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Judy
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
27
workCampaign
UBI
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20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goal is to purchase a dairy cow for rearing. This would be helpful to us in that it would provide us with milk for household use and sell the extra for an income if any. I currently do not have any cows.
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 we are happy that we now live in a more decent house. Before, I used to stay in an old mud-walled grass thatched roof house. The roofed would leak during heavy downpour hence making our stay very uncomfortable and exposing my children to cold-related diseases. I am glad that this situation changed when started saving these transfers until I had enough to put up an iron-roofed house.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My expectation in the near future is to be living a more comfortable life by ensuring that my house is well renovated and well furnished. A home is supposed to be a place of rest where after a long day's work, one should rest in a comfortable place. I also hope that my dairy cow would have calved. This will help cut down on milk expenses and we can even sell the excess for an income. I hope that our lifestyle as a family would generally improve.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
There is a really big difference not only in my life but for all the members of my family and other families within our village. Before, we used to live in a small hut, grass-thatched on the roof and characterized by some polythene patches on top to fill the leaking spaces. We thank God that we are now having an iron sheet-roofed house with no leaks at all and spacious enough to accommodate all the members of my family. We have also increased the land under cultivation which means a surplus supply of foodstuff for the household. We are now ambitious to purchase a heifer which is our next plan after harvesting the currently planted fields.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Our Merry-go-round group consists of twenty members whose contribution when we come together is 20000 KES. This to us had been a big sum of money which have enabled us to start and complete a lot of projects. After construction of a good spacious house which is our joy in our household, we still have an additional goal to purchase a cow since we have been buying milk for a long time. We have a plan to purchase a good breed of a cow which will be producing milk both for domestic and commercial use whenever we have a surplus.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Having been living in a small house with all our children, we had been praying so hard that we may find a way to construct a better one. When we received the first transfer from GiveDIrectly, establishing a better house was a priority. We were lucky that my husband together with me had enrolled in the program, something which made us join the same merry-go-round where we had been collecting money to an individual member in turns. My husband was the first one to receives his dues when his time came and in the following month, it was my turn. We used what he had received to purchase iron sheets and woods and part of it in replenishing the foodstuff in our household. Most of what I received went to purchasing of other building materials which included nails and also in payment of the constructor. We now have a well-furnished house which is the biggest difference in our daily life since our children are sleeping well in the initial house we had while my wife and I sleep in the new house.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have gotten enough money both from the products sold from my farms and also from the merry-go-round which we joined with my husband to purchase a good breed of cow. We are now focusing on this project as a priority after completion of the construction of the house which was a much pressing need for our household. Purchase of this cow to us will mean a lot as far as payment of my children's school fees in the future is a concern. We will be selling all the surplus milk and putting all the outcome in our savings plan towards school fees payment.
 
11th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life currently different from how it was four months ago because my dream of providing a good shelter for my family has been achieved. I am no longer looked down upon by my neighbors as I have saved myself the embarrassment of seeking accommodation from them.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to save the monthly transfers for the coming four months and invest in poultry farming. This will boost the family income.
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 preceding the current transfer is that I now I live in a better semi permanent house than the previous one. Previously, I used to live in a small, leaking and grass thatched house. My children were forced to seek accommodation from our neighbors which was very embarrassing. I have been saving the Givedirectly transfers and this has enabled me to buy building materials and later built a spacious house enough to accommodate me and my family. I am also able to provide enough food for my family using the monthly transfers since our farm has been very unproductive because of the harsh climatic conditions we had been experiencing since 2015.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Expect your life to change for better in the next six months, because I will be owning a poultry farming which will generate more income to my family. This will enable me to provide basic needs and better education for my children.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different. I am no longer suffering as before. I have a monthly income from Give Directly to buy the things that we need for the family such as food, toiletries and school fee for our children.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I plan to buy a cow so that we will have milk for the household.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Give Directly funds have changed my life. I am now optimistic and hopeful to own a cow in the next few months because I plan to use the transfer to buy it.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to own a cow in the next six months and build a better house. I expect my life to change in a good way as a result.
 
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?
We are planning to start a table banking so that we can raise a good amount to help us pay school fees and build for each member. This idea came after receiving transfers from Give Directly.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Currently my living standards has been improve as my children have got good shoes and now am happy as I have less stress about getting money for buying food and other family needs.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months when receive the money which we pool together as village members I would spent to buy a cow. This is to help me feed my family as I have been buying milk for use for quite sometime and this cost me lots of cash.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is to see my children having good shoes, I am happy now when they wear the shoes and look nice in it. My children are happy too as they had kept asking for the shoes for long.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is getting losses in my onion business because it has flooded the market.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is during lunch when my young children comes from school and each coming with different stories.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I'm planning to spend my transfer on starting a small business I. e opening a maize store
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement am proudest of is my fivo children who always make me feel happy .