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Kenya Basic Income
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I've been living with my children in an old, dilapidated house, and my top priority is finishing our new home. Each month, I'm saving a portion of our transfers, hoping to make this dream a reality. Having a secure place of our own will mean a lot to me. I'm content and at peace with the progress I've made so far.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Life has presented numerous challenges for my family and me. My livelihood depends on the strenuous work of selling charcoal, which offers only meager compensation, hardly enough to make ends meet. Prior to the intervention of Give Directly, our circumstances were dire; we struggled to afford basic necessities like food and education for our children. I am elated to report that, thanks to the financial support we received through their transfers, all my children have been able to return to school. Additionally, I am currently in the process of constructing a new home, as the one we currently reside in is in a state of disrepair. To further this effort, I allocated $68 towards the purchase of iron roofing sheets to expedite the completion of the construction project. The remaining $34 was put to good use by contributing to the school fees for my children.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
access_time 7 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
By the end of this year, my objective is to gather all the necessary building materials for constructing my new house. The monthly stipends will play a significant role in enabling me to achieve this goal. The assurance of a spacious and sturdy house will bring peace of mind, eliminating concerns about homelessness. Consequently, I will be able to concentrate on earning a livelihood and providing a good upbringing for my children. Additionally, apart from house construction, I aspire to invest in livestock as a means of accumulating wealth for the future. This will ensure that I can continue paying for my children's education expenses even after the program concludes.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As the sole breadwinner in my family of seven, I support us through farming during the rainy seasons. When it's dry, I take up odd jobs, like harvesting stones at the quarry. In the past, raising my six children posed challenges due to insufficient funds for their needs, such as school fees and food. However, since enrolling in the program, our situation has greatly improved. My children are no longer frequently sent home for unpaid fees, and we now have two meals a day, a significant improvement from sleeping on empty stomachs. With the May transfers I received, I allocated $16 to purchase food to feed my family. This is crucial, especially since we're currently in the early stages of planting and not engaged in other cash-paying jobs on the farm. Additionally, I spent $8 to buy one piece of iron sheet. My one-room house is in a dilapidated state, and I worry it won't hold up much longer. The iron sheets will enable me to construct a new and sturdy house for my family. Lastly, I invested $10 in buying a young goat. My primary objective is to raise and breed the goat, ensuring its population multiplies. This way, in case of future emergencies, I'll have a fallback plan and a potential source of income.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I hope to start and finish building our house where together with my seven children we can stay in comfortably. The construction will begin once I have saved enough for the labor costs and bought all the materials, and hopefully, it will be completed within the next couple of months.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a single mother of seven children, two of whom are in college. I separated from my husband long ago and the responsibility of looking after my kids and providing for all our basic needs lies with me which has not been an easy task. I work as a casual laborer burning and selling charcoal. I have been using my transfers to pay for my children’s school fees and to buy materials to build us a house that can accommodate my family.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly was so effective in its work that it lifted many people out of poverty. Even though I am only two months into the program, I am already feeling the effects of the free cash assistance and am optimistic that a lot will change for the better before the project ends. So far, everything has gone well, and I am grateful for the help that has been provided to me as a single mother.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I separated from my husband five years ago and have been responsible for raising my children, including paying their school fees, clothing them, and providing daily food. This has not been easy, but I am grateful for the assistance provided by GiveDirectly.  I spent $9 after receiving the second $30 transfer to buy a piece of iron sheet that I used to repair my current house. The small holes that allowed water to enter during the rainy season are no longer a factor. I also helped my daughter get home from school, who needed $10 for transportation. I spent $5 of the remaining funds on groceries for my current family of five. This supplemented the meager earnings from the charcoal business I have been running in the village. In addition, I spent the last $6 on school fee arrears and examination fees for my four primary school children. I am relieved that they are doing well in school and are not being sent home as frequently.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
After having a long day from my households chores coupled with stress after failing to find school fees arrears for my child who had been sent home, I decided to have a break and rest in my siting area. So as it may, I heard my phone vibrate. I quickly reached out to it and realize that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly cash transfer program. As happy as I was, I could not withdraw the cash immediately since it was running late. However, I decided to withdraw the cash the following day and made sure that my child's school fees was sorted immediately. Thank you so much GiveDirectly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My biggest difference in my daily life is seeing to it that my children's school fees is catered for. Were it not for GiveDirectly financial intervention, I would have been totally overwhelmed. Infact I do not know how many days it could have taken me to burn and even sell charcoal so as to get money.Thank you GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Earlier, I had some poultry which I was forced to sell out when my children were sent home due to school fees arrears and I did not have any cash at hand then. Therefore when I received my recent transfer, I opted to buy some chicken at the cost of KES 600 as my fall back plan. Additionally, I did clear up school fees for my son whose school fees was over due. Besides, I sent my son KES 500 for his secondary school upkeep.I am happy that GiveDirectly did come through for us financially hence helping me sort out these expenses. Being the sole bread winner whose main economic activity is charcoal burning, meeting all those expenses would have been difficult. Thank you GiveDirectly.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
The house I have been staying in for 2 years is unpleasant. The roof is decaying and leaks during rains. The wooden pillars are decomposing leaving the house so weak. Such a state is very unhealthy and risky for my family. Receiving this money will enable me to build a new house for safety. I intend to construct a house that will stand against any forces of nature such as windstorms. A house that will be healthy to live in. The construction will approximately cost 40,000 KES. With a good house, my 4 children will be very safe and secure against any harm.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The rains we received recently facilitated the growth of grasses which are feeds for my 3 goats. I was very happy because the drought had started threatening my goat-keeping enterprise.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am a mother of 7 children and all are in school. Putting into consideration all other parental obligations, raising school fees for them is a nightmare. Charcoal burning is my occupation and I make a trifling 1,500 KES a month. This amount only buys us food leaving all the other needs unattended. This has led to the tuition fees accumulating. As of now, I am required to pay 18,000 KES for them.