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Elizabeth
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
63
workCampaign
UBI
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22nd 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?
My plan is to see myself making more doormats and increasing my clientele. This will be achieved by increasing the raw materials and banking on referrals from rapport created through the current customers.
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 past four months is the fact that my business has flourished. The revenue has increased as compared to before. I can tie this growth to the transfers that I have been getting from GD which have played a major part in acquiring raw material for my door matt business.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I am hoping I will have bought more materials and God willingly I will be producing and selling more doormats than ever before.
 
19th 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?
The amount I am receiving from GiveDirectly was meager and I could not start any tangible project with it. Therefore, I decided to embark on the strategy of saving in my mobile banking account. With this savings for the last four months, I am able to generate income from selling my farm produce to my neighbors and supplement with the profits from my small business to support my family with ease.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I have a new goal of starting poultry farming. I tried this business before and I made a handful out of it, unfortunately, some of the villagers came and stole the chicken when I was away admitted in the hospital. I am not giving up despite the occurrence since I need to have a source of income that will support me even after the GiveDirectly project has ended.
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 have been able to use the right mechanisms in farming this time around venture by buying hybrid vegetable seeds and fertilizer to help increase the farm produce and boost the growth within a small span of time. Today, I earn from the produce through selling some across the village to cater to our daily provisions like buying food.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I have a lot of expectations in the initiation of my poultry project. I hope that my savings would be enough to start this project with the monthly transfers. I believe when the project shall have picked up I will be able to sell eggs and a good number of chickens which in turn shall translate into a better income generation activity.
 
15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 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 from how it was in that, I used to struggle to get medication for my condition. My health was deteriorating at high speed but thanks to GD's support I was able to acquire medication for my health. Currently I doing better than I was.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I currently do not have any goals but I would desire to revive my poultry farming. I used to keep poultry but I was forced to sell them to acquire medication for myself.
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 purchase my medication with ease. This has allowed me to adhere to my medication which has resulted to good health and quick recovery. I am recovering from cancer of the tongue.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months God willingly I will have revamped my poultry business and it will be up and running. This will also boost my income and acquiring my medication will have been made more easier.
 
12th 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 have been able to get quality healthcare services because I was able to acquire the National Hospital Insurance Fund card. I use this card to go to good hospitals to get quality treatment. Before the transfers, I used to go to the local hospitals which were less effective and I would struggle with sickness for a long time even after getting treatments. Ever since I started using this card, I have been getting well as soon as I am treated which gives me humble time to develop my life.
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 start a poultry business. I plan to have a better future because of the life-changing opportunity given to me by GD. I would want to invest more in business so that I do not struggle to meet life demands as it was the case before the transfers.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life since I started receiving these transfers is that I have a vegetable business which is a stable source of income for me. Before the transfers, I used to struggle through casual work and farming which gave very little income for me. I was not able to meet my needs because the income I had was insufficient. The farm was not doing well due to being used year in year out hence the harvest could not sustain my life. I used to supplement the harvest with casual work at least to meet the basic needs of life but it was still a struggle. I am glad I do not go through the struggles anymore.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I plan to start the poultry business to add to my vegetable business. I know with this business I will have a stable source of income to help me improve on my financial status so as to avoid begging and borrowing as was the case before the transfers.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 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 am now able to take a much needed rest and even go to the hospital without any worry of who will run things around my house while am away because my house help is ablle to take care of everything.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I would like to take a loan so that I can expand my poultry farming business by adding more chickens and using the money to purchase their feeds.These transfers will be used to pay the loan.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I was able to employ a house help who can now assist me with the household chores because I am sick and cannot be able to take care of things like I did before.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I hope that I will be a well-known poultry farmer in my area who can be to supply big hotels because I ama planning to expand my poulrty business soon.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($5 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I would want to renovate my house so that it looks better and modern. The roof is faint and is leaking.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
There is no difference in my life so far. I am hoping things get better soon.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I am hoping to fully develop my plot which I bought so that I can better my life and family life and to start up a poultry business.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
There has been no difference in my life since I started receiving this transfer because I am still saving to use it for poultry business.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in my life is that I am old and unable to work hence I am forced to rely on my children who are working in other towns so as to get money for upkeep.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when am knitting door mats. This brings peace in my life as it is my hobby.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to revive my paultry farming project after the first an unsuccessful attempt. The transfers will enable me to buy chicken and chicken feeds.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is that I was able to educate my children up to college level thereby making them independent and productive people in the society.