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Catherina
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
61
workCampaign
UBI
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12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
LIfe is currently different from how it was four months ago because I can manage to pay someone to help me with farm labor unlike how I used to do the work all by myself until I ended up hurting myself due to overworking. I am hopeful to get a good harvest at the end of this season because I bought better farm inputs and did land clearance early enough.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to buy chairs in my house because the ones I am having at the moment are very old and do not look beautiful. In the next four months, I would have saved enough from my monthly transfers to buy beautiful chairs for my guests to sit on when they come visiting.
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 have managed to buy a cow which I have always longed to is have. I am optimistic that very soon I will be milking my cow and would be no longer taking black tea as I did in the past. I will also be collecting its dung to use as manure on my farm.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have enrolled my son to a college to take auto mechanics which has always been his dream since he was young. This will enable him to have his own profession such that he wont be doing casual labor in peoples farm as I do. I am also expecting to start buying materials for building my new house. I live in a small house which cannot accommodate my guests, especially at night when they come visiting.
 
7th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is now different because I am able to pay school fees in a very easy manner than how I used to struggle before. My farm products have also increased in the recent past due to the use of modern fertilizers.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I now have a plan of taking my son to an institution of higher learning. I also want to buy new steel windows and steel doors for my house.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have been able to farm in a manner that I have never been able to do before. In addition to that, I have managed to make so much savings in the recent past.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change because I will be in a position to sort my financial needs in addition to starting up a small scale business in the near future.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($5 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goals currently includes the following: I now want to plaster my house and do other major repairs of my house. I also want to build a new house for my son Ben.
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 before because initially I was not able to make proper plans because I had no money.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six months in that I am now able to budget and buy my items as per when I need them.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is that I am now able to take care of my needs without having to get loans from other people.
 
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access_time 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is that my husband abandoned us and went to town. I struggled as a single parent to raise my family with the little income that I had.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is when I go to my farm to plough it. This makes me happy as ploughing is part of an exercise that makes my body to feel strong and healthy.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on paying school fees for my child Benjamin who wanted to go back to Form three as he did not perform well in his main exams. I will also spend part of the transfer in repairing my house as it is almost collapsing.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is that I started a business of selling maize with only Ksh 150 when my husband had abandoned his family. I managed to get profits to a point that I could afford to buy bags of maize till I bought a piece of land.