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Kabibi
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kenya
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Subsistence farming
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Kenya Basic Income
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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My dream for the coming year and beyond is to maintain a sizable herd of goats and cows. I firmly believe that this investment will play a pivotal role in securing a brighter future for my children, particularly when it comes to their education. While they're still in the lower grades at the moment, I'm acutely aware that in just a few short years, they'll be making the transition to higher levels of learning. This is where livestock becomes invaluable. By carefully tending to and growing my herd, I hope to provide a stable source of income that can be channelled towards their educational needs. My ultimate aim is to break the cycle of poverty that has gripped my family for generations. With determination and perseverance, I'm committed to creating opportunities that will change their lives for the better and ensure that they have the tools they need to thrive beyond our current circumstances.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With $90 in hand, I saw an opportunity to secure my future through an investment in livestock. Purchasing three goats may seem modest to some, but to me, they represent stability and security. As someone who relies solely on livestock rearing, these goats are more than just animals; they're valuable assets that I can depend on during times of financial uncertainty. I have great faith that they will multiply, providing me with a steady source of income in the long run. The decision to invest in goats wasn't just about immediate gains; it was a strategic move to ensure my financial resilience and independence in the years to come. With the remaining funds, I made a practical decision to invest in sustenance. As someone who lacked a consistent source of income, ensuring my basic needs were met was paramount. Buying food not only provided immediate relief but also sustained me during lean times. It was a simple yet profound gesture that alleviated the burden of uncertainty. Now, as I navigate life with my newfound assets and the security they provide, I am grateful for the transformative power of unconditional cash transfers. They have not only provided material support but also instilled a sense of empowerment and optimism for the journey ahead.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($21 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?
I recently closed down my food vending kiosk because of my health. Due to this, we've had to solely depend on my spouse for most of our bills. I am glad that I am currently recuperating well and I believe that I will back on my feet very soon. For this season,my main focus right now is to start saving my transfers so that I will later use it to revive my business. With this, I will be able to continue supporting my spouse in paying some of our bills at home.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have two children in school and recently, the schools were reopening from holidays. Due to this, I spent $ 30 from my most recent transfer on school uniforms since the ones they had were old and worn out. In addition, I invested $67 on goat rearing project by purchasing two goats. I settled on this since they can easily be converted to cash when need be and they also increase in number within the shortest period of time. I used to run a small food vending shop which I recently had to close down since I was sick. Due to this, I used $5 on some food items that I needed.
 
13th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
With a blend of hotel industry experience and a well-prepared farming savings, I'm gearing up to open my own hotel. This venture will allow me to showcase and sell the delicious food I'm passionate about. It's a journey that combines my expertise and financial readiness, promising a tasty and successful future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
In my little homestead, I had four goats; but you know what I believe is that, with more goats, you are closer to your dream. So, I decided to spice things up and brought home a new goat for $29, making it the number of my goats rise to five. With the remaining transfer, I ensured my children stay on the road to knowledge by covering their school fees at $5. Balancing my growing goat squad with my children's education is all part of the adventure and it gives me greater joy.
 
