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Kesi
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Motorcycle or bicycle taxi
workCampaign
UBI
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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My primary source of income is a boda-boda taxi. I have been running this business for two years and am always able to provide for my family. However, things have been difficult for the past week as a result of a recent accident I got involved in. Fortunately, I did not sustain any injuries as a result of colliding with and running over a herd of goats. Even though my motorcycle was damaged, the owner forced me to repay him for the two goats that died on the spot. Nonetheless, I am grateful that the transfer allowed me to cover some of the repayment costs. I am glad I am in good terms with the goat's owner now.
 
7th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Even though I am still young and single, I made it a priority to use my transfer to build my own home as soon as I received it. I have been staying at my eldest brother's house. My current residence is old, frail, and frequently leaks anytime it rains. It's a grass-thatched and a single-roomed house.  As a result, I spent KES 3,000 from a recent transfer on three iron sheets, giving me a total of 14 iron sheets. I intend to purchase 12 more iron sheets to construct a two-roomed dwelling. I am grateful that I will soon have my own home thanks to the GiveDirectly transfer.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My daily income has decreased drastically as a result of the increase in commodity costs, as I have been unable to operate my motorbike taxi service successfully. As a result, as soon as I received confirmation of my transfer, I considered purchasing food. I spent KES 1000 on buying maize flour and other food items to restock my food stock. I am grateful that, despite difficult economic times, my family of five has been able to eat at least one meal per day, which would not have been possible if I had not been successful in obtaining the transfer. I also set aside KES 2,000 with the goal of purchasing building materials for a new house. The current one is grass thatched and leaks excessively whenever it rains.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My current house has a damaged and leaky roof. Therefore, I entirely commit every transfer I receive towards purchasing iron sheets for constructing a new shelter. I achieve this by depositing the cash at the hardware store that will provide the building materials. So far, I have accumulated around 12000 KES. Although am not certain of the exact required amount, I am confident the mission will be accomplished before year-end.
 
3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My parents are aged and unproductive and I am the only person whom they depends on since my other siblings works in a city far away and they do not have reliable jobs. I have been working as a motorcycle rider for a while and my dream has been to buy my own motorcycle because the Ksh 300 that I get as daily commission is not enough to cater for both my needs and those of my parents. I had lost hope because I couldn't afford to raise enough capital on my own nor take loan because I didn't have security to prove. When I was enrolled to the program, I thought of saving my daily commission and Ksh 500 from every monthly transfer to accumulate a reasonable amount and top up with loan so that I can buy a motorcycle. For the two months that I have been receiving the transfers, this has been possible because I usually spend Ksh 2500 to buy enough food to take us through the month. I spend Ksh 2500 of my last months transfer to buy food and saved Ksh 500.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done a great deal and not only to me but to my community as well because you can clearly see the growth and how much people are more happy since they get some money and make their own decisions when it comes to how they will spend the money so thank you so much for the opportunity to allow us to develop.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received the money the first thing I thought of was putting some money away as part of my savings since my profession was driving a motorcycle as taxi but since I did not have my own motorcycle I used to borrow from my friends in the village and we would work in shifts and that is why I chose to save up KES 1,900 so that eventually I buy my own and earn more money since I would not work in shifts anymore. The drought has also really affected the harvest in the farm and that is why I spent KES 1,100 and bought a bag of maize flour which contained twelve packets.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had been trying to pay the store keeper in our area for a while, so when the money came in I was genuinely happy because I could at least finally show him that I kept my word and could be trusted and also I could stop worrying about the next meal in our home because I had to provide for my mother.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I would say keeping my word and paying my debt was very important to me and after I could clear what I was owed by the storekeeper I felt more confident even in talking to them and most definitely created a sense of trust among us and made our friendship more great because I ended up keeping my word and I could stop worrying.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received the transfers I immediately decided to first settle my debts with the store keeper who had been lending us some help through provision of some materials in his store like maize flour when we were hungry back home and this includes me, my mother and brother. So I paid him KES 1000 for the items I had borrowed when I had no money. I also bought maize flour worth KES 1100 which was a dozen packets. Our village also has scarcity of drinking water so I sent a motorcycle rider to get me six gallons of water and plus his payment it went for KES 230. As for the rest of the money I used it in buying vegetables that we needed day to day like cabbages, kales and even tomatoes which was almost close to KES 670 because it was day to day.
 
Enrolled
access_time 1 year ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Am a bodaboda rider, the job income is so low that getting the owner's daily charges is a challenge. Since we have a business structure that was closed after running out of stock, I will reopen it after having accumulated approximately 10k. With the business(kiosk), I will be able to construct my house and marry since am single.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Possible in the morning hours. As a bodaboda rider, most job calls come in the morning. Getting enough money in the mid-morning hours such that can pay the motorbike owner, makes me spend the rest of my afternoon hours with smiles.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I dropped out of school in standard five due to a lack of school fees. I started with palm wine tapping but my daily wages (100KES per day) could not sustain me. I did get a well-wisher who supported me with a motorbike. Am supposed to pay him 300KES a day but achieving this is not easy since the job is done by many youths. The lack of skills to enable me to acquire a better and reliable source of income is my great challenge.