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Kalume
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kenya
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House construction
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Kenya Basic Income
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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am dedicated to ensuring that my children's education continues smoothly and without interruptions. As I don't have a job, I take care of livestock and do subsistence farming. The transfers have been essential in paying for my seven children's education fees. Without the transfers, it would have been a challenge to raise enough money to cover their fees. My goal is to pay their fees on time and support them as they progress through their academic journey. I also plan to invest more in farming by planting watermelons in the upcoming season. This will help me generate some income through farming, which will enable me to effectively provide for my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am grateful for the transfers that have greatly helped me to cover my seven children's education expenses. Recently, one of them joined high school, and I am glad that I was able to cater to his shopping, which cost me almost $60, and a portion of the money cleared the fees. Seeing my children comfortable in school brings me peace of mind. I do not have a job that could sustain me and my family apart from the normal subsistence farming and looking after livestock. Getting the transfers has been a lifeline for me, which has ensured that my children's education is not disrupted. For the remaining amount, I did farming on my five-acre farm, and to ensure early preparations, I hired oxen to plough my farm. I am happy that I fully cultivated my whole acreage and got a bounty harvest. Thus, my family is no longer facing food shortages, and we are well-fed. Having food in my household has saved me a great deal since now I can concentrate on paying fees for my children
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
To achieve financial stability for my family, I have a strong desire to establish a business that can meet our needs. Specifically, I am considering venturing into the livestock industry. This particular business has a reputation for being lucrative and can generate significant profits over time. With the assistance of transfers from Give Directly, I will have the necessary capital to kickstart this endeavor. The support I have received so far has been instrumental in addressing some of the crucial needs of my family. It has provided a foundation for me to pursue my business aspirations and ensure a stable income for my loved ones. I am incredibly grateful for this assistance, as it has given me hope and optimism for a brighter future. With the capital from Give Directly, I am confident that I can establish a successful business and secure a sustainable livelihood for my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am the sole provider for my family, which consists of my wife and six children. All of my children are currently enrolled in primary school, and it is my responsibility to finance their education. Unfortunately, I do not have a stable job and rely on occasional work in the construction sector. These opportunities are scarce, and the income they generate is insufficient to cover the educational expenses for my children. However, I am incredibly grateful for the financial assistance provided by Give Directly. This support has been instrumental in ensuring that my children's education is not compromised. Each month, when I receive the funds, my first priority is to pay their school fees. I am pleased to report that thanks to this financial aid, all of my children currently have zero outstanding balances for their school fees. This means that they can continue their education without any interruptions. As a parent, this brings me immense joy and relief. I am deeply grateful to Give Directly for their assistance, as it has truly made a significant impact on my family's well-being and the educational journey of my children.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Despite my limited financial resources, my ambition is to ensure that my six children receive the best education possible. Personally, I never had the opportunity to enrol in school, and I do not want my children to experience the same. Though raising the fees for all six has been difficult, the transfer has been a huge relief, and I am grateful that they have been able to continue their studies without interruptions due to fees so far. As I continue to work casual jobs that pay as little as $3, I can comfortably take care of other needs, such as food, knowing that fees have been covered by the transfers. I am hopeful that by the end of the program, they will have accomplished some of their academic objectives.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have six children who are currently enrolled in school and rely on me for their tuition. Despite the fact that it is my desire as their parent that they achieve their educational objectives, I have been financially stressed. I want to thank GiveDirectly for the monthly transfer, which has been extremely helpful. I've been able to pay their fees and clear their arrears for about $20 per month over the last few months. By doing so, my children were allowed to stay in school and were no longer chased out, as they had previously been sent home for nearly a week. Aside from the fees, I've been able to provide for my family adequately since I made sure food was always available in my home. I bought some maize flour that would last a few weeks and felt at ease because, even though I was unable to secure regular construction jobs, the transfer provided for my family.
 
8th 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?
I am a casual worker; commonly known as "Jua-kali" here while sometimes taking care of animals for people. I hope that this year, God willing, I will become a businessman selling animals in the main market. I want to sacrifice every month so I can save for this business. I want to buy animals that I will use in this trade. I want to make sure by the time I am ending my time with GD I have something which I can rely on. I want to first start by buying chicken, and once I get to a certain level, I will incorporate the purchase of goats. I am hopeful that if I am in good health and have a life, I can achieve the goal of venturing into buying goats by August this year.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I struggle to support my family because we live in a hardship area. My meager earnings are often spent on food. As a result, my children are always sent home because of their school fees arrears. I, therefore, spent $20 on school fees for my six children immediately after receiving my recent transfer. They are all in primary school. That lightened my burden, and I felt relieved and happier for a week. I spent $14 on food because my family was out of food, and I did not know where to get money for food purchases. I am glad the food lasted four days for my family. During that time, I could work casual jobs without worrying about what my family would eat suppose I did not get my daily wage on time.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Through the transfers, I have been able to afford water for our household use and even reduced my children's school fees arrears. With the ongoing drought, there is scarcity of water that has led to an increase in price of the little that is available. We consume five jerrycans of water daily in our household and a jerrycan of water currently goes for KES 25. The money I earn from casual work can not sustain the needs of the nine of us, and I am thankful to GiveDirectly for the support. With the last three months' transfers, I paid KES 6000 in school to reduce the arrears my children owed the school. KES 3000 I spent on water for our household use.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Through the organisation I have managed to keep the children in school and also ensure there is always meal which are quite important basic needs. The financial assistance has assisted massively on our day to day needs which I an very grateful for. I have nothing but compliments for the organisation and the work it does.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I got the transaction from the organisation I immediately went ahead to settle some of the debts I had and this included tuition fee. I paid school fees for three of my children worth KES 1,500 because the administration was threatening to kick them out of class if the debt were not to be settled and I did not want my children missing school, that is why I paid as soon as the money came in. I have also been planning to venture into poultry farming so I decided to buy three hens for starters which were worth KES 1,050. Lastly I used KES 280 buy two kilograms of sugar and I still have KES 170 on me that I will probably use on getting laundry detergent.
 
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 received a message late at night and after reading the message and confirming that GiveDirectly had finally sent the funds they promised ,I was overjoyed with the news and shared with my wife whom I consider as my close friend.We were both excited to sleep that particular night.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My goal is to ensure my children are all educated.Currently with unemployment issue and a big family that depends on me,the difference in my daily life is the consistent flow of the cash transfers in the next five years. I am able to atleast provide food ,water and educate my children.I am also planning to start buying goats and selling them as a source of making extra cash to help me fulfill my financial obligations.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Water has been the biggest challenge in my area especially now that we all undergoing drought and farmine. The current situation has made it difficult especially if one is unemployed. I have been surviving on casual jobs in construction sites which are not consistent but atleast pays KES 500 per day.With seven children my transfer of KES 600 was spent on food and KES 400 on water.I used KES 150 and bought one chick atleast to start of my intention of poultry farming.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
All my seven children are in school. That translates to a lot of money needed for school fees. I was a casual laborer within the village and those jobs are not easy to come by anymore. These funds will help me pay fees for my children and also feed them. I cannot express how grateful I am. Thank you, Give Directly.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Apart from being alive and getting by somehow, happiness seems to be a far cry. I am still hopeful that this will change.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of jobs. It has been so long since anyone called me for casual labor. As a man, I feel like I have failed my family. My near neat prayer is for God to provide me with meaningful work so that I can provide for my family.