about nurturing a dream, one that promises growth and sustainability for my family's future. Every purchase of a chicken or goat is a step towards building a thriving farm, where each animal holds the potential to multiply and expand our resources. It's a journey filled with anticipation and determination, knowing that with each addition to our livestock, we're laying the foundation for a more secure tomorrow. As I continue to invest in my livestock, I'm fueled by the belief that with dedication and perseverance, I can create a sustainable source of livelihood that will support us through any challenges that may arise. It's a journey worth embarking on, one that resonates with resilience, hope, and the unwavering determination to build a better future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I've always harbored a deep desire to become a livestock farmer, and with each transfer received, I've been steadily investing in that dream. Upon receiving my latest transfer, I allocated $18 towards purchasing chickens, envisioning their growth and eventual contribution to my livelihood where they would multiply and be able to sell them when in need. With family responsibilities weighing heavily on my shoulders, I allocated $20 towards the school fees of my grandchildren, ensuring that they continue their education under my care. Education is paramount, and I'm committed to providing them with the necessary support to thrive academically. Addressing immediate needs, I allocated $35 towards purchasing food for my family. The thought of my loved ones going hungry pushed me into action, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to ensure their well-being, even in times of scarcity. Realizing the importance of personal comfort, especially during restful moments, I invested $900 in purchasing a bed linen for myself. It's a small luxury, but one that brings immense comfort and contentment, enhancing the quality of my sleep and overall well-being. However, life's challenges often present themselves unexpectedly. My son was involved in a car accident and faced mounting medical bills and I didn't hesitate to allocate $20 of the remaining transfers towards his treatment. Though the road to recovery may be long, seeing him out of immediate danger fills me with hope and gratitude.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
We are fortunate to have an ample food supply to last the entire month. This allows me the flexibility to utilize my transfer to acquire additional goats. Currently, I own two goats and my intention is to expand my livestock by purchasing more goats, thereby increasing their numbers. These goats are a valuable asset that will serve as a resource in case of emergencies in the future. Additionally, I aim to purchase a new mattress to replace the worn-out one, ensuring a good night's sleep. I am deeply grateful for the assistance provided through the money transfer.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After completing their national exams in secondary school, three of my children required funds for their journey back home. I sent $10 to cover their transportation expenses and am delighted that they performed well in their exams. I fervently hope that they will excel in their results. Additionally, I acquired three hens and a goat, which recently gave birth, for a total of $44. I am thrilled that my $34 investment in the goat has already doubled through the birth of the young goat. I am eager to expand my livestock by purchasing more goats, which will provide me with the means to support myself once they are sold. A portion of my funds was allocated to purchase food for my family. My son, upon whom I rely, works as a casual laborer and unfortunately did not earn any money on that particular day. However, my contribution of $44 ensured that we had an ample food supply and did not go to bed hungry. I am sincerely grateful for the financial assistance provided by Give Directly.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the past, I used some of the cash transfers to buy a goat, and I'm delighted that it has reproduced, expanding my livestock. The success of this venture has encouraged me to consider buying other goats to further develop my wealth. Rearing goats has proven to be a promising way to generate income, and I believe that by continuing to grow my herd, I will be able to secure a more stable financial future for myself and my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Supporting my children's education is a top priority for me. Recently, I used $10 of the cash transfer to pay school fees for my two children who are in high school. I was relieved to settle the fees promptly and prevent any disruptions to their studies. In secondary school, it's essential for them not to miss a day of learning, and I'm glad the transfers allow me to support their education. Another significant portion of the transfer, $24, was allocated toward purchasing food for the family. It's crucial to have enough food to sustain us, and I'm grateful that the transfers have made this possible. My son, who is the sole provider for our family, has been facing challenges with his income. To help him, I try to contribute and support him whenever I can. He's the only one I rely on right now, and I want to relieve some of the burden he carries.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 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?
