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Kenga
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Casual labor
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Kenya Basic Income
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18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 7 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am looking to invest in my children's education to shape their future through tuition payments. Currently, three of my children are at various levels of education - two in high school and one in university. I do not have a steady source of income that could ensure I pay for their education without financial strain. I live in the village and rely on subsistence farming for household consumption during the rainy season. My only goal is to support my children's education through the monthly transfers and ensure that their educational aspirations are fulfilled.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have three children studying at different levels of education, and with the help of transfers, it has become easier for me to pay their fees. One of my children is studying at the university, while the other two are in high school. As a subsistence farmer, I cannot afford to pay for my children's education without any assistance. The transfers have made it possible for my children to continue their studies without any disruptions. Despite my poor financial status, I am happy that my children are in school, and I remain committed to supporting their educational aspirations. I used $100 of the recent transfers to pay for their fees and the rest to buy household items and food. My hope is that my children's education will transform their future and, consequently, our household.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 5 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 for the coming years is to repair the roof of my house. Currently, the roof is made of grass thatches that have deteriorated over time, allowing water to leak in when it rains. With the forecasted heavy rains expected in the next few months, I'm concerned that the roof will not hold up, and the entire house could be damaged. To address this, I plan to use some of the funds from the next transfers to purchase the necessary roofing materials, such as iron sheets, which are stronger and more resistant to rain.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Recently, I developed a persistent cough and breathing difficulties, which the doctors later diagnosed as anemia. Fortunately, the cash transfers arrived just in time, and I used $32 to cover my medical expenses, including transportation to and from the hospital. I am grateful that I was able to access the necessary medical care, and my health is steadily improving thanks to the medication. There was also an instance when my son, who is in form one, missed classes for a week due to unpaid tuition fees. When I received the cash transfer for that month, I promptly used $25 to pay his tuition, and he was able to return to school. Thankfully, he has not faced any further interruptions in his education. I used $20 to pay the school fees for two of my other children in primary school, ensuring they could continue their studies without disruptions caused by tuition debts. The remaining $23 was allocated to purchasing food, which was crucial because we received the funds during a period when our food supply was running low. Although there were days when we struggled with meals, the food I bought helped alleviate hunger in my household until we recently harvested our crops. Given that I have no source of income and three children in school, I am immensely grateful for the cash transfers. They have significantly eased the hardships in my household, particularly in terms of providing food and covering school fees.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 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?
In the coming years, I aim to repair the roof of my house. Currently, the house has a grass-thatched roof that has decayed over time, resulting in water leakage whenever it rains. I aim to replace it with a tin roof to ensure a safer and more comfortable living space for my family. The house consists of two rooms, so completing this project would require approximately 50 pieces of iron sheets. Due to my chest complications, I am unable to work and raise funds for the roof repair project. Therefore, I hope that the continued cash transfers will enable me to implement this plan and provide a secure shelter for my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Previously, I used to make charcoal to raise funds for my two children’s school fees. Unfortunately, the strenuous nature of the activity caused me to develop chest complications, leading to a break from that practice. The cash transfers have been crucial in financing the education of my children, providing much-needed relief. I used $20 from the recent cash transfer to help reduce my son Kadenge's debt at his high school, which had accumulated over the previous academic term. Similarly, my other son, who is in grade eight, also had a debt for the ongoing term, and I allocated $12 to help clear that debt. These balances had been causing them to be constantly sent home until I could gather the funds. I am relieved that they have not missed any classes since then, and they can now study without interruptions. The remaining $2 was used to purchase food for the household.
 
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?
I have always wished to replace my house’s grass-thatched roof with an iron sheet roof but financial constraints and lack of sufficient funds have hindered me. The grass-thatched roof has spoilt over the last six years, mainly from infestation by insects. When it rains, water leaks through the roof, which dampens our sleeping spaces. To successfully install the tin roof, I estimated the cost to be around $300. However, the biggest challenge is that am not sure how I will raise this amount, given my existing financial obligations; am stuck! 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
To provide for my family and support the education of my three children (one in college, one in secondary school, and the other in primary school),  I handle casual tasks like working on people's farms to raise money. However, it is very stressful to cover all the needs from the scant earnings I make. Am eternally grateful for the cash transfers as they help lift a significant amount of strain off my shoulders. From each of the three recent transfers, I gave my son in college $10 as pocket money, paid $10 in school fees for my high school child, and used the remaining $14 on food.  
 
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?
The enrollment was perfectly done without any discrimination. This is what GiveDirectly has done well. I do not find anything that GiveDirectly did not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent $15 on paying school fees for my two children in school. They are now studying well without being sent home to collect the school fees. I wish to see a better performance since they have not missed most of the lessons. I spent $10 on food and other basic household items for my family. The rest of the money I spent on paying for some drugs since I was not feeling well. I am grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has changed our living standard.
 
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?
The funds came in when I was busy in my farm. The minute I realised its arrivals I felt as though a huge burden had been lifted off my shoulders and this is due to the fact that my son was failing to attend class therefore the arrival of the money meant he could go back to school.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My son being able to continue to pursue his education meant the most to me and this is because I am hoping that getting an education will give him a better chance of the tasks, challenges and opportunities that come in life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My boy has been home for three days without attending class when I finally received the donation. He was my immediate priority so I decided to pay KES 500 so that he would resume school. Afterwards I was left with a balance of KES 700 which I opted to sought out the hunger predicament we were facing So I bought two and a half kilograms of maize flour.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I had been longing for rains since I am a farmer keeping both livestock and cultivating maize. However my joy was short lived for no sooner had it started raining than the roof of my house collapsed. The grass-thatched roof was infested with termites and almost all the grass was converted into soil. I had no cash to renovate it since I rely on keeping goats as my only source of income. It is with a joyful heart that the GiveDirectly cash will help in bringing the house back to shape and grant my sleep back. I plan to spend 15 000KES which will be obtained through sparing 1500KES every month for ten months. The rest of the cash will be utilised in providing food for the family as well as paying school fees.
What is the happiest part of your day?
It has taken more than one and a half an year without rainfall. Animals were dying due to lack of pasture and we have been suffering a lot as one had to move 3km a day to get water for domestic use. I felt so happy when the heavens clothed with dark clouds followed by heavy downpour which made grass sprout and at least gather water in the village basin. I can now enjoy taking bath as many times as I wish.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Owing to the inadequate rainfall experienced for a long time, we have not gathered enough harvest for the last two years as compared to the previous years when we had plenty of food. Much of the cash obtained from casual labour is spent in fending the family leaving no coin for school fees. I was forced to sell most of the livestock to pay school fees for my three children. The elder son had to drop out of college early this year for failing to remit the tuition arrears. I had reached out to the local government to help in vain. I am now frustrated wondering what to do for my children to get educated as others.