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Felix
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
19
workCampaign
UBI
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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Four months ago, I had no hope of ever making it in life. This was because I was not able to complete my high school due to my mother's inability to pay my school fees after my father passed on in my final year. Without the K.C.S.E certificate, I only saw myself as a failure because no one would hire me even if I was to look for a decent job. My life has now taken a positive turn since I decided to take a course on car painting which now gives me the hope of one-day getting employment or even starting my own business. This would not have been possible without these transfers and I am so grateful to GD for the charity.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My only goal right now is to complete paying the required amount at my learning centre before I can focus on any other thing. I normally make the payments using the monthly transfers, therefore, I know it will take some time to clear because the money comes in bits.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I decided to take a course on buffing(car painting) from the beginning of this year. This has changed my daily life because I am now very busy and no longer idle as I was before. I leave home quite early and come back very late which leaves me no time to engage in useless activities together with my peers which was the order of the day some months back.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I am expected to complete the course in the next six months after which I will be able to seek employment. I expect a great change in my life because I will be having an income of my own that will enable me to take care of my over-burdened mother and even ensure that my siblings stay in school and not end up dropping out as I did due to lack of school fees.
 
7th 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?
Since I depended on casual work and village odd jobs, I was not able to raise enough money to improve the status of my life. I could not depend on my parents for everything after they struggled to take me to school. I had to find a way to survive. I used to sleep on bedding I had in school because I never had money to buy new ones. They were old and my blanket was torn. This really caused me uncomfortable sleep at night, especially during the rainy season and I also had to borrow clothes from my friends anytime I wanted to go for a journey. Right now, I feel very proud because I have new bedding and clothes. I do sleep well and I don't have to beg anymore for clothes.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
As I continue with my course, I want to ensure I also take my siblings to school. I know the benefits of studying hence I will share the little i get to pay their school fees. I know once they are done with studies, they will get well payingb jobs to support me as I will also do to them.
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 this transfer is that I am currently on a course which will help me geta job to give me an income. I am not idle anymore as I used to because I lacked what to do. After my secondary school, I did not have money to further my studies so I was just at home doing odd jobs for a living. Since I started receiving these transfers, I registered for a mechanic course which is completing this year. I know my life will be better after the course because I will be getting an income from a mechanic job. I really appreciate GD.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I want to finish my course so that I can finally start earning. I have already secured a place where I will work. I will ensure I use my yransfers wisely to pay both my fees and that of my siblings and come next year if all goes well, I will be financially stable. This will help me sustaing my needs and that of my sibling.
 
3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
4560 KES ($45 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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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 money from GiveDirectly is that I'm proud I'm developing skills in welding. If it wasn't for GD, I would be idling back at home.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to be perfect in welding and start practicing it.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from the way it would have been had I not received money from GD in that I now have skills in welding and I believe in the near future I'll have perfected my skills at it.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I do not have a new goal instead I want to concentrate on welding training.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship has has been lack of school fees that has forced me to drop out, after the death of my father who was the main provider in the family, life changed and i had no option but to drop.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is mid morning when we share and work in the farm as afamily, to me it symbolises unity in the family.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to go back to school and sit for my form four, i dropped out in form three after my fathers death.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement so far is passing my kcpe exams, i scored 285marks and joined alocal day school before i was forced to dropped out.