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Selly
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
58
workCampaign
UBI
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26th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($21 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?
In the next four months, I have a new goal to add an extended room on one side of the newly constructed house. The two rooms we had already constructed are only enough to accommodate family members. we are now adding a visitor's room to cut the hustle of always seeking a sleeping place in the neighborhood whenever we are blessed with more than one visitor.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Upon receiving the transfers from GiveDirectly in the past two years, I have been working hard to ensure that I change a lot in our household. This has been a routine for every other household member also. The complete construction of a double-roomed house with walls made of bricks has been a step ahead in the last four months. This has changed our lives since we currently have spacious rooms accommodating everyone and it is indeed the biggest difference in my daily life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, we are expecting to have completed the construction work and will at least be relieved of the great work. We are currently sourcing only cement and bricks since we already have other requirements and once we find all of them, the construction work will be picking.
 
24th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 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 additional goal for the next four months is to finish building a room that I recently extended from my main house. This will serve as a bedroom for my visitors and children whenever they visit. My spouse and I will pool our transfers and use it to do this 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 is that I have been able to buy a dairy cow. I was able to achieve this using the savings that I was given in our merry go round group that I have been saving using part of my transfers. I believe that it will be calving soon and I will be able to save the money I would otherwise use in buying milk. Also, I will be earning an income from milk sales and use it to pay school fees for my son.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, my life will have changed in that I will have finished building an extension of one room. Due to this, I will be a happier person knowing that my visitors will not be sleeping in our sitting room anymore. Finishing the construction of this room will also enable me to start saving some money that I can later invest in other income-generating activities.
 
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?
My life is currently different in that I now live in a new and semi-permanent house even though in an unfinished state. I am currently in the process of trying to fish building it so that it can be in full use. I initially used to stay in an old house that was getting older each passing day and maintaining it was becoming more laborious. I am glad and happy to be living in a new house.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I built a new house and only concentrated to finish two rooms due to inadequate funds. My aim right now is to complete building another room within the house to a state of use.
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 am able to comfortably provide the family basic needs such as food without straining much. I used to run some banana and grains business but due to ill health, I could not run the business much hence little income. The transfer was able to complement the little that I earn from the small business.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My expectation in the near future is to fully live in the new house that I had put up but is incomplete. I am currently putting aside some savings to allow me to buy some few building materials and finish building the house. Once this is done, then I can move in fully. I expect that our state of living will improve in the near future.
 
16th 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 four months ago in that before I could sleep in a small mud house with my family but currently we are living in a new spacious brick house we are so grateful because we no longer expose to dust and my children have privacy.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goals in the next for months is to build an additional room for my children and visitors. This will make my children have privacy and a good place to study.
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 preceding the current transfer is that we are living in a spacious house with my family before we were living in a small mud house which could not accommodate all my family member comfortably. I was admitted to the hospital and I could not afford to complete the house that I started building. In the last four months, I have been saving some money from Givedirectly and this has enabled me to complete the brick house that I had started before receiving the transfer. My family is now comfortably living in a clean and spacious room unlike before. We are so grateful for the support.
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 would have completed building the new house for visitors.
 
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?
When Givedirectly visisted us for the first time, the house we are currently staying in had stayed unfinished for quite a while. I was able to do the interior finishing of the house and right niw it looks great. Its moee comfortable living in it. I also bought a dairy cow from the savings that I had kept from the transfer that I received. We are now able to pay school fees for our son comfortably without having to struggle.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I amplanning to do an extension of my house to create an extra room that will be a sleeping arear of our children. The house we have is starting to get squeezed and calls for a need for extension.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Befor we started receivingbthe transfers from Givedirectly, I was living in an unfinished house that had no ceiling boards. During the high, it would get so cold because there so many gaps and holes that allowed in cold air and it would be so cold. Right now we sleep so well and very comfortably since I did the interior finishing of the house and we live and sleep more comfortably. I am also more confident taking care of my children knowing that at no time will they lack food at home.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My expectation in the next six months is to have completed doing the finishing of the exterior of the house. I also want to have bought a water tank so as to reduce or cut completely the usual trips to the river. I also want to have a comfortable life and a beautiful lifestyle.
 
7th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time almost 6 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 four months ago since I able to save through a merry go round group unlike before and also I happy I have completed my house currently living in a better house.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The new or additional goals for my life for the next four months is to buy a cow.
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 preceding the current transfer is that I have completed building my house. This was a project that I had found it hard to complete it after I felt sick hence I could use all my income in my medication causing other family projects to remain undone or uncompleted.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months to come I expect to be living a better and happier life in that I will emporwered to my own personal project peacefully. I also expected to have bought a cow.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 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?
My new goals since i started receiving money fro, GiveDirectly is to buy a dairy cow.i sold the one i had to meet hospital costs when i fell sick and got admitted.I am going to replace it by this transfers.
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 been able to paint my house.i also expect to install window panes in the next few months.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months,my life will have changed because i will have a bought a cow .this will provide milk and an income.i will also have extend my house to add a room.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference since receiving my payments from GiveDirectly is that i have been able to continue with furnishing my house.I had slowed down in completing my new house because i lacked money for painting but i have now done it.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I felt sick two years where I received bed treatment for a over six months, this was the most challenging time to family. It was the biggest hardship in my life, my business stalled.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up feeling healthy and great for the day's activities.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend a part of the transfer on completing construction of my new house and the other part on buying a cow for my family.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The ongoing construction of a permanent brick wall house is the greatest achievement that I am proud of.