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Agnes
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
52
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?
I want to continue saving in a merry go round group as I wait for my child to join a secondary school in January 2020. This has always been my aim as I do not have any new or additional goals for the next four months. Saving in the merry go round group will enable me to pay for my children's school fees on time when they resume back to school after the holiday.
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 relieve that I got from doing menial jobs. I have been able to stay away from daily struggles to feed my family. I used to toil on people's farms daily and the income was usually not even enough to feed my family. Currently, I use the transfers to buy food that allows me to stay at home sometimes, working on my own farm.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Two of my children will be in secondary schools obtaining their desired education. Due to this, I believe that I will have paid most of their school fees in the next six months. This will always make me happy because they will continue with their studies without being interrupted. I want to make sure that I will have saved enough money through continuous contributions to my merry go round group by then.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
In the last four months, receiving this money means a lot to me as I have been able to pay my children's school fees. I have been struggling with a lot of difficulty on how to get money for educating my children, so Givedirectly transfers is a blessing to my family because I will utilise part of the money on school fees. My children will have a brighter future after completing their studies.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Part of the transfer which I had been receiving from GD, I got to save some through a merry-go-round and in two months time I will be receiving the collection. At the moment, I have an additional goal for in life for the next four months. I would intend to buy a dairy cow and add to my herd of livestock. I believe that expanding my dairy farming project. For surplus milk, I will be selling to make an extra income at the end of every month. The money which I will get from this investment will help me pay school fees for my children.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The greatest difference in my daily life since Give Directly came into my life is that I can easily plan for my life and be sure my plans will come to pass. Since I now have a reliable source of income, I decided to invest my recent transfer on farming so that I can get enough food for my family. Early this year I had planted some maize with the money which I got to plant some maize which in return I managed to get a good harvest. Now I no longer depend on casual in order to buy food. I thank Give Directly for thinking of providing unconditional cash transfers to us.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I believe I would have bought a dairy cow and that for surplus milk, I will be selling to make an extra income at the end of every month. The money which I will get from this investment will help me pay school fees for my children.
 
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?
In our village, most casual jobs are available during planting season and that I have been doing farming and also depending on casual jobs. Now receiving the transfer, it has helped me to meet other family needs which I would have not gotten due to the inconsistency of earnings.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I would expect to build a house for my sons who are now spending in our kitchen. Due to a few casual jobs which are basically available seasonal during planting time. I wouldn't be able to save for purchasing the building materials but in the next few months, it will be my turn to receive merry-go-round collection. I intend to spend the money to purchase building materials and build a house for them so that they can have a good place to sleep and study with less distraction.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I had been struggling to pay school fees for my children since am not employed and my husband is a drunkard who doesn't care much for the family. I have one child in high school and two in upper primary school and it has been so hard providing for them. I have been taking the little milk I get from cattle to my son's school so that he can be allowed to study. I also sought casual jobs to fend for my family and to raise school requirements for the other children. Sometimes, I failed to get any jobs, especially during the planting season like now when there isn't so much to do on the farms, which forced us to go hungry and even lack the basic household needs. Thankfully, these monthly transfers from GD have enabled me to take care of the critical needs in my family which I would not have managed due to inconsistency in earnings. I no longer have to struggle as much as I did before.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I would expect to have to buy a quality dairy cow so that when it starts lactating I got to sell milk. This will be a reliable source of income. This will enable me not to engage in heavy casual work and concentrate on dairy farming which I love the most.
 
7th 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 currently is different since I have been able to do some farming.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The only goal I have is to finish the house I am building and ensure that it has a ceiling.
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 happiness.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in that I will have finished building my house.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goal now is that since am living in a leaking grass thatched house I want to use these money to complete an iron roofed house so that we can move in and save ourselves from cold related diseases.I also want to fix electricity in it to ensure that all night activities are well done and there is warmth in the house.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is now different because I don't strain too much for casual jobs which in return earned me small cash that only catered for half of the needs .Life has been hard for me being the main bread winner and also supporting my children in school.I am now at peace since I received these transfers from GD and my son was able to report to school easily.I also know all the other children will study now easily.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six months to more comfortable and energetic. I expect to leave in a better house since currently and I am leaving in a leaking grass thatched house.I have an incomplete iron roofed house that I plan to use these money to complete it and hence be a bit comfortable and away from cold seasons.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My biggest difference is that these time is that I was able to buy shoes for my son in the shortest time possible and was able to go back to school without losing even a day unlike before I would struggle too much until I find money to buy it and mostly it would take even a week to raise such an amount and he will miss school for many days which will also interfere with his studies.
 
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 when I am not able to feed my family well because of lack of food. This was mainly contributed by pests that affected the maize crops.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening because i would have toiled so hard during the day and am able to share what i got with my family and atleast take a rest.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spent my transfer on fee payment for my children and to complete building my house since i have not made doors yet.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that am proudest of is seeing my children complete their studies through my tireless effort and i thank God for that.