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Filgona's family
Filgona
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
49
workCampaign
UBI
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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 13 days ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have no new or additional goals for my life for the next four months because I am still paying school fees for my son. Currently, I still have school fees arrears that I need to pay thus I have to look for month to pay . I surely tell my son he has no option but to pass and move to the next level because he must always act as a role model to the rest in our community. I feel lucky because Give Directly helped me financially. I now have the means to pay school fees for my son until he finishes secondary education
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I would start by saying thanking Give Directly because my son could not have managed to go to school without them. The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer is that I managed to take my son to school. I am very proud as a mother because my dream has been fulfilled it was God, I did not know my son could make it,
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to live a peaceful life that is my desire, now that my son is already in school. I am now able to concentrate on my daily duties of looking for money to supplement with whatever I get from Give Directly to ensure my son is not sent home for fee balance.
 
19th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 4 months 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 no longer buy borrow shoes any more from my neighbors. Initially, I used to borrow shoes because I did not have one whenever I was invited to attend an official function. Therefore apart from paying school fees for my daughter, I bought shoes and these are the most things two things I have used my transfers. I am also proud to say that am staying a peaceful life full of hope as compared to before. This is as a result of the monthly income we receive from Give Directly. The stress of paying fees for my daughter I am relieved and I always thank Give Directly for changing my life.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Currently, I have no new or additional goal because I am still paying school fees for my daughter who is in Secondary School. I would wish to buy personal items like clothes because the ones I have are now old, but I have to prioritize my priorities right. I have hope I will buy them but I am not very sure if I will accomplish it in the next four months. Once she finishes school I will have a lot of relief because I can now buy my personal items and do other personal projects too. I will have to persevere and just take life the I have been living before to enable my daughter to finish school first because I do not want her to be sent home due to fee balance.
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 have hope my daughter is going to finish Secondary School after dropping out of school due to lack of school fees. I have been using my transfer to pay school fees for my daughter who is in Secondary. It was like a dream to me when I was visited and told that I am going to receive some money monthly by Field Officer from Give Directly. I was very happy when I received my first transfer because initially, I thought they were lyng to us. I am very happy because I took my daughter back to school since this was my first priority. I thank Give Directly my daughter is doing well in school and she has enough time to concentrate in school unlike before she used to come home more frequently due to the huge fee balance I owed the school, this affected her performance badly. I am very optimistic that my daughter will join a good University because she is a bright student. I am still thankful to Give Directly for having helped me achieve my dream of taking my daughter back to school.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I don't expect any change in the next four months, because I am still paying school fees. Once my daughter finishes school I will be relieved because I can now buy my personal items and start doing other personal projects too. I have hope, soon I'll start buying clothes because the ones I have now are old. I will have to persevere until my daughter finishes school. However bad, I want to live a good life, my daughter's education comes first. I do not want her to be sent home due to fee arrears.
 
15th 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?
Before GiveDirectly came into my life, buying clothes wasn't a priority due to the limited income which I do get from selling part of my farm produce and the same income was not enough to cater for my family's needs. Currently, I have been able to buy decent clothes which I have replaced with the torn and old clothes I had before. Putting on these new clothes has increased my self -esteem in the village and anywhere I go especially from the compliment I get from my neighbours.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have no new goal as per now but rather to I plan to focus on educating my daughter who is in high school at the moment by paying her school fees. This is because I believe with GiveDirectly transfers, I will be able to educate her up to the university level which is my dream. After completing her education she will secure a well-paying job which will help her support her family in the future.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have always advocated for girl child education and it is evident enough because with the meagre income I get from selling the surplus farm produce, I have thrived in educating my daughter. I am a farmer by occupation which has always supported me in handling all my family issues since it is the only source of income I have. The biggest difference in my daily life is the joy of seeing my daughter going to school consistently without being sent home for school fees. I am hopeful and certain that my dream of educating her up to the university level will come true
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
The only change I expect in my life in the next six months is to settle my daughter's school fees arrears. This will give her more and humble studying since she will not be sent home for school fees balance as before. She will be able to attend all her lessons regularly without a miss which I am sure will impact on her performance positively by getting the best she can.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is full of hope for the future. This is because my daughter is no longer sent home for lack of school fees. Neighbors grant me some respect as a responsible parent who provides for her children in trams of basic needs and education. We can manage breakfast, lunch and supper which was not very possible previously.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The additional goal that I have is to expand the size of my kitchen so that part of it can be used as a bedroom for my children. My main house does not have enough rooms to comfortably accommodate us.
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 the ability to send my daughter to school without begging for support from relatives as before. I am able to provide my family with food without missing unlike previously when getting a meal a day was undetermined. We wear presentable clothes unlike the rags that made people disassociate with us. Thanks to GiveDirectly that has revived the once lost hope in us
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I shall be having a kitchen a spacious kitchen of which can be partly used as a bedroom for my children. I shall never be begging for sleeping spaces in the neighborhood who could later gossip.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($4 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goal is that I am planning to buy cement and improve my current house.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from how it used to be initially because I will be able to pay school fees for my daughter who is currently in form one.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My life will change in the next six months in that I will be able to buy good clothes and new shoes both for myself and my daughter.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am able to buy fertilizer, which means that i will be able to have a bumper harvest at the end of the season.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I've faced in life is my parents demise, I dropped out of school and faced early marriage since there was no one willing to provide and care for us.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up healthy and strong. In this state I'm able to execute all activities according to plan.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I'm planning to spend my transfer to improve my house, especially on the outside to avoid corrosion & collapse of walls during rainy season.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I'm proudest of is building my home from my father-in-law's compound. I'm now free to engage in farming without waiting for anyone's approval.