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Agnes
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
20
workCampaign
UBI
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
25500 KES ($254 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different from how it was four months ago because I managed to build a better house. I used to live in a house with an old rusty roof which leaked during rainy seasons. I also managed to start poultry farming which has been fetching me some income from the sales of eggs. I believe my poultry farm will grow and will be a more reliable source of income in future.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to buy a sewing machine. I have knowledge in dressmaking which I should be practising to earn some income but circumstances have hindered me. I had been working for somebody else in her tailoring shop but I quitted when the machine became faulty and left with no work to do. Having my own sewing machine would give me an opportunity to be self-employed as well as bring in some 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 building a new house. I had been living in a small house which was in a very bad condition. It had an old roof and was also small in size which was unbearable for my family. Putting up this new house has been a huge transformation in my life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have bought a sewing machine and started up my own tailoring shop. This has always been my desire but could not afford due to my financial status. Having my own sewing machine will enable me to raise some money thus I will be able to meet most of my household's basic needs.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
25500 KES ($253 USD)
access_time 11 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 the money is that by the time the money was sent I had no stock food, and we could go hungry at times. After receiving the money I bought a bag of corn and other foodstuffs that relieved us of the hunger. I'm now happy and peaceful knowing that my family is not going without food in a day.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have bought a sewing machine which will be providing me with income.
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 if I never received the transfer in that if it was not fpor the transfer by now I wouldn't have bought any building materials neither would I be having any hopes of buying them.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I'm a trained tailor but due to inadequate income, I couldn't buy a sewing machine and I didn't know I would one day own one but now that I'll be receiving some money from GiveDirectly I have a goal of buying a sewing machine so that I can have a source of income.
 
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access_time 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship moments was back in 2015 when my husband lost his and we relocated into the village where we had not invested on anything. Life became very difficult even getting food to eat was a problem. I can recount there were a number of days we went without meals.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Am always happy at noon since I would have been done with most of my family chores hence a free time to play with my kids as i take a rest.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to buy building materials so that I may build a new home. Should I remain with any little balance out of it, I shall buy livestock to keep as such can help in case of emergency.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
I was able to sell vegetables in our local market, saved the money until it was enough to build a kitchen. This saw me move from customarily cooking from my mother inlaw's kitchen to my own which has created sense of independence and responsibility.