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Kabibi's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Large Transfer
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($425 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was resting late in the evening after a day of activities, and I had given my phone to my helper. At that moment, she approached me and informed me that I had received an M-Pesa message. Upon checking the contents, I discovered that it was my first transfer from GiveDirectly. I felt happy and thanked God for the blessing. For years, I have longed to build a decent house for myself but could not achieve this dream due to lack of funds. This was now the opportunity for me to change my life by building a new iron-roofed house, and I couldn't wait to withdraw the money the next day.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Before GiveDirectly intervened, I couldn't afford a better shelter due to financial struggles. I was unable to save enough to buy the necessary building materials, so I had to continue living in my small, weak house with a leaky roof. Upgrading seemed impossible because I couldn't even afford to buy a single piece of iron sheet. As I didn't have any income, I relied heavily on subsistence farming and the meager earnings from my son's casual jobs. However, thanks to GiveDirectly's financial support, I was able to change everything in a very short time. With the first transfer, I finally managed to buy iron sheets and building poles, and built a spacious two-room house for my family. Now, even during heavy rain, we have a good place to stay. I also bought four goats, which I see as valuable assets to help with my financial needs, as I can sell them as they increase in number.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The first transfer was a lifeline for me and my family. It brought a huge transformation that I never imagined would happen in my life. For many years, I struggled with shelter because the house I lived in was a small, one-room house. It was not spacious, weak, and its roof was in disrepair due to the old iron sheets. I did not feel at peace living in this house, especially during heavy rains, which sometimes forced me to seek shelter elsewhere. I planned to build a new house and partly bought some building poles, but due to financial constraints, I could not progress with the construction. Consequently, I had to continue living in my old house with no hopes of upgrading to a better one. However, when I got enrolled in the program, my first priority was the house. I felt empowered and could now afford to buy the necessary building materials. So, I spent $430 on buying 25 iron sheets, building poles, timber, and nails, and built a spacious two-roomed house. I am now living in my new house without worries about rains. If it were not for the transfers, this goal would have taken years to achieve, and I am grateful to GiveDirectly for providing the financial assistance. I spent the remaining amount on buying four goats, which I also consider a good investment that I can rely on to generate some money. Since I do not have any source of income, I am breeding these goats to let them multiply and then sell them to meet my financial needs.
access_time 5 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
A house and new bedding! This is generally what I intend to have in my life once I receive this money. At the moment, we spend our nights together with my co-wife in one room, a life that has not given us maximum privacy. For this reason, I intend to have a separate room and I will, therefore, spend $400 of our transfers to add another room and to repair the walls of the current house. This will guarantee us a conducive and private life that I have missed for a long time. Also, I intend to change our bedding and hence, I will use $200 to buy 2 new beds and mattresses to replace the old ones. The remaining amount will help us to buy goats to act as our long-term investment project to help us in the future. Hence, achieving this will mean improved social status, a livelihood that I have admired for a long time.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Despite the unpredictable seasons that we have experienced in our area for a long time, it was so surprising to us to receive heavy rains at the end of last year. This was a major boost to us as farmers and we took advantage of the rains and till 3-acre piece of land. We harvested 3 bags of maize which I trust will sustain us for at least 4 months. Hence, the food security in our household at this period is what has brought me joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial constraints stand out as my biggest challenge because I have not been able to cater to my very basic needs like proper housing, food, and other household necessities. This has pushed me to a very tight livelihood and I find my life so tough. As a widow who lacks support from a reliable son, I majorly depend on subsistence farming, an activity that is dependent on the availability of rainfall. Since the seasons have been unpredictable, I have suffered food insecurity and my hope has been on the co-wife's sons who usually support her with food. What a hard life to worry about!