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Plista
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
46
workCampaign
UBI
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23rd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I plan to build my family a nice house where they can enjoy the freedom of space as the previous one was small and we had outgrown it. With the new house, my children will worry less about where to sleep because I will have separate rooms for boys and girls.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have been living with my children in the absence of their dad who passed away. I can openly say that he was the bread-winner in our home and since his demise, life has been hectic and unbearable but we have managed to make it to date. The main challenge I faced was to provide for my children and pay their school fees with no work but a mere casual job. There are days when circumstances forced us to sleep without food. But of date, GD's transfers have been of great help in patching the holes that my loving husband left behind.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I am certain that my family will have enough food to sustain us for weeks, I will have built a bigger house to accommodate my fast growing boys and girls where they can enjoy their privacy since they are at their adolescent stage and they are experiencing different changes on their bodies. Besides that, I am hoping to have cleared their school fees. This was never the case since initially, we had to squeeze in one tiny house and privacy was a luxury and school fee was a nightmare.
 
19th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, My family and I have been eating balanced diet food ever since I started receiving these transfers. I am glad that our health has improved and we longer go to hospital more often from attacks of opportunistic diseases which might have presented itself due to missing meals like before the transfer. When I used to struggle to keep up with the needs of the family with the meager income from casual work.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal for the next four months is to buy few construct materials and cement the floor of my house which at the moment have is made of mud that predisposes us to dust. Once I cement the floor then I will be assured that it will last for several years to come.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months is being able to pay up fees arrears for my daughter who is in primary school. Right now, she is in school studying without any worry about being sent home because of arrears. Before, I used to feel very bad because her fellow pupils were in school studying yet she was at home. My desire is to give her a quality education that I will entirely sacrifice GiveDirectly's transfer to pursue this desire.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect in the next six months I shall have collected the required construction materials through buying them every month with part of GiveDirectly's transfer. They will be helpful in facilitating the cementing of my mud floor. Having a cemented floor will be a relieve for me since the struggles of living in a dusty environment shall be history.
 
15th 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?
There other difference in my life is that we have been eating good food ever since I started receiving these transfers. Before the transfer, I used to struggle to keep up with the needs of the family with the little income from casual work. I could barely feed my family and in most cases, we would have to miss some meals just to fulfill other needs. Ever since I started receiving these transfers, I have been able to budget well to an extent we have food on the table as well as sort other family needs in time. Thanks to GD.
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 paying up the whole fees arrears for my daughter who is in primary school. Right now, she has been sent home because of the arrears and I feel very bad because her fellow pupils are in school studying yet she is at home. I would not want this to happen anymore. I would want her to have maximum time to study in school because I know through this her performance will improve. When she is done, I know she will get a good job and take care of her life well.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life since I started receiving these transfers is that I have bought 7 bags of cement which I want to use in plastering my house. This is because I am getting old so I cannot keep up with smearing the house on a monthly basis. I also do not have the resources to pay for the monthly renovation. During the rainy seasons, life has been always difficult in the house since the mud on the walls fall off and it worries me a lot. Now that I have the cement, I will repair the house once and for all. and focus on other family needs.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I would want to ensure that I pay my daughter school fees arrears so that I stop the issue of her being sent home regularly for the same. I would want her to have maximum time to study which I know will improve her performance. When she gets good grades, she will go to a good secondary school which will result in a well-paying job to help support her future.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Just like I have mentioned, I have been able to buy six bags of cement which I will use top transform my house from a mud-walled house to a semi-permanent house which has the ability to last for over fifty years if well taken care of. Now the difference is that four months ago, I never had the bags of cement because I did not have money to buy them but because of the transfers that i have been getting from GD, I have been able to purchase them and that alone makes me so happy.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have been buying few bags of cement that I intend to use to cement the interior parts of my house which have always been made of mud which makes the house prone to dust and the walls always get weak with time, and eventually the house may end up collapsing. Once I cement the walls then I will be assured that the building will last for several years to come.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference for me is that the monthly cash transfers have put me in a position where I am able to pay school fees promptly for my son. Initially before this project was launched in our village, I used to struggle so much because I had to work for other people for long hours in order to get some very little pay like two hundred shillings per day but right now I can comfortably rely on the monthly transfers from the organization. I am happy because my child does not spend time at home while other kids are in school carrying on with their studies as usual.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I have a plan of building a new kitchen structure for myself so that I can prepare my meals in a more comfortable manner unlike what I do currently where I have to cook outside where I always face a lot of challenges especially when I have to cook outside in harsh weather conditions. Apart from that, the structure will also act as a sleeping area for my daughter who normally has to go and sleep at a relatives place every nigh, almost five hundred meters away from where I live. It is not a good thing especially for the girl child who has to walk for such a distance every night in the dark.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time almost 6 years 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 ago is that I can currently afford a balanced diet and not relying on potatoes as it used to be the case previously. I have also bought cement that I'm planning to use to plaster my house, this makes me so proud.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
For the next four mpnths of my life I have an additional goal of replacing the current bedding because they are already worn out and so uncomfortable sleeping on.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest diference in my daily life four months preceding the trnasfers is that I'm happy and proud I'll soon have a decent cemented house which I have never imageind I would own in my life. This is becase I have already bought cement which i'm soon using to plaster the house.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I do not have a kitchen currently and I would wish to have constructed a new kitchen in the next six months though I'm not sure whther I'll have raised enough money to construct it by then.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($4 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goals includes: plastering my house, paying school fees for my daughter and buying household items such as chairs and tables on top of a cooking pot and a blanklet.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from how it was before because I initially was not able to buy the household items that I have already mentioned. Moreover, I normally relied on loans from friends, but I know do not need to take loans to buy things.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change because I will be able to pay people to dig for me on top of paying school fees for my daughter. I also plan to repair my house from the cash transfer I will be receiving from Give Direct.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is that I was able to buy maize seeds that I used in farming during the planting season.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life was when I lost my two children last year through fire.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of my day is in the evening when I can relax after a hard day's work in the farm.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to improve my house through savings from the transfer, start my own business and educate my child.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proud of was when I bought a sheep from the sale of the harvest of various crops e.g. maize and beans I got from my farm.