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Kenya Basic Income
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 14 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My current objective is to set aside a minimum of $20 from my transfers, with the intention of rebuilding a rental property that my late husband had left unfinished. Unfortunately, the structure had collapsed, rendering it unattractive to potential tenants. This rental property had previously been a valuable source of income for my family until its unfortunate deterioration. My primary focus now is on realizing the substantial goal of reconstructing this rental house. To accomplish this, I am diligently saving $20 from my transfers every month. The aim is to amass sufficient savings to facilitate the purchase of the necessary construction materials. My ultimate goal is to restore the rental property to a condition where it can once again appeal to tenants, thereby generating a consistent rental income for my family's benefit.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
We used to own a rental house in our local trading center that my spouse managed. It had successfully attracted tenants for a while, but unfortunately, it eventually suffered a structural collapse on one side. This incident made it impossible to attract new tenants, and matters became more challenging when my husband passed away. I found myself unable to single-handedly undertake the necessary renovations, and as a result, the rental property was no longer generating any income. My primary goal was to revitalize this project, but the financial burden left behind by my spouse, coupled with the challenging economic conditions, made it impossible for me to afford the materials required for the renovation. However, I am grateful that, following a successful harvest, I no longer face significant expenses for food, which has opened up an opportunity for me to save $20 each month in our local merry-go-round savings group. My plan is to use these savings to purchase essential building materials like cement and bricks to reconstruct the house. Given my current lack of employment, having a stable source of income will not only ensure my children's education but also provide financial security for our family. In addition to my savings, I also allocated $15 towards my son's school fees, ensuring that he could continue his education.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
After my husband passed away, he left me a parcel of land. I have long desired to develop this piece of land and generate additional income by constructing rental houses. However, my limited income has posed a significant obstacle to this dream. Fortunately, now that I receive monthly transfers, I can finally invest wisely and fulfill my long-standing aspiration of building the rental houses I have always wanted.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a widow responsible for supporting my small family. Historically, I have made a living as a crop farmer, but due to unfavorable weather conditions, our harvests have been consistently poor. To improve our situation, I decided to venture into poultry farming after being accepted into a program. Today, I am delighted to have over 30 hens, which are gradually increasing in number as they reproduce each month. I invested $18.5 in purchasing animal feed for the hens. Once they reach maturity, I sell them at a profit in the market, using the proceeds to pay for my son's secondary school fees since he started this year. Besides acquiring the animal feed, I also bought provisions for our household, including three packets of maize flour, one kilogram of beans, one kilogram of sugar, and water. The recent heavy rains have encouraged us to return to our fields and try our luck, hoping for a successful harvest this time. I allocated $5 for land preparation, which involved clearing the land and removing bushes and thickets from the farm.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have always wished to reduce my dependence on my son. Though the monthly cash transfers have allowed me to settle some needs by myself, am worried that capacity may stop when the cash program ends in five years' time. To ensure I have a reliable source of income by then, my plan is to build a six-room rental structure made of brick walls and a tin roof on the piece of land I own near my trade center. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Since I lack a source of income, my eldest son, who is an electrician, mostly helps me in paying for his two siblings’ school fees. There are times when he is unable to provide the money as his income is highly unpredictable. I am glad because the cash transfers have played a huge role in paying for my sons’ tuition fees whenever am stuck. From the recent transfer, I directed $9 towards settling debt at the institution where my youngest son completed his primary education so that he could obtain his certificate. I spent $19 on food and water as the household had run out of maize flour and water the previous day. Since I own a flock of at least 30 chickens, I directed the remaining amount toward buying feeds. In December, I spent the entire amount on Christmas shopping, particularly food and my children made merry. 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well in that it has enabled most of the people in the community to provide food and other basic needs for their families, This was not easy before due to a lack of sources of income. I do not find anything that GiveDirectly did not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent $4 on paying school fees for my children in primary school. They are now studying well without being sent home. Besides that, I spent $10 on purchasing food and other household items that we were missing at home not forgetting the $2 that I used to buy water. Due to the prolonged drought in our area, we do not have water hence we buy from vendors which are so costly. The remaining amount of money I spent on purchasing chicken feeds and medication since I was not feeling well. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has changed our living standards.
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 only realized I had received the money after I got back my phone from charging that evening at around four and I was filled with so much happiness just because I needed the money and to be honest it was completely unexpected and a pleasant surprise.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My son's education was definitely the most vital thing that happened with this donation because were it not for me receiving the money when I did, he was about to get kicked out of school and God knows how long it would take before he was in the class again.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
when I finally realized that the organization has sent out the transfers I decided to ensure that my family and I could at least have a meal because it has been challenging so I ended up buying two and a half kilograms of maize flour and groceries which I spent KES 330 and then I bought a kilogram of sugar at KES 140. I also decided to use KES 400 to pay school fees for my boy who was still in primary school because he had an outstanding debt. Lastly I used the remaining KES 200 to seek medical attention because I fell ill.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a widow living with my 2 children who are still schooling. I have had a challenge in paying their school fees and sometimes they are always sent home, something that has affected their studies. I have desired to ensure they get the best education and with this cash grant, I am so confident that I will have the opportunity to clear their fees on time. This will give them maximum time in school and hence, good results. In addition, I will also buy a solar panel for lighting at home to facilitate their night studies because currently, they are using a kerosene lamp which has affected them since it has a lot of smoke. By doing this, I will have given my children a better foundation that will lead to good opportunities in the future. Thus, this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The month of April this year was of blessing to me because I reaped a lot from the sale of chicken to our muslim friends who were celebrating their Eid festive. This gave me a huge profit which I estimated to be 1000 KES. The amount helped me to buy food for my family something that brought us back smiles on our faces. Hence, I consider this to be the source of joy in my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being the sole breadwinner of my family of 3 has challenged me financially because I do not a reliable source of income to support us. Currently, I only depend on some poultry which I sometimes sell to get cash. The income from the sale of chicken is seasonal and this means surviving on one meal a day. Imagine my children going to school hungry! I have been feeling so helpless to them. Therefore, I consider the lack of a reliable source of income as my biggest challenge.