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Esther
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
72
workCampaign
UBI
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16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
After moving into the new house, I still have a feeling that I should do better in furnishing my newly built house. I want to change the outside walls from mud into a concrete wall. I am currently buying sand then the next plan will be to hire a mason who will complete the construction.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
After receiving my first transfer, I made a decision to spend all the monthly transfers in sourcing materials for the construction of a new house. It has been a long journey since then but I am grateful that I am finally seeing the fruits of my patience. For the last four months, this is the biggest difference in my daily life. I have been able to move into the newly constructed house and now feeling good that I am no longer living in the old grass-thatched hut.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have completed the walls of my house and to also reduce the dust on the floors, I will consider plastering the floor. I am hopeful that the savings I have will be enough to facilitate the whole process within a very short period of time.
 
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?
My life is currently different in that I can now eat well and I have a descent roof over my head. I was abandoned by my husband long time a go and I even do not know his whereabout to date. I have always struggled on my own to make ends meet and it is sad that I could not accomplish most of the things that that I thought I would achieve. Most of my children did not get the necessary education that could at least change their lives and they are a struggling lot with their families as well. This has left me with no one to depend on except myself. GiveDirectly transfers have enabled me to improve my house and meet other basic household needs. I am looking forward to buying a dairy cow and maintain the same living standards even after the transfers are over.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional plans for the next four months is to be able to buy a mattress and a blanket so that I can finally sleep well. I also have plans of buying a dairy cow that will help us a lot in getting milk for family consumption and possibly sell the surplus to meet other basic household needs. I plan to do this using the monthly transfers that I get from GiveDirectly.
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 have been able to improve my house from a mud walled house to a cemented one. I have been struggling to maintain the mud walled house which had always given me a hard time to do so considering that I am now old and I find it difficult to do some of the jobs by myself. I now live comfortably in my improved house free from dust and I cannot stop being grateful to GiveDirectly for the transfers that have enabled me to improve my house.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in that I will have an additional cow and goat to keep in the next six months. assets like these are so helpful in meeting the basic household needs as well as meeting any financial emergencies especially those that come with old age. I am highly optimistic that my plans shall be established.
 
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 because my dream of cementing the floor of my house seems almost accomplished since I have saved substantial money that I have been receiving from GiveDirectly. Accordingly, I feel happier and more optimistic about a brighter future where I will be living in a less dusty house that is relatively easier to maintain. Moreover, I feel healthier and stronger since I have been enjoying better diet following the presence of more income.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The additional goal for my life for the next four months is to cement the floor of my house and buy a goat. I will save the funds that I get from GiveDirectly to finance the project. I chose to prioritize on cementing the floor of my house to make it less dusty. Besides, I opt to raise goats because they tend to mature and reproduce rapidly, hence serving as a crucial source of income at my old age.
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 my dream of improving my house by cementing the floor seems more achievable. This is because I have saved relatively adequate money since I have been saving most of the funds that I receive from GiveDirectly. Thus, I am more delighted and eager to have my cleaner and improved quality because I have been worrying about how I would cope with the dusty house following my advanced age.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change drastically in the next six months because I will be living in a cleaner and better house. Accordingly, I will be enjoying more rest and great health because of the reduced maintenance (cleaning) work and less dust in my house. Besides, I look forward to buying another cow to attract more milk for consumption and sale. As my age advances, I am striving to ensure I have a reliable source of income for sustaining myself.
 
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 is that happiness increased in our household since we started receiving this transfers. This money has brought a lot of hopes in our household which has kept us heads up with plan and projects which we are yet to implement.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to see my house clean and plastered in six months time.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life currently has changed in that I am nowadays in more than one self-help group and apart from that have some savings.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I have a new goal to plaster the floor of my old and to purchase new furniture.
 
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access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being neglected by my husband at a early stage of our marriage is the biggest hardship I have faced in life. Raising 8 children by myself was a huge challenge because I didn't have stable source of income. I resorted to casual jobs to be able to fend for my children and support them with their education. I am glad God has been merciful with us.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is the happiest part of my day because it is at this time that I enjoy doing farm work. I plant onions and maize, and it is ever refreshing when I am engaged in farm work.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Am planning to spend my transfer on table banking ( merry-go-round). With that I will be able to save enough money which will help me to construct a house. It will also assist me in purchasing furniture especially chairs for my house.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
Educating my children and raising them with good morals is an achievement am proudest of in life. They are now able to support themselves and their families.They make me happy because I get most assistance from them especially with my medication .