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Ednah
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
45
workCampaign
UBI
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26th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have been planning to buy a sheep for a few months now but every other time I want to, the money gets diverted. My goal is still to buy a sheep to rear. This will be part of the livestock that I rear and can come handy in case of emergencies. It will act as security.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The fact that I am able to meet my daily needs such as food is the biggest difference in my daily life. I am also glad that the transfers helped me top up and buy another cow after the one I previously had developed some skin disease.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
One of my sons just got himself a bride. This means that soon my inlaws will need some bride price and my expectation in the next six months is to have bought another cow that would be part of the dowry for my daughter in law. I would not want them to find me empty-handed or force me to give the few cows that I currently rear.
 
23rd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional plans for the next four months is to add additional livestock in form of goats. I plan to do this by getting assistance from my children with the monthly transfers that I get as well. Goats mature much faster and I know that they will be of great help to me in due time in terms of meeting any financial obligations that may come up anytime anywhere.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life that has occurred to me over the last four months is the cow that I have bought with the money from merry go round contributions that we normally conduct with other household members. I was able to accumulate funds from this merry go round and with those funds, I was able to buy a cow that I am optimistic shall be of great help to me and to my family going forward. I have also been able to improve my place of residence from a grass thatched house to an iron roofed house from these monthly transfers and with the help from my sons who earn some extra income from the casual jobs they are doing.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect my life to change in that I shall have additional livestock that will help me meet financial emergencies. I shall be living a more independent life that will not see me over relying on my sons who have their young families that look up to them as well. This should also mean that my living standards shall have risen above that which I am now living. I feel so much grateful for this transfers.
 
20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I am one of the happiest widow ever. Now I am living a better life which I wouldn't imagine I would ever live. I have been empowered by these transfer which I have been receiving from GiveDirecetly to acquire some of the things which I wouldn't afford were it not with the transfer which I receive from this organization. Now I got I cow which I didn't have before and also I have been able to purchase household items which I didn't have initially.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I would like to save my next transfers to buy a goat so that whenever I got a financial need I would sell offspring to pay school fees for my child or even met any other financial need which might arise in the future.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
As a widow, I'm so happy that this money helped me acquire some items which were lacking. Previously I owned livestock but I sold all in order to pay school fees for the children. I'm so glad that I managed to buy a cow that will reproduce and supply me with milk for consumption and sale. If it wasn't of GiveDirectly I wouldn't have been in a position to pay school fees for my children.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My main aim in the next six months is to acquire more goats so that I would sell some whever I got an emergency financial need. These goats will act as assets and hope with time they will reproduce and increase in number. This will garunteed me financial support whenever I sell some.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 2 years 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 no longer have to go out for long hours in search of any casual labour to be able to meet most of the needs. I have also been able to get the things I need on credit since I am assured of getting a constant monthly source of income
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional plans for the next four months is to be able to help my second son to be able to build his new house and be able to lease a land that will enable me practice diversified farming.
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 now have a more comfortable house to stay in, I sleep well after being a buy a bed and a mattress and I have been able to buy a dairy cow that is going to help us meet most of our family's needs.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
The dairy cow that we bought shall help us a lot in meeting the household needs that are at times hard to get due to lack of enough cash. This shall be a thing of the past and will generally improve our standard of living.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Living in a new good looking house is one of the things that have changed my life. I hated seeing my sons shying away from bringing their friends home to visit me. One of my sons recently bought me furniture before the new house as he is benefiting from the transfers. Since I build the house, my sons have come home with their fiancees which is now encouraging them to make bold steps in life. I am glad to see that they are heading towards getting married as they have come of age and heading in the right direction. I also own two cows now that I have already bought form these transfers. Buying a cow was actually impossible for me without GiveDirectly.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next six months, I will keep paying installments for a cow that my sons brought. I will contribute towards clearing the cost of owning the cow.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest in my daily life is that I now have a new house. I recently completed building a house. We jointly put the money together with my sons and bought roofing sheets. I want us to live in a nice home where my sons will be proud even to bring their friends. I will be confident to host their fiancees unlike before when the state of our homestead was shaming. I was living in a house that was grass thatched and leaking. It was in a destitute state. I am happy to have a beautiful house.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, one of my cows will be producing milk. This will empower me as my household wiill meet its needs easily. I will be very happy to feed and keep the cow well and not worry any further about food. The money I will get form selling milk will be meeeting my basic needs and that of my familt.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different because I am now healthy and happier before I was ashamed to welcome visitors to my house.Nowadays I sleep well because I bought a new mattress and also now how to use the phone but at first I used to be scared when it rang.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is repay debts and buy a heifer in 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 these transfers have enabled to buy iron sheets and build a new house and also I bought maize seeds of which am currently weeding.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to buy a bed, a cow and buy sheep especially for visitors.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($4 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
Since i know i will be getting monthly transfers, i want to build a better, appealing and a more comfortable a house for us. This is is goal i intend to achieve soon.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
We are more happy and more hopeful for the future. We know the few plans that we had will soon come to pass with the help of the transfers.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next few months, i wan to be living in a better and a comfortable house and also want my sons to have married.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I have not felt much difference only that the little money we received came in handy for some food we bought.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 3 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I lost my husband who was the head of the family that made me struggle alone with the children and it wasn't easy to me to run my family as a single mother yet I had not planned.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happy about my afternoon session of the day because that is when my business starts picking .
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to build a new house.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
I am happy that when I do my small scale farming and reap as I expected then sell the produce I get money that enables my children to go school.