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Victoreen
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Other
faceAge:
19
workCampaign
UBI
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12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 23 days 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 before GiveDirectly came into our village in that I can now cater for my personal needs on my own without depending on anyone. It is usually very awkward and embarrassing to ask for some personal items from someone even if it is your parents. Apart from this, I can also communicate well because I was given a good phone by the organization and I am never off-air unlike before were communicating to my friend and relatives was difficult because I did not have a handset.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to build a chicken coop. I have started the project with the recent transfer and I am still in the process of establishing it. Currently, I keep them in a neighbor's hen house who has a good structure. The disadvantages of this partnership is that some of my birds have been infected with disease due to the transmission a result of mingling with my neighbor's infected hens. I believe that once I have my own chicken coop I can be able to avoid this.
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 was able to pay for my computer course and managed to finish all the packages successfully. My next goal is to join college and do a computer-related course. This is a great achievement because I didn't have hopes of furthering my education after completing my secondary education. My parents couldn't afford to do all these because they don't have a stable income. I also have other siblings who need their attention too. I am glad that GiveDirectly chipped in and now there is hope of continuing with my studies.
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, I will have built a chicken coop. I know that once my poultry farming project picks and starts generating good profits, I will now be able to meet most of my long term goals. I am planning to go back to college and the profits from this project will enable me to buy the necessary equipment and comfortably pay the college fees.
 
8th 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?
Apart from sleeping on the cold without blankets and always visiting the hospital which is no longer the case, we are also planning to construct a better house where we can sleep in without being rained on. Currently, we have the blankets but there is no proper house, we are sleeping in a grass thatched leaking house. The difference comes in in that we have already purchased iron sheets ready to start construction.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, my new goal is to join college and take a secretarial course so that I become self-dependent and also help my parents bare the burden of taking care of my other siblings. It is too much for them given that their income is too little to take of us comfortably. I am also asking my self a question of what of next after GiveDirectly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
We are six siblings, previously, we could share a blanket the six of us. This could result in fights with everyone scrambling for a portion at night. Our sibling rivalry was as a result of scrambling for a blanket. The cold was too much and most of the times we were in and out of the hospital because only one person could win the war and have the blanket for him or herself for a night. This is not the case currently after I managed to purchase new blankets using the money I received from GiveDirectly. The rains have started, the cold weather is approaching and the question of who is next to visit a doctor is no longer our fear. We no longer fight too as everyone has a blanket of their own. This is the biggest difference in my daily life and that of my siblings. I am glad.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My main aim was to start poultry keeping, so in the next six months, I shall have completed the major projects I am doing now and started on the poultry keeping project. This is an income generating activity and I know from it, I shall get some income to help me improve my life that is not so good at the moment. I am not leaving the life I desire honestly.
 
4th Payment
Transfer Amount
4560 KES ($45 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.
I used to be sent home for school fees every now and again because my parentys would not pay in time but when I started reciving this transfer, I have been able to pay in time and I have never been sent home again.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I would want to start poultry business to boost my income.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have managed to buy good clothes with the money, I can help my parents with house upkeep and I am able to pay school fes in time.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I would wish to buy a goat/sheep which I can to raise money for school fees.
 
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What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is lack of enough school fees since at time I could stay back at home for more that three weeks when my parents are not able to pay my fees.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I go to school because I do believe after my education and getting good results, I will have a good job and live a better life.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Pay my school fees
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is, i have been guiding and canceling my fellow pupils in school, when i see them taking my advises seriously I feel very happy.