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Nasibu
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kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
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Kenya Basic Income
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26th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 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?
My objective is to purchase a cow, which I view as a valuable investment. I plan to accomplish this by utilizing the profits from my vegetable business. Owning a cow will not only allow me to cultivate my land but also provide additional income, especially if it reproduces and I sell the offspring. Moreover, the supplementary income will enable me to meet the educational expenses of my children. I am deeply grateful to this organization for enhancing my living standards through their financial support.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I sell vegetables at our village market, while my husband sells charcoal, supporting our family of eight. Previously, we all lived together in a small house, but I'm grateful that with the help of these transfers, I have been able to build a separate, comfortable house for our children. Additionally, I have invested in goats and I am happy to say that I now own two. From the transfers, I allocated $15 to settle a school debt for my children. I then used $19 to purchase new uniforms for them, as their old ones were worn out. Furthermore, I spent $34 to acquire another goat, expanding my herd. The remaining $34 was utilized to purchase more vegetables, thus enhancing my business. These changes have truly transformed my life for the better and I look forward to an amazing future.
 
22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Given the unpredictable nature of my earnings from selling vegetables from my home, I recognize the importance of diversifying income sources to support my five children and alleviate the financial burden on my husband. Consequently, I aim to invest more in livestock, particularly goats, as they offer a practical and versatile solution. As these animals reproduce, I plan to exchange them for cows in the future, facilitating plowing activities and providing a flexible asset that can be sold in times of financial need.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
In the past three months, the majority of the cash transfers, amounting to $60, were allocated to acquiring two goats and $12 for purchasing three hens. Owning livestock stands as a reliable strategy to accumulate wealth, ensuring ongoing support for my family even after the cessation of cash transfers. I envision further expanding my livestock holdings, potentially exchanging some goats for a cow in the future. Such an acquisition would not only assist in plowing activities but also contribute to the growth of my overall livestock herd as they reproduce. Additionally, I dedicated $13 to buying clothes for myself and my five children, providing decent attire to replace worn-out garments. The remaining funds were directed towards acquiring food, addressing a critical need as my household had endured two days without provisions. During this period, my husband's income from charcoal-making was insufficient, prompting me to work on others' farms to secure at least one meal per day. The timely arrival of the cash transfer provided a welcome respite from this demanding activity.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My objective revolves around starting a vegetable-selling business. This aspiration has always burned within me, yet financial constraints have impeded its prior accomplishment. It is a longstanding goal of mine, and I am optimistic that the cash transfers will gradually help me gather the necessary funds to initiate this business. The profits generated from this venture will be critical in providing for my five children and supporting my husband, who currently sustains us through charcoal burning.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Using the recently received cash transfer, I acquired a goat valued at $30 to raise it. I had previously owned goats, but due to diseases, I lost them all, prompting me to restart the rearing process. The assistance from the cash transfers has enabled me to purchase three goats so far and I am excited to continue growing the herd. I aim to let them reproduce, expand the herd, and ultimately sell them to generate funds in the future that I can use to meet some of my children’s needs. Right now, my husband bears most of the family’s responsibilities. However, the scant earnings he makes from making charcoal can barely provide for our five children and myself; hence the need to build enough wealth to support him.  After buying the goat, I used the remaining $4 to purchase food as the household had just run out of maize flour. This ensured that my family had something to eat before my husband could raise money for more food, and I could never be happier.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 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?
My main goal is to start a livestock rearing project where I had already bought a few goats to start me off. I would want to be a farmer venturing in livestock and I plan to accomplish this by spending part of my monthly transfers in purchasing goats and later buy cows knowing that they would be of help in the future in case I would be faced with any financial difficulties.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I currently don't have a house of my own since the one I had collapsed and I have been staying with my children. Therefore the transfers that I received were of great help to me because I got an opportunity to buy roofing sheets in readiness to build the house. I bought the iron sheet worth KES.2000 and added to the ones that I already had and in the next few weeks, I shall have started the construction. I also managed to buy food with the remaining amount of KES. 1470 for my family since getting food was a also another challenge.
 
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?
After I got enrolled into the program I decided that I would use this opportunity to grow my farm so that I could invest more in buying a couple of farm animals which I plan to eventually help me financially down the line. I ended up using KES 2,800 to buy a goat which has so far been my third goat to acquire with transfers. Lastly I ended up using the balance of KES 600 I had to purchase six packets of maize flour so that my children and I could have a meal.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband relies on charcoal production to meet the needs of the family, such as food and clothing. Because of the product's low demand, he hardly makes any sales, and if he does, his earnings are not more than KES 2,000 in a month.  It is difficult to provide food for our family of eight on a daily basis with this amount. In fact, the day before the transfer, the family had run out of food. That is why I prioritized obtaining KES 1,000 worth of maize flour. In addition, I spent KES 1,500 on new clothes for my six children and myself. Our old clothes were worn and torn from repeated use, and I was afraid we would get sick from the cold. I used the remaining funds to purchase a hen. My goal is to allow it to breed and grow the flock. In this manner, I will be able to raise funds in the future when I sell the chickens to meet the needs of my family.  
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, I feel like everything was done perfectly and I wish to thank GiveDirectly on behalf of my villagers for uplifting us. We are so grateful for the transfer as we are capable of providing basic needs for our families compared to previous days when we used to struggle to put at least a meal on the table.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a housewife and I have been depending on my husband who is a charcoal burner to provide for me and our six children. Recently, the business has not been an easy one as trees have been depleted due to drought and the fact that this is the major economic activity in the area. Most days, my husband cycles for kilometers in search of trees and it usually takes him around eight days for him to earn a profit of about KES 800. The low income has not allowed us to own livestock and we have been the laughing stock of the village as livestock is seen as a source of wealth and majority of people in my village own livestock. When I was enrolled into the program, my first goal was to focus on buying goats as they can thrive under tough climatic condition to save us from the shame. I spend KES 2000 to buy a goat and 1000 to buy second hand clothes for my children as their clothes were torn due to regular wash as each owned one pair besides the school uniform.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was in the kitchen cooking when I got the message confirming that I had received some funds from give directly. This made me feel very happy because I had debts to pay. So, the following day, I went to withdraw the money and headed to school to reduce the children's fees areas.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I see nothing but good ever since I started receiving these funds. So far, I have managed to reduce my children's school fees arrears. currently, I only have a debt of KES600. I believe I will be able to settle it once I get to my second transfer. My children also have new school uniforms and they can now confidently go to school.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
To raise our 4children, my husband and I have been collaboratively working as charcoal manufacturers. Our monthly earnings are around KES1500. This, however, was not enough when it came to the payment of the children's school fees. So, at the time we were receiving the first transfer, the children had a school fee arrears of KES1000. I, therefore, used KES200 to reduce the debt and the remaining KES1000, I bought some school uniforms for them
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My entire life defines abject poverty. I did not get the chance to set foot in a classroom. Through my children, I would like to live my childhood dream. I wanted to go to school like every other child but my parents were not in a position to send me. With these funds, I will focus mostly on my children's education. I hope they'll work hard and become people of substance in society.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My husband is very supportive of everything. We do not have much but he gives me peace. He provides to the best of his ability and he ensures that I feel appreciated. We rarely have quarrels and that makes me very happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
On a daily, I must walk more than 15 kilometers in search of water. The entire journey, my five-month-old daughter strapped to my back. Back home, I leave everything to my eight-year-old daughter. She has to ensure that her siblings are fed, washed, and the house in order. These responsibilities are too heavy for her but I have no choice.