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Jumwa's family
Kenya Basic Income
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I plan to continue buying goats. I already have three goats from previous cash transfers. Accumulating wealth through goat keeping will ensure that my six children's school fees are covered even after the cash transfers have ended. Additionally, even in my absence, my wish is to have built enough wealth for my children to help them with their future needs, especially their school fees. Whenever I get an opportunity, I intend to use some of the future cash transfers to expand my livestock herd.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have six children in school, and their school fees need to be paid every month to ensure they aren't sent home from school. My husband works as a security guard, and his income typically comes at the end of the month. Even when he gets paid, it's often not enough to cover all our family's needs. I'm grateful that the cash transfers have allowed me to actively contribute to our family's needs. From the three recent cash transfers, I used $20 to plow my farm before planting. The rains had just started, and it was time to plant maize crops. I also saved $30 through a self-help group, and I used $10 to top up some savings I had accumulated earlier to buy a goat. I currently have three goats, all of which I obtained through the cash transfers. My goal is to rear them so that I can sell them to cover some of my family's needs in the future. I also bought two chickens for $5 with the same purpose. The remaining amount from all three cash transfers was spent on purchasing food for my family to ensure that we never went hungry.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am confident that the ongoing planting season will yield a bountiful harvest, providing enough food for my family in the upcoming months, possibly until the end of the year. This prospect gives me the opportunity to utilize the cash transfers to invest in livestock, specifically goats. With the previous cash transfers, I was able to acquire seven goats, and my goal is to continue expanding my herd. In the future, I plan to sell these animals to contribute to my family's needs, such as school fees for my children. Considering the current economic conditions, I anticipate that each of my five children will require at least $50 per academic term, and I aim to be financially prepared for these expenses.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The cash transfers have made a significant difference in my life, especially considering the limited income my husband earns as a house help. With previous cash transfers, I was able to install a solar lighting system, providing ample light for my children's studies. They no longer have to use battery-powered torches, which provided them with dim lighting. Additionally, I acquired a decent water storage tank, ensuring that our household doesn't run out of water frequently. Through the recent funds received, I allocated $20 to reduce the school fee debts of my five children, who were at risk of being sent home as their father had not received his salary to settle these balances. With the remaining $14, I purchased food, which sustained my family until my husband received his wage. I am incredibly grateful to Give Directly, and I wish I could personally shake everyone’s hand to express my gratitude to every person involved.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I want to buy goats, let them breed, and expand the herd so that I can sell them anytime to pay the school fees for my children and keep them in school. Having livestock will relieve me of the stress I get when my students miss classes due to unpaid balances. I will be happy if I bought at least ten goats by the end of the year. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent $20 from the recent cash to buy my children a solar lamp, which they could use when studying at night. All along, they had been using a globe connected to dry cells for studying that provided extremely dim light. They are now happy about their new lamp and this has motivated them to read. Next, I used $10 to buy them new books for their new classes. My husband, who mostly finances their education, was yet to earn that month’s salary from his security guard job and I was obliged to support him. I spent the remaining $4 on food as there was none left in stock. In January, I bought five chickens worth $20 for rearing and in December a bought a goat worth $24 for the same purpose. I am confident that these animals will help fund the education of my six children in the future. The remaining $14 and $10 went toward a tank for storing water and my savings at the merry-go-round club respectively. 
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?
My favorite aspect of GiveDirectly is the way their staff conducts themselves. They had very courteous and respectful staff who were in charge of enrollment and registration. This made it easier for us to put our faith in them and provide them with crucial information. I implore the organization to continue the good work of training its employees to offer the villagers excellent service.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Since the beginning of the drought three years ago, life in the village has been a living hell. In order to use this water for my own home, I am required to walk more than 60 kilometers over rough terrain. Some of the water pans we used to get our water are drying up, which is bad news for the future. I spent $10 on a 110-liter water tank when I got my transfer so I could store water. Along with the water tank, I also bought food for my family. I take care of my own livestock while my husband works as a watchman and makes a pitiful living. Finally, I used the last $10 to purchase six hens. Due to my previous experience with raising goats, I made a wise investment in hens. Purchasing the hens will increase the number of animals I have; once they multiply, this will result in a doubling of my livestock.
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?
I got my phone from the charging shop at 4 pm and went directly to my home. I got an instant message when I switched on the phone. I was astounded to discover that I had accepted my most memorable transfer. I bounced around in rapture as I ululated as loud as possible. Bittersweet tears of bliss moved down my plump cheeks as I called my significant other and shared the uplifting news.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The transfer has had an immense effect on my life and that of my loved ones. I had no means of taking care of my family when I was exceptionally poor financially. The exchange empowered me to purchase food in mass as we anticipated where to get cash for our next dinner. Were it not for the transfer, my youngsters would have died of hunger.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My family's food purchases accounted for a sizable chunk of my first transfer. My husband supports our family alone through his work as a gardener in a private home in Mombasa town. He only makes KES 4,000 a month from his employment, which is insufficient to adequately support the family's requirements (paying school fees, buying food and clothing). We ran out of food three days before to getting my first transfer, and my spouse was cashless as well. We prayed and hoped for the best for the following day as we went to bed without eating. In addition to purchasing meals, I covered the exam costs for my five children, who were sent back home due to exam costs.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I shifted focus from doing crop farming to goat rearing. I have not reached to the point I want, and for that reason, I will spend this money to buy more goats; 3,000 KES is enough to buy a goat. Crop farming has not been dependable due to little rainfall but livestock farming does better in this region. They have helped me a lot in paying school fees and settling basic needs for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Every end of the month when I receive money from my husband, I ensure that I have a special meal with my children. Sometimes he joins us. These are the moments that create happiness in my life. This has been the norm every month since the beginning of the year.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have five children in school and getting money for their education has been giving me sleepless nights lately. One of them has been sent home because of school fees balance. My spouse is a house help in town and sends home between 2,000 to 3,000 KES at the end of the month. This is barely enough given the many needs. I am just a farmer at home without a consistent income because farming with persistent drought is unreliable.