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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 14 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Looking ahead, my goal is to build a completely new house. The current house dates back ten years, and as it has mud walls, it is susceptible to destruction from heavy rains. Currently, I had to repair one of the walls that collapsed due to the ongoing rains. I plan to construct a new house with mud walls but change the structure to make it less vulnerable to rain damage. To achieve this, I plan to save some of the cash transfers until I accumulate enough funds to buy building materials like iron sheets and building poles first.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I utilized part of the cash transfers to cover school fees for my children. One of them was about to take the national primary school examination, and there were pending debts at his school. Constantly being sent home for tuition balances, I used $25 to settle the debt, ensuring that he sat for his exams without interruptions. Additionally, the ongoing rains had damaged one wall of my house, creating a hole. I spent $34 to buy building poles and compensate the person repairing the wall. I'm pleased that the house is now in better shape. With $34, I also bought a goat, adding to a total of three. My goal is to rear these goats, allowing them to reproduce so that I can sell them in the future to pay for my three children's school fees. The remaining $9 was spent on food. They primarily depend on their father, who works as a casual laborer, mostly carrying luggage. His earnings are mainly allocated to buying food and paying school fees, and I have always felt the need to support him whenever I get the chance. I am grateful that the cash transfers have allowed me to actively contribute to my family’s needs.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have a desire to construct a new house to replace my current damaged structure. The condition of the dwelling is concerning, as the building poles have rotten and can no longer support the weight of the mud walls. I need to have a safe and secure shelter for my family, one that can withstand the strong weather elements and provide a comfortable living environment. To fulfill this goal, I intend to allocate a portion of the cash transfers I receive toward saving for the construction of a new house. I am determined to work towards this goal and use the cash transfers as a stepping stone towards achieving it.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I engage in charcoal burning to help provide for the needs of my family, while my husband works as a casual carrier at the port. At the time I received the cash transfer, my husband had not been paid, and we were facing financial difficulties as a result. During that time, my three children were sent home from school and missed two days of classes due to unpaid fees. Recognizing the importance of education, I used $32 from the cash transfer to cover the outstanding debt and ensure that my children could resume their studies. Clearing the school fees brought me great joy, as it allowed them to return to school without any further interruptions. If it were not for the cash transfers, my children would still be at home. With the remaining amount, I secured more food for my family. Our stock had been depleted, and it was important to ensure that we had enough to sustain us until my husband's payment arrived. The cash transfers have been a crucial support for our family, enabling us to meet important expenses and provide for our basic needs, and for that, I will be eternally grateful.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
By early next year, I hope to have repaired the roof of my house, which is corroded and almost collapsing from one side. To achieve this, I plan to save some amount from the cash transfers to buy roofing materials like iron sheets and nails, then hire a builder to renovate the roof. I would also be happy if I bought a new mattress because the old one is worn out, which gives me uncomfortable sleep at night. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I first received my transfers, I started building a one-room house for my three children, who had been sharing space with me in the main house. The new structure would provide them with enough space and leave room for the storage of household items in the old house. Funding this project would not have been possible before, since the little my husband and I made from our casual jobs hardly covered the basics like food and school fees. So, I spent $25 and $32 from December’s and February’s transfers to buy 7 pieces of iron sheets to complete the roof. As we speak, only the roof cappings are pending to bring the entire house to completion; am grateful. I bought food with the remaining cash to serve my family until we raised money for more. Next, I spent the entire January’s transfer,$34, to secure a goat, which increased my herd to 18 goats. Given the unreliability of my spouse’s and my sources of income, owning livestock is the surest investment that will help raise my children’s school fees. 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I have felt relief since enrolling in GiveDirectly's program, even though I have only received the transfers twice. The transfer has played an important role in promoting economic growth among our community members. It excels at providing unconditional cash transfers, allowing us to prioritize our needs with the transfer. The employees are also professional and adhere to ethical standards at work. I haven't noticed anything GiveDirectly does not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Throughout, I have concentrated on livestock raising. Before my recent transfer, I had ten goats, one sheep, and six cows. However, because I do not have any other options for work, I spent $30 on another goat. This has increased the size of my flock, and I am always happy to look after them. It reminds me of the kindness shown to us by GiveDirectly. I prefer livestock because they are valuable, and I can sell them for a profit. I intend to sell some of them when I need to raise school fees for my three school-age children, Pili, Katana, and Kitsao.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES
access_time over 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I am not conversant with phone operations, so I usually leave my phone at home. One of the evenings, when I had just arrived home from taking care of our cows my son, informed me that we had received our first transfer. I was happy and thankful. We did not have any foodstuff in the house, and I was worried about how I could raise money for our dinner. I could not wait any longer, I sent him to withdraw it so that he could buy some food for our dinner.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the joy and pride of having bought enough stock of corn flour to sustain my family for quite a good number of days. This has given me enough time to raise money for more so that my children do not go hungry.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I bought 18 kg of corn flour for my family at KES 1000. We had nothing in the house and raising money for food has been a challenge because we do not have a reliable source of income. My spouse work as a casual laborer(loading trucks with luggage) which earns him little money. Moreover, there are times the work is not available which translates to sleeping hungry or skipping meals. Besides buying corn for the family, I bought a chick for rearing worth 100 KES. It is the first one I'm rearing hoping to purchase more whenever I will receive my transfers.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have three children in primary school and the oldest is in class eight. None of my children (who finished primary school) transitioned to secondary school. The GiveDirectly transfers will greatly help me in ensuring the children proceed to the next level of education. I will spend 2800KES to offset the current fee balance and thereafter save 2000KES every month for paying future school requisites. 1000KES from the cash received every month will be spent on food.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Seeing my daughter around did not augur well with me as a parent. She was married for two years but marital conflict made her return home. I have a burden of responsibility of taking care of my three young ones and her return with two children increased the cost of living. I was happy when her husband came last month and we resolved the issue and they are now back together.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I rely on keeping cattle with selling milk being the only source of my income. Drought manifested for over one year led to the lose of almost all cattle leaving behind three calves. We currently experience rains and the land is green with pastures but I cannot revamp keeping cattle since I do not have cash to buy more cows. In addition, my three children have given me sleepless nights as they lack school fees.