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Rehema
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Small business
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Kenya Basic Income
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18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Next month, my goal is to launch a food-selling kiosk. This venture presents an opportunity for me to generate income, enabling me to support various needs within my family. These needs encompass covering school fees, purchasing food, and acquiring essential household items. Currently, my husband, Rama, struggles to generate sufficient income through the sale of locally sourced toothbrushes crafted from medicinal tree twigs. I am optimistic about the prospects of this business endeavor and its potential to positively impact my family's financial situation. The assistance provided through transfers thus far has been invaluable, and I am sincerely grateful for it.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I bought a pair of school uniforms for my two daughters to replace their torn ones, spending $12 on the purchase. Seeing them in their new uniforms brings me satisfaction knowing they look presentable at school. Additionally, I allocated $22 towards paying school fees for all four of my children, each attending different schools. This investment ensures they can stay in school and continue their education without interruption. In December, I invested more than $14 in purchasing essential groceries, including four packets of wheat flour, 5kg of rice, 2kg of sugar, a packet of yeast, and 2 liters of cooking oil. These provisions contributed to our family's enjoyment of good meals. Furthermore, I dedicated $20 to purchasing new clothes for two of my children. However, in November of last year, I encountered health issues, experiencing severe headaches and persistent body pains. I incurred $20 in transportation expenses to and from the hospital, along with covering the hospital bill. An additional $14 was spent on over-the-counter medication to alleviate my sickness. Thanks to crucial financial support, I was able to access the necessary treatment and medication, leading to a full recovery. I'm deeply grateful for the assistance received through transfers.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My primary objective is to make substantial investments in acquiring livestock, as they present a promising avenue for wealth creation. Over the next few months, the two goats I currently possess will multiply, resulting in a significant expansion of my initial investment. With the proceeds, I plan to purchase additional goats, a dairy cow, and eventually a bull. The dairy cow will serve as a reliable source of income, as I can sell its milk. Meanwhile, the bull will prove invaluable in tilling my land during the rainy season, aiding in agricultural activities. This comprehensive approach to livestock ownership will contribute to my overall financial stability and agricultural productivity. I am sincerely grateful for the financial support I have received, as it has enabled me to enhance my quality of life through these investments. The opportunities afforded by this assistance have been pivotal in my pursuit of long-term prosperity.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Over the past three months, I have been grappling with a serious illness, necessitating multiple visits to the hospital for proper medical care. Financially, I rely on my husband, who sells handmade toothbrushes crafted from tree branches in Mombasa town. His income is meager but sufficient to meet our daily needs. The transfers I received have been instrumental in covering my medical expenses and enabling me to purchase the necessary medications for my recovery. In addition to addressing medical costs, I allocated a portion of the funds to acquire two hens at a total cost of $10. These hens represent a strategic investment for the future, as they are expected to multiply and increase in number. Once they do, I can sell some of them to generate funds for any urgent requirements. Moreover, I spent $24 on purchasing food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, which have played a significant role in facilitating my swift recuperation. I am immensely grateful for the financial support I have received, as it has not only allowed me to afford proper medical treatment but has also alleviated the financial burden associated with it. Without this assistance, achieving such a level of care would have been exceedingly challenging.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I've already enrolled three of my kids in school and will be doing so very soon with the other two. I'm striving to make sure I have everything they'll need to start school as a result. I also want to establish a little roadside business as soon as I can start saving after my kids start school to assist support our family financial.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband used to be the only provider for our family of seven for all household requirements, with food accounting for the majority of these before we started getting these transfers from Givedirectly. This put a lot of pressure on him, and I used to feel for him because there wasn't much I could do to help as a housewife. I was overjoyed to be accepted into this cash transfer scheme since it will allow me to help my husband. I bought groceries for my family with $17 of my May transfer. After our paraffin lamp broke, I also spent $12 on a solar lighting panel. I also purchased two t-shirts for my two school going kids with the rest of the transfer.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Over-relying on charcoal making and casual jobs makes me raise minimal income that cannot sustain the family unless I get external financial support. Therefore, for the rest of this year, I have developed a goal of keeping domestic fowl. I will be able to get free eggs from the flock, and I will be able to sell some when they're mature to supplement my income. In addition, I plan to purchase goats and possibly a cow. They are valuable live assets that go a long way in enhancing my living standard. In fact, with a herd of goats, I will not be worried about raising school fees for the children in the primary level of study.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Immediately after I received my recent transfer, I received a phone call that my mother had gotten into an accident and had a fracture in the shoulder. I, therefore, spent $15 to support her medication. I am glad that her health condition is improving. I also spent $19 on food to cater to the needs of my family of six members. Because I do not have any source of income, the transfer was much in handy. It helped in supplementing the irregular cash from the sale of charcoal. However, my transfer for November went into settling all the pending fee arrears for my youngest daughter, Claris. She had completed the PP1 level and was awaiting promotion to grade one.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did a splendid job by ensuring that they visited every household in my entire village. Also, the idea of offering us unconditional cash transfers was the best because we all had different needs in our families. I therefore cannot single out anything that GiveDirectly needs to change.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my recent transfer to clear my hospital bill of $12. I had recently been diagnosed with malaria and I did not have any cash to seek proper medical attention. I am so happy that I received the cash in good time and I am doing fairly well. Additionally, with the remaining amount we ha e been diagnosed with malaria. with the remaining amount of money, I have been buying food for my six family members. It is has always been my joy to see my children taking at least two meals a day; I am glad GiveDirectly has made my dream come true.
 
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 was on my way home from fetching tap water from a nearby water point when my phone rang. I stop to check the phone and I was surprised. For a moment, I stood transfixed on the ground, moving no inch of my muscles. My heart melted with joy upon realizing that I had received my first transfer. I hurriedly walked back home and called my husband and broke the good news to him. He was happy too.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The amount from my first transfer made a tremendous difference in my life. I had no food in the house and my children were very weak. This caused me a lot of pain and agony and was helpless that I could not help because I had no money. I am grateful that my children were all smiles after eating the food I bought using the money.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the amount from my first transfer on buying food for my family. My husband is a business person selling toothbrushes in Mombasa town. I do not have a job and we fully depend on him to provide for all the family needs (Buying food and paying school fees). We ran out of food three days before receiving the transfer and we survived drinking a cup of tea each day. When I received my first transfer, I was very joyous because the transfer was an enormous boost to our financial woes. I bought five packets of maize flour, two packets of wheat flour, 1kg of sugar, and 1kg. I cooked and ate together with my family members.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
What a big boost for me! In my life, I have had the desire to start livestock farming especially indigenous goats but due to lack of money, this has never materialized. With these transfers, I am so much optimistic about realizing my dream project because I intend to buy 1 goat every month. My target is to hit 10 goats within a year, and I am quite sure of reaching this number. Having done this, my future will be promising because I will have a reliable source of income for my family since I will be able to sell a goat to earn cash. On the other hand, These transfers will also aid in buying food and paying school fees for my 3 children. Hence, this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Early this month, we had evangelism at our church. This was a moment of worship and prayers and I felt so much blessed with the summons from our pastor. To me, I consider this as what has been my source of happiness.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity is what I am currently struggling with most. This is because I am a mere housewife and I depend on my husband who is doing casual work in Mombasa. In a week, he sends me utmost 400 KES which I must balance between paying school fees and buying food. To me, getting 2 meals is a dream, and this means surviving one meal a day. This situation has affected my health status, also, I usually feel like an irresponsible mother whenever my children miss food.