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Teresa
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
62
workCampaign
UBI
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18th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 4 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I was worried that I would not manage to pay for the farm inputs I had taken on credit in good time hence risk not benefiting from the offer from one Acre Fund this planting season. Fortunately, Give Directly helped me to clear the loan in good time through the transfers and I was able to secure more inputs for this season and I am confident that I will get better harvests once again.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I do not have any new plans other than using the transfers to pay for the farm inputs and products that I received from One Acre Fund on credit at the beginning of this season. as I have been doing with most of my previous transfers.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I was able to use my transfers to pay the oxen owners I had hired to plough my farm in preparation for the planting season that we just began. If it was not for the transfers, it could have been very hard for me to raise the money on my own which could have forced me to sell some of my previous harvests. I am pleased that I did not have to get into my grain store and that I still have enough cereals to last my family for a long time, even if this season does not do well.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
This past farming season, I was able to get a better harvest which I did not have to sell to raise the money to pay for the inputs that I received from One Acre Fund on credit as I used to do before because the transfers took care of that. With another season underway, I hope to get even more produce which I can later sell to raise money for other needs.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is different from how it would have been in the last months is that I was able to clear One Acre Fund. I knew I would have to sell my harvest so as to raise money to pay back the loan. This would have affected my budget because I would be forced to sell part of my harvest to pay back the loan. Thank God for GD who came to my rescue and the loan is sorted already.
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 buy building materials for my son so that he may finally have a house. He does not have a house now and he depends on casual work which does not pay much. This is the reason why I have decided to help him buy materials so that he can finally have his own house.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
GD transfers have done away with the kind borrowing I used to borrow to meet my needs. This is because I only depend on subsistence farming and could not manage to raise enough money to meet my needs as I would want to. This forced me into begging because I did not have the energy to go for casual work. Receiving these transfers have really changed my life. I no longer have the many debts I used to have. I have cleared the debts and I also do have money to meet my needs. I feel life is better after GD transfers.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next months in that I will save money to help my son raise enough money to buy building materials. I am worried about my son who has come of age and does not have a house because of his low income. I would want to help raise money to buy building materials for building a house for himself.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES
access_time over 4 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
There has not been a very significant difference in my life because for me the main thing has always been to buy food for the family and keep the kids healthy as much as I can. I am just glad that my grandchildren have never gone hungry because I always make sure that I buy enough food for them using the monthly transfers that i have been getting from GD.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to get enough fertilizer and seedlings that we will use during the forthcoming planting season. I want to make sure that I get the most out of the new season so that my grandchildren can have as much food as possible.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have been using the amount of money to buy milk from a small scale supplier within the village. Initially my family used to take black tea not because that is what we wanted but we had no option. However, currently things are different because i can afford to buy milk for the kids, which for me is such a big difference.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I have a long term of keeping chicken in a large quantity but the only thing that I am missing at the moment is the structure where I will be keeping them. So for me right now i am planning of savings every single month so that I can be able to get the structure and start off the project. I know that once the project gets rolling their numbers will increase significantly and most probably I will be in a position to sel, out some of them in the future and make some little cash.
 
8th 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 because I can comfortably borrow loans and be sure of paying at a later date.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I currently have no new goals.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference is that I am assured of an amount at the end of every month that allows me to budget for the upcoming month and pay borrowed loans.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I will have started a poulry project back at my home.
 
4th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I am very grateful to Give Directly because since I started receiving payments I can access medication with ease because I have money.I am also eating well and I do monthly shopping which I used not to do before I started receiving the money.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have started a shop business hence I will have an income that will enable me support my family financially.
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 had I never received the transfer in that I am now eating well, I do monthly shopping and I seek medication with ease I no longer have stress.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I have no new goal because I am still thinking on how to achieve my initial goal of buying a cow though I find it difficult on how to go a bout it since the transfer is too little.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in my life is that some of my children are still unemployed and at times I am forced to support them with their financial needs thereby making me to go without food in order to have them live a comfortable life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am done with my household chores and I take time to go through the Bible verses. This makes me happy because I am able to reflect on how God has been good to me.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on improving my farm through buying manure and fertilizer so that I can plant my crops, I will buy chicken feeds and part of the transfer I will use in paying for my medical insurance cover called NHIF.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is that I managed to educate my children until they cleared high school even after the death of my husband.