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Nelson
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
23
workCampaign
UBI
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16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I currently have some beans that I planted with the help of the monthly transfers I usually get from Give Directly. I have always wanted to invest in farming but the little money I get from the job as a teacher is barely enough to pay my school fees, buy food and other basic utilities. The biggest difference that I feel is the fact that I managed to start farming which has always been my desire, without affecting the payment of fees and other basic needs. I am happy that in less than three months, I would get some good return from the sale of these crops.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My next goal is to buy and rear sheep so that when they multiply I will resell and use the proceeds thereof to buy my own cow. As a young adult, I am planning to start a family soon. Having this livestock will help me later during the payment of dowry and also as a source of milk for my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Over the past few months, we have experienced a food shortage in our locality. This was as a result of a bad harvest brought about by a strange disease which attacked our crops. Because of this, we have been forced to buy food to the extent that we had exhausted the little savings that we had after depleting the little food that we had in store. Give Directly came in handy with the monthly transfers that we get because this is what has been helping us buy food for my family.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I am expected to sit for my final exams in the next six months. My expectation, therefore, is that before then, I have all the requirements needed to sit for this exam such as ensuring that I have completed paying the school fees required and other requirements. It is my prayer that after the last exam, I will graduate and secure a better job now that I will be better qualified. This will be one step toward my desire of being financially stable.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My living standard has risen over the last four months. I can afford to pay rent with very little difficulty and still get enough money to buy food enough to sustain me in school. My parents struggle to meet their daily needs has also been greatly reduced.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have no additional goals for the next four months except to continue working hard in school and make sure that I pass very well in the coming days. I do not want to be a let down to my parents and myself. I am taking advantage of the boost that these transfers are giving me to give my best and secure employment as soon as I complete schooling.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I started receiving these transfers when I had just joined college. Getting enough money to gather for both school fees and pocket money would have been a hard task for me and my parents. Life has been different from the time I started receiving these transfers. I use all my transfers to pay rent while my parents struggle to pay school fees. It has made my studies more simple and quite interesting.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to harvest my tomatoes and expand my income generating opportunities. Ultimate goal is to diversify my income and be more self reliant.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Four months ago we would take tea without sugar, skip some days without food. W now have a now norm with enough food on the table, I cannot recall the last time we skipped a meal since we started receiving GD transfers. We are happy we can afford the most basic needs, importantly food.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goals is to pass well in my course given that I am currently not badly off financially. I will also not be borrowing/ depending much on my neigbour who has been seeing me through my financial struggles.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I attend school based program for my degree program. Therefore, being able to save money for college accommodation, personal needs and necessary course requirements is the biggest change I have so far. Before GD, depended a lot on my parents and a neigbour of good will for my course requirements.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I am planning to buy a two hens that are ready to brood. I am looking at having about ten healthy hens by end of six months. My school needs will also be taken care of, I am saving a little every month to enable me afford college accommodation and food.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($4 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I plan to improve academics in school because i will be settled when i go to back to study.I will not have a fee problem and this will give me a amble time to concentrate and do better.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
currently my capable to pay school fees has increased .This will lead to improved performance in academics
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, my life will have improved because i will have improved my academic performance. I will be able to study well leading to the attainment of my goal..
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is that it reduced the expenses that i have in school costs from my pocket money.I am saving this money so that i will have a smooth day in school when i go to study.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is joining campus since I had no money to pay for my school fees but I thank God that I was able to join at long last
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening since that is when am having rest after my days work.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Am planning to spend my transfers to pay my accomondation at school and school fees since am a first year student school based program
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement of my education since I was able to finish my form four studies well and I joined university december 2017 as a school based student and am very much proud of this.