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Paul
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kenya
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faceAge:
23
workCampaign
UBI
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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?
Previously, I relied on farming and casual work as the main source of income but it wasn't reliable thus I experienced challenges in meeting most of my needs. I'm glad through the GD transfers, I was able to start hair cut business thus an additional source of income. This has relieved me of the shame of borrowing money from friends to meet some of my needs.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
For the next four months of my life, I have an additional goal of saving some money so that I can use them to enroll in a driving school next year. This will mean additional skill thus stand more chances of getting more job opportunities that will earn me more 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 in the last four months preceding the current transfer is the fact that I now have an additional source income. I used the previous transfers to start up a hair cut shop and I'm glad I'm able to earn something from it which has enabled me to comfortably meet the family's needs. This is unlike previously when I only depended on casual work which was unreliable.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My main aim currently is to save some money so that I can enroll in a driving school. I'm planning to achieve this through the coming transfers. Therefore, I believe that in the next six months I'll have saved enough money to enable me to enroll in a driving school.
 
15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I used to lead a hard life because of financial challenges but currently, I'm proud and I can say that my living standards have improved. This is because I have been able to start up a barbershop business which earns me income on a daily basis. In addition to that, I was able to lease some land where I'm currently farming on and I'm hoping for a good harvest. I will use the harvest to plan well for my family and even sell some to raise money for other family needs. This is how different my life is from how it was four months ago.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I'm planning to join a driving school so that I can have an additional source of income alongside the barber shop. So for the next four months of my life, I have a goal of saving some money so that by next year January I'll use it to enroll for a driving course.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Previously I didn't have a reliable source of income instead I relied on farm produce for survival which was not reliable. I'm happy and proud I now have a stable source of income. This is because I used the previous transfers to start up a barbershop. I can now afford to save some money because of this business and all thanks go to GD.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
All my hopes and dream are currently focused on enrolling in a driving school so, in the next six months, I expect to have saved enough money to enable me to join a driving school. I know after the course I will get a driving job where I will earn additional income to help me cater for my family needs well. I want to give the best to my family so that we can be happy.
 
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?
My life is currently different because I have saved my first transfers and started a barbershop. This has enabled me to earn daily income for my family hence change in our living standards. I also bought a generator which I use to sprinkle water on my tomatoes farm. I can harvest the tomatoes to sell and consume too.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have a new goal. I want to save more towards paying driving course. With this course, I believe I can land a better job and earn some more income for my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I started saving right when I received the first transfer in a merry-go-round to start a barbershop. The biggest difference in my daily life is that I can get daily income from this business to provide for my family. We can easily afford healthy food and a few meals in a day unlike when we would go without food for days.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to boost my barber shop business to increase the income for the family. I also plan to save towards building a new house as I do have a thatched roof that leaks when it rains. I also believe I shall have graduated from my driving course which will help me land a good and better job hence increase in income for the family.
 
8th 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?
My life is
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to join driving school
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 l have manage to save so amount that will enable start my project on barbershop, which l am very sure will change my life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months l expect to have started my project of barbershop.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($5 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?
My new goal is to save the money I am receiving so that I will be able to take another course alongside the driving one I am currently taking.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Were it not for the money I received from GiveDirectly,I could have never managed to attend my lesson for that day. That is how it changed my life for that day.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have finished my driving course and started on something else with all my fees having been cleared.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily is the less struggle I had to put in looking for money spend on transport to town that day to attend my driving classes. The piece of relief I had that day was just so nice.
 
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access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is being unable to raise money for medication. I have an eye problem that comes with severe pains and because I can not raise money for medication,I only apply eye drops and has to endure the pain for so many weeks.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening.At such time,am always in the company of my friends taking time to cool off from hard work that characterises my days as we tell stories and crack jokes.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I plan to spend my transfer on paying my college education fees.Having completed my secondary school education last year,Give Directly to me has come at the right time and will help me pay my college fees.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement am proudest of is contruction of my first house while still a student. When I was in form three,I would use my part time to operate motorcycle taxi and managed to save for one year. By December 2016,I had my first house.