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Kenya Basic Income
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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 17 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Paying fees for my four grandchildren has been the biggest challenge, and ever since I began receiving the transfers, my objective has been to make sure that I use the transfers to pay fees for them on time. Their father has been ill and bedridden for almost six years due to a stroke that has paralyzed him. He is incapacitated, and he cannot work anymore. He depends on me for everything, and the children are now under my care. My goal is to ensure that I pay fees on time so that they can achieve their educational goals despite the financial hardships that I am facing, being that I am just a subsistence farmer with no source of income.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
y husband passed on and I have been living with my children and grandchildren. I have four of my grandchildren whose father who also happens to be my son suffered a stroke and ended up being paralyzed. He has been in this condition for almost six years now. His condition has always worried me since he is no longer able to work and provide for his family. Besides, he is my First born son and his situation has left me as the sole bread winner. One of his children is in high school while the remaining three are in primary school. We never thought they would be able to go to school as getting the school fees and other school requirements had been a problem. We are so grateful that the transfer has helped ensure that they are in school. I managed to clear the fee arrears on time to avoid them being sent home. In addition to this, I also bought a goat for Ksh. 2500. I currently own six goats, which is a saving for future of my grand children's education. Since I do not have any source of income, I will sell the goats in case I am unable to pay fees for my grandchildren. Lastly, I also bought foodstuffs such as a bale of maize flour, which can last for a month, and ensured that my household had enough food daily.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I do not want my granddaughter to miss out on school because of finances. My plan is to save for three months to cover her school fees needs as this is her last year in school. She is required to pay 90 dollars per term as school fees and if I save 30 dollars of my monthly transfers I will be able to achieve this. I also hope to add chicken over a period of months to create sort of an emergency fund for the family. Some days we do not have money but if we have maybe chicken we can sell and use the money to sort out the food or any other needs that arise.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am very thankful for Givedirectly and I would say we would have suffered were it not for you. My eldest son was striken by a disease that makes his hands stuck and that has prevented him from securing work but he has 6 children with the first born in form four. I am now responsible for this children. I have been using 20 dollars from my monthly transfers to pay school fees for my grandchild in form four to ensure she is able to continue with her studies. The transfers in January were even sent on the day that she had been sent away from school and since she is my trustee she withdrew the money and I gave her the 20 dollars to go settle school fees. I have also been able to buy a goat and chicken with December and January transfers. The goat was a kid and went for 30 dollars while I got two chicken for 10 dollars. I do not have a very profitable business since my work is to sell tobacco which I buy from someone at 4 dollars and sell at 4.5 dollars making 50 cents which I use to settle debts for food. The Givedirectly transfers have also allowed me to provide food though not much as this budget usually is 4 dollars per month with this transfers while I supplement with my earnings.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
access_time 8 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I admire Give Directly for the excellent work it does in sending cash to needy communities. A household like mine can now afford to feed on a regular basis because of these transfers. I am also grateful for the opportunity to contribute to my grandchild's education through these cash transfers. Everything, in my opinion, is in place in terms of the organization's work.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My granddaughter, Khadijah, who is currently in form three, was kicked out of school the day I received the cash transfers because she owed $140 in tuition. Being paralyzed, her father (my son) cannot take on strenuous tasks to actively support her education. This leaves her mother to shoulder the load of responsibilities of all four children, three of whom are in primary school. Previously, I would sell chickens to help raise Khadijah’s school fees until the entire flock was depleted. The cash transfer from Give Directly came at the perfect time. To relieve the burden, I gave her $20 to help reduce the school fee balance and she happily resumed her studies. I used the remaining money to purchase food for the family of twelve (two sons and their wives, and seven grandchildren) to boost the little that was left in stock. Having starved for two days earlier that month, I am glad the case has never repeated itself after the cash transfer, courtesy of Give Directly. 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
access_time 9 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I got the Text message notice on my phone, I was out in the field tending to my livestock. When I discovered I had gotten my first transfer, I was astounded. I ululated at the top of my lungs and leapt up and down. I started dancing and singing praise songs as I gave God thanks for the miracle.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I'm delighted I got my first transfer since it gave me a significant cash boost. The fact that my granddaughter works so hard in school inspires me to do everything in my power to assist her in completing her education. She frequently gets sent home because of school fee arrears that have accumulated over the years, which is a problem given my terrible financial situation. I'm happy that the transfer allowed me to pay off some of the debt and guarantee that she would finish her education.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My granddaughter is in form three and is pursuing her secondary education. His father had a weird ailment that caused paralysis three years ago, while her mother passed away three years ago. He is unable to care for his daughter or work due to his health. Since then, I've been taking care of the child, paying for her food, school supplies, and other necessities while still providing for my own needs. I've had a lot of difficulties taking care of her because I lost my sole source of income, which was farming. The drought has continued for more than three years, making it hard to cultivate crops. Since my granddaughter owed the school a total of KES 14000 when I got my transfer, I decided to spend KES 2000 to cover her tuition. We frequently go to bed hungry because we don't have enough money to buy meals because our income is unpredictable. I used the final KES 1000 to buy food for the family in addition to covering the cost of the students' tuition.
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a peasant farmer and with the drought experienced in the region, farming has been negatively affected. As a widow, food is always a problem because I only depend on my two sons who are working in Mombasa as casual labourers and they only earn peanuts which is hardly enough for them. Receiving this money would mean a reliable source of income for my family because it will be taking care of my basic needs such as food, clothes and medical care. This would bring so much peace of mind and sigh of relief to me and my family. I will also spend 500 KES to pay school fees for my two grandchildren in primary school because most of the time they are out of school for fees. They will get the opportunity to concentrate on their studies without interruptions.
What is the happiest part of your day?
When my son sent me 2,000 KES for upkeep last month. I had been going through hardships for almost two weeks taking one meal a day and on receiving the money from him I just felt great and I thanked him for the gifts which meant alot to me.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
As a widow I do not have a stable source of income because I only depend on my two sons who are doing odd jobs in the Mombasa. This has resulted to sometimes going to bed hungry when they are not in a position to send me money on upkeep. When I am sick I can not afford to get better health care and this has resulted to frequent illnesses.