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Aisha's family
Kenya Basic Income
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
access_time 27 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I used to run a small vegetable selling business in the village last year, but I had to close it when I became expectant and needed to move to town for better healthcare. Unfortunately, shortly after their birth, my twins did not make it. The loss has made it hard for me to return to the village promptly, but I plan to go back to revive the vegetable business in the coming months. The profits from this venture will not only enable me to contribute actively to our needs and support my husband but also save up for enrollment in an Early Childhood Development course. Ever since I completed high school in 2022, I've harbored a dream of becoming a teacher. I aspire to have a stable teaching job to provide for our growing family in the future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Towards the end of last year, I moved from the village to live with my husband in town, as I was expecting and my due date was approaching. This would ensure easy access to health facilities during delivery. Earlier this year, I gave birth to twins, but unfortunately, one of them passed away immediately. Despite efforts to save the other baby, complications arose, and we had to undergo medical procedures at the hospital, costing us $34. Sadly, both babies didn't make it. Since then, I haven't been able to return to the village. My husband and I now reside in a rental space in town. However, as he is a student with no stable income, I recently used $35 to cover our monthly rent. Additionally, I saved $10, with the hope of restarting a vegetable selling business once I return to the village. The remaining funds were used for food. The cash transfers have been a relief during this difficult time, helping to ease some of the burdens, especially after suffering such a loss, while still supporting my husband.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My primary goal is to enroll myself in the Early Childhood Development Course A certificate program. I recognize the significance of gaining relevant experience and enhancing my skills, not only to become a better individual in society but also to contribute meaningfully to the community. This educational pursuit aligns with my aspirations to support my spouse and lays the foundation for our future family. I believe that by investing in my education, I can not only secure a more promising position in the professional realm but also create a nurturing environment for the family we aspire to build. It's a step toward personal growth and a commitment to fostering a supportive and knowledgeable foundation for the journey ahead.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Using a portion of my recent unconditional cash transfer, I breathed a sigh of relief as I settled my overdue house rent in town for $25. The looming deadline had been a source of stress, and with each passing day, my confusion about where to find the necessary funds intensified. The unconditional cash transfer came at just the right moment, providing the financial cushion I desperately needed. Clearing the rent lifted a significant weight off my shoulders, allowing me to focus on other pressing matters. With the remaining amount, I decided to address another pressing concern: food security. Being jobless at the moment and my husband still in school, though doing odd jobs when they came his way, meant our financial situation was tight. Buying food became a challenge, and I found solace in being able to use part of the cash transfer to ensure that my spouse and I had enough to eat. It's a humble start for our family, and I can't express enough gratitude to the organizations that made this possible. Their support has truly made a significant difference in our lives during this challenging period.
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My goal this year is to grow this business. I started as a grocery stall owner but even when I realised it wasn't the best time to sell groceries I was able to use my transfers and the profits from the grocery business to transition. Selling General, day to day use items is a lucrative business so you will definitely not run out of business and items to sell. I want to add more things to the business from my transfers.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I was newly married at the time I was receiving my transfer in May and I really wanted to contribute some sort of income to the family as my husband is still in college. I took out $17 from my transfers and spent on starting a grocery stall which did really well, In May I spent $10 to add to that business which had a good turnover. However since the rains had began and the locals were getting a fresh supply of groceries in June I used $34 to transition into a general stall business where I sell day to day items such as sugar, tealeaves, rice, flour etc. I also got myself a couple new clothes in April at $7 and some food for $10. In June it was planting time and I used $14 to prepare the land for planting and I used $10 to get food,
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the next year, I hope to enroll in a diploma course in water management. I have been aiming to acquire skills that help me earn a living since life is challenging for those who do not have formal employment. The skills will enable me to secure a job hence supporting my family will be lighter for my father unlike in the previous years. Therefore, as I continue to receive my transfers, I shall use part of my transfer to help me build my savings for school fees. As a result, my education will no longer be burdensome to my father.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Owing to the current famine situation in our area, GiveDirectly does well in giving financial support to the neediest people. Consequently, those who receive the transfer can prioritize their needs such as meeting nutritional and educational needs. Transfers have brought a positive change in our lives. It also does well in informing the recipients about the transfer and how to enhance cash safety. Lastly, it does well in doing follow-ups to know how the transfers are helpful to recipients. I have not yet observed an area in that GiveDirectly should improve in.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am the last born in a family of seven children. For the past 10 years, I have been living with my demise of mother. Immediately I received my recent transfer, I spent a port of my transfer, $14 on food since we have an acute shortage of food. Since my father is jobless, my siblings and I always step in in supporting to buy food. while the remaining $20 I saved with a plan to start up a vegetable selling business. I have thought of starting up a business because I believe that it will help me raise money on daily basis that will go a long way in supporting our family.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1480 KES ($12 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Last year December 22, I graduated from high school. My six brothers worked extremely hard to make sure I succeeded and finished school. I made the decision to go see my aunt in Kwale after school. While I was there, I received a message from GiveDirectly that really made me happy. I could not believe my eyes and decided to call my cousin to confirm if the Mpesa message I had received was correct. He confirmed and I was overjoyed to be selected as one of GiveDirectly's monthly transfer recipient. My initial aim was to have my own kiosk where I could save money to be able to go to college, because of the current financial difficulties my parents are facing that is currently limiting me from being in school.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My big brother has been my mentor and my provider. He also has a family of his own whom he really takes care of. Sometimes he may not have enough to give me so I am left to go hungry for days.The moment I started receiving my transfers at least I do not lack food like I used too and I believe I would not sleep hungry in the coming days. Thank you so much GiveDirectly for everything, I am forever grateful for all you have done for me.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I currently want to save enough to be able to join college and go study water supply. My community people are really going through a lot because of the prolonged drought and lack of enough water. The moment I received my transfers, I spent $10 on saving for my upcoming project of starting my own kiosk and the remaining amount of $4 I was able to go buy soap, oil and sugar so that it can sustain myself for that period of time.
access_time almost 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means good education for me. I am in my final year in high school with the hope of joining University next year. Having struggled all through my high school life in terms of fee payment, I would want to invest in something that will guarantee a continuous income to sustain my higher learning. My parents who are responsible to pay my school fees have late been struggling. They cannot raise the required amount because they earn very little. Charcoal burning approximately earns them 4,000 KES per month. With other needs such as food and health care to be sorted, they only clear a tiny percentage, leaving the tuition fees to continue pilling. Currently, 15,000 KES needs to be cleared. I intend to use the transfers of the first four months to settle the arrears. Thereafter, I will purchase 10 goats at a total cost of 20,000 KES. By the time I will be ready to join University, the livestock will have multiplied and I will smoothly raise the admission fees.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Joining the final class of high school in January this year was my happiest moment. I am really delighted because my dream of becoming a nurse is drawing closer.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of school fees is the current challenge I am facing. I currently have fee arrears totaling 15,000 KES. My parents have failed to clear the balance because the money they make from charcoal burning is not sufficient. The 4,000 KES they get in a month mainly sorts food and health requirements.