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kenya
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House construction
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Kenya Basic Income
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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 26 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have set everything else aside to focus on saving enough money to recover my lost certificates. Although I am trained in Early Childhood Education, I cannot get a job without these documents, which is incredibly frustrating. Every month, I save part of my transfer to accumulate the necessary funds to process my certificate to enable me process my Teachers Service Commission number. The lack of these documents has caused me significant frustration, and I am determined to resolve this so I can work as a trained teacher. Initially, I considered starting a business, but due to the pressing need to secure a job, I decided to focus all my efforts on retrieving my certificate.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am trained in Early Childhood Education, but unfortunately, I lost my documents, which means I am not allowed to teach without tangible proof of my qualifications. As a result, I have been saving part of my transfer towards acquiring these lost documents. This month, I spent $55 from my most recent transfer towards this effort. Occasionally, I get jobs to teach, but once the head teacher realizes that I lack the necessary documents, I am dismissed and asked to return with the certificates. This is why I am striving so hard to retrieve them. Additionally, I have a child who will be starting school soon, so I need to save up to support him. I also spent $22 to buy five chickens. In our area, we experience prolonged droughts, making poultry rearing the best option since chickens consume less water, and their feed is relatively inexpensive. I also bought chicken feed for $8.50. Investing in poultry is practical because the market is readily available, and I can sell them if I face any financial difficulties. Finally, I used the remaining $16.50 to buy personal items like soap and body oil for personal use,
 
18th 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?
Looking ahead, my goal is to start a vegetable business to supplement our income, given its profitability in our area. I also aim to obtain the necessary qualifications to resume teaching, restoring our previous stability. I will be using my upcoming transfers to achieve these goals. The profits from my business, along with my teaching salary and savings, will go towards securing my son's education, providing us with peace of mind. I am genuinely happy and grateful for this opportunity to change our lives for the better.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband and I worked as primary school teachers, but unfortunately, I had to stop because I lacked the required credentials and papers to continue teaching. Life was challenging, especially during a severe drought worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. This left many relying on charcoal sales and livestock, making it tough to earn a living. GiveDirectly's timely assistance became a lifeline for our family of three, providing support during those difficult times. Thanks to the assistance, we managed to sustain ourselves, and now, with ample food from good rains last year, we have even invested in livestock and poultry. During the December festivities, I allocated $34 to purchase clothes and shoes for my son and myself, while setting aside $20 for his future education. Additionally, I invested $14 in acquiring three chickens and a $34 goat, which I plan to raise and eventually sell for profit. This assistance has brought about a positive change in my life, and I'm truly grateful for it.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My primary focus is on expanding my livestock farming operation through the transfers, which will not only increase my income but also allow me to save for my child's future. Additionally, I plan to save a portion of the profits from my livestock endeavors. With this savings, I intend to open a grocery shop in my village. The lack of access to groceries has been an issue for the community, and I see an opportunity to address this need while also creating a sustainable source of income for my family. This way, I hope to make a positive impact on the village's accessibility to essential goods.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Life before the GiveDirectly transfers was a constant struggle. My husband and I are both teachers, but our income has been inconsistent and often delayed. It has been frustrating to wait for our salaries or receive them in small payments. The financial instability made it difficult to plan for our family's needs. My child's illness added to our financial burdens, I'm happy that with $39 from the transfers I was able to cover his medical expenses. With the remaining funds, I purchased livestock worth $40, which I'm currently rearing as a source of income for my family. This investment has brought us financial stability and I had to quit my previous job. I also bought food and essential household items worth $23, something that was often a challenge in our household. GiveDirectly has truly made a positive impact on our lives, enabling us to address our basic needs and work toward a more secure future.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 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 family is not financially stable and owing to the fact that I have a child whose father is never supportive, I would want to carry on with my chicken-rearing project and be one of the prominent farmers in the area with the main goal of having enough money to educate my child who had not yet started school so that I do not struggle with his education.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Since we live in an area that is often affected by drought, getting food for the family and livestock feeds i.e goat, sheep and cow had always been a major challenge since everything dries up, and with that situation, I decided to venture into chicken rearing because getting their feeds had never been difficult. The transfers had been of great help in starting up the project and with the most recent one, I bought two chicks worth $10 and spent the remaining $24.7 on food for my family, and ever since GiveDirectly started giving us the support, my family had been getting something to feed on and I am forever grateful.
