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Irene
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
21
workCampaign
UBI
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12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 29 days ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Previously, I relied on casual jobs which majorly included cultivating my neighbours' farms for a living. This source of income wasn't giving me much hence we were living a life of hand to mouth and investing in different projects would not be possible for that case. Therefore my life is currently different in that I have been able to supplement my income with the monthly transfers meaning budgeting for my family's needs is now easier and also engaging in other development projects such as a goat that I recently bought in the last two months.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal in the next for months is to save and from the saving, I will use to put up a store for storing my farm produce mainly cereals hence I would no longer have to use the sitting room as the storage area in the harvesting seasons.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Previously, I relied on casual jobs meaning the income was meagre that couldn't sustain my family's needs that majorly includes cultivating my neighbours' farms. The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months is that I have been able to buy a goat with the savings from the transfers. This goat in the unforeseeable future once their population increases significantly, I will be able to sell some of them and cater for emergencies which would crop up. Keeping animals such as a goat also comes as a source of pride according to our culture and tradition too.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the last six months in that I have cultivated my farm through hiring workers and the result for it is being able to cultivate a bigger parcel of land unlike before when I used to cultivate by hand. After the harvesting season, I am certain of getting enough food for my family and even sell the surplus to earn an income to meet other household needs.
 
8th 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?
My life is different from how it was four months ago because I am now able to pay school fee for my children with ease. I normally make sure that every month I make a bit of some savings to enable me pay fees for my children so that they spend most of their time concentrating on their studies.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to save some cash so that we can buy a cow and a goat that my husband and I will use as a dowry payment that we expect to take place within the next coming four months. I hope this will come to pass and make the union legal according to the customary laws.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have been able to buy so many iron sheets using the cash that I have been receiving from the organization. Had it been that I was not getting the help from the organization, then right now even building a new house would have remained a dream for a long time to come.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I will have built a new house which means that my family will have a more spacious and house that accommodates everyone comfortably. Additionally, my husband and I plan to go for dowry payment like our tradition dictates. This will seal our marriage and probably just make it a recognized union by both families.
 
4th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 9 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 daily life is the ease I have gotten in purchasing the iron sheets. I do not have to work so hard to get the money with the menial wages I get.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months,I expect my dowry to have been paid and b that time I will staying in my own compound.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different in that I have iron sheets,something that was so hectic for me before. I have also managed to buy a few of my household items and that I lacked before.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goal is to ensure my husband pays my dowry as required of us by traditions.
 
Enrolled
access_time 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing is inability to feed my family as I got very low yields due to famine.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am done with the household chores and we are having account for the day with my spouse. At this time I play with my children.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on educating my children, building my own home and buying some cattle with the remaining amount.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is the dairy cow which I bought from the sale of my farm produce. This has indeed improved the diet of my family as well as earned us little income from the sale of milk.