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James
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
52
workCampaign
UBI
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21st 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 life is different from how it was before in that, nowadays I am able to comfortably pay for my daily expenditures. For instance, paying electric bills is no longer an issue anymore. As a result, my children can now study without straining. Initially, they would wake up very early so that they could do their homework in school before they start their lesson. I thank God because this is no longer the case anymore.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life ever since Give Directly came into my life is that I was able to pay for my National Hospital Insurance Fund. I feel secure because with this card I can get proper medication anytime I am unwell. This will help me avoid unnecessary borrowing. Diseases are like emergencies. No one plans to get sick, therefore it is always appropriate to be prepared for such cases by getting an insurance card
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My next goal in the next six months is to boost my fish business. I also have a canteen that I need to upgrade by adding a variety of goods depending on the demand of my customers. Since they are my major source of livelihood, I believe once I expand them and manage them well, my living standards will definitely improve. I will still be able to maintain the living standards I had acquired when Give Directly came into my life
 
18th 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?
Currently, I have peace of mind. I can easily settle my electricity bill which used to accumulate so much sometimes it would get disconnected. This was usually so expensive and took a lot of time going back and forth to request an agent to come do the reconnections. I also have been able to boost my business more and I can raise more income for my family. We can also afford to buy food daily, clothes to put on our back and also other little luxuries of life.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to save more and boost my business in order to increase my levels of income.
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 the peace that I find in depending on my business for the wellbeing of my family. I took a loan from a merry-go-round to help boost my business by restocking it and I have since used the transfers to pay off the loan. My business now helps generate more income to help change my family's day to day expenditure. I am forever grateful to GiveDirectly for according me the peace of mind that comes with the constant flow of money in my house.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to earn more income from my business. I would wish to save more to buy more stock to boost my business to increase its profit levels. This will see my family change their living standards for good.
 
15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 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 enjoy the comfort of electricity every day without fear of it being cut down. Initially paying the electricity bill was a burden so some weeks we were forced to stay in darkness. With the constant paying of the NHIF, accessing medical services has been made easier and even more affordable.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to build a bigger and spacious house for my family. This will see us move from the current small house and enjoy the comfort of space and privacy. Even though I do not have enough resource to build at once I have been purchasing materials each month and eventually I will start the project./
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the past four months, I have been able to consistently pay my National Health Insurance Fund. Besides that, I have also been paying my electricity bills monthly without fail. With the remainder, I have been adding stock to my shop which has seen my profits slightly increase with a small margin. I am optimistic that it will eventually grow to become a wholesale with this consistency.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I am looking forward to growing old gracefully and assembling materials that will help be build a better and more spacious house. This is a long term goal that will accomplished at God's best timing. Currently I am seeing my family enjoying the moment.
 
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 am currently living a less stressful life because I can easily pay my electricity and medical bills and still manage to afford better meals as compared to four months ago.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I don't have new goals in the next four months but to continue paying for my medical insurance card ( NHIF).
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
My daily life has changed in that, I have been able to easily pay for my monthly medical insurance ( NHIF) on time. Previously, I solemly depended on my business for household, personal and other bilIs like the insuarance which took a toll on my small business. This made me struggle a lot and at times I ended up borrowing from friends because I did not want to delay the monthly insurance payment due to my sickly condition. Today, I feel relived because I pay my insurance with less strain.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
with the payments, I will be able to submit the insurance fee without fail and so I will have the advantage of regular treatment and check-ups that will improve my general health. My electricity bills will also be up to date hence no more disconections.
 
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 current life is different from how it was four months ago in that all my bills are paid on time. I no longer worry of where to get money to settle the bills.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goal in the next four months is to expand my business. I want to start a butchery in my village.
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 at peace with my self given that I have been able to pay my bills on time.My health insurance cover is paid and up to date.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months,I expect my butchery business to be running. This means more profits to my family.
 
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?
The goal we have as a community is to start a table banking group where we will be loaning and saving and the end of it, everyone will have at least a goat from the savings.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My current life is different in that I have activated my medical insurance cover that had expired using that money and for now in case I fall sick I will not be anybody's burden.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months,I am expecting to have some goats for rearing after getting money from table banking group we are planning to form as a community.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest the difference in my daily life is that I do not have to get money from my business to pay to the electricity bills like I used to do.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have currently is low income which is a big challenge since I cannot fully satisfy my families needs and comfortably pay my bills.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is at night when I finally retire to bed because I forget all my challenges.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on expanding my business.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My greatest achievement am proudest of is having bought land and building a good house for my family.