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Eric
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
37
workCampaign
UBI
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12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 11 days ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is different from how it was because I can now take care of my needs and emergencies easily. I was able to use my transfer to pay school fees for my children which was needed urgently. I also bought them school uniforms to replace the old torn uniforms. I feel more responsible and budget conscious. I am able to supplement my monthly income I get from GiveDirectly with the wages that I get from casual jobs to take care of my other needs.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to buy hybrid fertilizer and seeds in preparation for the next planting season. This is my strategy for a bumper harvest in the next harvesting season. Last year was a bit tough because I did not have enough farm inputs. I used the local fertilizers and seeds which did not do well. I ended up purchasing food most of the time which is usually very expensive. I do not wish to be in that situation again that is why I have started planning early so as to ensure that I get a good harvest.
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 am able to take care of my needs and emergencies easily. My family has been able to eat well and I feel that I have been able to meet their needs as it is required of me as a parent. The joy of seeing my children getting most of their basic needs especially things that they need for their studies has made the happiest person.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six months because I will have started a business. I am planning to sell second-hand clothes. I have hopes that this business will do well because a few people are doing this business at the moment which means it still has market but my strategy will be to move from one household to the next so as to get more customers. Most people in this areas are farmers, very few are into business. Currently, I am a casual laborer at a construction site. It is normally not very hectic but it helps me settle some of my bills although is has not been enough. I am hoping that my business will do well and stop depending on casual jobs to survive.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 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 in that, I managed to buy two pieces of iron sheets with ease and used them to extend my house. Right now, I enjoy living in a spacious house and I am no longer worried when my relatives come around unlike before where I was not free to let them come over. This is mainly because they had to spend the night at the neighbour's place which was risky because we escort them when time to sleep come. This was embarrassing. Today when they come over I can accommodate them in the living room. Thanks to GiveDirectly.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to start poultry farming since I believe that, I will get more income just like my neighbour who gave me this idea because he is currently practising it and getting more money. I also want to start a business probably operating a shop so as to earn an extra coin which I can use to carter for my other needs.
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 is that I managed to buy a solar lantern. In the past, I used to buy paraffin every week which was expensive becuase I had to consider the amount which my children could use during their studies at night. The burden of using this traditional lamp was endless not forgetting the smoke that could be emitted which affected their eyes and health in general. I had no option because this is what I could afford by then. Today, things have taken a sudden change because of the lantern that I bought using my transfer. My house and compound look bright at night and I can also charge my phone using the same solar unlike before where I had to charge it in the nearby trading centre at a cost.
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 will have started poultry farming and when this happens I am sure of getting an extra income from their sale which I will be able to use in taking care of my basic needs.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
4560 KES ($45 USD)
access_time 11 months 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 life currently is that I have enough money to buy food and clothing for my family.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My life will change in the next six months because I will have a small business that will be generating some income for me. I will also have cash to buy imported seedlings that will be give a bumper harvest in the future.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am now in a good position to make future plans like buying cows, something that I could not achieve in the past.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I am planning to buy two cows that will be used to plough my farm and also for milking purposes.
 
Enrolled
access_time 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have is lack of a good house that can accommodate my family well and inadequate income for buying food for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon after coming back from the casual work that I normally do,this is because I always know that my family is going to get food as it is the only hope that I have to get money to feed my family.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on expanding my house and part of it to start a business.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is that I managed to build my own house in my on compound through the casual work that I do in the village.