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Dhahabu
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26th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Recognizing that the financial support is for a limited time, I plan to invest my subsequent transfers in purchasing livestock, especially goats. Goats are a valuable asset, with their value increasing over time. Their ability to reproduce and multiply makes them an excellent investment option for growing wealth. Now that I have cleared all the school fee debt for my children and we have plenty of food from our recent harvest, I am in a good position to focus my future transfers on purchasing livestock in the coming months. I am very appreciative of the financial transfers, which have greatly improved our lives and provided me with this opportunity to invest in a more stable future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Receiving the cash transfers from Give Directly has positively impacted my life. Two years ago, my life, along with that of my six children, was in disarray. My children had dropped out of school due to a lack of school fees, and we often skipped meals because I couldn't afford to buy food. Both my children and I wore tattered clothes, and in Kabatheni, where we lived, it was hard to find jobs, making our lives miserable. This troubled existence led to my separation from my husband. Since receiving the unconditional cash transfers, my life has transformed significantly. I have reconciled with my husband, and we are now back together, working on raising our beautiful family. I spent $42 on stationery items and school fees for my four children, ensuring they can continue their education. I purchased $24 worth of food, making sure my family has enough to eat and we never go hungry. I also bought a goat for $25 to be slaughtered in memory of my father, who passed away last year. This will allow me to give my father a proper send-off in accordance with our traditions. Additionally, I spent $9 on herbicides for the maize crop that my husband and I planted on the one acre of land we rented. I am very happy with the financial assistance I have received so far. It has significantly improved my life and that of my family.
 
22nd 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?
About a year ago, my four children and I moved from my village to Galana, where we have established a home. Upon moving, we lacked a house, and I'm grateful that, through the cash transfers, I was able to build one for us. Looking ahead, my next goal is to venture into livestock farming, particularly goats. Since I am the family's primary breadwinner with no other reliable source of income, keeping livestock seems like a promising endeavor. I believe that in the future, as the livestock reproduces, I can sell some of them to support the education of my children.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I recently lost my father, which required me to spend $25 from the cash transfers on transportation to and from the village since I reside in another county. During the period I spent in the village, I had to purchase food for my four children, spending $9 to ensure they did not go hungry in my absence. This provision sustained them until my return. There was also a time when our household faced food scarcity before the farm harvest, and I used $34 to buy food, ensuring that we never went a day without a meal. In adherence to our Christmas tradition, I bought new clothes worth $15 for three of my children, well in advance to prepare for the upcoming celebration. The remaining $19 was allocated to hiring a sprinkler machine to irrigate my one-acre farm, situated near a river. This practice helps ensure an all-season harvest even during sunny weather. As the main provider for my children, the cash transfers have become a crucial source of income, assisting with our most basic needs, and for that, I am very grateful.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 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?
A year ago when I arrived in Galana for farming, I had to rely on my cousin's house since I lacked the funds to construct my own. However, as I plan to stay here for a while, I want to build a proper house to provide a comfortable home for my two children and myself. This would also give my cousin's family more privacy and space. To achieve this goal, I have already begun purchasing construction materials, including iron sheets and building poles. Once I have gathered enough resources, I intend to hire someone to build a two-room mud-walled house with an iron-sheet roof. Also, I have a desire to own livestock, specifically goats and chickens. I plan to build a herd for my children, which will serve as a valuable asset for their future financial security.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon receiving the funds, I promptly used $13 to clear my children's school fees, ensuring they could continue their education without any interruptions. Also, the school had long requested them to purchase school shoes and bags, but I could not afford them due to financial constraints. However, with the recent cash transfer, I could finally buy these essential items, sparing my children from being sent home by the school authorities. So I spent the remaining amount to buy each of the two a bag and a pair of shoes. Currently, I work at someone else's vegetable-selling stall, and I receive a small fee at the end of each month. Unfortunately, this income barely covers the needs of my two children and myself. Moreover, I also have the responsibility of providing for my parents back home, adding further financial pressure on me. Am grateful that the cash transfers have helped lift some of this pressure off of me.
 
14th 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?
