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Kabibi's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Basic Income
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Currently, without the cash transfers, our situation would be exceedingly challenging. My husband, the primary breadwinner, is advanced in age and can no longer undertake strenuous activities to support our seven children. Recognizing the need for a sustainable source of income, I aim to venture into livestock keeping, particularly cattle. While I have experience with poultry like chickens and ducks, I believe that owning livestock such as cows would be a valuable asset. I hope that the cash transfers will enable me to save and eventually acquire at least one cow to contribute to our long-term financial stability.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband is the sole provider for our family, primarily working on other people's farms to support our seven children. Due to his advanced age, he can only engage in such labor sporadically. During these periods of financial constraint, the cash transfers have proven to be crucial in assisting me with providing for our children. I allocated $18 to settle school fees for some of the children, as the school required these debts to be cleared before they closed for the holidays. I also seized the opportunity to purchase a mattress worth $20, providing a more comfortable sleeping arrangement than the floor where I was sleeping with no bedding. Additionally, I invested $18 in acquiring six chickens and $16 in purchasing four ducks for rearing. As they reproduce, I intend to sell them to generate funds for our family's needs. The remaining funds were used to purchase food, ensuring that we had sustenance and did not go a day without a meal.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have a strong desire to make a substantial investment in livestock using my upcoming transfers. This choice represents a prudent and equitable investment strategy due to the innate potential for livestock to reproduce and appreciate in value over time. As they multiply, I can envisage selling some of them, thereby generating funds that can be channeled towards future school fees for my children. The gratifying aspect is that these transfers are significantly alleviating the substantial weight that I bear in providing for my family's well-being.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am the primary provider for my family of ten individuals (husband and eight children). My husband's health is a major concern, as he is grappling with a severe jaw swelling that prevents him from engaging in any work. Being the sole source of income for our household, I find myself navigating significant financial challenges in striving to fulfill the diverse needs of my family, which encompass educational expenses, nourishment, and clothing. My occupation as a casual laborer, vending charcoal, yields limited earnings that are insufficient to address these multifaceted requirements. In a month, I can manage to vend a maximum of four bags of charcoal, each priced at $7.5. The substantial discrepancy between my earnings and the demands before me creates a profound daily struggle. During the month of July, I allocated $22 from my monetary assistance to cover examination fees for my four children who are currently enrolled in primary school. This step ensured their unwavering participation in the upcoming exams. Additionally, I was able to acquire a new mattress valued at $26, augmenting the remaining $14 with my savings. This has had a positive impact on my comfort, as I now possess a mattress that allows me to sleep soundly. Unlike my previous experience of resting atop a wooden bed, which caused severe bodily discomfort and pain.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My dream has always been to own livestock like goats and cattle, but financial constraints have hindered me. Mostly, I have been spending my every penny towards the education of my six children, which has left me with nothing to save. However, I hope to be capable of saving part of my future cash transfer to acquire the livestock. Am happy that previous transfers allowed me to secure a goat. I believe that keeping these animals will equip me with the necessary financial resources in the future that will help cover my family’s needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
First of all, am grateful that the cash transfers have constantly kept my six children in school, where they are no longer pulled out to collect unpaid tuition debts. Before the financial aid, they would miss classes for at least four consecutive days because I lacked the money to settle the balances. The little cash I raised through making charcoal could not cover their education costs and still put food on the table. Besides, since my husband has been ill and cannot work, there was nowhere else I could get support from. From the recent cash transfers, I used $27 to clear school fees for three of the children and used $7 on food. Am happy that my family consumes regular meals and that children keep learning courtesy of the cash aid from Give Directly. 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give Directly did not, in my opinion, discriminate when registering people in the program. As long as a person resided in the community, they were included. In addition, they freely distributed cash to us. This encouraged people to spend money in whatever ways they thought were best. I have seen several improvements in the beneficiaries so far, such as an increase in school enrollment, better nutrition, and some investing their money in various businesses and means of subsistence.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Our family of six consists of my husband, our four children, and me. My husband, who provides the majority of our income, has a food kiosk at a neighboring market centre. He does not earn much from it, as indicated by the fact that he occasionally finds it difficult to afford a full day's food hence at times we miss meals. Two of our elementary school-aged kids had outgrown their uniforms. As a result, I paid $11 to buy them new school clothes when I got the first transfer. I spent $600 on two chickens for rearing, and I'm glad they have started laying eggs already. I still have $37 saved up to spend on ducks later. They produce two eggs every day, are more marketable, and I anticipate making a decent living from them in the future. I used the remaining $19 to buy food for my family.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the text message some minutes passed nine in the evening. I was about to get to bed after taking my supper. Tears of joy cascaded down my cheeks when I realized I had received my first transfer. I shared the good news with my husband and we were all very happy. 9pm, just finished eating supper,i was very happy, with my children who were fast asleep
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference the transfer has made in my life is to enable my two sons to consistently stay in school and continue with their studies. They would often be sent home because of the huge school fee dabt beore I received the transfer. This has cirrently changed and I have peace of mind with my children going to school.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I was very happy when I received my transfer because I was in financial distress. My two children were sent back at home because their school uniforms were torn beyond repair. Immediately I received my transfers, I bought a new pair of school uniforms at $5 each. I am glad that my children were allowed backnin school and are now continuing with their education. In addition ti buying school uniforms, I partly paid school fees for my two children which prevented them from being sent home. They had accumulated a huge school fee debt of $50 forcing them to be sent home often. Finally, I spent the remaining amount on buying two hens as a future investment. Hens multiply quickly making it a smart investment in increamenting wealth.
access_time almost 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have eight children. I managed to take to school five. Due to lack of money, two are yet to be enrolled. I depend on my husband who is doing casual jobs in town and the cash he sends home, 500KES is not enough to cover all needs. As a result, my children go to school hungry in most of the time with several days spent at home due to hunger or school fees. The cash will give me support in ensuring my children get food and school fees. I will be spending 1500KES every month on food while 1000 KES will be towards school fees. I will spend 500KES for other emergencies.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I welcomed my last born in early January. He is among the children I have loved most mainly because his survival is by chance. I had alot of complications during his pregnancy with several instances of bleeding. I once fall to an extent of not able to stand by myself but despite all the challenges, I gave birth to her, a beautiful girl whom I named "Hakika", translated as " For Sure-it is by grace".
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Owing to the financial stability, my children lack food and school fees. I used to keep goats which acted as my primary source of income especially when need arose, but due to drought which was experienced for over one year, most of them succumbed while I sold a few. I have remained with three calves which will take about three years to start producing milk for sell. I long to buy other goats but my financial status cannot allow it.