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Esther
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Other
faceAge:
18
workCampaign
UBI
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 3 days ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, I am able to pay part of my own college fees as easily without having to work extra hard to raise it or even depend so much on relatives to pay the fees for me. I also have ample time studying in college and this enables me to study hard and pass my exams well. I have been able to stay away from the vices of the village and succumbing to peer pressure to do things that are not necessary as I spend most of my time in class studying.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I do not have a new goal as I still want to pay more of my school fees for the next four months.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I hardly stay at home because of lack of school fees as I am able to clear the school fees in time. In as much as my uncle is my guardian, he has other responsibilities to attend to and it is up to me to make sure I do not misuse my transfers. I make an effort of settling any arrears I have of the fees so that I do not lag behind in my studies because I can't access classes.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to save and set up a business to help in generating income for my family. With the business, I can be able to get money to pay school fees for my other siblings and even get the chance to lift the burden of daily provision form my mother's shoulders. I shall have a way of significantly changing the lives of my family members.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Having been able to attend all the lessons makes me so proud of myself and I believe my dad is proud too. This is because I was able to pay for the school fee on time with the transfers thus I was able to attend all lessons. The pride of every parent to see their children go to school thus I believe my dad is proud of me for using the transfers in the best way to improve my life.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I'm still in school and I haven't paid the school fee for the next term. Therefore, for the next four months, I have a goal of saving the transfers that I will be receiving and use it to clear the next terms' school fees. I would not want to go back to being sent home regularly like before.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I'm in secondary school and previously I used to face challenges raising school fees. My dad who pays for my school fee only relies on casual work which is not reliable. The last four months have been easy months because I have been able to pay for my school fee on time and as a result, I have been attending all the lessons unlike before the transfers.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
All my dreams and goals are directed towards ensuring that I clear my secondary school. Therefore, for the next six months, I will use my monthly transfers to pay for my school fees. I would want to have a humble time to study at school and get good grades. I believe through this, I will have to get a well-paying job to help me meet my family needs well.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Before GiveDirectly came, I used to be sent home for school fees frequently due to lump sum arrears and this affected my performance, my grades were poor because I could spend most of the time at home while others were learning. This was my lowest points in my schooling. Currently, my life is different in that I have been able to pay part of my school fees and now my performance has improved greatly because of regular attendance in school. I am happy since I am seeing my dream of excelling through education is coming true.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have always treasured education because none of my siblings has got the opportunity to succeed with it hence I want to break this status quo. My new goal for the next four months is to save for my college education. I believe through completing college I will be able to get employed and assist my parent back at home.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Before GiveDirectly came, I used to be sent home for school fees frequently due to lump sum arrears and this affected my performance, my grades were poor because I could spend most of the time at home while others were learning. This was my lowest points in my schooling. The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have been able to pay part of my school fees and now my performance has improved greatly because of regular attendance in school. I am happy since I am seeing my dream of excelling through education is coming true.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect in the next six months that I have saved enough to enroll in college. I believe through completing my course in college I will be able to get employed and assist my parent back at home and also be a mentor to other girls who have the goal of succeeding through education and the opt for early marriages due to lack of school fees.
 
4th Payment
Transfer Amount
4560 KES ($44 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I have been in a position to pay my own school fees with the money that I have getting from the organization so right now I have reduced the huge debt to only 100 KES.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to start a small scale business within the village and I am certain I will be able to make some money from the business and probably get money that I will use to pay for my school fees once I join a college in the future.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I would have had a huge school fee debt that would have been an uphill task to pay due to limited finances. The money owed to the school had accumulated so much due to lack of finances but the organization helped me offset the debt.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My goals is to use the join a tertiary institution in the coming year using the cash transfers that I will be getting from the organization.
 
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What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is lack of money to pay my school fees. Sometimes I would stay at home while others continued with their learning. This made me drop in class performance.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I get ready for morning lessons. I feel fresh to understand what the teachers explain.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend the transfer in paying my school fees and realize my dream of becoming an accountant.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement in life was passing class eight exam and becoming one of the few girls that were able to join secondary school. I feel so motivated in working hard enough and making it to university.