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Kanze's family
Subsistence farming
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 23 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The persistent drought in my region has made farming activities impossible to prosper, which has forced us to sustain our families by buying food rather than growing it. As a result, it is challenging to save the cash transfers to accomplish other goals like owning livestock. Although financial constraints are difficult to escape from, considering our growing family of nine, I hope to be able to save part of each future cash transfer to buy a goat or chickens. Am certain that keeping livestock will help me raise money for my children’s school fees. My goal is to support all seven of them throughout all education levels and to college. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The casual activities, like charcoal making and working on people’s farms, that my husband and I handle barely put daily meals on the table. Hence, Give Directly cash transfers have become a major source of income that provides for my family’s basic needs such as food and school fees for my seven children. From the latest three transfers, I channeled a total of $69 towards my children’s tuition, who regularly missed classes due to unpaid balances. Gladly, they have recently studied without being pulled out of class to collect fees. Also, to ensure that they never went to school hungry, I spent $25 to buy food, especially on days when our jobs bore nothing. Lastly, I spent the remaining $8 on four chickens. Given the unpredictability of my income, rearing these chickens will help meet my family’s needs on tough days as I could sell them to raise money. 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Two prior to receiving the transfers, unfortunately five of my children had been kicked out of school due to the fact that I had yet to settle their debts. Therefore I was very happy when I realized that the organization had finally sent out the transactions, because it meant I could finally sort out the fees. I ended up spending KES 1,500 paying for tuition for two of my children who are in high school and then for the other three remaining who are in primary school I paid KES 1,000. I was left with a balance of KES 500 which I decided to use and buy three packets of maize flour because we hardly had any food left in the house and had already gone to bed hungry a couple of times before.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Before the transfers were sent out, seven of my children had actually been kicked out of school since I had failed to settle the debt in school fees. Two of my children who were in high-school had been home two days while the rest had been home for three consecutive days. That is the reason why, as soon as I received the funds I immediately used KES 1,500 and used it to pay for school fees. The balance I was left with was KES 1,500 which I ended up using on nourishment by purchasing five packets of maize, a kilogram of sugar, tea leaves,bread and milk.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The funds have really played a huge role in my day to day life, for instance were it not for the money I have no idea how long it would taken for me to take my kids back to school. In the past they have stayed home for months just because I could not afford to pay for fees. Therefore I an very grateful for the opportunity and glad I get to provide for my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After I received the money I went ahead to pay school fees for eight of my children since I had a huge debt that I had not yet cleared and my kids had been kicked out of school two days before the money. I therefore took KES 1,200 and paid their tuition fee. I was left with KES 1,800 which I went ahead and used it in buying a sack of maize so as to cater for the nutrition of the family since there was barely any food and I was scared my kids would go hungry.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Just like a normal day where I go about doing my usual chores, was also the same scenario that day. Since I am unable to read, I had to wait for my son to come read the SMS received on my behalf. I was extremely happy when he told me it was an MPESA message and that my account had been credited with KSH 1200 from GiveDirectly. It was abit late, so I wasn't able to withdraw the funds that day hence I waited until the following day when I did the transaction.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I am now very much elated with the funds since atleast there is no sleeping hungry as food is readily available. Also my kid can now learn comfortably as I am able to pay up any school fees arrears present.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The GiveDirectly funds of KES 1200 came as a strong and uplifting gesture as I was able to add to food supplements in the house worth KSH 500 and a further KES 700 was rightfully spent in clearing some of the school fees arrears ensuring my kids stay in school not missing the lessons.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have a financial burden in paying school fees to my 6 children. Being in a polygamous family is not easy for my husband to give full support with the little money he makes from his casual jobs. Currently, the school requires me to pay around 7000KES which I don't know where to get the money from. This stresses me a lot most of the time, but thankfully GD has come to my rescue. I plan to spend the money wisely so that my children can still go to school as well as get something to eat in the evening. I know the transfers won't be enough to clear the fee arrears once and this is why I plan to talk to the headteacher to allow me to be paying on monthly basis.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happy that I am in good health amidst all the challenges I face with my family
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
With the current drought getting food has been challenging for me and my family. I used to depend fully on on-farm produce but this year, things have turned to be very bad. Living in this kind of situation forced me to resort to having a meal a day so we can be able to get food for another day. It is a little easy for me at home but I am worried about my children at school because I am sure they find it difficult to concentrate on an empty stomach at school mostly in the afternoon.