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Saumu's family
Motorcycle or bicycle taxi
Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($423 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have been a businessman for so many years. In the near future and beyond, I am planning to start up boutique shops which deal with women's dresses. It has high demand as women tend to buy clothes on a daily basis. I am also planning to do subsistence farming whereby I will be mostly concentrating on farming maize, when produced, I will be supplying it in boarding schools. My family is still young, I will therefore use the profits earned to save for my children's school fees as well as basic needs like food and clothing.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
According to my opinion, what Give Directly does so well is that they give out unconditional transfers, different people have different needs, and we have the freedom how to spend the transfers so long as it is something that does not harm us together with community members. The transfers are given in lump sum amounts and this helps in planning purposes in terms of the developments that we would wish to engage in at a personal level. Unlike other projects where it is given in small amounts. To avoid household conflict, what needs to be done differently is enrolling all the individuals in the household. During enrollment, those individuals who did not have responsibilities by then were left out of the program yet these are the same people who steal from their old and vulnerable parents. Another thing that needs to be done differently is enrolling all the communities in a specific village for uniformity purposes and this will prevent too many complaints coming from the communities that are left out during the registration to the programs
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a parent of two children, a boy and a girl, ten and twelve years old respectively. My husband had no stable source of income. Initially, my husband was employed as a rider in a nearby supermarket whereby he was doing online deliveries. Whatever he was paid was very minimal to take care of our young family's responsibilities. Since I received the transfers, I used part of it of kshs 45,000 to purchase a motorcycle for our own errands and for business purposes. Our lifestyle has changed positively as whatever he receives from the business is enough for our family needs like food, clothing and kids' school fees. Getting a regular and balanced diet has been the hardest thing in my family. We used the remaining part of the transfers of kshs 10,000 to stock food and cereals and this lasted my family for a whole month. I am so grateful for the GiveDirectly transfers.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($470 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was late in the evening; I was coming from fetching firewood in order to prepare dinner. I realized had not checked my phone and as I reached for it, there was an unread message from Mpesa which confirmed the funds had been sent by GiveDirectly.I was happy and walked hastily to find my husband and share the good news. That evening, as we shared dinner, was quite memorable for we celebrated and talked the whole evening about how to spend the funds.  
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is since I received the funds is being able to repair my home. The little earnings from my husband working as a motorcycle rider would have taken a long time for us to save enough to repair our home. We hardly get so much cash that can afford the building materials. It’s a makeover for my family because besides having our home looking brand new, we get to enjoy the pleasure of sleeping in a new bed with beddings.  
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband has been working as a motorcycle rider and it has been tough to provide for me with my three-month-old baby. Most of the time, it is a struggle because the little he earns is barely enough to feed us daily. When I received my transfer, my priority was to use KES 30,000 to buy cement and pay for the labor to plaster the whole house, because our house was in a bad condition with the holes on the wall that made it cold which is not healthy for my newborn child. The other KES 10,000 was spent on beddings which included a new bed, mattress, and blankets. We have always wanted to have a television, so I spent KES 5,500 on a deposit for it. The remaining cash was spent to buy food and repair his motorcycle, which had minor repairs.  
access_time 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I currently do not have a good house at all. It's more of a temporary structure with mud walls and floors. I'm always worried whenever a rainy season is approaching like right now because of the horrendous experience I have had before. Just imagine external walls collapsing in the middle of the night during heavy rains and because of that you can't even seek shelter elsewhere! When I get this money I'll get a fully habitable shelter for my family of three; myself, my husband and my daughter.We've always meant to do this but he hasn't been able to raise the amount of money needed from his motorcycle taxi job while on the other hand I'm also a housewife. I will be very happy when I manage to put up a decent semipermanent structure that can accommodate my whole family. This will cost a little more than 100000 KES. And should I remain with some more money, I'd also like to build a pit latrine so that my family can desist from using the surrounding bushes.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I was very happy last month when my goat delivered twin kids! I bought it around five months ago just to satisfy my need to have some wealth to my name, at least domestic animals can always make cheap investment that appreciate for sure. I couldn't believe that it's hardly six months since but I can count three goats already. This is what I consider good start.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
We're struggling a lot with inadequacy of financial resources at the moment. My husband is a motorcycle taxi rider in the village while I'm a housewife. This job is currently flooded since the outbreak of coronavirus that made many people resort to business after losing employment. I would say there are more riders than customers to consume the service. At this rate there's only too much he can make in a day, and this is why we have to borrow so many times from the local shop. It's so sad that he has the motorcycle, but can not get enough customers to make good amount of money that can afford food and basic needs for our family.