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Dorcas
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
26
workCampaign
UBI
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21st Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My only goal, for now, is to finish paying for the course which I am currently undertaking now. I would not want to drop out in the process because of finances. I still want to channel my transfers to pay for it so that I can take the shortest time to finish the course.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I am currently undertaking a tailoring course which I used the transfers to register for. Before the transfers, I did not have any source of income and depended on my parents for all my needs. I finished my secondary school education two years ago and because we did not have enough finances, I was not able to continue with my education. I used the transfers to register for the tailoring course which I will be finishing by April next year. I will then be able to start my own business to sustain my needs. Thanks to GD for the transfers, I know my future will be better.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My life will be different in the next six months in that I will have finished the tailoring course which I am currently undertaking. At the rate which I get money on a monthly basis from GD, I will be able to raise enough money to clear the required fees arrears and buy my own tailoring machine to start my own business. I know by the time I am finished with the course, I will have enough money to buy my machine and start my own business which will help me in meeting my needs and even support the family well. At least, I won't have to depend on my parents as I have always done in the past.
 
19th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, my life is different from how it was in that, I am able to take care of my needs easily. I was able to go back and continue with the tailoring course which I had left due to financial constraints. I am also a proud owner of a cow which I had bought with the saving from the monthly transfers.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to start a new business which will probably that of operating a tailoring shop. This has always been my passion. Currently, I am doing a course that is geared towards this project and the course has been fully financed by GD's transfers. I will hopefully complete the course by the end of December and establish my business thereafter.
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 owning livestock for the first time in my life. Through GiveDirectly transfers I was able to buy a dairy cow. I had been saving my previous transfers and finally accomplished this long-awaited goal. I could not be able to save money to buy one because I could get as little as 200 KES from menial jobs which were hardly enough to meet my daily needs. I am grateful for the financial support which has made me reach my goal.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect that my life shall have changed in that I will have bought the equipment needed for my business to operate. Tailoring has always been my passion since I was a child and I am certain that this business will work out and better our living standards in the long run.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 5 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 how it was four months ago because l am now training as tailor and very soon I will be able to get employed and start earning my own money.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to start a business of selling second hand clothes as my source of income because as much as I completed my course of tailoring I am still not stable to start sewing, because I do not have sewing machines but I am planning to have one very soon with the support from give directly.
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 l manage to spend the money I have been getting from give directly to pay for my tailoring course which has been my dream all along although could manage to take the course because I did not have the money to pay the fee and my parents too were not able to raise the money, since they do nit have stable income. l now have my own job and I can now independent I will not depend on my parents for any thing.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months I expect to have started business of selling clothes and getting money for my up keep and also to support my parents pay school fee to our siblings.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 5 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 how it was four months ago in that I am currently enrolled in a tailoring course. Four months ago, I had less money since I was saving for my daughter who is now enrolled in a High School. I was, therefore, unable to enrol and pay for my course.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal in the next four months is to rent a piece of land. I will be using it to farm kales, cabbages, tomatoes and cowpeas which I will sell and earn an additional income to support my family. I will, therefore, be relieved from financial burden once this materialises.
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 successfully enrolling my daughter in a High School. Since I always rely on farm-based casual labour, I least expected that I could one day be able to take my child to a High School. I thank God for GiveDirectly which has made this possible through the transfers it has been sending me.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have learnt how to tailor nice dresses. This will give me the confidence to start my own tailoring shop from which I will be able to earn more income. I will, therefore, be self-dependent and embark on supporting my children to acquire the highest level of education they will aspire to attain.
 
7th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My family can now dress well as we can afford better clothes. I can easily pay school fees for my child so they do not have to stay out of school. These transfers have helped me boost my business which can now generate more income for my family.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I do not have any new goal as I need to concentrate on previous ones.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I now have easy access to money as I receive transfers every month and I can rely on that to boost my business which generates more income for my family.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next coming months, I am planning to buy land that I want to use for large scale farming which will be another source of income for my family.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
Currently, I do not have any goals added to the one I had earlier.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I live a better life as compared to back then before GD came to my life and atleast I am financial independent because of GD.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I would want to buy a cow and a plot where I will do my farming to better my life and that of my family at large.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I have been struggling in my life in meeting my financial needs since I never had any source of income but thanks to Give Directly, I will finally have my dream business come true.
 
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access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is raising my child as a single mother. I struggle with providing him with proper medical care and other basic needs like clothing and food because I have no reliable source of income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happiest in the afternoons because this is the only time i am free to visit my friends in the village and chat.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to use my transfer to start a secondhand clothes business.I will use the profits to support my parents and provide for my child's educational and basic needs.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement was when I bought my parents a sheep that they later sold when they needed money to pay for my father's medical bills.I am proud that I helped in clearing the bills,even though indirectly.