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Mary
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
60
workCampaign
UBI
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12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 26 days ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, my life is different in that I have been able to budget for my family's needs especially providing food with ease . Before we could afford a meal in a day and this came with consequences such as we faced malnutrition deficiencies, as a result, our immunity was compromised. Now, we are happy and healthy since we are able to get daily meals the monthly's transfer.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to save money and use them on expanding my business so when the transfer phase is completed. I will be able to sustain my family's needs comfortably with the profits from the business.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Previously, I had a wooden door and windows meaning when I was away during the day for work. I used to worry about my properties safety since part of my properties had been stolen before. The biggest difference in my daily life is I have been able to save money in the merry go round and through this savings, I have bought a steel door and two windows which I am yet to replace with the wooden ones when I achieve this I will be certain of my properties safety all the time.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect in the next six months my life to change in that I shall have expanded my business so when the transfer phase is completed. I will be able to sustain my family's needs comfortably with the profits of this business.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I now have money to budget with both in terms of providing food for the family as well as coming up with the idea of expanding the size of my house, something that I could not do in the past.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I plan to buy new building materials so that I will use to expand the house I live in today so that it accommodates everyone comfortably. It is important for me to do this because I have always had the plans even before the organization started sending me the cash but the execution bit has always remained an elusive dream.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have been able to buy some livestock such as three sheep and three goats that i will rear and I know they will give birth in the near future and I will be able to sell them out and get cash that I will use to buy a cow which is the ultimate goal because I will be able to get enough milk.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I am sure that i will have accumulated enough livestock and once they mature I will sell them out in exchange of cash that I will then use to buy a cow. This is the ultimate goal because I know that the cow will give me enough milk and I will not have to be buying milk or failing to take tea milk due to lack of cash.
 
4th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving payments from Give Directly is that I have hope of getting monthly income.I am staying a happy life because I am now eating well unlike before when I used to sleep hungry at times.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I am planning to buy a cow that will give me milk hence I can sell milk to get more money.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am staying a happy life because I am now eat well and I have hope of getting income every month.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I do not have any new goal because I have not achieved my previous goal of buying a cow.
 
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access_time 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I had faced was the lose of my husband in 1992 and it has affected me to date. As the sole bread winner for my family, at times it becomes so hard to earn enough income to feed my family and this stresses me out to an extent that I can not operate normally hence not proving for my family sufficiently.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest time of day is in the morning when I wake and in good health.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planing to improve my house and buy a dairy cow for milk and breeding with the transfer I will get.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The greatest achievement that I am proud of is the bumper harvest of 5 sacks of maize that I harvested last year after struggling to get farm input. As a result, my family has had sufficient food to support us for a while now as opposed to earlier years.