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Christine
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Small business
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Kenya Basic Income
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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I enrolled in a hair-making college last year. Given my job as a house nanny, I can only study part-time as most of my time is spent at work. With this pace, I expect to complete my studies towards the end of the year. Upon graduation, I hope to have saved enough money to start a hair-making or salon business in my village. Such businesses are scarce there, so I would face minimal competition. Besides, setting up the business in the village would be cost-effective in terms of expenses like rent. The profits generated from the business will not only support my siblings' education but also alleviate the financial strain on my mother.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I usually spend the cash transfers on supporting the education of my four siblings and addressing any immediate needs I may have. For instance, this month, I had an infection, so I had to spend $26 towards my hospital bills. I am happy that I am progressing well with medication, and my condition has improved. I contributed $30 towards my siblings' education, which helped alleviate the burden on my mother. She sometimes resorts to making charcoal to provide food for the family but the little she makes can barely take care of the school fees. Speaking of food, I also contributed $30 towards ensuring there was enough to eat back home. As a house nanny in Nairobi, my salary is primarily directed towards my college fees, where I attend part-time hair-making classes. Therefore, the transfers provide me with an opportunity to support my family's needs while also nurturing my skills. I allocated the remaining funds towards purchasing my feminine products and toiletries.
 
18th 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 aspirations are centered around acquiring a skill that not only aligns with my passion but also offers a pathway to financial independence. Despite the absence of funds for formal education, I am determined to learn beauty therapy through the guidance of friends who have expertise in the field. This informal yet invaluable education holds the promise of opening doors for me in the job market, enabling me to earn a living and support myself. I see this journey as not just a means to gain skills but as a transformative step toward a more secure and fulfilling future. With dedication and the support of those who believe in me, I am confident that mastering beauty therapy will not only be a personal achievement but a practical gateway to economic stability.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I directed a portion of my recent unconditional cash transfer, totaling $29.7, towards purchasing essential foodstuffs for my family. We consist of my mother and two siblings, and life has been incredibly challenging due to unemployment and the persistent droughts we've faced for a while. The struggles we endured as a family, grappling with hunger and its impact on our health, weighed heavily on us. However, with the monthly cash support, we've finally found relief from the constant pangs of hunger. Our meals are more regular now, and I'm delighted to see our health improving steadily. The relief of not experiencing the gnawing hunger that plagued us before is immeasurable. With the remaining $5, I sought medical attention at the hospital after a nasty fall that left me badly hurt. The accident had left me in pain and discomfort, but I'm grateful for the opportunity to access medical care. The treatment I received has been instrumental in my recovery, and I'm glad to say that I'm doing much better now. Being able to address my health concerns promptly, despite financial constraints, is something I don't take for granted. It's reassuring to know that even in difficult times, there are avenues to seek medical help and recover from unforeseen circumstances.
 
13th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I had a dream to start college to study cosmetics and hairdressing this year, however this dream was cut short. I was doing business selling groceries and cooked food at my stall but the families basic needs outweighed my earnings and I had to find alternatives. My savings were used to prepare the land for planting when the rain began. I am hoping that my earnings from my new job, though not much will suffice plus once harvesting is done food will be available and I will have lesser needs to cover and I can save to go to school using my savings and start my business or find a job related to that in the city.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have had a bad flu due to the weather that has been with me about a month now. I used my June transfers to try and seek treatment for this. I spent $10 at the hospital to see the doctor and used an additional $7.5 to get medicine. My transport to the hospital was $2.5. I also spent part of my April transfer to clear a debt I had acquired at hospital after breaking my arm at $5. I have also since relocated to the city to look for work and whenever I get this money I send a portion home for food and school fees for my younger siblings. To cover food in April I sent $15, in May $10 and June $14. For school I bought unform worth $10 in May, and I spent $8 for school fees in April.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 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?
