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Kenga
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Casual labor
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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I set aside a portion of my two-acre land for cassava cultivation, which I sell to pay for my children's school fees and other household necessities. When there is a pressing need, I normally conduct a one-time sale of ten sacks of cassava worth approximately KES 10,000 to meet the immediate needs, like my daughter’s school fees.  My priority is to support her education, and I would never want her studies to be disrupted due to unresolved balances. In fact, when I received the transfer, she had just joined high school and was required to pay KES 10,500.  I chose to spend the entire transfer amount to pay for her school fees as I sourced for means to settle the rest. 
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I work as a watchman guarding a nearby primary school. For the last two months, they did not pay me my salary because the children were on a half-term break. The lack of income made me struggle a lot in providing for essential needs (buying food, medication, and clothes) for my family. My wife could not help with the expenses because she does not have a job. When I received my transfer, I spent a large portion of it on buying food (12 2 kg packets of maize flour, 2kgs of beans, 500 grams of tea leaves, and washing detergents) for the family worth KES 2000. As a family, we adopted to reduce the number of meals from 3 to 2 per day. Besides reducing the number of meals, we bought food on credit to prevent us from sleeping on empty stomachs.Besides buying food for the family, I spent KES 1000 on building structures to house the chickens. I plan on starting a poultry project that will be an alternative source of income because I am facing challenges with my current job.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a crop farmer who has heavily depended mostly on the farm for my survival. Since the commencement of the drought, I have been jobless, as the farms are no longer productive. It is for this reason that I ventured into poultry farming. I have spent my previous transfers in building a chicken shelter. When I received my fifth transfer, I spent KSH 1200 in buying some poles to complete building the shelter. Since I am jobless, I cannot buy food for my family and I have since in the beginning depended on the transfers to buy food for my family. I spent the remaining amount of KSH 1800 to buy food to avoid starvation.
 
3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a farmer who deals with cassava and its been a challenging to support my family. The first transfer came and I spent on school fees and food.The second transfer came when we had nothing and I bought a bale of maize flour for kes 1200 and bought building materials of kes 1800 for the chicken coop.My recent transfers was spent on ensuring my family enjoyed the Christmas period.I used all the cash to buy food for my 7 children.It was quite a memorable time because my children really enjoyed and made merry that particular time.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly does well buying giving us cash as a way of helping us. By giving us cash it has opened up our minds to think outside the box on how best to use this onetime life opportunity to better our lives. I commend give directly for that initiative.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have always wanted to start a chicken rearing project for myself. The main challenge that I have been facing ever since, are funds to start the project. When I received the transfer I spent it all in buying material that would build a chicken house for the chicken. Once the house is done I will be now invest the other money in buying the one day old chicks and some feeds so that I can rear them. Once they multiply in numbers I will sell them and earn money that will help me meet my needs. This project has been what I wanted to do for the longest time. With this project I will be self-employed and that will be the happiest thing in my life.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
child who is a form one student. I am happy now that he can learn without any inconvenience. I received the text message confirming that I had received the cash in the evening hours. I was out of words. I was very happy because I was really struggling at that time. I had no job and I did not know where the next meal for my family would come from. After receiving the funds I knelt and prayed to God thanking him for answering my prayers
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
There is a big difference in my life in that my life keeps on improving every day due to the funds. I cannot hide the fact that I now have a phone which I previously did not have. Generally, my life is on an upward spiral since the time I received the cash. I am really grateful for thank you so much.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the amount on buying food. I decided to buy food because that was my biggest need at that time. I spent KSH 400 on foodstuffs. In my area due to climate change, food has become very expensing and I cannot afford to provide three meals a day to my family. We eat in the morning and skip lunch and eat again in the evening. So due to this, I decided I should buy food for my family first before anything else. I also spent KSH 800 on paying school fees for my child who is a form one student. I am happy now that he can learn without any inconvenience.
 
Enrolled
access_time 1 year ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means self employment for me. I worked as a vegetable vendor in Mombasa from 2004 to 2018. I used to buy vegetables in our village and resell them in Mombasa at a reasonable profit. The income I was getting sustained my family of 5 children for all those years. In 2017, I started operating at a loss. There were no enough vegetables being produced in the village. I was not meeting the demand of my customers. The income started running low. I finally decided to quit the job in 2018. I went back to the village from Mombasa. Life started becoming tough. I could no longer fully meet the needs of my family because I had no constant income. We were only depending of farming. I could sell cassava to my neighbors and use the money to pay fees for my children. Early this year (2021), I decided to venture into local improved chicken production after seeing my neighbor succeed in this particular business. For sure this project can take me out of poverty. The only challenge I am facing about this project is lack of funds to buy the feeds. I am planning to use the funds I will be receiving to first construct a semi intensive Poultry house. I will then be buying the feeds for the poultry. After a period of 5 months, the birds will be ready for the market. The birds will be selling at a price of 1,000 KES per bird. The income I will earn from this project will play a very big role in changing my life. From this income, I will pay school fees for my children, sort all the needs of my family and expand the project. I will no longer be dependant on any employment.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon. I always do my work ( farming and selling cassava) in the morning. I sell my cassava in the morning up to mid morning at Kinarani centre. I am always done by afternoon. I am always happy at this point because I am confident that my children will have something to eat in the afternoon and evening.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Currently, the challenge I am facing is lack of money. Money is very vital in sorting all the necessary needs as they arise. This week, my 3 children were denied access to their school due to school fee arrears amounting to 3,000 KES. It is not because I do not earn any income, the income I get is very little. I currently involve myself in farming, mainly cassava production. Once I sell the cassava, I approximately earn 5,000 KES per month. With a family of 5 children, this amount is never sufficient.Most of it goes into buying food and essential bills such as medical bills.