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Margret
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Other
faceAge:
58
workCampaign
UBI
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17th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 18 days ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, Paying school fees for my child has been easy through the transfers. I paid the school fees in time and that gave my child ample time studying and also barred my child from involving himself in the vices of society. We are also able to buy food daily for my family as we can afford the meals each day. I also bought building materials that I used to plaster my house which now looks so beautiful and the envy of the entire village.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I wish to buy more building materials to build a new kitchen. I have one that leaks when it rains as the iron sheets are now so old.
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 a stress free life. I have been able to save and buy building materials that I used to plaster my house. I did not have any stable income to help in buying the materials back then and I can say that GiveDirectly has enabled me to fulfil the dream without having to struggle to raise income through tedious work to buy them which would have also taken a longer period of time to acquire.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have saved and bought building materials like iron sheets and nails to use in building a new kitchen. My kitchen is so old and on the verge of falling. I look forward to owning a beautiful one and I would not have to worry about the rains anymore.
 
16th 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?
Currently, I am able to pay school fees for my children who now get to stay in school and concentrate on their studies. I also provide for my children by buying them daily food for consumption, making sure they are well dressed and paying any outstanding fee balances they have. To us, these are the luxuries of life GiveDirectly has enabled us to enjoy.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I look forward to saving more to pay more school fees for my seven children.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life is that I have been using the transfers to pay school fees for my children. When my husband passed on, he left me with the burden of providing for our seven children. I make sure they have food on the table every day, have decent clothes to wear and also pay for their school fees on my own. I am happy and relieved that I am receiving these transfers as I have been able to meet all the needs of my children without necessarily working extra hard to earn meagre income which could hardly cover all them
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change more as I plan to use the transfers to pay school fees for my children. The children will have quality education at the end of the day and that will help them shape their future however best they want.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I have able to plaster my house. I used part of my monthly transfers to buy cement and sand which I used in plastering my house. Before the transfers, I used to spend a lot of time smearing and due to old age, it was becoming hectic and costly to smear every month. Anytime I was sick, I would have to borrow money to pay someone to smear for me. This is because the mud on walls used to fall and would weaken the house. The condition was worsening and I felt it is costly to smear every month hence I chose to plaster to reduce this cost and subject the money on smearing on other family needs such as school fees.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the four months, my new goal is to ensure I clear school fees for my children. I would not want to see my children sent home for school fees every now and then because of school fees. This has really affected their performance in school because in most cases they spent a lot of time at home while others are studying in school.
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 these transfers is that every month I have my own money. Before the transfers, I would really struggle to get money. I would go for casual work and in most cases, it would be paid later after completing the work and this would really inconvenience me a lot even in buying food and paying school fees for my children. During the dry seasons, I would go for a month without receiving any money because we do not farm on dry seasons hence I do not have any income at such times. With GD transfers which I have money every beginning of the money which is a miracle in my life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I want to start a foodstuff business to boost my income. I would not want to beg and struggle as I used to. I am growing old and I cannot keep up with casual work of working on other people farms. I would want to dedicate my time on an in come which requires less energy but more of my time.
 
7th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 12 months 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 was four months in that I feel at peace and it feels like I have a son working somewhere who sends me money monthly. This has improved my life , I no longer ask people for money and I'm always happy.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I have a new goal of looking for some bags cement to plaster my house because it's in bad condition and given my poor health I find it challenging smearing it with mud every time.
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 money from GiveDirectly in that I can plan before the end of the month on what to do because I'm sure of receiving money every month.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have plastered my house.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year 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 see my children through High school due to the new hope I have of the GD monthly payments, coupled with my little earnings with which I could not manage to educate my children before.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different in that I can hope to receive assistance.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months I expect my life to improve since I plan to scale up my charcoal business. I will not burn it myself since my age is advancing, but will source for the ready product , stock and sell
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I was very sick and on the verge of death. When I receive the money, I spent on my treatment and got well. I am very grateful to GD
 
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access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that i have faced is not having a stable source of income to enable me provide for all the basic needs of my dependants since i am the sole provider in the family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon, after coming back home from the farm and i am able to share a meal and tell stories with my children.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer in paying school fees for two of my children who are in high school for them to have a secure future.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that i am proudest of is, being able to build my semi permanent house and also purchase some furniture, that my visitors sit on when they visit me,through the funds that i managed to borrow from my table banking group.