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Philister
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
49
workCampaign
UBI
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20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Now I can afford to sleep well since the worries of paying school fees which I had previously, I have managed to take care of it with less struggle.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Now my child is almost completing her form four and this means I would have cleared her school fees. I would save my next transfer with the intention of buying a cow. I had sold which I had due to financial needs which I had previously.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
My life is currently different from how it was four months ago because I am able to pay the school fee for my child with less struggle and my child is no longer being sent home for school fees arrears and thus have ample time to study compared to how it was before receiving GD cash transfer. Whenever she was sent home, it would cause me lots of stress and would run up and down looking for money to get them back to school. Now I am a happy parent seeing my child in school all throughout.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I would bought a dairy cow and would not be buying milk for use anymore. The surplus milk which I would be getting I would sell to earn money to cater to other family needs.
 
15th 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?
My life is currently different from how it was four months ago in that I am current living a stress-free life. The transfers has reduced the worries which I had about paying school fees for my child. I talked to the school accountant that I would pay a certain amount every month and they accepted it. I kept the promise and now am happy my child is in school studying. she is no longer being sent home for school fees when others are sent home.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
At the moment, I do not any additional goals for my life. My main focus is to see my child complete school and believe in the next few months she shall be sitting for her final exams. Then I will now think of what to do with my transfers.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
My life is currently different as I do not depend on anyone for financial support. With these transfers, I can now pay school fees for my daughter who is in her last year of study in high school. I am able to pay school fees for her in time. This has enabled me to live a stress-free life unlike before when I couldn't afford to sleep, I was wondering all night how I would support my child through high school who is the only hope in my life. Thanks to GiveDirectly for the money which has lessen my burden.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Currently, I do not have a dairy cow and I spent a lot of money on buying milk for use per day. After my child has cleared high school in the next few months, I would start saving to buy a dairy cow. This shall enable me to get milk for family use and also sell the surplus to earn income.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
At the moment, my life is quite easy. The transfers have helped me pay my daughters school fees. My grocery business has also expanded courtesy of the transfers, my clients are really happy since they now get a variety of goods and for me, this means higher returns. I am also healthier at the moment, in a long time I have suffered from chest related complications due to working in my grocery late at night, at the moment I close early since the transfers got me covered as far as meeting daily needs is concerned.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, all the cash transfers and the proceeds will be getting from my grocery will be going towards paying my daughter's school fees. She is in a final year and I am really aiming to clear her school fees soon enough in order to give her ample time to study 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 is that I work lesser since these transfers really boosted me. I used to stay at my grocery for long hours but at the moment i only work for fewer hours something that I really appreciate since I am really aging and my chest had even become congested due to cold since I could leave my grocery as late as 10 pm. when I received the transfers I also joined a table banking group which is really helping us as women get together and help each other achieve dreams which we would not have otherwise realized. Through table banking, I have used the savings to expand my grocery thus I now get very high returns from it.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My life is really going to be different in the next 6 months, by then I will have cleared my daughter's school fees and I will be having extra money to save.from the savings and the share i will get from our table banking group i will buy dairy cow which soon enough will be producing milk for sale at a nearby centre as a source of extra income.
 
6th 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?
I am currently very happy since even my business has grown after boosting it using the GD transfer.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have a goal of starting a poultry farming that will boost my family in terms of finance.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
My current life has totally changed since i am a single mother hence it is hard to provide for the family but GD really become my best support which makes me very happy.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I have a plan of buying a dairy cow that will reduce my daily expenses of buying milk.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 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?
I have a new goal to construct a poultry house so that I can start rearing hens for egg production and I would be selling their eggs.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I currently have new support which I never had before. Without the transfer I would not be enjoying this and I really see the difference in my life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to see a great change since at the moment I don't have any hen to keep but in six months time I see myself having a poultry house with hens inside and even the struggle to pay school fees for my kids would have reduced.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I see a great change now that every month i have new plans that i am receiving this money monthly. I now have a plan to join a large starting group of 32 members where we would be contributing 300 KES twice a month.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is paying school fees for my children since my business is small and I don't make alot of profit
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening since that is the time am with my children
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Am planning to spend my transfers to pay school fees for mu daughter who is in form three, expand my business and buy a cow
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement which am proud of are my children whom I have been able to educate them pay paying their school fees despite me being a single mother.