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Mercy
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
31
workCampaign
UBI
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16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 11 days ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life has greatly improved ever since I started receiving transfers from Give Directly. I used part of the money to hire a ploughing machine for the farm. Previously, I used to manually do the ploughing on my farm since I did not have any money to hire the tractor. I am glad because my farm's produce will now increase because I will be able to cultivate a larger area of land and the land would be well tilled. I will also be able to plant on time since a machine works faster compared to when it is done manually
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to buy my own dairy cow for rearing. Currently, I am keeping my mother in laws cow and it has really come handy for us because we do not have to spend any money on milk. We at times sell a few liters in order to get money. Since the cow is not mine it is difficult to entirely be in control of the cow and how to manage the profits from selling milk. I want to have my own now that I can control as my own and have a better plan of maximizing and keeping the income that I will receive from selling the extra milk. This will also improve my dairy farming skills I would strive to maximize on keeping the cow for maximum yields.
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 live in my own house. Initially, I used to stay with my mother in law. She has always been kind to me and we get along very well but I feel as a woman, I need to have my own home. I needed the privacy and comfort that comes with having one's own house and a home. I started saving my monthly transfers immediately Give Directly started sending us the aid. I am glad that I can now enjoy the freedom and power of making things happen as the woman of the house and being the decision maker of my house.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My future goal is to start a business. Once I buy a dairy cow in the next few months, I will be saving the profits I get from selling the cow's milk. I thought that dairy keeping it may not entirely support me and my children as a source of income considering that I am doing it on a low scale. Therefore, I thought of having another source of income and right now I am still thinking of the best business that I can run that will be efficient in our local market. Meanwhile, I will continue saving whatever I can to ensure I have enough capital to start a business.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 4 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 because we have our own house, enjoy more food and increased income. Earlier on, we used to share a house with my mother-in-law because our initial house had fallen down and I had no capacity of building a new one. Following the demise of my husband, I could only struggle to feed and buy cloths for my six kids. Fortunately, GiveDirectly's transfers have enabled me to build my own house. As a result I enjoy more freedom and a sense of resposibility. Besides, I have afforded to plant some crops, especially maize, for consumption by my family. Earlier on, I used to lease out most of my farm because I had no funds for preparing it or buying seeds. When GiveDirectly gave me these transfers, I gained the capacity to plant my own maize and beans. Currently, we enjoy a substantial amount of food in my family.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The new or additional goal for your life for the next four month is to buy furniture for my new house. Since I am a member of a certain table banking group, I am waiting for my turn in two months time so as to buy the furniture.
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 preceding the current transfer is that I enjoy more freedom and a sense of responsibility. Earlier on, we use to share a house with my mother-in-law because I could not afford to build my own house. My husband passed on about a year ago before building us a house. As a widow, I could only struggle to feed my kids and buy them clothes using proceeds from my casual work of weeding for my neighbors. When GiveDirectly gave us this money, I prioritized on building my own house. I saved the transfers through table banking and built the house. Since relocating to our own house, I now enjoy more personal space and freedom. Besides, I feel that my children and the entire society treat me as a responsible parent.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to drastically change in my favor in the next six months. By that time, I shall have installed all the furniture. Moreover, we shall be having more food for consumption and even some surplus for sale to fetch additional income. Subsequently, I shall afford to buy more clothes and diversified food items for my children. Besides, I will have fully recovered from the loss of my husband. Hence, I shall be leading a happier and more promising life. A capacity to sufficiently provide for my children means a lot to me. For instance, they will feed well and attain quality education which translates to a better future.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My current life has changed from house it used to be.I have been able to buy furniture for my house.I also have managed to buy chicken to keep in my farm.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to start a grains business.I will be selling maize in nearby markets and even at home.
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 been empowered to farm.Before I started to receive this transfers I used to lack inputs to cultivate crops.I now work on my farm daily and this tells me that am now a better person than before.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six months because I will have built a house.I will also have enough food from my farm that I have already planted.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($4 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is the passing on of my husband which led to hard life in raising my six children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I find my family members all have woken up in good health.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer to build a house and get households materials.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement am proudest of is my small scale potatoe farming which has given me enough food for my family.