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Elias
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
47
workCampaign
UBI
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18th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, I can pay school fees for my children easily and they get to have ample time studying in school and passing their exams. My family can also buy healthy food on a daily basis unlike when we could only afford one meal a day due to unstable income sources. Lately, I started to save my transfers and other earnings towards starting up a project to help me raise income for the family. This will be the main income-generating activity in my household.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have a goal of saving and starting up a business to help in the generation of income for my family
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The transfer really helped me at my point of need. I fell sick and was admitted to the hospital and my bill shot from zero to a hundred, so I added the transfer to other savings I had and some contributions I received from my relatives and settled the hospital bill. I cannot be grateful to GiveDirectly enough for saving my life. That is the biggest difference in my daily life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have saved the transfers and started the business which will be the main source of income for my family. We will earn income from it to buy food for daily consumption, pay school fees for my children and also buy them clothes.
 
15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I have paid school fees for my child who can now stay in school and concentrate on the studies. I fell sick and got admitted so I used the transfer to pay my hospital bill. I now feel better and can go about my day-to-day commitments. I bought a sheep that I plan to rear for financial security.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have been without fishing tools for so long so I plan to buy my own tools so that I stop working for someone else.
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 have been able to pay school fees for my child who now gets to stay in school and concentrate on the studies. I have been using transfers to pay for my children's school fees on time. I earn so little from my casual work that only caters only for our daily food.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I wish to venture into livestock farming by buying more livestock for rearing as a financial security of my family. I wish to buy fishing tools to equip me so that I stop working for someone and depend on my self-employment to raise income for my family.I expect to pay school fees for my child who will sit his exams the end of year.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time almost 3 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different in that, I can now pay school fees for my children and even provide food for them with much more ease thanks to the transfers. Initially, I used to engage in casual work which was so tiresome yet was not sustainable. I thank God I no longer have to struggle too much to earn a living.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to finish paying an installment that I had left halfway while purchasing a cow from my immediate neighbor. Once that is done, I will enjoy all the products from the cow. I can use the milk and even sell some for income.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I am a single parent, my wife left for the city (Nairobi) and has never come back. She left me with the responsibility of raising our children. This has not been easy because I am a casual worker but my earning is not enough to sustain my household but ever since I started receiving transfers, the burden has been made lighter. I used the money I received recently to pay school fees for my children as well as upkeep for my household.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect that in the next six months, I will have built a kitchen which will double up as my children's room. This will solve the problem that we currently are in where they have to sleep in the living room. They find it uncomfortable and they have consistently complained of lack of privacy as well.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different from the way it would have been had I not received the money in that I'm sure of all the meals in a day.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
i do not have enough seats in my house and I couldn't afford adding more bvecause I couldn't afford. Now that I'm expecting money friom GiveDirectly I'm planning to buy more seats.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving the money from GiveDirectly is that since I started receiving my children have been having enough time with their studies because through the money I have been able to feed them well and pay their school fee too.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have bought a few livestock for rearing as a way of investment.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time almost 4 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 build a kitchen that my daughters will spend the night since currently all of them sleep in my brother's kitchen as I plan to separate them to avoid peer pressure because some of them are old.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from how it would have been If I never received the transfer in that, I managed to pay my daughters bus fare to school and pocket money without borrowing from a friend which was out of the norm because previously I could borrw and was not even sure when I could refund the money.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six months in that, I will have managed to have my own fishing equipments will able me to run my own business.
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 payments from GiveDirectly is that, I am able to keep part of the money and use it in bits whenever I need in things like pocket money for my daughter, her bus fare and any other fee needed at her school .
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 4 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I'm currently facing is paying school fees for my children because what I earn from casual duties rarely clears the school fees. I'm therefore forced to save every coin to ensure all goes well.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evenings are my happiest part of the day, this is the time I'm done with fishing and I've earned some cash to feed and check on the welfare of my family.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I have plans of using the transfers to furnish my house, buy seats and fishing gears that I will use to fish and sell the same for money.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
I have struggled raising my children as a single parent, ensured they dress and eat without missing or skipping any meal.