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Amina
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kenya
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Casual labor
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Kenya Basic Income
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21st 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?
I am overjoyed because my dream of constructing a new house for my family has finally begun with the help of financial transfers. Our current house is an old, deteriorating structure, and the rains have only made it worse by eroding the mud walls. I am working hard to build a two-room house, which will require approximately 20 sheets of iron. So far, I have managed to buy 16 sheets. My aim is to complete this project within the year using the transfers, allowing me to allocate the remaining funds towards the education of my six school-aged children, ensuring that all of them can attend school.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have seven children who are all under my care. At the moment, I do farming to support my family, and I fully rely on GiveDirectly transfers for financial support. When I received my most recent transfer, I used $30 to pay fees for my school-going children. This ensured they wouldn't be sent home for fee balances. I want them to have an education to be able to support themselves and me in the future. I also spent $30 on food so that my children can have something to eat when they come home from school. With the remaining $33, I bought iron sheets because I am planning to build my house. The iron sheets in my current house roof are old and have holes. Additionally, the walls are weak and could fall at any time. Lastly, I used the remaining $3 to buy pens for my school-going children. I am very grateful to GiveDirectly for the financial support.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 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 am the happiest woman alive because my dream of building a house for my family was able to start when I was receiving transfers, our house is an old worn off structure. The rains have been our biggest enemy as it made the state of the house worse by washing off more of the mud wall. I have been working on getting a two room house which will require about 20 sheets of iron. I have so far done 9 sheets and the starting structure has gone up already. My goal is to finish this project this year using the transfers so I am left with more from my transfers to invest in the education of my children getting all my 6 school aged children in school.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Givedirectly has changed the face of education for my children. I have 7 Children with four of them currently in school. Out of my seven children 6 should be in school as they are all above 5 years of age. Before receiving my transfers only two of my children were in school, when I started receiving transfers I was able to get two more through to school. I am hoping to reembark on getting all to school by end of this year. So $20 of my transfers in the recent days have covered schooling for the 4 in school. I also have an ongoing construction project where I spent $44 in, I also have a savings group where I was able to save $20 for future school fee payments and finishing the building project.
 
14th 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 aim is to build a house for my three children. Currently, they live with their uncle because my house is too small to accommodate all seven children in the family. However, their uncle is set to get married towards the end of the year, which may make it challenging for my children to continue sharing a space with him. That's why I've been saving $10 from the monthly cash transfers for the construction of the new house. Early next year, I hope to receive a lump sum from the savings club, which will allow me to start buying the building materials for their new house. After completing their house, I plan to build a new house for myself as well. My current structure is in poor condition, with walls on the verge of collapsing and a corroded tin roof. When it rains, the space becomes damp and uncomfortable to stay in.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent $40 to pay school fees for my four children in primary school. There were examination fee debts and tuition fees that needed to be settled before they could sit for their end-of-year examinations. I also saved $30 through a self-help group. My goal is to accumulate enough money to buy building materials for constructing a house for my three children. Currently, they live in their uncle's house. He is planning to get married in December, which could leave my children without shelter. That's why I'm actively saving to build them a new house. I also contributed $10 towards the hospital bills of my mother-in-law, who was in the hospital. I bought four chickens worth $10 to start a poultry-rearing venture, and the remaining $12 went towards buying food. To provide for my family of seven children and me, my husband works as a herdsman, and his income is usually barely enough to cover all our needs. I'm happy that the cash transfers have helped alleviate the burden on his shoulders by allowing me to actively contribute as well. Ever since I started receiving the cash transfers, my children have never missed a day of school. Now, I can use the prospect of monthly cash transfers to persuade the school administration to allow my children to stay in school with a promise to pay the fees when I receive the funds.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
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?
My primary goal is to attain improved housing for my family. Presently, we reside in a cramped one-room house that fails to accommodate our large family of 10. The house is in poor condition, with leaks that drench us whenever it rains. In order to address these challenges, I aspire to acquire a spacious two-room house. To realize this objective, I have been diligently saving and intend to persist in my efforts until the start of next year when I hope to commence construction on our new home.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am deeply grateful to GiveDirectly for the support I received during a time of dire need. As my husband and I rely on charcoal burning and livestock rearing for income, we don't have a reliable source of earnings. With the transfers I received, I was able to make a significant impact on my family's well-being. I managed to pay off a school fees balance for two of my children, ensuring their education continued uninterrupted. Additionally, I purchased food worth $14.70, as our supplies had depleted, and we had gone without several meals in the preceding days. Recognizing the opportunity the rain presented after a long drought, I allocated $10 to invest in farming. The assistance provided by GiveDirectly truly made a difference in our lives, and I am immensely thankful for their support.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 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?