Towards the end of the year, I wish to have bought four more goats through financial aid. Thanks to previous cash transfers, I acquired one goat. Owning more goats will certainly increase my sources of income, which I could trade in the future to raise money for my family’s basic needs like food. More so, this will reduce my dependence on my son even after the cash transfers come to an end.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Being advanced in age, I cannot actively contribute towards the needs of my family, who include my five grandchildren. Their father, who is my son, usually sends us money whenever he has had a successful day at his casual job. Not to entirely depend on him, I mostly spend the cash transfers on the household's basic needs like food and school fees for my grandchildren. When I received the recent cash transfer, three of them had been sent out of class to collect school fees. I used $10 to clear the balances and they resumed their studies. I used the remaining $24 to buy maize, which has lasted to date. Am happy to relieve the pressure off my son’s shoulders.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Due to my advanced age, I cannot actively contribute to the needs of my household. My son, who works from town, is the primary provider for the family of eight (two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren). However, whenever I get funds, I usually support him with the expenses because one finger cannot kill a louse. When I received the transfer, he had not sent anything home since it was only mid-month and his salary was not in. At that time, the household had run out of maize flour the previous night and my grandchildren had started crying from hunger. So, I used $10 to buy food and the children finally had supper after starving the whole day. Apart from food, I spent $800 on a blanket to replace the old one that was worn out and tattered over time. I also used $5 to buy a solar-charged lamp. This is because the solar system in my house posed a daily bill that was becoming hard to afford. So the lamp would be a better replacement. I have to say the money brought great relief. The food I bought lasted till my son’s next payday, I no longer worry about paying lighting bills, and I still have some change that helps with buying water and soap.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I commend the organization for the gracious gesture of helping by giving us the unconditional transfers. The transfers are essential in uplifting our lives from the jaws of poverty. I urge the organization to continue enrolling more people in the village so that they can benefit from the program.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have two grandchildren who fully depend on me. Their father, who was their sole breadwinner, passed away three years ago. I am a casual laborer who earns a living from making and selling charcoal. In recent months I lost my business because there are no trees left to cut down and make the charcoal. I cannot work on the farm because of the drought. When I received my transfer, I bought twelve packets of 2 kg maize flour as food for my family. I decide to buy it in bulk so that my family (2 grandchildren, daughter-in-law and I) would not starve. Besides buying food for the family, I paid school fee arrears for my grandchildren so that they would remain in school and continue their education with minimal disruption.
 
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?
I received the message on my phone during the morning hours. Since I cannot read, I patiently waited for my grandchildren who came home for lunch and asked them to read the message. To my utter surprise, they informed me I had received my first transfer. It filled me with mixed emotions and confused about whether to smile or cry. I indeed felt thrilled and murmured a small prayer, thanking the Lord for the miracle.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference the funds have made in my life is to help buy food. Previously, I would spend three days without eating food. Lack of food has heavily affected my health negatively, as I often fall ill. Receiving the transfer ensured that I bought plenty of food and water and I do not have to sleep on an empty stomach again.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
For the past two years, I have faced many challenges in finding clean water for my usage. All water sources have dried up, forcing me to buy water from the vendors at very high prices. The farm is no longer productive because of the drought, hence I have to buy all the food from the shop. To add salt to the injury, food prices have skyrocketed in the past few months. I have no stable source of income and depend on my casual job of making and selling charcoal. The poor state of the economy means I have few clients to sell to, hence earning very little. When I received my transfer, I spent it all on buying food and water, which I could not afford to buy due to lack of money.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
The death of my husband was the genesis if misery and suffering for my family. I have been left with the burden of raising my family alone. Education of my children has been a priority. I am planning to use KES 40,000 from the transfers to pay for my children school fees. With my children in school, I am rest assured that they will have a bright future and live a better life compared to our current situation. Food has been a challenge too and I am planning to spend KES 10,000 to buy enough food for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Getting enrolled into the GiveDirectly program like my neighbours in other villages has brought joy in my life. I never thought this would come to happen and I am happy that I will soon benefit.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity is the biggest challenge I am facing currently. I do not have money to feed my family because the charcoal burning occupation I engage in is no longer sustainable. In my village, a bag of charcoal sells at KES 400, an amount that can not support my family for a single day.