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Edwin
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
House construction
faceAge:
21
workCampaign
UBI
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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, my plan is to start the construction of my house. I have been living in my brother's house who stays in the city and only visits during Christmas or other public holidays. I saw it fit to have my own house as well.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the past four months, I have been able to purchase building materials. I am determined to assemble materials and start building. This would not have possible if it were not to GD because my previous work was not well paying and left me with no money for savings, investing or even development.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next months, I am hoping that we will be living in our new house together with my family. This will be an achievement that I have waited for so long.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Previously I had to wake up as early as 4:00 am in order to look for work. I relied on casual work but they were scarce and so many people relied on them so I had to leave very early in the morning in order to get one. I'm glad this is not the case anymore and currently, I can spend more time with my family. This is because I was able to purchase goats which are currently keeping me busy. In addition to that, I can meet most of the family's need through the support of GD transfers.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Since I cleared secondary education I haven't been able to go to college because I couldn't afford the fee. Therefore, for the next four months of my life, I have an additional goal to save some money so that I can enroll in a vocational training college. Thereafter, I'll be assured of a reliable job unlike currently when I rely on casual work.
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 the joy and pride I feel. This is because I was able to purchase goats with the transfers and currently they are already expecting. I'm therefore expecting to have more goats in two months time.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I'm planning to save some money so that I can enroll in a vocational training college. I'm hopeful that in the next six months I'll have gained the required skills from the training and God willing by then I'll be using the skills to earn a living.
 
15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life currently is different from how it was because I have been able to buy building materials. This was never the case because I have postponed this project for the longest time possible due to lack of resources.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Currently, I am planning to assemble material for the purpose of building a house. This is my major goal.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer is that I have been able to purchase iron sheets towards the construction of a house for my family.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I am hopeful that I will be steps closer to starting the construction of my long awaited house. This will make me a happy man. All thanks to GD.
 
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?
Currently, my life is different in that I am happy and confident to face life since I have been able to buy a goat, with the goat, I believe I will earn an extra income through selling some of them in future. I am now certain with the success of my future unlike before when I relied on one source of income which was is a matatu taut.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to save money in the merry go round and used the savings to cement the floor of my house hence I will no longer incur the frequent expense of smearing this earthen floor and also prevent ginger infection to my family members.
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 month is that I have been able to join a table banking group and from the saving's I have been able to assist my son build his house. Therefore, this revived his dignity unlike before when had a collapsed. I am thankful to GiveDirectly for giving my son an opportunity of having a good house that he can sleep soundly.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the six months in that I shall have saved enough money and use it to pay dowry and with this, I shall have gained respect from my in law who have been looking down upon me.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
There is no any difference since l am still saving for my family.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I do not have any new goal a part from building my house now.
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 l have manage to buy building materials and now l am very sure of putting up my own house.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In six months time l expect to have built my own house and staying in it comfortably.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($5 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 goals are to open a shop and be able to let my wife run the shop. This way she will have something to do. I am also planning to acquire myself a heavy commercial driving licences that will land me a job opportunity.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The difference is, while receiving the transfers I am able to plan the with the money unlike previously you could not plan because you were not certain of having money at the end of the day. It was a hand to mouth life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months I foresee my family having a house of their own, feeding well and consistently and have presentable clothes.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving payments from Give Directly is the ability to build my family a house this way I will have peace and space away from my uncle's compound.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life, was lack of money to pay my rent, since I was jobless and my rent had accumulated for twelve months. This made my landlord to lock in all my property in the house, hence subjecting my family I to stressful moments of looking for alternative places to spend our nights.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day, is late in the evening when my lovely wife and my beautiful daughter welcome me home, as we sit together and we reflect on the enjoyable moments of the day.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer to build my own semi permanent house, and move out of my neighbour's kitchen, where I have been spending for the past eight months.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of in my life, is being the only youngest son among three sons, who is married and happily living with a spouse. This status has earned me respect from my brothers, since they occasionally consult me on matters regarding our family affairs.