In the coming years, I hope to construct a decent, spacious house for my children. Currently, they are sleeping at their uncle's house, which I feel is not right since he has his own family as well. Therefore, I believe that once I get sufficient cash, I will purchase the materials and put up one. This will grant them privacy, and their dignity will also be restored. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent $20 of my recent transfer on clearing the arrears for my five children, who are in primary school. This has been a major challenge considering that I rely on odd jobs to feed my family. For that reason, they have been on and off, which has equally affected their academic performance. I am so thankful to GiveDirectly for the support they have accorded me since all my children are now in school. Also, I bought foodstuff for my family, which cost around $10. My children are now healthier as compared to the previous days. Also, with the remaining amount, I saved for microfinance, whereby I will be able to sort out any emergencies that may arise. 
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
access_time over 1 year ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well in enrolling our village because we thought they will never visit our village. I have been struggling to educate all my children. The funds have enabled me to have an agreement with even the school because everyone in this village understands how GiveDirectly has been sending monthly transfers. Hence, my children have had uninterrupted classes because of this support program. I am deeply indebted to all the donors in GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband has been working as a charcoal burner. Lately, it has been a struggle to support our family of five children. With the four children at school, my uncle saw our struggle and sponsored two in their education while I cater to the others. I joined a savings group which a friend advised would allow me to borrow funds whenever I had financial issues. As soon as I received my funds, I paid paid$10 as school fees for the two of my children because I am normally expected to pay $5 for each per term. The $10 was saved in the savings group I joined and the remaining was used to buy food that would last us at least for a few days, as my husband hoped to get a customer to buy a sack of charcoal.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES
access_time almost 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 8.30 p.m. as we were relaxing in the house when I received a notification message from my phone. I gave the phone to my husband who confirmed that I had received some money from GiveDirectly. The news of receiving the transfer for the first time from GiveDirectly made me shed tears of joy. Since we had not eaten anything since morning, I longed for the day to break so that I could buy food for the family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
We had not had any meals for two days, and even on the day I received the transfer, we had not eaten any meal since morning. The transfer enabled us to buy enough food that made us enjoy a balanced diet. Through the GiveDirectly transfers, I am optimistic that my life will continue to change. I plan to use my subsequent transfers to venture into a fish-mongering business to rescue me from the tiresome charcoal business.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a mother of seven working as a casual laborer for my livelihood. I live with my mother-in-law, husband, and our seven primary school-going children. My husband, who also burns and sells charcoal for income, is the family’s sole breadwinner. Affording decent meals has been our biggest challenge due to a lack of sustainable income. We sometimes go for even three days without food because the proceeds from the charcoal we burn are never reliable. Sleeping hungry makes us lack peace of mind and happiness in the family. Using the transfers from GiveDirectly, I bought enough food worth KES 3000 for the family thus enabling us to have a sufficient supply of food in the house.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My family of nine is living in a small poor condition one bedroom house. It is not enough for all of us such that they are forced to seek some shelter in my neighbor's house. As a parent I feel ashamed and feel bad about it because they are exposed to some other bad behavior from their peers whom they share the house with. Receiving this money would mean I start saving 1,500 KES for a period of one year then I build a semi permanent two bedroom house for the children. I will also spend 10,000 KES to buy two beds and mattresses for them. This would bring happiness and comfort to my family as I will be able to take good care of them and monitor all their moral behavior. Some of the money I receive monthly will be spent on food, school fees and medication when one of my family members fell sick.
What is the happiest part of your day?
When my spouse was employed five months ago. It was one of the best moments because that meant he will be able to provide for the family basic needs. From that time till now altleast he is able to take care of us in terms of food and school fees for the children in school.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My family of nine is sleeping on small and local improvised beds which are in bad condition. It is always painful and at the same time I am unable to get the money to buy new beddings since I do not have any reliable source of income as I only depend on my spouse who does casual labour. My four children were sent home for school fees one month ago and they are just idling at home and I am yet to raise the any money to take them back to school. I feel bad seeing them at home as I highly value education and I always want my children to get quality education.