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Lucy's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Basic Income
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13th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have a major goal of constructing business premises(4 rooms) within the nearby center for renting purposes with the assistance of my spouse who runs a business in Mombasa. This may take a while as it requires a lot of money, but I recently doubled the amount I save in the local savings group to make this more attainable. When I receive my share, I will be purchasing the required construction materials in bits to prevent the money from being spent on other needs that may pop up or may come up as emergencies. Once the business premises have been constructed, I will rent out three of them and retain one for my own business ventures. I intend to start a grocery business as a means of having a consistent flow of income even after this program is over to keep me from going back to the pathetic kind of lifestyle I lived before I was enrolled into this program. Before I dive into this major project however, I would like to fix a steel door onto my newly constructed house. As we could not afford a decent steel door yet, we are currently using a wooden door from our previous house which is not only spoiling the beauty of our new house but is also not providing much security as it is old and spoilt. This is therefore my biggest priority at the moment.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My transfers have always been of great support to my family and these past few months, the money has been spent on a range of essential expenses ranging from personal and school requirements to investments. In summary, I spent some of the money on personal needs like shoes and clothes for my children and I, payment of school fees for my children and investment on poultry(geese) and lighting. Months ago, I managed to purchase a solar lighting system on credit, depositing a specific amount then paying for the balance in monthly instalments. Receiving the transfers was the major motivation towards making the purchase due to the assurance of the monthly transfers that would support in paying the required monthly instalments. It is a great pleasure to have a clean source of light and move away from the daily purchase of kerosene but even more excited about the fact that I am now able to charge my phone from the comfort of my own house. The availability of the Solar light has also made it possible for my children to comfortably do their schoolwork past daylight hours which has positively impacted their performance in school. Receiving the transfers also enabled me join a savings group where I save part of my transfers which I intend to invest in different ways to ensure a consistent flow of income after the project is over.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
We have a plot that we bought around four years ago. Our plan is to continue saving some amount every month from what I receive from Givedirectly and combine with that my spouse makes from his business and develope the plot. We plan to rent out the shops once developed as an additional income for our family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After a solar panel that I used for lighting got spoiled, I was was forced to use a torch for lighting which is very inconvinencing as one has to move around with it every other time. I therefore deposited $25 from my March transfer for a lighting system which includes a solar and bulbs for lighting. I am expected to pay $0.5 every day towards repayment of this syste. I am so relieved ever since getting this system, that even my children can do their homework with little effort. I have also been saving atleast $10 every month in a savings group with 10 members. The rest of the transfers has helped me purchase food and other household necessities for my family of five.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The only thing I desire the most now is to change the floor of my house. I have a good house but the flooring has to be improved. I also want to start a small business where I can easily sell little things like match boxes, salt and soap and I will later expand my business to a big shop after attracting a lot of customers.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My children used to use plastic bags as their back pack to school and it really affected their self esteem. I spent $14 to buy them a school bag and they were extremely joyful and thanked God for all the blessings. I decided to join a merry go round where we have to put aside $10 every month. I was able to join the merry go round because of GiveDirectly's monthly transfer and due to the merry go round, I was able to buy more chicken and goats. The remaining $10 I was able to buy food for my entire family.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
This is the only support program that I have been able to take part in and benefit from the time I got married. I have seen a positive impact even in the environment that I live in because the whole village understands. Give a direct mechanism of sending monthly funds which has brought understanding to the community.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With a family of four children, lack of employment, and drought. It has been a challenge to meet the basic needs of a family of six members. As soon as I received the funds, I used $14 to buy three chicken layers and saved $10 on a monthly rotational savings group, The remaining amount was used to buy food for the next three days since the household had run out of food.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home around 8 p.m. when I heard a message alert on my phone. Upon checking its content O realized that Give Directly had sent my first cash transfers. I shouted with joy and excitement because I knew my children would finally get new school uniforms. Immediately, I called my husband to inform him of the great news.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My heart always broke to see my two children leaving for school in casual clothing alongside their peers who appropriately dressed in school uniforms. I had wished for a chance to purchase their decent school attire. Thankfully the cash transfer presented an ideal opportunity. Seeing the leave to school in the required garments is the greatest difference brought about by the transfer.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As the sole provider of my family of six, my husband operates a business selling apples in Mombasa. He sends me around KES 400 every week to meet the household’s needs. However, sometimes this amount barely puts food on the table for an entire week or meets school expenses for the children. In fact, when I received the transfer, two of my children were struggling with school uniforms. They used to wear casual clothing to school. One lacked uniform while her sisters were torn beyond repair and growing short since she had been wearing them repeatedly for two years. Therefore, I spent KES 1,000 from the transfer to buy new school attire. I spent the remaining amount on snacks so my children would take decent breakfast the following day before leaving for school.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Before the project comes to an end in 5 years to come, my greatest desire is to see my livelihood change for the better. This will be possible by investing a huge portion of my transfers in livestock farming especially goats. I intend to save my money on our Sacco to accumulate 30000 KES which will be enough to start this project. Since goats breed so faster, I will reap favorable profits in the coming years which will be sufficient to sort my family's basic needs. On the other hand, part of my transfers will cater to our very basic needs like food and clothing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Meeting our goals! This year, we had planned to change the roof of our house which is not in good condition. I see this coming to reality because my husband has already bought the iron sheets. This is something that I am looking forward to achieving to live in a decent house. I, therefore, count this as what has brought me joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am a housewife and I depend mostly on my husband who is doing a hawking job. His weekly support for us is usually 500 KES, an amount which I spend on food. Sometimes, when he fails to send me money, my children miss meals and this means going to school hungry, something that hurts me most because it pisses me off.