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Chepkemoi
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
27
workCampaign
UBI
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16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 18 days ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Over the last four months, I have put all my efforts and money I receive on building a house. This house construction initiative has been only possible because of the money from GiveDirectly. I have already bought timber and some of the roofing sheets that are required. I am building this house because the one I live in now is too small to accommodate my two children, my husband and me. It is very uncomfortable having to sleep in the same room with my children who are already growing up to teenage. I am happy because soon I will be having a separate room for them.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I don't have a new goal because I am focusing on completing the house to accommodate us more sufficiently. To construct the house, I still have to buy 8 more iron roofing sheets to add to the ten that I already have. I will be spending all my money on the transfer to buy them each time I receive money for the next four months.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life is the huge steps that I have made towards building a bigger and a nicer house for my family. I have been living in a small and very old house that we started out in when I got married nearly five years ago. For all that time, I had always been trying a way to build the main house but did not succeed. Currently, construction of a large house is underway to provide us with a home of our desire. I have bought almost all the building materials for its construction using the money I get from GD and this gives me a lot of Joy knowing that my children will soon be sleeping in a room of their own.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to have changed in the next six months in that I will also be having a house to live in just like my neighbors. Building a new house to improve my home is ow the main focus and the money I get is dedicated to this course. As a yung mother, I desire nothing else more than having a decent home . This is going to be achieved by the end of the year 2019! The greatest achievement over the years of our marriage. My husband will also be running a petrol selling business that we are now contributing towards starting it.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is different in that I am now able to buy some of my family's basic needs without too much struggle like I used to do before.I have also been able to improve my farming practices by making sure that I use fertilizers on my farms whenever I am planting any crops. This has provided us with enough food for the family and has consequently reduced the burden of us struggling with casual labor to try and put food on the table for the family. I now have a cabbage farm that is ready for harvest. I will be harvesting my cabbages in the next two weeks. This is something I have never done nor thought of doing before.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My most immediate goal is to see our house construction come to start. We already have almost all the building materials but we are alive to the fact that much is still needed to bring this dream come true. We are working on accumulating enough funds to pay the house constructor and maybe get some of the most basic household needs in that house such as chairs and beds. We are struggling to keep contributing in our monthly merry go round and are sure that some of these accomplishments if not all of them shall be actualized within the next four months.
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 assemble the necessary materials for building a new house. The current house is too small for my family. It has always been a lowest moment for us as a family whenever we have visitors. It has been particularly embarrassing when the visitors decide to sleep over and we are forced to have them sleep at the neighborhood. This is so demeaning and has often made me lose my self esteem. We have not been able to save enough money from our casual jobs that earns us barely enough to feed the family. GiveDirectly transfers enabled us participate in the monthly merry go rounds and as the first beneficiaries, we have been able to use the money accumulated to buy the building materials. We are looking forward to having a new house in the days to come.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next few months, I expect to have relocated to my new house with my family. This means that we will be having a more dignified life and raising a healthier, happier family.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 10 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 four months ago because I am now able to put food on the table for my family without so much struggle as before. Life was hard initially since I was forced to do casual labour to get some money for my family needs
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal for the next four months is to complete constructing my new house having already bought enough materials to be used. Am plan to start living in the new house by early next year
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 is I am now happy because I managed to use the transfers I received to purchase iron sheets for the construction of a new house since the current one we are living is very squeezed.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six months since with the new house, my family will be well accommodated. Besides, with the cabbages seedlings that I currently bought and planning to plant them soon, they will be ready for sale in the next six months hence boost my income
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
Before I started receiving the transfers, i didn't think of growing cabbages in my farm. Currently, with the money i will receive in the coming months, i am planning to buy cabbage seeds then plant them in my farm. The harvest i will get will rally boost my income and enable me to grow even more
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
If i had never received the transfers, my life will be a bit stressed because i will still be struggling to look for money to buy the iron sheets and since i received the money and bought iron sheets, i now feel very confident in my plan of constructing another house.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect life to change to be better in the next six months because by then i will b having a new house and my family will be well accommodated. Also, since i plan to plant cabbage, I will have an extra income in my pocket which will enable me improve my life and the lives of my family hence be in the same position with other members of my village.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life since i started receiving the money is that i am now happy that i have moved a step ahead in my plan to construct a house since with the transfers i bought a few iron sheets. My current house is very small and i rally feel squeezed. Almost everyone in my village have bigger houses. I now believe that my dream of constructing a bigger house is coming true
 
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access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I've ever faced is when my only son got very sick and I had to look for help from others to cater for his medical bills.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the morning when I wake up and prepare breakfast for my family and then going to my farm to cultivate onions.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Am planning to spend my transfer on constructing a semi permanent shelter for my family.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement am proudest of occurred last year when I planted onions and the production was high. This resulted in more income for me and hence I was able to cater fully for my family.