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Miriam
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
49
workCampaign
UBI
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11th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Apart ffrom the best harvest I got as a result of using hybrid seeds and fertilizers, I have new household items. I depended on casual work for my survival. I would really strain financially to provide for my family, pay school fees and even improve the staus of my house. As a result, I had torn bedding, broken seats and very old utensils. For the period I have been receiving the transfers, I have been able to buy new bedding, a sofa set and utensils. Anytime i have visitors, I dopn't feel ashamed nor go begging as I used to. i really thank Give Directly for taking away my shame.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Since I do not have any stable source of income, I would want to ensure my children are never sent home for school fees again. I plan to take part of my monthly transfers to cater for school fees for my children. This will help me reduce the financial burden and provide for my family better.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life since I started receiving these transfers is that I got the highest number of sacks in my last harvest ever in my life. Before the transfers, I used to plant with ordinary seeds and without fertilizers because my income was not enough to enable me to buy hybrid seeds and fertilizers. As a result, I have been getting a low harvest of utmost 2 sacks of maize. When I received this transfer and bought hybrid seeds and fertilizers, my farm did well and when I harvested, I got 7 sacks. This has really helped me solve some financila issues in my family because I sold part of it to get money.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, my main goal is to plaster my house. This has been a dream which I have not accomplished because of low income from casual work. Due to weather patterns in my area, I fear one day the rains and the wind might bring down my house. I believe with plastering, it will be stronger and durable as I focus my finances on other family matters than building a new house.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 9 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 n that, I have hope of doing other things not only depending on my fish business.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to cement my house because I live in a muddy one hence have to smear it eveytime.
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 used to prepare a small portion of land due to lack of money but right I am certain of getting good produce this time round because I prepared a larger space.
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 managed to buy cushions and mattress because I have old ones.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($4 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goal is to enroll my child for a P1 Teachers' Training.We could not plan this way before I started receiving the transfers.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have additional income to take care of the family needs.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in that I plan to acquire small livestock that I may sell in time of emergencies. I also plan to repair the walls of my house through plastering to make it more durable.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that the money came in the nick of time and I managed to meet the most urgent needs of the day-paid school fees and bought food.
 
Enrolled
access_time 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship in life was the demise of my husband, a situation that made me to play the role of a bread winner despite the fact that I have been jobless.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is the morning hours when I walk and meet friends and neighbors who I can share my burdens with and feel relieved.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to use the transfer to educate my children as well as buying some livestock.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My greatest achievement in life is my ability to educate one of my sons to the University level although I have been a widow since 2002.