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Small business
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 objective for the upcoming year and beyond is to invest in the acquisition of goats for the purpose of rearing. As these goats multiply and mature over time, my intention is to sell them, thereby yielding a profit. This venture holds significant importance as it will not only facilitate the education of my children but also provide a stable source of income to cover our daily expenses. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Give Directly for their invaluable assistance, which has not only transformed my own life but has also contributed positively to the well-being of my entire community.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After my husband's passing, life became exceedingly difficult for both my family and me, and I found myself losing all hope. To make ends meet, I embarked on the laborious task of selling firewood. Unfortunately, this endeavor has taken a toll on my health, leading to persistent chest pains for which I require frequent medication. Fortunately, Give Directly has provided much needed relief by enabling me to afford medication and support my children's education. I allocated $48 to settle a school fee debt, ensuring that my children's education continues without interruption. Additionally, I spent $44 to repay a loan I had borrowed, and wisely set aside the remaining $10 in our savings club, to be used in case of emergencies. I am happy that I can now afford a smile, all thanks to Give Directly.
9th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
If I continue to receive my monthly transfers, I intend to utilize them to cover my children's school fees because I am a widow and I do not have a steady source of income. Through this, those passionate about pursuing their academic interests will be able to do so and succeed. I also intend to use my transfer to buy food for my children to meet their nutritional needs, especially during these unpredictable seasons marked by climate change and protracted drought. I hope this will lighten my burden unlike before when I had no alternative source of income.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a widow, and I do not have a formal job or regular income. Therefore, I constantly make charcoal for sale to sustain my eight children even though it is strenuous work. Since the passing of my husband three years ago, this has become my source of livelihood. I used my most recent transfer to pay my sent-home child's school fees because I feared she could miss some lessons. I spent $7 on fee payments. I also spent $6 on her school uniform because she did not have one. She always goes to school well-groomed and smart, and I feel happy seeing her in that state. Additionally, I spent $17 on food, which I put away for later. I am grateful that the transfer saved me.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Because I do not have any alternative sources of funds to support my children's education, my goal with this year's transfer is to build my savings. I aim to be spending those savings on paying school fees so that they do not miss any classes. Their success in academics will be my pride as a mother because, through that, they will be able to later on be responsible people without having to rely on external support. In addition, I shall also be buying a few hens in order to run a small-scale poultry project.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have been a widow for the past two years. Although I struggle to support my eight children's educational needs, the burden has been too much for me as a sole breadwinner. Unfortunately, I am unemployed, and I must rely mainly on charcoal burning to feed my family. I occasionally feel overworked because this is such strenuous labor. But ever since I got enrolled in the program, my life has seen tremendous transformations. For instance, I had to spend $5 on my older daughter's sixth-grade school fees from my recent transfer. I am happy to see that she is making positive academic progress. I also bought two hens for $8. The rest of the transfer of $21 helped me to acquire food that lasted my family for more than a week.
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?
Givedirectly does a great job helping widows like me. God bless the organization.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a widow, my husband died in 2020 and left me with eight children. Three are in school and five are at home since they have not attained the legal age to go to school. On the weekend especially on Saturday when they are not in school, I go and sell charcoal in the market. I make a profit of $8. The money is not enough to take care of my family but I am thankful my mother-in-law helps me out with some of my bills. I used the most recent transfer to pay school fees of $5, and food and water of $25.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I was giving my smaller kids a bath at 7 o'clock in the evening, I saw a text message on my phone. Because I couldn't read or write, I gave my oldest son my phone, who confirmed that I had had my first transfer. I was quite startled because I had not anticipated receiving such a sum. I ululated to the top of my lungs because ecstasy was pouring out of my heart.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I'm glad the transfer had such a significant impact on my life and the lives of my family. I was really straining to provide food for the family as the lone provider. The meager income I receive from the business is sufficient to feed my entire family for one meal. I'm glad I spent the money to feed my family by purchasing food in large quantities.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I'm a widow and the only provider for my family of eight children. I make a living by selling charcoal in the village. The last three months have seen a decline in the business earnings. My meager income (KES 350 per bag) from my work does not cover all of my expenses. I haven't been able to enroll five of my children in school because of my dire financial situation. I frequently rely on my eldest son, who works as a casual worker constructing houses for others, to assist me in paying the household costs. When I got my first transfer, I bought a lot of food for the family with KES 700. We survived on one meal a day for a full month since I struggle so much to provide for my family. Some of my kids show significant indications of malnutrition, which is mostly brought on by a lack of food. Along with purchasing food, I also invested KES 500 on a hen. This is a wise long-term investment as I can sell some of the hems once they start to grow in quantity. I'm happy because at the beginning of the next year, I'll have a large number of chickens that I can sell and utilize the proceeds to pay for my kids' school enrollment.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
At the moment, I have 8 children. These children have been seeking shelter from their uncles because my house can not accommodate us. Since I don't have direct care for them during the night, I am always worried about their moral behaviors since this situation can expose them to unwanted manners. I desire to bring them together in one house where they can comfortably sleep and this will bring me peace of mind. To ensure this comes to reality, I intend to save my transfers to raise 30000 KES to aid in buying the building materials. Since my elder son has building skills, this project won't cost me the labor fee. By doing so, I will have direct care for my children. On the other hand, these transfers will support my children's education. Thus, this is generally what receiving this money means you me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Recently, my son has been so helpful to me. Since he is so proactive in looking for some jobs, he was able to secure oxen from our neighbor who pays him 500 KES when he ploughs one acre. He has been spending his little income on food and this has boosted me a lot. Thus, I consider this as what has brought joy to my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My casual work ranges from selling firewood and charcoal. This work is so tiresome yet its income is usually low and inconsistent, say 1600 KES per month. Since I have school-going children, I am forced to share my little income, and in some cases, this does not balance. Sometimes we are forced to take only one meal a day something that has deteriorated the health of my children. I, therefore, consider financial instability as my greatest challenge.