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James
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
35
workCampaign
UBI
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15th 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 in that, I am nowadays hopeful and ambitious in life. I am sure of getting my monthly income which enables me to plan ahead and manage my finances wisely. This is different from where I didn't even know whether I could earn anything since I was a casual laborer and most of these jobs are unpredictable. I must say that I am nowadays calm and peaceful. I no longer borrow money from friends and relatives in order to meet my needs.
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 pay dowry for my wife. I miss her and I would wish to do anything to ensure that she comes back. Her parents had given me several ultimatums one of them being never to have her back unless I pay her dowry. We had stayed for 8 years but she wanted things to be official. I want to have my happy family back where my children can see their mother as they grow up. This why I am determined to reach this 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 I was able to pay school fees for my children on time. Apart from that, I have also been able to buy food for my large family that consists of eleven people. Before then, I could get less money from casual jobs. My children used to be sent home most of the times. This used to stress me up because I ended up taking loans in order to make sure they don't stay at home for long. Repaying the money was another nightmare since whenever I got money, I had a lot of needs to attend to. The difference came when I was able to easily take care of the needs of my large family with ease. I used the transfer to offset the pending fee arrears. The money I got from casual jobs was enough to handle other household needs. I am happy and proud that school fees for my eight children for this term has been paid.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My expectation in the next six month is to pay dowry for my wife and establish a homestead. Currently, I am living in my parent's homestead which limits me from doing several things. I can only make developments if I move in my own place. This is why I am planning to work extra hard so that by the next six months, I will be able to have achieved these two goals.
 
12th 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?
After we separated with my spouse, I had to go out of my way to engage in various casual jobs that earned me a meager income in order to meet most of my family's needs. On the other hand, in hard days when I resorted to seeking assistance from my in-laws they use to claim that their couldn't do much since they were also overwhelmed by their family's needs as well. Therefore, I had to face my music in any way possible. Meaning that at times, we had eat a single meal or go without thus our health status was compromised which was evident when one could take a glance at our skinny and stunted physic. My life is currently different from how it was in that, life is a bit easier because taking care of my family's needs as a single parent has been made easier with the support that I get monthly from GiveDirectly. Furthermore, I have managed to accomplish some projects like buying a goat. These are some of the plans that I did not know I could have accomplished. In addition to that, we are able to have three meals in a day which seemed as a luxury before. All in all, I am thankful to GiveDirectly for positively changing my living standards.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to keep part of the money from GiveDirectly as savings hoping to pay school fees arrears for my orphaned niece. She is currently in her final class in primary school. I thought of saving early so that the money can be enough to take her to high school next year because my desire is to give her quality education so that she can be an eye-opener for a brighter future and mentor my children who are still young.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
My dream of owning livestock seemed not to have been achievable before GiveDirectly came. This is because the proceeds I got from casual jobs which are my main source of income were so meager that barely sustained us hence the thought of having livestock over daily needs like food wasn't a priority by then. The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have managed to save my transfers for some time and used it to buy a goat. I settled on rearing goats because they reproduce twice a year and require little attention to rear as compared to other domestic animals. As at the moment I am optimistic that they will reproduce faster with the good care I am giving it and increase in number. Therefore, I shall sell some in our local markets. Apart from that, I will exchange some for a dairy cow so that I can get milk and sell purposely to double my income.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I do not expect my life to change so much because I intend to continue saving a large part of my transfer with the intention of paying school fees for my orphaned niece. My desire is for her to get a quality education. I know that if I do not start saving early enough, she might not continue with her education being that I depend on casual jobs which do not pay well.
 
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?
I always feel so happy whenever I take a look at my children, they are no longer malnourished and unkept like they were some time back. I owe this to GD transfers that have always ensured that they are well fed and better dressed. This fulfils me as a parent and gives me the challenge to work harder so that I can take care of them the same way even after these transfers.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My brother gave me a second-hand motorcycle two months ago, it is not in a very good condition and must be thoroughly repaired to be roadworthy. My goal now is to save enough money for the repairs so that I can use it for taxi business.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I mostly depend on casual jobs which are not regular and sometimes not available at all. This made it quite difficult to provide for my family especially because I am a single parent.With these transfers, I am now able to but the basic needs even in times that there are no jobs around and this has greatly improved my family's quality of life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I see myself making more money in a period of six months because I will have repaired the motorcycle which means that I will have a full- time job as a motorcycle taxi operator. I don't plan to quit the current jobs I do and I will be taking them whenever an opportunity arises.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
4560 KES ($45 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
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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 have almost all the basic needs I have lacked for a long time now.I did not descent bedding and other kitchen items I did not have.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the six months,I expect my life to have changed for the better with my family having an income generating activity and we will not have to rely on the casual jobs which are so difficult to find. At that time,I will be staying in my compound.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I used to work so hard in looking for casual jobs to make ends meet for my children. So now, my life is currently different from how it would have never been had I never received the transfer in that I am able to feed my children at least all through the month.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My wife left because I have not paid her dowry as traditions require of me. So my new goal is to pay that dowry so that she can come back home.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that i have faced was learning how to adjust to living as a single parent after separating from my wife due to family conflicts four years ago.It has not been easy balancing my time to go to work and taking care of my three children ever since she left.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening after coming back home from work and i get to share the evening meal with my family as we listen to the family's favourite radio station.The jokes being shared by the presenters,makes us to laugh a lot
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on buying building materials so that i can build my family a spacious and permanent house that is no longer leaking.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that i am proudest of is being able to provide for all of my children's basic needs despite not having a stable source of income.