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Charo
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Casual labor
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Kenya Basic Income
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18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 11 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
As the primary breadwinner for my family, I rely on various casual jobs such as charcoal making and house construction to support my wife and ten children. The cash transfers have significantly alleviated the burden on my shoulders, particularly in terms of providing for my family's education needs. Looking ahead, I aspire to continue supporting the education of all ten of my children. I pray that at least three of them will excel in their studies and secure promising jobs in the future. The success of these three children will not only brighten their futures but also uplift the entire family from the challenges we currently face. My ultimate hope is to eventually transition away from strenuous casual jobs and enjoy a more stable and comfortable life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I utilized the recent cash transfers primarily for my farm, focusing on weeding the maize crops, which are currently at the flowering stage. I spent $20 to hire individuals to work on my farm and ensure the proper growth of the crops. Seeing the progress and growth of the crops brings me joy. With the festive season approaching, I saved $14 to prepare for expenses like new attire for my children for Christmas Day. Additionally, I addressed a significant concern regarding my child who has accumulated tuition arrears since completing high school last year. When he was still in school, raising funds for his tuition through charcoal making was a struggle which is why the balance accrued over time. The school has withheld his academic certificate due to the outstanding balance, and I used $68 to reduce the debt, bringing it down to $50. My goal is to clear this balance in the coming months so that my son can obtain his certificate and progress further in his education.
 
14th 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?
The impact of education on my young children is of utmost importance to me. My primary objective is to provide them with the finest educational environment possible. To achieve this, I am committed to covering their school fees and acquiring all the necessary stationery they require. To support this endeavor, I plan to invest in livestock. As the herd grows and I begin selling them at a profit, it will generate additional income. This extra income will serve as a means to secure future school fees for my children, even beyond the period of financial stipends. By ensuring this stable income source, I can guarantee a bright educational future for my children.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As the breadwinner of my family, I am responsible for supporting ten members, including my wife and nine children. To make a living, I engage in various jobs as a casual laborer, such as selling charcoal and constructing houses. However, the income from these jobs is not substantial, leading to struggles in meeting my family's needs. Despite these challenges, I am determined to ensure a better future for my family. Out of the nine children, eight are currently enrolled in school. Fortunately, we have been receiving financial support in the form of monthly stipends, which has been instrumental in keeping our children in school and reducing the frequency of them being chased out due to unpaid fees. This support has also improved our meal intake, and we no longer go hungry due to a lack of money for food. Based on these recent positive developments, I decided to invest in a goat using my July transfers. The goat was valued at $45, and I contributed additional funds to make the purchase. I believe that acquiring the goat is a wise investment for the future. Not only does it provide practical benefits, but it also offers me something to take pride in, even after the financial aid eventually ends in the upcoming years.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 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?
I want to be able to financially support the education of my five children, most of whom are still in elementary school. Right now, the eldest graduated from high school but has not been able to collect his academic certificates because of an underlying tuition debt of $350. Settling this debt would relieve me, as it would give me the peace of mind to commit to his sibling’s tuition. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Making ends meet for my wife and five children is getting increasingly difficult by the day. My casual jobs in home building are scarce, forcing me to rely on charcoal-burning activities to make money. Because of the activity's low returns, it is hard to cover basic requirements such as food and school costs. When I got the latest funds, I decided it was critical to pay the $15 tuition balance for three of my primary-school children. Likewise, I spent $5 to enroll the two youngest sons in kindergarten; I'm relieved they're settled now. In addition, I sent $6 to my wife as transport fare to return home after she delivered our newborn daughter. She had traveled to her maternal home a few months ago, where she would receive proper prenatal care. I am grateful that the cash transfer played a huge role in bringing my family home. Lastly, I used the remaining funds to buy food that would push my family until I made more money from my hustle.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 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?
After clearing his last primary exam, my son is yet to move on to secondary school. I want to use the transfers to pay for his schooling in order to cover the rising tuition and other school costs. I run a little business selling charcoal, and if I combine the proceeds with my monthly stipend, I'll have enough money to cover their tuition payments on time. I will be pleased to provide my children the best education possible so that I can guarantee a better future for them.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Immediately I realized that I had received the money I decided that my first priority would be my daughter's education especially since she was about to finish highschool. Therefore with that being said, I ended up spending KES 2,000 on her tuition especially since she was almost on the verge of being kicked out. I then went ahead to spend KES 700 on buying medicine so I could treat my animals because I owned five goats and two sheep. Lastly I used the remaining balance of KES 700 to purchase twelve kilograms of maize because there was hardly any food since we barely made any harvest due to drought.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
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?
In my opinion the organization is doing an excellent job by trying go help us financially. Before getting enrolled I was really struggling financially since I only get casual jobs to assist me on providing for my family but I consider myself lucky because the funds I receive from GiveDirectly help me on covering for the wants of my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As soon as I realised that the transfers had been sent out, I decided to begin paying tuition fee for one if my oldest sins who happens to be in high-school. I opted to first settle his fees because he had called about a day prior informing me thatcthe school was about to send him if I did not pay for some part of his debt and as soon as I received the funds I paid KES 2,000 for him so that he could stay in school. Afterwards I paid KES 500 in school fees for my two other sons who were in elementary school since they also has a debt. I was left with about KES 500 which I decided to use on nourishment for the family and so I bought maize weighing ten kilograms since it was more in quantity compared to maize flour and less costly.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was in the field raising livestock because I had not gotten a job. I received a text message and, upon checking, I found out that I had received my first transfer. I was overwhelmed by emotions, as I remained speechless for more than a minute.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The huge fee balance that my son owes to the school has given me sleepless nights. It stressed me every time he came back home because of school fee arrears. I am grateful I felt an enormous difference in my life after paying school fees for my son through the money from the transfer.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have four children who are students and fully depend on me. He is in his final year of secondary school. The other three are in primary school, class 8, class 7, and class 5 respectively. The one in secondary school owes the school KES 45000. I cannot pay the school fee debt because I do not have a stable job. I am a casual laborer working on building people’s houses and selling charcoal. I earn very little (500 per day) from the temporary jobs that I engage. In addition, I take a long (1 week) before I can secure another job which affects my level of income. When I received my first transfer, I cleared part of the school fee arrears that my son owed to the school. I am glad he was allowed back in school to continue with his studies.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 1 year ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have Seven children who are in primary school. I'm delighted that my daughter is About finish secondary school this year, she has passed through so much, and I wouldn't want her to drop out. Upon receiving the transfer I plan to give priority to her pay school fees and any other need she may have.
What is the happiest part of your day?
We joined a project where we received goats for rearing and already they have given birth and we thank God for the blessings.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Currently we are living in tough economic times, getting three meals a day Is very challenging, most days we sleep hungry. We also have to walk long distances to get water for washing, cooking and feeding our domestic animals.