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Zainabu's family
Zainabu
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Forestry (e.g rubber tapping)
faceAge:
36
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($468 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
When I was first enrolled in GiveDirectly's program, my original plan was to use my transfer in buying materials for building a new house. Upon completing that goal, I came up with an additional goal of buying goats. Goats generally grow and reproduce faster thus from them, I shall raise a large heard which will not only serve as my asset, but will be in handy whenever I need some urgent money. From the heard of goats, I look forward to struggle less in raising school fees for my school going children.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well in enrolling us in its program of issuing indirect cash transfer. The whole process is always smooth and clear from the onset hence no deserving community is always left out of its program. According help to the most deserving community members has created a tangible impact in the villages GiveDirectly has worked. For instance, from my community, almost everybody has a new house courtesy of GD support.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my most recent transfer to buy additional building materials worth KES 7000 that I shall use to build a new and better house. I have been living in an old and small leaking house. I have actually been finding it hard even to prepare for my 3 children sleeping area during rainy seasons because whenever it rains, we always have to be awake. Sometimes my children's bedding become wet thus they experience a lot of discomfort. In addition, I bought a new bed at KES 6000 and a mattress at KES 3000. I shall therefore give out my previous bed and mattress to my children as away of improving their sleeping materials.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($500 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Being illiterate, I did not realize I had received the transfer until 7 pm when my helper arrived home from his daily work. He use to come to the house every evening to check my phone as well as train me on how to operate it. Also, he would inform me of any important message or calls received. I felt extremely happy for when he told me that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I had eagerly waited for the transfer to transform my life for the better.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am living a happy life and optimistic that my family will have a better shelter very soon once I complete the construction of my new house. Previously, I was struggling to support the needs of the family especially providing a decent shelter. My charcoal vending job earns me KES 200 per day which was not enough to feed them as well as catering for other needs. This forced me to stay in the poor condition house something that lowered my self-esteem since I was always receiving constant mocking from the neighbours.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My desire has been to construct a decent shelter for the family. This is because my house collapse 3 years ago and I was forced to move to the kitchen which was very small and leaks during the rains season. In addition, the smoke from the cooking point affecting my health since I was often receiving chest problem treatment. I spent KES 28,000 to purchase building materials including 22 iron sheets, 80 buildings poles, nails and timbers. I also set aside KES 6500 for payment of labor charges. I used spent KES 2000 to clear the fee arrears for my two children who are still in primary school. They had been sent home due to school fees balance the same day I withdraw the transfer. I invested the remaining amount goats rearing by purchasing one goat. Lastly, I bought enough food for the family.
 
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access_time over 1 year ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
For the past 3 years I have never had a house to call my own. This was after mine collapsed and I have never been able to build another. I don't have the capacity to as I depend on casual jobs such as burning charcoal, harvesting aloe Vera gel and sisal reeds. My spouse has been away for years due to some strange illness thus making me the sole bread winner. I am forced to find shelter in mother in law's house together with my 2 children. Receiving this money therefore means restoration of my dignity as I will be able to construct a new house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is the evening when I'm resting. I enjoy this time after a day of hard work as it gives me a chance to regain my energy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being the sole provider of my family, financial constraint is my biggest hardship. The odd jobs I do earn me less than 1000 shillings a month. This amount is supposed to cater for all our needs as well as support my sick husband. It is quite draining to take care of this family single handedly. I also suffer from fibroids and sometimes it limits me from undertaking heavy duties.