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Tsozi
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kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labor
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UBI
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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I do not have a house of my own. My previous house collapsed because of the weak polls. I live in my eldest son’s house as I wait to save enough money to build a new a use. From the transfer, I saved KES 1500. I plan on using the money to buy building poles, sand stones and pay off the mason who will build the house. Besides saving some money, I bought food: three packets of 2kg maize flour at KES 750, 2 packets of spaghetti at KES 140 and 3kg of beans at KES 360. I earn a living by farming. The lack of rain is a challenge because I no longer harvest nor sell any produce from the farm. This means I have nothing to eat and no source of income to depend on.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am an old widow. My age is an impediment to my working and taking care of myself. I fully depend on my son, who works as a casual laborer, building houses in town to take care of my needs. Three years ago I used to engage in small-scale farming on small land behind my house. From the land, I harvested maize and vegetables, which I consumed as food. When the drought began, I could no longer practice farming and relied on my son to send me money for upkeep. He earns very little because his job does not work daily. When he cannot get money, I am affected too because I sleep hungry and sometimes incur debts by buying food on credit. Therefore, when I received my transfer, I spent KES 1000 on buying food so that I would not sleep hungry. In addition, I saved the remaining amount of KES 2000 so that I can build a new house. My current house is in a dilapidated condition and soon it may collapse and be homeless. 
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Due to lack of money, we are used to going three days every month without food and sometimes surviving through the day with one meal. Whenever I receive funds, the priority is to put food on the table, which is what I mostly spent my recent transfers on; that is, 2000 KES. Also, I saved 3,100 KES to acquire building poles to facilitate the construction of a better house than the shed I currently shelter under. Lastly, I bought three hens worth 900 KES to rear and add to my income sources.
 
3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Having had some trial times in acquiring food, I received a shinning star in form of a 3rd transfer from GiveDirectly totalling to KES 3000. I split the amount in two which I spent KES 1000 for food supplements saving the rest KES 2000 for building a better house to provide comfortable shelter for my family and I.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I am so glad for getting introduced to GiveDirectly because I had no hopes of even reconstructing my house but these funds have given me hope because finally I will manage to finish my house through my savings and I could not have been happier.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After I received the money I went ahead and bought maize flour worth KES 1,000 because at the time I had run out of food in my house since this year I barely had any harvest because there was no rain so the crops died. As for the rest of the money I decide to put away the KES 2,000 because I wanted to save so that I can renovate my house since almost eight months ago my house collapsed on one side which I had not had the time yet to fix because I had no money.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the message when I was in the farm taking care of the livestock and after seeing the message I was ecstatic because we would at least have something to eat, and not only that day but also our meals for a while would be taken care of, because the previous night my four sons and I had actually gone to bed on an empty stomach.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I have been a single mother since my children were toddlers because their father passed away, and for the most part of their childhood we suffered extremely especially financially to the point where my sons could not continue to study anymore because of lack of funds. This program has really helped us because sleeping hungry to us was almost normal but with the transactions I receive I manage to acquire meal for us because apart from I sustain my family by walking for long distances and selling firewood and my sons chip in when they can because they are palm wine tappers but for most days the pay is not sustainable.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After receiving the money my first thought was nutrition for me and my family, so I sent my son to the store to get us a sack of maize flour which contained twelve packets of the flour which sold for KES 1000 and this would last my family quite sometime before we thought about when our next meal would be. The remainder of the money I bought a hen that I planned on rearing and then maybe later on get some more poultry, so it cost me KES 200.
 
Enrolled
access_time 1 year ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Termites invade my makuti roofed house compelling me to make renovations during any rainy season. I intend to make a saving of 2000 KES for every transfer for the reconstruction of my house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My day starts with going to the farm, fetch water then I come back to cook for my children. I normally feel happy and relaxed in the afternoon when I catch asleep.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of money is my greatest challenge. One side of my house is fallen. My two elder sons are unemployed, one relies on palm oil taping and the other is a shepherd. Among all my four children the most learned reached class 6, and the lastborn has never gone to school. My husband passed on when we had just gotten our last born. I have been struggling to feed and educate my children. An income of 200KES from the sale of firewood is what has kept us going.