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Kenya Basic Income
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My main goal for the upcoming year and beyond is to build a new house because our current one is too small for our needs. To achieve this, I've joined a savings club where we set aside $10 each month, and I plan to use the remaining funds from upcoming transfers to help reach this goal. This will bring me great joy as it means my family will finally have a place of our own, providing us with a comfortable and secure place to sleep.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have been earning a living by selling charcoal and removing tree stumps from nearby farms. The work is exhausting, and the income barely covers the needs of my six children and me. My house had fallen into disrepair, and I am profoundly thankful that, thanks to the previous transfers I received, I was able to allocate $19 towards its restoration. Additionally, I had accrued $45 in school fees arrears for my children, which I promptly settled, ensuring that my children could resume their education. I spent $19 on new clothes for my kids, as their previous ones were in disrepair. The remaining $19 was used to purchase food for my family because we had not yet harvested our crops. These transfers have made a significant difference in our lives, helping us address some of our most pressing needs and providing a sense of hope for the future.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
access_time 7 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I would like to see my four children succeed academically in the coming year and beyond. Since my husband's death, the burden has fallen on my shoulders, which seemed impossible at first because I didn't have a single source of income. Because my family's support has been minimal, I've been surviving by burning and selling charcoal, where I can earn at least $20 in two weeks. This was insufficient, given that I have six children to feed and four school fees to pay. Receiving the monthly transfer has been a huge relief for me because my children can now continue their education without interruption due to fees because I can pay for them on time. I have only one goal: to ensure that my children's education is not disrupted due to a lack of fees.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When my husband died, I was devastated, unsure how I would raise my six children on my own without a source of income. Since then, I've mostly been burning and selling charcoal, which only brings in $20 every two weeks. Looking at my needs, fending for my family, and paying their school fees—some of whom are in high school—this was insufficient to adequately provide for the family. I have also relied on subsistence farming, which has long failed us due to insufficient rains. I am grateful to be a part of this program because when I started receiving transfers, my priority expenses, namely food and fees, were met. I've been paying $20 on fees and the remainder on food whenever I receive a transfer. I am relieved that my children's studies were not disrupted by fees. Furthermore, I had enough maize flour and cereals to ensure that we did not go hungry despite the current difficult economic challenges of rising food prices and other basic necessities. It would have been difficult for me to be at peace at this time if it hadn't been for the monthly financial support, for which I am grateful.
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I greatly appreciate GiveDirectly for giving me the transfers which have changed my life. I am a widow and lost my husband when I did not have anything to depend on for livelihood. He was the breadwinner and since then, life has been difficult with my six children who are all in school. Raising fees for them has been my biggest challenge, and my dream is to see them excel and achieve their career goals. My goal now is to ensure that I pay their fees on time every month to avoid interruptions on their studies concerning fees.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a widow and a mother of five school-aged children. Since I do not have a reliable source of income, I always struggle to raise their school fees. For instance, before the closure of schools last term, I was unable to pay off all the fee arrears. Fortunately, immediately after I received the transfer, I prioritized saving $15 toward their fee payment. I was hopeful that would ease my struggle and divert my over-reliance on charcoal making for raising their fees. Because we were in the festive season, the remaining $19 came in handy in terms of acquiring food so that we could celebrate like other neighborhoods.
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?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did a good job which was a result of the unique services they offered to us . The idea of helping us financially stood out since each household has its own needs. Also, they did not discriminate against anyone regardless of tribe, religion or age. Therefore, I do not see anything that they did not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent $10 of my recent transfer on paying fees of KES for my four children who are in grades eight, five, three and two respectively. Clearing their fees on time has been a major challenge to me since I am a widow of sox who relies on small businesses ( burning and selling charcoal). I am therefore for this huge support from GiveDirectly because they have never missed any exams ever since the organisation came into our lives. I later bought three chickens at $10 which I am certain will increase in number within a short period. With the remaining amount of money, I have been buying food for my family which took us almost two weeks.
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 received the cash transfer in the evening as I was preparing charcoal to sell the next day. The money made me feel like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders since I had been stressed about not affording food over the previous three days. I went right away to withdraw the money and buy food for my children so they could eat something before sleep.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The opportunity to settle my four children's pending school fees of KES 500 and get them back to school was the most significant difference the transfers made in my life. They had stayed at home for two days prior to the transfer due to outstanding school fees that I could not afford. Thanks to Give Directly, after clearing the amount, they have been studying peacefully without interruptions. 
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When my husband passed away, I was automatically thrust into the role of solely providing for my seven children. To be honest, family demands sometimes weigh on me, and my father-in-law periodically offers to pitch in to relieve the strain. My main source of income is charcoal burning, which yields roughly KES 300 every week. These returns are hardly enough to sustain my family for two days. In reality, my children had gone three days without food when I received the cash transfer. As a result, I spent KES 670 on maize flour to prepare them meals. I used the remaining KES 500 to pay off the school fee balances of four children who had missed two days of class owing to unpaid tuition.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
As a widow taking care of 6 children without any good source of income is challenging. I have always dreamed of starting a business but insufficient capital has made it impossible. I have felt like a failure since I cannot find a solution to my problems. I opted to burn charcoal for a living because it is the only business that does not require capital. Receiving these transfers, therefore, means that I will be able to start a grocery business that can give me a constant income to support my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have been having a broken phone for a long time and with no proper source of income, I could not spare some money to buy one. I am very happy now that I have been able to receive a new phone from GD, this means that I will always be available whenever people look for me, especially GD.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Having no source of income with responsibilities is frustrating and stressful. I was left with no choice but to start working hard so that I can make sure that my children's basic needs are met when my husband passed on a few years ago. Sometimes they go the whole day without food due to lack of money to buy food which has made them lack proper nutrition. Insufficient source of income to buy food for my children is therefore the current challenge that I face.