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Alice
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
59
workCampaign
UBI
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20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to start a grocery business in a nearby market center. I will use my next transfers from GoveDirectly to buy the starting goods. I will majorly be selling tomatoes and onions. From the profits I will be making, I will be able to provide food for the family while transfers will go to school fees for my son.
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 is the home improvement that I have done. I have bought some seats to make my stay at home comfortable. I am glad to have them because I didn't have enough seats for my spacious sitting room. I enjoy being home and even hosting visitors because of the improvement since they have where to sit on comfortably.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to have changed in the next six months because I will be using the transfers to run a grocery business. I also hope to have bought some chickens that may be another source of income through egg production. The income I will be getting from grocery business and poultry keeping will sustain us. I also know my son will be going on well with his education because I will be paying school fees on time using my transfers stating form January 2020. I expect to be successful in these many ways in the coming six months.
 
15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is different from how it was before because right now, I no longer go without food as compared to before. Working as a casual laborer is not as promising sometimes because you cannot be assured of the day's earnings. This means that sometimes we had to take a cup of tea and go to bed and this for my children was very uncomfortable. I am glad right now I can plan the monthly transfer well for the whole month and I never go round.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My goal right now is to ensure that my son's school fees is paid and on time so that he may have ample time studying. This will go along way in ensuring that he does well in his exams.
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 less worried about how to cater to my child's school fees. Since I majorly depend on casual jobs, one is not always sure of getting a day's work. Because of this, there is always that fear of not being able to cater for the family's needs including the school fees. Right now, I am able to plan and pay some school fees every time I receive monthly transfers.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My expectation in the near future is to ensure that my son's school fees is paid on time and hope he succeeds. Once this is done, I will buy some sheep and chicken for rearing. This will be a source of income once they mature. This will help improve our financial staus and generally improve our lifestyle as a family.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 9 months 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 am now able to buy the basic household needs without having to struggle to find the hard casual jobs and which often paid very little to get enough for the family. Gone are the day when we could overwork ourselves just trying to give a descent meal to our children and which sometimes could not even be enough for us. We also have more assets that can enable us meet any financial challenges that could come our way. Able to buy food, pay school fees, bought a goat with much ease.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have got no additional plans or goals for the next four months except to make sure that I pay school fees for my children in time. Nothing gives me much joy and satisfaction than to find that I am able to give the best to my children.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Over the last four months the biggest difference that has happened in my life is that I have been able to increase the number of assets that I own. I have been able to buy a goat from the monthly transfers that I receive and this will help me later on when I want to buy a cow. I will sell this goat as I pool other resources to buy a dairy cow. I also have been able to pay school fees for my children with much more ease than I used to find.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months I want to ensure that I have enough money accumulated in time with the aim of paying school fees for my children in time. I want to ensure that my children are not sent home for school fees at any one time. I want them to be in school all time round and give the best of themselves as well.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year 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 no longer overwork myself as much like I used to do. I plan myself knowing that I have a transfer every month.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My goal as at now is to buy a sheep for rearing at home. This will in the future help in settling bills and other needs.
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 no longer too stressed on how and whether I will get enough food for the day. When I get the transfers these days, I buy enough food that will last me till the next round.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect that in the next six months I will be owning a sheep and I will be living a better lifestyle than I am now.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($4 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?
When i receive the next transfer, i will decide what to do with it but may buy a sheep in the near future.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different in that I am happy and motivated because i know i will be getting some money monthly to help me with my basic requirements.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have improved my lifestyle and living in a better house. I also expect to have enough food for my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
There is no much difference i see in my daily life right now.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is that I feel overworked because I am the sole bread-winner of my family. Since my husband passed on in 1993, I have been struggling to sustain my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day at the midday when sharing a meal with my family. Presence of something to eat signifies success of my hustle.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on starting business of buying and selling farm produce.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is that I have built my own house using personal savings. I now have a good place to live and call home.