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Kenya Basic Income
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13th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 17 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I had always wanted a bigger house seeing that my kids were fast becoming grown ups. We live in a two room house which acts as our lounge, sleeping area and cooking area. I had my eldest joining junior secondary soon and I would want that myself as well as my children have sufficient space. I have bought most of my building material but I am also making small payments towards getting the 36 sheets of iron that I need to complete this construction.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I started building my three roomed house in June. I had some savings set aside and a combination of my savings and $19 of my Givedirectly transfers transfers allowed me to starting paying for iron sheets that I need for my construction project, I also spent $34 of the amount on timber in August to use in supporting the roof that will be in the house. I was also able to pay for my children school fees in June and July where I spent $15 of my transfers on both months to pay for school fees.I also was able to buy food for my home in July at $16.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The most recent goal that I would wish to achieve is to have a beer house. The house that I currently live in with my family is in a dilapidated state and whenever it rained, we were always rained on and I always feel bad about it. I always wished that my family lived in a good house I already have most of the materials in place and I hope to get a little amount so that I could start the construction by the end of this month. I would also want to start a livestock rearing project in the future once I am done with the construction and I believe that my future transfers would play a great role in the future project.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I received the transfers at a time when I was in dire need of money. I have a family of 6 and the house that we currently live in is in a dilapidated state, therefore, my plan was to build a new house but due to financial constraints, I had never been lucky to do that. But with the transfers that I have been receiving from GiveDirectly, I have managed so far to buy most of the materials, I also spent the most recent one on buying timber worth $15 and I felt so relieved. 3 of my school-going children were also required to settle some pending school fees balance and I managed to divide $15 among them so that they could carry on with their studies as the rest. With the little remaining amount, I also bought food for my family.
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
access_time 8 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I make seats in a workshop in a local shopping area. Due of my location in the village, I rarely have customers, which results in a meager and unstable revenue. I collect charcoal from the neighborhood and sell it in the local market places to increase our household income because I'm the primary breadwinner in a family of seven, which also includes my five children and wife. I can only make $8 a week from the business, which is primarily used for food and a portion of the kids' school expenses. I haven't been able to build a better house due to my meager income. Our existing one is in poor condition, and we worry that it could collapse at any time and hurt us. I was therefore really delighted when I was accepted into the program. Since then, I have been contributing $15 each month to a savings group in our community in order to accumulate funds for the supplies needed to build a new home. I'm hoping to have raised all the necessary building supplies by the middle of this year. The $15.4 that is left over each month is what I have been using to buy food for my family.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
access_time 12 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well by providing us with funds. Because through the funds, people have learned to develop themselves in small different projects like rearing livestock. However, I wish I would receive the funds as a lump sum to invest in my goal of building a bigger home.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a carpenter, and my wife is a charcoal burner. We have four children who are in school. The biggest challenge I have faced is drought. We derive water for human consumption and other uses from rivers whose recharge depends on rainfall. This situation has left us with nothing to be harvested and buying everything from food to water that is being consumed. After receiving my cash transfers, $15 was used to pay my children’s school fees while the rest was used to buy food and water. I even used $3 to repair my bicycle, which helps me transport water to my home and also deliver some items to my customers
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had had a long and hectic day on the day the transfers were sent. It was late in the evening, around 8 p.m when my wife informed me that she had received her transfer. I was skeptical at first because I had never checked my phone messages. When I checked my phone, I was delighted to confirm receipt of my transfer. I could no longer doubt, but rather believe and thank God for such a unique moment in my life. Because I was struggling financially, we sat down and prioritized how to spend our transfers so that we could meet the family's immediate needs.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I had been struggling to raise school fees for my children due to the nature of the work I do for a living, making and selling charcoal. I was able to pay a portion of the fees as well as purchase some foodstuff. This positively impacted my life by relieving me of the financial stress that my family had been experiencing. My family is currently feeling better than before, so financial assistance has made the biggest difference in my life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Living in extreme poverty makes life difficult for me. Unfortunately, I did not even have a bed sheet when I got my transfer. As a result, I spent KES 600 on a new pair of bed sheets. I was also struggling to buy food for the family due to the inflated food prices. The transfer was critical in assisting us in acquiring food worth KES 1200, resulting in food that lasted us seven days. Finally, I spent KES 1,200 on school fees for my four primary school-aged children. I am glad the transfer supplemented my earnings from the charcoal business.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will help me in the education of my children. I have four children in school whom I struggle paying their school fees. For my first transfer of 3,000 KES, I wil split it into two. Half will go to paying school fees while the other half to buying food.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Since Covid 19 pandemic broke out, things have been very tough. What has made me happy in the last six months is that things are slowly getting back to normal. Before the virus there were opportunities for casual jobs from people from outside the community.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Working so hard for little income is very discouraging. My charcoal selling business is very involving and tiresome and by the end of the day, I get very little. I stick to this because I have no other option because the rains have been unreliable. I have one acre of land that I planted last month but the rains have stopped. I am on the verge of loosing again for the fifth season. The drought has been very persistent.