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Lucy
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
48
workCampaign
UBI
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15th 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?
I have been investing the money in agriculture which has seen me get a good harvest which then keeps my family even during such moments where the country
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have the desire to buy two goats which I will rear until such a time in the future when they will give birth to more offsprings. I want to increase the size of my flock so that in any case I run into financial crisis in the future, it can be easy for me to sell out some of the goats and earn some little cash in return.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have been using the cash to handle a lot of things but the biggest difference for me is that I have been able to start a small scale business which has kept me going for the last one year since GD came to our village.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect a lot of changes in my life such as improving my business further so that I can get more profits from my small scale business. of selling kales, onions and tomatoes. I want to make sure that I always have enough stock so that my business does not collapse.
 
12th 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 four months ago because my family is currently able to have all the meals in a day. This was not possible in the past because I never had a reliable source of income. At times, we could go to bed hungry due to the lack of enough money to buy food. From the transfers, I managed to start up a small business which brings us some income thus making it easier for us to buy food.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to buy a dairy cow in the next four months which will provide us with milk that we can sell as well as keep some for domestic consumption. I have saved some money in a savings group which I am hopeful will be enough to get me a good dairy cow within the time I have planned.
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 preceding the current transfer is being able to provide for my family. My children's health have improved so much since they no longer fall sick frequently as they did in the past. My family and I are also able to get enough stock for our business since we can always invest part of our transfers in our joint business.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have saved more money to be able to buy more household items such as furniture which I do not have at the moment. Having good furniture will make my house look more beautiful and I will be able to welcome my guest without feeling ashamed and worried that they may be forced to sit on broken seats or eat on their laps.
 
7th 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?
My life is currently different from how it was four months ago in that I am able to afford three meals in a day.Previously this was not the case. Skipping meals was so common in my house.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months,my new goal is to buy some livestock for rearing. I do not have any.
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 no longer plough using my own hands which was so tiring. Now have money that I can use to hire an ox plough to help me cultivate my farm. I have more energy now.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months,I expect my cow to have reproduced and it will be producing milk so I no longer have to buy milk anymore.
 
2nd 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?
My new goal is to cement my house so as to look decent because currently with the muddy nature, I have to smear it after sometime which is hectic.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from how it would have been if I never received the transfer in that, I no longer feel cold at night because of the openings on the wall since I managed to smear the place.
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 managed to start a business like selling cereals to get money.
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 in that, I managed to buy water which was used in smearing my house . I am very happy because I no longer feel cold at night due to the small opening that were on the wall previously.
 
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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 faced in life was loosing all my properties during the post election violence in Kenya in 2007, I narrowly escaped death. I had to start life from a scratch.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is during mid-morning when I'm in a company of friends and relatives.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I'm planning to spend my transfer to improve my house by cementing it.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I'm proudest of is establishing my self into sustainable agribusiness, through it I've managed to provide for my family.