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Jimmy
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
29
workCampaign
Kenya Large Transfer
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($343 USD)
access_time 15 days ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had traveled to a nearby town, approximately a 2-hour drive from my home, to undertake some casual work for the day in hopes of earning a little extra money for my family. Around 5pm, while engaged in my tasks, a notification appeared on my phone. Upon opening it, I discovered that GiveDirectly had sent us money. Immediately, I called my wife to share the wonderful news and she received them with immense joy. It had been quite some time since we had encountered such uplifting news, which rekindled our spirits and reminded us of life's wonders. In our household, I live with my wife and 7 children. Among them, 4 are my biological children, and 3 are the children of my late sister, who passed away 4 years ago. I assumed responsibility for my late sisters' children as they had no one else to care for them. Among the 7 children, there are 5 girls and 2 boys. They currently share a single room, which isn't ideal, especially considering that some of them are entering their teenage years. Providing separate rooms would afford them the privacy they need as they continue to grow. My wife is currently unemployed, and I earn a living as a local palm wine vendor. However, our earnings are modest and do not suffice for adequately providing for our family and building a house.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Due to the limited income from my local palm wine vending, I faced challenges in providing for my family and saving for both water connection and a house. This burden weighed heavily on me, but GiveDirectly lightened it with their transfer. Now, as the house construction progresses and we await approval for the water connection, my earnings comfortably cover our family's daily essentials. This brings us immense happiness, and we are deeply grateful. Soon, my wife will no longer need to trek long distances in search of water, freeing up her energy for more constructive activities that contribute to our family's well-being
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Within our household, my wife and I reside with our 7 children. 4 of them are my biological offspring, while the remaining 3 are children of my late sister, who passed away 4 years ago. I assumed guardianship of my late sister's children, as they had no one else to care for them. Among the 7 children, there are 5 girls and 2 boys. Currently, they all share a single room, which is far from ideal, particularly as some of them are entering their teenage years. Providing separate rooms would afford them the privacy they need as they continue to grow. My wife is currently unemployed, while I earn a living as a local palm wine vendor. However, my earning are barely enough adequately provide for our family and building a house. Therefore, I allocated $420 of the transfer to construct a 2-bedroom house, as our current dwelling is insufficient for all of us. Though the house is still under construction, once completed, it will afford our family the necessary privacy. Seeing the house in progress excites all of us and we are eagerly waiting for its completion so that the kids can move in have their privacy. Additionally, I spent $130 to connect water to our home. Currently, we do not have running water, and my wife faces considerable challenges in fetching water from a distant source.
 
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access_time 3 months ago
 
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I am a father of four children and a husband of one wife. I do casual jobs and the wife is a subsistence farmer though on small scale. I used to own a barber shop and it was a nice business for me making approximately $7 per day. I fell sick and closed the business so since then I have been struggling with life. The income I make through casual jobs is little to cater for all my family necessities. I will use $400 to restart my barber shop business at the trading centre. The market is good since there is no even a single barber shop in the whole location. I intend to make $5 for a start per day. This will be a sustainable source of income for me. I will also use $300 to add one room for the children to use. I have a grown daughter and she needs privacy. The remaining amount will help my wife to start a grocery business at the trading centre.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My wife was expectant and delivered a baby girl without any complications. I do not take it for granted because other people lost their lives during birth. I am happy that my family number increased. This also means more respect to me in the community.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Health issues has been a challenge for me. I used to own a barber shop at the trading centre and it was booming very well. I used to make at least $7 per day. I fell sick and I was indoors for four months. That made me unable to work and my business closed up . I am happy I am now okay but I am still struggling with accessing job since I lack capital to revive my business.