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Alice
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
33
workCampaign
UBI
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19th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, my life is different from how it was because I am not stressed about how to pay the school fees arrears for my two children. I have been relying on the profits of my grocery business and the wages of my spouse from the causal works he does under the house construction department.They have never been enough to cater to my needs. I am glad that I managed to take care of my children's school fees on time and now it is not a bother using GiveDirectly's transfers. Of late they have not been sent home like before.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal in the next four months is to focus on buying building materials that will facilitate the construction of a spacious decent house in my homestead. I have felt the pressure of our customary laws that requires us to move from the small house we constructed after setting our homestead. I know once I have completed this will relieve me of the burden and open up chances for other goals in my life.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
My household's daily basic needs has not been easy to cater to because of the meager income with the high cost of living. The biggest difference in my daily life is the fact that I have been able to pay school fees for my son who is in high school on time. I have also bought iron sheets, nails, and timbers which has seen me through towards renovating my pit latrine and it is now hygienic to use. This has lead to a high reduction of fecal-oral related diseases in my homestead. Thanks to GiveDirectly.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My expectation for the next six months is to have bought the required building materials that will be used in the construction of a decent spacious house in my homestead that I have always dreamed of. Once it has actualized it will open up chances for other goals in my life.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different from how it was four months ago because my children now has better place to spend their night as compared to before when we were sharing with them a very small house. I also have a very nice place to cook in.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
When I started receiving these transfers, I had set a goal of saving the money in order to build better house. I have not managed to build the house but I have not saved enough and managed to buy iron sheets for this course. Until this is done, I have not managed to have an additional goal.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that l saved money and bought build materials that I used to put up a kitchen. I have small house that can not accommodate me with my children and I also when I have visitors. My children are also aged I can not sleep with them under one roof, so they are spending their night in the kitchen. I was also cooking under the tree where when it is raining I was having hard time to cook, because l was being rained and sometime I end up cooking inside the small house that I have, which is very uncomfortable.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have completed putting up my home and my family occupying it. I will be able to buy households like furniture since I do not have proper furniture to sit being that I did not enough space to place them.
 
11th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I do not have debts because I am able to pay my debts promptly because I could not get the money to clear the debts because the little money I could get was only for food and other basic needs for my family.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
To continue saving so that I build a bigger house since the current is too small.LUO culture requires someone to build a new house after putting up a new home. when you stay in it for too long it's against Luo culture people start looking down upon you. b
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest is that I have a permanent toilet that most people don't have in my village. Before we used to go to the bush to release ourselves which is not hygienic. We could risk getting water born disease. Sometime we could go to the neighbour's toilet and they were not happy at times, they could force us away and the only option was to go to release yourself in the bush. I am so grateful I have a good permanent toilet in my compound.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Hopefully, I would have built my new house through the saving from the small income that I am currently saving.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different from how it was four months ago in that I am able to take care of my needs easily like buying food.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to built a second house as per our tradition.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months in that I was able to save money and built a kitchen which my children spend the night too . I am happy that they sleep under one roof unlike before where some could sleep at the neighbour's place.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six months is that, I will have build my second house as per our tradition hence I will be staying in a decent spacious house.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($5 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
The goals I had were to be able to pay my children school fees and build myself a bigger house to accommodate my family members.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life currently is peaceful knowing that every month I am able to receive some amount of money and settle my bills unlike previously I had to toil and work extra hard to achieve my needs. It has made my life much easier and more comfortable.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have a more peaceful life. One I will be able to build my house, take my children to school and pay their school fees with more ease. My family is also able feed well.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving my transfer is I will be able to build a bigger house to accommodate my family and my visitors. My current house is small and cannot accommodate my family and visitors.
 
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access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is,educating my children due to meagre income from my small business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is, in the afternoon when my children come back for lunch, I talk to them and find out that, none of them is sent back home for lack of school fees.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend a larger part of my transfer to,build a bigger semi permanent house, that can accommodate my family since the one I am currently staying in, is small since my family is growing bigger and pay school fees.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is, building a semi permanent house. I used to sleep at a neighbor's house when my first grass thatched house collapsed and it was very hard to keep moving with my family every night searching for sleeping place.