 
5th 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?
When I had my son a year ago, I took a break from my teaching job. I have been unable to resume work since I have no one to babysit him when I am away. So I have been relying on my father, a house construction worker, for my needs and those of my child. Gladly, the cash transfers from Give Directly gave me a chance to support the needs of my family as well as start an investment in poultry keeping that could provide me financial security in the future. I used most of the recent three cash transfers,$69, on food on the water, since they are the major challenges in my household. Am grateful that this ensured that the household had enough food and water to last until my father’s pay dates. Also, I spent $12 to acquire four chickens to kickstart my quest for poultry rearing as an investment. Lastly, I used $17 from the most recent cash transfer to buy Christmas clothes for my son and me, as it is our norm. 
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 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 GiveDirectly operations were just seamless and without any form of blemish. The officers were very kind and understanding. They made sure that we understood everything that they were passing across and were sure not to be in a hurry. I did not find anything with them that I thought should have been changed whatsover. Everything was good from the beginning to the end.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am personally very grateful to Givedirectly fir the support that they have given us. The money has been very helpful especially during this time when the drought situation has really worsened fir us. Everything has come to a standstill and it has made it quite difficult even to do farming in our land. When I received my most recent transfer, I used the entire amount to buy food and water for my family. I have been relying on casual work to earn a living in my family and even getting such casual jobs have proven to be quite hard nowadays. GiveDirectly has been such a relief to us and we cannot thank them enough.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was in the kitchen preparing food at around 9 p.m. when my mobile phone beeped with a message alert. After checking its contents, I confirmed to have received my first transfer from Give Directly. I felt a wave of relief and excitement rush over me. This cash would help lessen the hunger that had been experienced in my household for the previous weeks.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since the drought kicked in over three years ago, my household has been experiencing severe cases; sometimes sleeping hungry consecutively because of a lack of money for food. In fact, since the month started, up until the day I received the cash transfer, my family had run out of food four times. This prompted me to use the entire transfer amount on food. I am glad because we have never gone to bed hungry or skipped a meal since then.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I took a leave from my teaching job one year ago when I had my son. Since I have no one to look after him while am away, I have been unable to resume work to date. This made me rely on my father, a construction worker, for provision because I lack a source of income. I am grateful to Give Directly because the cash transfer allowed me to support the family's needs. I purchased food using the entire amount to boost the existing maize flour stock. Gladly, my household enjoyed regular meals for at least one week, something that did not usually happen before.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I used to run a business of chicken rearing. Due to lack of money I could not afford to protect them from disease outbreak through vaccination which required each chick to be immune boosted in every two weeks for two months. Though the business failed, it has been my desire to roll it back and receiving this cash will help me in doing so. I will save 2000KES every month for five months so that I buy 90kgs chicken feed and 20 chicken for a start up. The subsequent transfers will support me in increasing the number as well as for vaccination. I love the job for it is not energy draining and it can bring double profit within a short period of three months.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I spent the entire month of January in hospital bed nursing my sick child. I gave up when the medical tests showed no disease yet my baby was almost dying. It was by miracle that I was referred to a herbalist who attended to my baby and the joy I felt when his health was restored cannot be compared to anything.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am married to a permanently employed teacher. Every one knows I am enjoying life especially at the thought of having limited responsibility of rearing one child. However, this is not the case. My husband took loan to construct a business premise. The building stalled after the cash exhausted before its completion. Because his salary remained next to nothing after deducting the monthly loan installments, we expected to live by the rent money collected once the construction was done but it is evident,we miscalculated. I currently lack money for my upkeep, food is a challenge and I am forced to meet my husband after every three months for his working station is far and he is not able to frequently visit home.