Since I received my recent transfer, I have a noticeable improvement in my condition. Without the transfer, I would have not succeeded in seeking my medication. Once I fully recover, I hope to embark on my activities, especially cattle raising. It is a viable venture that can be profitable in the long run. As a result, getting additional income when the need arises will not be a major challenge for me.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Before the date of the transfers, I was so worried because I was unwell, but I could not seek medication. Therefore, when I received my recent transfer, I withdrew $15 and spent it on my medication. A month back, I fell and injured my left hand, and for a couple of weeks, I was in pain. I am glad that I have of late witnessed significant improvement. In addition, I spent $10 to acquire food for our family of eight members. I did that to support my mother since she is elderly and needs support.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
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 have been longing to do a hairdressing course. I believe it will help me to acquire skills that can help me in life. With it, I can start a salon that can be a good source of income for me. In addition, I have a goal of boosting my grocery business. I had started it earlier, but it collapsed because I had a lot of needs. I, therefore, spent all my savings to take my four siblings to school when schools re-opened. I felt it wise to do so because we are orphans, and my widowed mother had no income hence she was constantly struggling to raise fees for them. I am hopeful that when I start it again, it will be able to help us so much.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used to own a small fast food restaurant in the village a few months ago. Finding water, which is necessary for cooking the food and washing the utensils, posed the biggest challenge to running the business. I eventually shut the store down because I was incurring significant losses by purchasing water at exorbitant prices. My income from my job as a househelp in Mombasa Town is currently insufficient to meet the needs of my family. When I got the money, it gave me a huge financial boost because I had to spend $10 to cover my three primary school-aged children's past-due school fees. As a result, they were shielded from being ousted for failing to pay their school fees. In addition, I spent $16 on food. This was sufficient to ensure that my family would have food for the forthcoming two weeks. I finally paid $8 for medical attention for my painful tooth. I had a severe toothache that kept me from working for more than two days. I'm doing fine, and I'm glad that it was removed.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
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?
GiveDirectly, as an NGO, does well in alleviating poverty through direct cash transfers. It ensures that all beneficiaries receive their transfers via Mpesa, which helps to ensure safety. Furthermore, as an NGO, it plays an important role in raising awareness about its program through sensitization. As a result, those who participate in the program are not coerced but do so voluntarily. Finally, GiveDirectly, in my opinion, discourages favoritism by ensuring that all potential recipients from the village are visited before enrollment. So far I have not observed what GiveDirectly does not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 1,200 on my college education fee as soon as I received my recent transfer. Raising fees had become extremely difficult for me due to my mother's widowhood and lack of employment. My learning has been made easier as a result of this transfer, and I thank God that I will be able to complete my studies I am grateful to the GiveDirectly transfer. Furthermore, I used the remaining KES 1,800 to start a vegetable-selling business. I chose this venture to provide me with a means of raising funds for personal support.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES
access_time 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was very excited when I received a text message confirming that I had received my first transfer on my phone. My phone was charging all day after it went off because of insufficient power. I screamed at the top of my voice because I was thrilled. I thanked God for the miracle because I needed money at the moment.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Enrolling in college was my only hope of learning a skill that would make me dependent and financially stable. I was very stressed when I was kicked out of school because I could not pay the school fees. The transfer has played an enormous difference in my life by enabling me to pay my school fees and resume my studies.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Three months ago, I dropped out of college where I was perusing a course on hairdressing and beauty therapy. The main reason for dropping out is due to lack of school fees. My parents are casual laborers earning income from selling charcoal. They earn very little (300 per day), which is enough to support my three younger siblings who are in primary school. Immediately after I received my first transfer, I started a business selling “Omena” using KES 500. This business will help raise my school fees and stop over burdening my parents. Besides starting the business, I paid a school fee debt worth KES 700 so that I can resume my studies.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am planning to use the GiveDirectly transfers to boost my grocery business in the village. Food prices are high and this requires a larger stock to increase my daily sales. I will use KES 20,000 from the transfers to restock my grocery and use the profits to sustain my family. I will use the balance to educate my siblings. The death of my father was the beginning of suffering in my family and more so two siblings had to drop out of school. I will support them till they complete their studies.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have never fallen sick over the past six months. This has brought happiness in my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My business is not doing good because of the rise in fuel prices in Kenya. The stock I could buy with KES 5,000 before is now costing me a whooping KES 7,000. This is the major challenge I am currently facing.