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Aggrey's family
Aggrey
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
38
workCampaign
UBI
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18th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 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 currently is different from how it was in that I can afford to purchase three meals in a day. This was never the case. We survived on a single meal the entire. The remaining parts of the day we took tea. This was a hustle but we had to survive.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to finish paying the loan that I had acquired to purchase and install the solar system after which I will venture into livestock keeping
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 we now use a solar panel to give light at night. This is an improvement from the kerosene lamps that we used before. The soot they produced was a hazard to our health. Besides that, I also get to save as I no longer have to buy kerosene instead I used the sun which is freely given to us.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I will have finished paying my loan and I will have bought a few livestock. This will make me a happy man having been taken from grass to grace thanks to GD.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, I have a flow of money which makes it easy for us to meet the daily needs as a family. I have the building materials that I can now use to build a new house. I see a dream come true in my life which I never thought I would fulfil.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have a new goal of saving and buying livestock for rearing for the financial security of my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have been able to save and buy building materials i.e. iron sheets that I plan to use in building a new house. I have been living in my fathers compound and I would wish to move to my own home where my children can get space to build their own houses. I thank GiveDirectly so much for enabling me to save the funds towards this project.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I shall have bought enough materials and built the new house and my family will be proud to be living in a very spacious compound. I would have also bought the livestock for rearing for the financial security of the family. I expect to furnish the house by buying the furniture that I require to beautify my house too.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time almost 3 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Secondly, I find peace in my family on financial matters. Before the transfers, I used to quarrel with my wife regularly on very many issues. This is because we had very little money to handle our issues and in most cases when we were budgeting, we would end up quarrelling because there was not enough in the house yet we had different priorities in the house. Ever since I started receiving the transfers, I have found peace because most of my needs have been handled and I am able to solve most of them in time.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal in the next four months is to clear the solar system. I bought the solar system on hire purchase and I am still paying for it on monthly basis. I would want to clear the balance and start focussing my finances on other family demands such as school fees.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life since I started receiving these transfers is that I have a solar system in my home. I have always desired to have a solar system because I felt it was costly to buy kerosene every day. The smoke emitted from the use of kerosene too was not healthy for my children and yet they use it daily when studying at night. This is the reason why I tried to work hard to buy a solar system so as to keep my family healthy and to use the money on buying kerosene on daily basis on other family needs.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I would want to buy building materials such as iron sheets, timber and nails which I will use in building a house in my own home. I have become of age to have my own home hence I plan to start early so that I do not struggle when the time comes to move out.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 3 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is different because I have been able to acquire a new TV set and a new solar system that have always been an elusive dream but I have been able to acquire it right now. I will now be able to watch news and be updated with the current affairs happening in the country.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to use the money to repay my debts which have accumulated for quite sometime now. In= do not want to take so long before completing my debts.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have been able to buy a new solar system that has been my dream for so many years but I was not able to buy it due to lack of finances. I use the solar system to provide light within the house which has seen me move away from using kerosene lamps. My kids will be studying even at night very comfortably as opposed to how they used to struggle in using the kerosene lamps.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Six months from now I think there will be a change because I will have an easy time in making financial plans such as building anew house for my family. I plan to build my new home away from the my fathers compound and make me live more comfortably.
 
3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 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?
I am planning to install solar lighting and take care of my family in terms of clothing and their well-being.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Currently there is ease in terms of income. Before I had to work extra hard to achieve targets in my household. Before this was a struggle.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, my house will be good looking and well lighted. I also will have furniture in my household.
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 from give directly is I desired to buy a solar panel to light my home and this is coming to implementation.
 
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access_time almost 4 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in my life is that my income is very low and it takes time to get any meaningful cash from farming so this makes me to delay some of the things that I want to do for my family. This include paying school fees for my children and ensuring that they have clothes and food to eat.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I go to my farm to plough it in order to plant maize and beans. This makes me happy because it is my source of livelihood.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to save my transfer on M-shwari so that it can build up my savings which I will spend on paying school fees for my children, I will buy clothes for my children, furniture for my house and cement which will be used in repairing my house.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is that I started a family when I had no house but through farming, I managed to build a house for my family.