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Rael's family
access_time 2 months ago
Rael enrolled.
"There's a lot of poverty in the community. Our place is dry and we depend on livestock mainly. The country's economy has also worsened. Prices of commodities are high. There's little to no casual jobs now. In this village, one cannot get any jobs unless you move to the lower part, near lake Bogoria. Irrigation is done there. Due to lack of rains and the fact all farmers depend on irrigation. I can only get at best two days of work in a week. One's paid $2.50 per day. It's difficult sustaining a family with that. When it rains, many people farm and we're able to get plenty of jobs to support ourselves daily. Lack of casual jobs has affected my ability to support family."
Changawa's family
access_time 2 months ago
Changawa received a $28 sixth payment.
"The two biggest issues I'm now facing and hope to resolve by the end of the year are food insecurity and a nicer home. I live in a one-room, mud-walled house with grass thatch roof. Due to the current drought, there is a current shortage of grass, and the few that are available are exceedingly expensive, just like food. I used to be able to sell charcoal for less money because it was my only source of income. I won't be eager to sell them now that I have the monthly funds as extra income. I'll be transporting them out from the village to other markets where the prices are good and burning them in large quantities instead. While the monthly transfers will mostly be used to pay for food and school expenditures, the earnings I will receive from the charcoal will be utilized to support the construction of a new house."
Kache's family
access_time 2 months ago
Kache received a sixth payment.
"To fend for our four children and I, my husband works as a carpenter in Mombasa. Every two weeks he sends home $10 for our upkeep, which rarely buys just enough food for that period given the high food prices. In fact, my household had run out of food that afternoon of the cash transfer and my spouse had not sent any money to me. This is why I directed $12 from the most recent transfer towards food. Also, food is exactly how I spent the entire December and November transfers. Supporting my husband gives me so much joy for I know how relieved he usually feels. Also, from the recent transfer, I spent $14 on two chickens. Am glad I got to replace the three chickens that had perished over a pox disease. Rearing these birds will equip me with enough wealth in future that I can use to raise money for my family's needs. I used the remaining $8 to clear school fees for two of my children, which had been brought forward from the previous academic year."
Dogo's family
access_time 2 months ago
Dogo received a $440 initial payment.
"When I withdrew the money, I prioritized the construction of a house. I bought the building materials and their prices had been hicked after the suppliers knew that we received money from GiveDirectly. Therefore, I bought building poles for $100, 17 iron sheets for $150, and nails and ridges for $60. In the construction process, I spent $120 on the contractor. Currently, I am a happy woman sleeping in a nice secure house. The fear I had due to the state of the initial house is no longer there, courtesy of GiveDirectly. After that, I opted to use the remaining amount for the family's upkeep since getting some food has been a challenge due to poverty."
Victor's family
access_time 2 months ago
Victor enrolled.
"Food insecurity is a major problem that has caused us untold pain. We are people of little means who depend on casual jobs which are erratic and hard to come by. The situation, therefore, makes it hard for us to put food on the table and some days we go to bed on an empty stomach. Recently there was an outbreak of fall armyworms that ravaged our maize crops and exposed us to the food insecurity we are currently faced with. We are therefore forced to buy the rare commodity at a nearby Kapkwen market at high prices of $ 2 Per Kg which we struggle to afford because we do not have a sustainable income-generating activity. Life has indeed taken a bad trajectory from bad to worse, it worries us a lot, and we do not have hope to face the next day since the cost of living has gone high almost threefold."
Beatrice's family
access_time 2 months ago
Beatrice received a $440 second payment.
"The largest purchase made with GiveDirectly funds was a one-acre plot of land. I had wished for years to own my own property, and the funds allowed me to do so. Even providing food for our two children and ourselves can be difficult with my husband, who is a local medicine man. As a result, a portion of the funds were also used to stock up on food. My husband and I both work from home, with me sewing men's and women's clothing. My products are reasonably priced; for example, a pair of men's pants costs $3.5 and a dress costs between $2.5 and $4.5, so the prices are reasonable. A portion of the GiveDirectly transfers also went towards the payment of our children's school fees at Katoseni Primary. We pay $10 in fees for our eldest, who is in Grade four , and $10 for our youngest, who is in PP2. The funds arrived at a time when even the maize we normally grow had failed, making everything more expensive everywhere, and it was a great relief to have a financial cushion, thanks to GiveDirectly."
Reuben's family
access_time 2 months ago
Reuben received a $28 sixth payment.
"My family of two wives and eight children solely depend on me to provide for their daily needs like food and school fees. I ride a  motorcycle to raise money for them. However, the $3 that I make daily hardly affords enough meals given the dramatically rising food prices. Even after I buy food, there is nothing left to pay school fees for my children, which is why they are always in debt at school. So, when I received the recent transfer, I paid $10 to the school to reduce the balance that had been carried from last year. I also spent $10 on food to ensure there were enough meals at home to buy me time for raising more money. Next, I paid an installment of $10 to the two-acre piece of land that my family and I relocated to last December. Finally, I bought three chickens with the remaining amount to start rearing. From the transfer I received in December, I spent $19 to pay for the land, $10 to reduce the school fee debt, and $5 to repay a loan I had acquired to buy my motorcycle. "
Tsozi's family
access_time 2 months ago
Tsozi received a $28 sixteenth payment.
"I'm a widow and I live in a small, run-down house with grass thatching. My home's walls and roof are both in poor shape. Rainwater is seriously leaking into the house through the rotten coconut leaves ("Makuti") I used as roofing. I must put up with the chilly and cold weather at night because the mud walls of the house have broken. My health has been negatively impacted by this. This is the reason I saved $6 from my January transfers; I'll use it to fix and upgrade my home's condition. To make a living, I primarily rely on working on other people's farms. The severe effects of the drought have rendered the farms completely useless, making this impossible at the moment. Without a source of income, purchasing food from the store at exorbitant prices is the only option for surviving. With the remaining $29, I made bulk food purchases to ensure that I wouldn't go hungry."
Mary's family
access_time 2 months ago
Mary received a $428 second payment.
"I'm a primary school teacher and my income is insufficient to cater for all my family's needs. I had bought a piece land and began constructing houses, but this project stopped because I did not have enough money. So when I received this second transfer, I went straight to the hardware and bought the following construction materials; 10 iron sheets worth $96, 85 pieces of wood @ $1, nails worth $15, a bag of cement worth $7 and a steel door worth $100 . I paid $65 for labour and had my 2 houses neatly constructed Before, my children and I used to sleep in a grass thatched one room house, it was too small that it could not accommodate visitors. I'm happy that right now, I can host visitors and have them sleeping comfortably in my new houses. I also spent $300 on 2 heifers, I can't wait to start drinking milk from my own cows. I chose cows because of their many benefits, infact if things become worst, I can resell them at profitable prices."
Betty's family
access_time 2 months ago
Betty received a $442 initial payment.
"Even though we had not planned for any emergencies, I am grateful that the first transfer arrived when we needed to take our son to the hospital for a dental problem. We sought a good hospital that we believed would provide the best services at reasonable prices because he was in pain. The entire process cost us $200, and I am relieved that the problem has been resolved and my son is now safe. I also enrolled in tailoring school after paying a $20 registration fee and still owe $180 to finish the course. I am excited to learn skills that will be useful in the future. I also spent $80 on new clothes for my three primary school children, $4000 on a visit to my parents' house, and the remainder on food for my family of six. My husband works in administration and has been extremely helpful with bill payments. He was also grateful for the support because we could handle all of the plans together."