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Mercy
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
19
workCampaign
UBI
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20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to continue saving in my merry go round group. I will use it to buy a piece of land. I intend to have a small piece for myself so that my children can grow up on my own property rather than that of their grandparents.
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 the cow that I own. I bought the cow when I received from my merry go round. I had been saving every month's transfer through the group. I was so glad to be able to achieve my target. The cow has calved and the milk I get goes a long way as a source of income. I sell the milk and use it to buy food and pay school fees for my children.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have bought a piece of land. I really wish and expect to have completed purchasing the land and will be relocating to live on it. I am hopeful because I have money in a merry go round group and also because my cash transfers from GiveDirectly are ongoing. My life will have greatly improved.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
For the first time in my life, I am financially well off because I was able to expand my grocery business leading to more profitability. These transfers enabled me to stop drawing money for food from the business. I use a part of the transfers to buy food instead of relying entirely on the business. As a result, the business is stable and most importantly, I have a lot of savings that gives me hopes of achieving my dream of being a dairy farmer. Dairy farming is one of the leading profitable investments in our area and I am glad that finally, I can do it too like my friends and relatives. This program has completely changed my life.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My next goal is to buy a dairy cow. I will be receiving my collection from the savings group next month and this will enable me to accomplish my desire of owning it.
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 the fact that I have savings in a merry go round group something that had never been possible before. I will be receiving a huge amount of money form my savings group in May. This will be the largest amount of money I have ever saved and received at once. It makes me so much proud of myself. I am so happy because I will be receiving about KES 50 000. I will buy a dairy cow to increase my sources of income.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change immediately because I will be owning a dairy cow. A productive dairy cow that I will purchase at the end of May will be an additional source of income. Meeting my daily needs will be a lot easier and a smooth task.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
4560 KES ($46 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
The goals which I now have is buy buy a sheep, make sure that my children go to school and also join a merry go round group like other people in the village.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life currently is different since I have been able to expand my fruit business.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My life will have changed in that I will have cleared my children's school fees and also bought a sheep.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is happiness since I have been able to clear a debt which I had.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being a single mother at a young age has been the biggest hardship I have faced in my life.I have struggled raising up my two children alone and especially paying school fees for my five year old child who is in a private school.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the morning when I am busy working in my farm.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on improving my grocery business.I am planning to build a permanent stall where I can be operating the business.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is my grocery business.This has enabled me rent a piece of land where I cultivate and get produce which I sell and get money to feed my children and pay school fees for my first born.