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Nicholas
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Motorcycle or bicycle taxi
faceAge:
23
workCampaign
UBI
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16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 8 days 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. I managed to plaster my floor using the payments I got from Give Directly. This has brought a change in my life because I now have more time to do other activities. Cleaning a plastered flour takes a very short time and I use less water compared to the mud floor. I also don't have to repair the floor more often. It will take several years before I think of repairing this plastered floor.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I don't have an additional goal at the moment. I want to continue investing in the poultry farm that I had started doing using the previous transfers.
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 I am happier and ambitious in life. Through the payments I got from Give Directly, I finally managed to plaster my house and started a poultry business. This makes me happy because life is easier and manageable. I find it cheaper to maintain a plastered house compared to a mud-walled one. It is also easier to clean plastered houses.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six months because I will have bought a cow. I plan to buy a cow because there is high demand for milk in this area. Animal feeds also do well in this region and I think I should take advantage of that. I also have enough space and equipment and the right skills for rearing a dairy cow. I will, therefore, continue saving my monthly income and buy a cow.
 
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?
The biggest difference in my life in the last four months is building a new and decent house. I have also succeeded in fixing a steel door in it. Initially, I was spending at my brother's house but now I have my own house.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, my additional goal is to buy bags of cement which I shall use to plaster my house. Since the soil, we always use while building houses in this place is weak, plastering it will the house will make it strong and long-lasting.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the last four months preceding the current transfer, the biggest difference in my life is building and owning a new house. I have currently been living in it and I feel happy having my own house. In the past, I was living in my brother's house, and I was not always enjoying my freedom since I had to live by his principles.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to renovate my house so that it can look more decent. I shall, therefore, prioritize saving my transfers and use them to buy bags of cement and sand for plastering its walls and its floor. Currently, the floor is made of earth and it occasionally generates specks of dust which is harmful to my life.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
In the past four months I did not have a guaranteed income from GD hence could not plan for projects. But now, I am planning to purchase a motorcycle because I expect an income every end month together with my saving my projects become it achievable.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to buy a motorcycle that will help me generate income. My current work does not give me enough money to susstain my needs and prjects hence I think the motorcycle will help boost my income.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference that I have seen for the past four months is that I have been able to purchase iron sheets towards the construction of my house. I have been spending in my brother's house but I usually get inconvenienced whenever he comes home with his family.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I will be having my own house and will no longer have to struggle with a place to sleep like I used to before. My savings will have matured and I will have bought a new motorcycle hence increased revenue.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I want to build my own house with this transfer given that currently I stay in my parents house. this will be a dream come true.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Currently, I am able to provide for my family given that my mum and dad are old and cannot engage in hard labor this transfers have eased my work in terms of household expenses.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I see my self staying in my own house with a heard of goats right in front of it. This will be like a night mare when it comes to pass.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is that I am able to buy my own goat with this transfer and I will see them increase in number becoming a heard.
 
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What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life has been owning a land to build my own home since I do not have any land in my name. I have been trying to safe some little money to help me buy land but still it cannot be enough.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is always in the evening knowing that God has protected me the whole day and Knowing that I would not go hungry.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Am planning to spend my transfer on constructing a new house since I currently live with my grandmother but I would wish to own a house.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The proudest achievement in my life has been starting a motorcycle bodaboda business which has enabled me to not lack the basic needs in my life. The business has also enabled me to offer financial support to my old grandmother whom I live with.