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Paul
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
21
workCampaign
UBI
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19th 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?
I have been saving almost all the transfers that I have been receiving from Give Directly since last year with the hope of joining college and taking a course on masonry which has always been my passion. I have been working in construction sites in the past for income, but only as a handyman and my desire has always been to take the course and get a certificate so that I can be a mason. Having the certificate will also allow me to earn more as I can get contracts. I finally joined college this month and I couldn't be happier because I am well on the way to achieving my dream.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I just joined college where I am currently taking a course on masonry this month. I am still planning to use my transfers to pay my fees and take care of other requirements that I may need during the entire period that I will be in college, therefore I do not have a extra goal.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Before I joined college, I depended on casual house construction jobs that did not earn me much which made it tough to take care of my needs, especially after my mother passed away forcing me to fend for myself. With the help of these transfers, I was able to put up a poultry project that has been doing so well and has become an extra source of income to supplement my income from the casual jobs. My daily life became much better because I did not lack money for personal and household needs even during those periods that I was not able to get any jobs because I could sell some of the chickens or even the eggs to get money.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Even though I am a full-time student, I also continue to work in house construction whenever I can so that I can be able to save more money for my college fees and my upkeep as Give Directly transfers will soon stop. This is quite hectic because I have no time to rest and my overall health will soon be affected. To have a better life, I decided to apply for a Higher Education Loan that is offered by the Government to college students which I hope will pay for a huge portion of my college fees so that my savings can be left to cater for my personal needs. When this happens, I will stop working during the weekends which will give me enough time to focus on my studies.
 
15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 5 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 in that, I no longer take loans like I used to do some months ago. I have also adopted a good saving plan which has really helped me handle emergencies. Borrowing money had been the norm. I lost most of the things that I worked very hard to get such as my phone in order to settle the debts. With a good saving plan, I have managed to balance the money well and even keep some as savings for my college education which I am yet to pursue.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to join college. I know that education is what will prepare and enable me to face the world and its challenges. I believe so because I will acquire the necessary skills that will help me handle the difficult situations that may come my way. I will also be in a better position to get employed because I will now have a certificate to show for the years that I will be in college.
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 that life has improved. I have been able to accomplish several goals that I was not able to before I started receiving the transfers. I was able to meet most of my needs and still save some money. I have also managed to handle emergencies easily by using some of the amounts which I had saved. Previously. I could borrow money from my neighbors whenever there was an emergency and repaying was a problem. I ended up selling my phone or a hen just to cover for the debt that I had. I am glad that this has of late not happened because of a good saving plan that I started following.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect my life to change in that, I will have joined college. I have already decided on which course to take and very soon I will be among the learned few in this village. I decided to go to college because I believe education is everything. It is the only asset that nobody will take away from me. Even if I don't get employed, I can use the skills which I acquired to employ people instead.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different in that I have joined college to pursue a course in engineering. Therefore, I have confidence that after completing this course I will secure a job or even start my own business to earn an income and to support myself.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have no new goal for the next four months, my only plan currently is to pursue my education because I believe through education I will be successful and dependent.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Before I received money from GiveDirectly I was depending on my mother to provide everything and due to the little income she was making and the odd jobs I used to do was not enough to get me to college and now it has been five years staying at home. The biggest difference in my daily life is that I joined a college to pursue my goal which I have been longing for. I am really determined to achieve this goal since my mother who used to provide for me passed on early this year. I believe that I will succeed with this education because I no longer have anyone but myself.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect in the next six months, to have saved money and paid my part of my college fees which will give me an easy time because I believe through this education I will be successful and dependent in the future.
 
8th 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?
Life has become a lot easier because with my mother receiving her share of the transfers, I am able to save most of my income and give just a small amount for the household requirements unlike months ago when all of the requirements were on me.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My only goal is to save the whole amounts that I will be receiving for the same purpose.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the last four months, I have been able to save these transfers which I am planning to use to pay my college fees which will then give me better opportunities in the job industry.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I hope that in six months time, my course will be underway and my dream of becoming a professional will be half true.
 
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?
I have a new goal of joining college. I didn't know I would be able to pay the fee buit now that I'm sure of receiving the money monthly I believe I will be able to pay the fee.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from the way it would have been if I did not receive the money in that, had I not received the money, I wouldn't have saved some money for college fee by now.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have joined college in the next six months because I have already started saving for it.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is having some savings. This has given me easy time especially when I do not have money I can use part of my savings to buy food so that we do not go hungry.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship am currently facing is how to provide food,bedding and cloths for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of day is in the evening sharing meal together as a family.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spent my transfer on paying my collage fees.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is having completed my secondary education without any difficulties.