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Lucy
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Hairdressing
faceAge:
39
workCampaign
UBI
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15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 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 because I am less worried in life. I am able to meet most of my needs unlike before. I dress well and have extra money to take care of my other needs. Previously, buying clothes would be difficult because there were other pressing needs and priorities. I always wanted to see my business blossom, therefore, I spent all my savings and profits towards this business. Most of the profits I got from the saloon would be reinvested into the business and a few coins spent on food. This would leave me with nothing to spend on other miscellaneous items. I am a happy and a better hairdresser. My business is improving each and every month.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I do not have new goals at the moment. I still want to focus on my salon business until it is stable enough. There are several other replacements and items that should be bought before the saloon is full and functions properly. This may take me some time to finish because the items are quite expensive. Once I am done with the purchase, I will then start looking for other ideas and goals to pursue.
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 I have been able to boost my business. It was almost collapsing a few months ago but regained its ground after I started receiving help from Give Directly, now it is doing well. Recently I was able to buy a hair dryer which has really increase my profits. Initially, I would be forced to hire it from the nearby saloons just to make sure that my customers were attended to. It helped me retain my customers though I didn't get much profit. I am glad that my saloon is almost getting to a high standard one like the rest of the saloons in our area.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six months in that, my saloon business will have been stable and generating enough profits. This will give me an opportunity to now start helping my relatives back at home. Giving a helping hand so my dear ones have been my dream and I am now certain that this goal will be actualized. I am glad that Give Directly is supporting me and very soon I will be in a better position to execute my plan.
 
12th 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 the way it was four months ago in that I have been able to meet most of my needs without struggling or depending on anyone.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have an additional goal of boosting my business so that I can have enough stock to take me for a whole year.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Seeing my clients happy and satisfied is the biggest difference in my daily life. This is because I managed to purchase more seats for the clients who visit my premise thus I no longer experience the shame of borrowing seats form neighbors whenever I have more clients.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have boosted my business. With this, I'll be able to get enough income thus my living standards will have improved.
 
7th 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 life is currently from how it was four months ago in that I haven't been facing a lot of financial challenges because I'm dsure of receiving money monthly.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have a new goal of adding more equipment in my salon so that I can offere extensive services.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving the money from GiveDirectly is that if it wasn't for GD I wouldn't be raising money for merry-go-round easily but it would be a struggle.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months I expect to have bought more products and equipment for my salon.
 
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 goal of buying sheep for rearing because I know in future after it has given birth I can sell some of them to meet household needs e.g paying school fee.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different that it would have been if I did not receive the money because I now have the type of clothe I had longed for in my entire life. I now feel comfortable.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months I expect to build a bigger house because my current house is too small to accommodate visitors.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I bought a decent clothe. I now feel proud and I can freely and comfortably interact with fellow women and relatives and this makes me so happy.
 
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access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is not able to move a step a head in terms of development. I have been doing the same thing with low income for the last 6 years.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest moment is when i wake up to a new day it gives me motivation to work and provide for the family.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to expand my saloon business with the transfer because its is the only source of income i have. With the income from it i will be able to improve my house.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My greatest achievement is being able to start my own business. This has made me put food on the table for my family members.