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 future goal is to have a bigger house. The house that I am currently living in is a bit small considering that I have a family which is still growing and therefore I would need a bigger space in the future. My plan is therefore buy goats for rearing hoping that they would bear offspring in the future, then later sell them after a few years and spend the money on my house construction.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I received the transfers at a time when I was in dire need. Two of my children who are all in primary school were sent home for school fees and their school uniforms were also in bad condition, but I did not have neither the money to take them back to school nor buy new uniforms due to the lack of a reliable source of income both from my husband and I. On the other hand, getting money for food and farming was also a challenge, but luckily, I received the transfer which was of great help, I managed to clear the pending school fees balances of $10, bought school uniforms worth $10, spent $10 on farming and the remaining $4 on food. I felt so happy for the support because my kids got a chance to go back to school and I also managed to finish up my pending assignments.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
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?
Two months ago, my home's iron and wooden doors dislodged. This year, I want to purchase a sturdy, long-lasting metallic door using the savings from subsequent transfers. My heart will be at ease once the door has been fixed because I will know that my belongings inside the house are secure. The other objective I have for this year and the future is to see my children do well in school. This will be made possible by making sure their tuition is paid on time and by providing financial assistance by buying the necessary school supplies.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I struggle to support my family because I do not have a reliable source of income. Every Friday, our village's market day, I make a living by cooking. I have the chance to make money because of the influx of people on this particular day. I only work one day per week, which limits my ability to increase my income. I struggle so much to make ends meet because I make such little money. I bought food worth $8 for my family when I got my January transfers. The provision of food was sufficient to ensure that my family would not go without. In addition, I bought two pairs of school uniforms for my 2 children who were starting new classes after their schools reopened. To prevent the school head teacher from sending them home, I paid $12 in school fees for both of them. They are enrolled in classes, which makes me happy, and I anxiously await my next transfer to fully pay off the outstanding balance on their school fees.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
access_time almost 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give Direct has done well to support us through the funds because poverty is a major issue in my village and with the drought and hunger, the funds have enabled many families to fight hunger.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband works from a different town and he is hardly at home. I live with my mother-in-law who is old with my two children. I am unemployed and most of the time we depend on my husband who works as a casual laborer in Mombasa town. Sometimes my only source of income comes from working on weekends in a market as a cook. Upon receiving the funds, I used used$15 to buy a cock and a chicken layer. The remaining balance was used to buy food because my husband had worked for over two weeks without getting paid.
 
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?
At around 8 p.m., I was at home relaxing after taking dinner when my phone vibrated with a message notification. I reached out to check what it was all about and could not believe my eyes when I found out that Give Directly had deposited the first cash transfer. I was happy. The money came as a relief given my two children had missed school for four days due to overdue school fees.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My children had missed out on their studies for four days due to overdue school arrears when I received the transfer. Their father had not sent me money to clear these fees because it was mid-month and his salary was not in yet. So, the cash transfer proved useful. I cleared the amounts that had been accrued for two months and they resumed classes. They were never sent home throughout August.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Being the family’s provider, my husband works as a long-distance truck driver from the port of Mombasa to Kampala. Sometimes, the monthly stipend he sends home fails to take the children and me throughout the month. This is why, I sell first food every Friday at the open-air market to make money and help provide for household needs, particularly food. By the time I received the transfer, two of my children had missed school since the beginning of the week due to a lack of money to settle their July and August outstanding tuition costs. I used KES 600 to clear the balance and they gladly resumed their studies. I spent KES 250 to buy a chicken and add to the existing flock of three. This was to boost the chicken rearing project I started using the cash transfers from Give Directly that will help generate funds in the future, even after the cash program ends. I spent the rest amount to buy sugar and snacks to prepare my children tea before school. It had been months since they had taken a decent breakfast.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I opened a small food kiosk at Tsangatsini a week ago. The goal is to be self-reliant through self-employment. I was working as a charcoal burner before but the occupation was very tedious with an insignificant output. I was struggling to provide for my 2 children. The income of 2,000 KES I was making could not meet all the needs. Food shortage was a norm and that is why I decided to venture into this small business. I intend to expand this business to increase my income. I want to use 15,000 KES to build a small structure that will be a hotel. Another 15,000 KES will go into buying chairs, tables, and all the needed utensils. Finally, I will use 10,000 KES to stock the hotel with the necessary food materials. Once it starts running, I am sure I will roughly be making a 10,000 KES monthly earning. This income will now help me comfortably provide for my children without depending on anyone.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I seriously cannot downplay the support I get from my husband who works in Mombasa. Were it not for him, the suffering could be more. Whenever I am down financially, he sends me money to buy food, pay school fees for the children and access good health care. His assistance is truly life-affirming.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Living under a low income is the challenge I am currently facing. Financial constraints have brought adverse effects to the welfare of my family. Charcoal burning is my only source of income. With the declining forests, making more than 2,000 KES a month is impossible. I recently opened a business but it is still in its infancy. Having 2 young children to look after, the income is very little compared to the needs. Food, a daily necessity, sometimes lacking in my household, which is saddening.