I haven't had a chance to think of a goal for the year. I however know that I want to add to the five chickens I purchased. I have always wanted goats and chicken that are multiplying and I can sell to add more animals maybe a cow. I will spare some money throughout the year if things are not as hard and buy more animals so that I will have a big herd of goats and a large number of chicken at the end of the day.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
separated from their father and although I am remarried my children are my responsibility alone. I work as an employee in a grocery shop where I earn $25 per month. This cannot suffice for their school fees since per child I need at least monthly $5 to ensure they can do their exams and learn. I used my January and March tansfers $10 to pay their school fees. The drought has also made it that we have to buy everything that we eat. I also used about $14 for food since January to March. In March I got 5 chickens at $1 each.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I came to Galana in March, to work at a food point, I left my two children in the custody of my mother back in the village. Every month I send her $25 to buy food and pay school fees for the children. However, given the high food prices, the amount barely takes them throughout the month. This leaves my mother calling me frequently to complain about the children having nothing to eat. Sometimes, I wash people's clothes after work to support my family because my salary is not enough. So, the first thing I did when I received the transfer was to send home $13 for my children's school fees and $11 for food. To date, no complaint has been raised again and I could never be more relieved. I set aside the remaining transfer amount to buy myself food to last me until my next payday.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After separating from my husband some years ago, I went back to stay with my parents and have been struggling to ensure that my child gets all they would have from both parents. Filling the father's gap has never been easier, but I am glad that GiveDirectly's support changed my perspective and made me a little more creative in preparation for a better future. I spent KES 2400 of the last three transfers on four pieces of iron sheets. I will not stay in my parents' house forever as my child grows older, so I have to think of his future. The remaining KES 6600 I spent on foodstuffs, detergents and a few clothes for my child.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The unconditional cash transfers have played a key role in uplifting people especially the most valuable ones in the society. It's now evident that, people in the society have different needs. Some bought food, others payed school fees, other started small businesses and so on. I would encourage you to continue helping people through the unconditional cash transfers.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I separated from my husband over irreconcilable differences last year and returned back to my parents house with two of our four children. Due to poverty, my parents have never been able to build a bigger house and still lives in a two rooms house which servers as the kitchen, living and bed room and therefore, they couldn't accommodate us. I sell green groceries to earn living and since I'm their breadwinner, I usually go home in the evening to prepare supper for them then leave with my children to look for somewhere to sleep afterwards. It's been the most frustrating and uncomfortable experience I have ever gone through but I don't have a choice because I can't afford to build my own house. With the monthly KES 3000, I realized that I can buy building materials in bits and build my house after a while. I spend KES 1400 to buy 4 iron sheets, KES 1000 to buy clothes for my children so that they can have at least have an extra pair and KES 400 to buy food. I'm hopeful that in the next one year, I would have bought enough materials to build myself and my children a house.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Normally, after I gather greens from the farm, I go out to hawk them in the street. So, on this day I was at work when I received a message that confirmed I had received funds from give directly. I felt relieved. I finished my day's round then went back home. The next day, I went to withdraw the money and headed to my children's school to clear the arrears.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I have not yet noted any difference in my life as this is my first transfer. But with time, I believe I will be able to tell the difference. So far, I have managed to pay my children's school fees which had been a burning issue at the time.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
August last year I separated from my husband. He stayed with two children whilst I went with the other two. With two children depending on me, I started hawking vegetables to provide for them. Whenever I got stuck, I always turned to my sister who works as a farmer. So, when I received the transfer, I topped up KES500 to the KES1000 from the give directly money to settle their school fees arrears. I also bought them some writing materials that cost me KES70 and using KES100 I bought a pair of slippers.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I separated with my husband after abandoning us for over five years. Without a job, I was left to take care of four children. My children are rarely in school as they are faced with fee balances. With the GiveDirectly transfers, I will start a kiosk business.I will save the profit realized to pay school fees and provision of other necessities in my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Farming is what I have been relying on for the supply of food for years. We have been striken by drought for almost an year now. Two days ago, the heavens decided to bless us with showers of rains which lasted for almost four hours. The I was sickly in bed, smiles could be read from my face.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have been suffering from chest problems and severe fever for almost a month now. Since I separated with my husband, I got engaged in fetching water for a pay. The job is energy demanding. It takes almost two hours walking a distance of over 4km to make 50KES. I have to make four trips in a day, two for selling and the rest for my domestic use. This job has greatly contributed to my ill health. Since I have no other source of income, I have been taking natural herbs for my medication.