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Sarah
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
46
workCampaign
UBI
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16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
When I started receiving these transfers, I was not in perfect health and it took GiveDirectly transfers to be able to seek for medical attention. My hands were aching most of the times and this could not allow me to perform heavy duties. Being a person that relies solely on casual labour, life was very difficult for me. I have since been able to seek medication and I am getting better each day. The kind of medicine that was prescribed to me is quite expensive and GiveDirectly transfers have always helped me meet the cost. I can now engage in any form of casual labour and this has made it easier for me to provide food for my family.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I intend to start brick making business. i plan to use the GiveDirectly transfers to hire a casual labour to be able to make the bricks. I have a piece of land that will enable me to produce the bricks and this will make the manufacturing cost much more affordable for me. My intentions are to manufacture up to 10000 bricks in the next four months.
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 the money has assisted me a lot in making sure that I keep my children in school without having to beg for assistance from anyone at any given time. I have also been able to improve my home to be a better place to stay in by being able to buy delight solar.I have also been able to meet most of my family's basic needs without having to struggle a lot like I used to do before. This has given me much joy and pride as a parent.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months I expect to have produced up to 10000 bricks and sell them. The money got from the brick business shall help me build a new house and pay school fees much more easily than I can now.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
It has become possible for one of my sons to realize his dream of taking a medical course. He is so passionate about it and this being a very expensive course to a peasant farmer like me I was worried about its coming to a reality. I paid school fees for him from the money I received. I also support him at school by paying for food and other needs for him and my other son in school.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I plan to save money to make bricks so that I can build a house.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference is that GiveDirectly that helped to obtain treatment. I am under medication for a chronic disease that requires me to use tablets to control pain. I get daily doses courtesy of the transfers. I would have had to borrow all over from relatives and friends and this would not even come at the time of need. It was also uncomfortable as I felt as if I was turning into a beggar but I know have all my monthly supply of the medicine. This gives me some hope of living well.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I will be living in a decent house that I will have build. In addition one of my sons will have completed his college education.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 11 months 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 do not struggle anymore because am assured of medication and children's basic needs are catered for.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
God willing am planning to start buying sand as from next month for construction of a house for my sons.
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 these transfers have boosted my medication and children's school basic needs.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my son to join college because the transfer will boost personal expenses. I expect to have completed building my son's a house.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Enrolled
access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship i have had in life is that of illness. At times i may not be able to carry out my duties well due to joints problem in my hands and the entire body.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up healthy.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on paying for upkeep of my children at school
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that am proudest of is that I have been able to pay school fees for my children and still struggling with it. It has all been through the help of God and am happy that he has seen us through.