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Benson's family
Casual labor
Kenya Standard Remote
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
18010 KES
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Around 3:00 p.m., I received a message alert on my phone, and upon checking it, I discovered that it was a Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. It was a relief to read through it and see that the indicated amount was exactly what I expected. I was told that I would receive $180, and that is exactly what I saw when I first glanced. I had no reason to doubt the source, so I informed my spouse, who was equally pleased. We began planning what we needed to do with her and withdrew a portion of the money the next morning.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I had hoped to start investing in livestock, preferably goats, before receiving the first transfer, but I could not afford it with the proceeds from the hard-to-come-by casual labor. I am glad GiveDirectly came in, and the joy of seeing two goats on my compound has made the biggest difference in my daily life so far. I still hope to add two more in the future and to build a fence around the compound to keep them in when there is plenty of food.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
For a long time, I relied on casual labor to feed my family, but in recent years, they have become scarce, and we have gone days without food after exhausting all options, including obtaining goods from nearby shops on credit. I was relieved when I received the first transfer, which I saw as a new beginning for my family of three. I first spent $24 on dry maize grains, which we consumed for at least three weeks before running out.I also needed a long-term project, and with our homestead surrounded by vast open grazing fields and bushes, I decided to invest $118 in two goats that I hope to breed and multiply for future sale. Because goats feed on both grass and shrubs, it is the simplest economic activity that thrives in all seasons. I have a better future with them on my farm because I can always sell one to meet any financial obligation in my family. I also spent $16 on a piece of furniture that was missing in my home, and the remainder was spent on new pairs of clothes for my child, my spouse, and myself. I am thankful for the support and look forward to experiencing even more transformation when I receive the second transfer.
access_time 4 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
My sister, Winny, is currently in grade 8 and she will be sitting for her KCPE examination in a week. Hopefully, she will be joining grade 9 in January 2023. Paying her school fees has been a challenge since I have not had any savings yet and we have to live from hand to mouth. It is a sigh of relief now, for I intend to clear her grade 9 fee as well as purchase her admission requirements using the transfers. In addition, I plan on fencing the land that I inherited from my deceased mother. On this land, I will cultivate drought resistant crops such as ground nuts and sorghum for food and income generation for my family of 3.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Although we live from hand to mouth, I am grateful that my family of 3 has never lacked food to eat. I usually attend casual jobs such as charcoal burning and land cultivation to earn $2 daily. Even though these jobs are unpredictable, I am glad that a week cannot pass without being engaged 3-4 times. What worries me most is when they have not eaten since I took the parental role on them and they look up to me for provision.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
When my mother passed on in 2016, I took over her responsibilities of raising my 2 siblings. My father remarried and he then abdicated his father's duties to us. Therefore to make ends meet, I attend casual jobs like charcoal burning and land cultivation to earn $2 daily. All of this only caters for the food for the household and I have nothing to pay for school fees for my siblings. It pains me to see my family's anguish in poverty as tomorrow is almost uncalled for we live from hand to mouth.