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Dominik
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
House construction
faceAge:
20
workCampaign
UBI
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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Apart from the monthly savings, I have been through the merry-go-round, I have a new goal in the next four months to buy a heifer. I have been contemplating for such a long time to start a livestock farming but sourcing lumpsum finance to start it has been hard. Now that my turn to receive the table banking accumulation, I feel it is the right time to purchase at least a heifer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Upon receiving the transfers from GiveDirectly for the last four months, I have been able to make a lot of savings which through the table banking in the form of merry-go-round we have been doing. This to me has brought the biggest difference in my life since I have been able to lay down some great plans.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
With the current plans I have with the monthly transfers, I have been receiving, I have great future expectations and in the next six months, I am hopeful that I will have purchased a heifer.
 
20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
It is my happiness to have completed a new house thus I have room to plan for other goals in my family. In the next four months, I plan to join a merry go round as a saving plan to help me pool some money. I have a plan of buying new household items like furniture and beddings to replace the old ones we have thus pooling some money on a monthly basis will help me achieve my goal in the near future.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Having a new decent house to me is the biggest difference in my daily life. I had no hopes of constructing a new house for myself due to inadequate resources. I have lived in a pitiable condition due to the pathetic situation of my house. It was getting small to comfortably accommodate me and my siblings. I am thankful to GiveDirectly for financial assistance. Currently, I am so happy I have constructed a new house. I managed to purchase enough building materials which include iron sheets, poles and paid a carpenter to construct. I feel this is the biggest difference in my daily life since I currently live comfortably in a separate room with my siblings.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect an improved living standard. I expect to have fully furnished my new house and to have bought new beddings thus will have a comfortable place to spend my nights at. I expect raising my daily household needs will be much easier since will spend more of my income on having completed what has been pressing me.
 
15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I now have a new and bigger house and this has brought comfort and satisfaction in my life. I have also been able to meet most of my basic needs without having to struggle or ponder on where I can get the money for various uses. The poultry project that I started shall also bring me more income in the long run and make the cost of living much more affordable for me. This is how my life is currently different from how it was four months a go.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I do not have any new or additional plans over the next four months except to improve on my newly built house. I want to make a small extension of my new house since I have plans of getting married soon enough. The proceeds I get from GiveDirectly shall be of great assistance to me in making me realize this. I plan to do this over the next four months.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
When I started receiving these transfers, I saw it fit to join a merry go round that was started by GiveDirectly beneficiaries in our village. The merry go round contributions saw me get KES 10000 and this money was used to build a new house. For a long time I have been living in a very small house that was too uncomfortable for me and a little too embarrassing to be associated with it. I have had a burning desire to build a new house but the little amount of money I got from my casual job could not enable me to save up for this and at the same time meet my daily basic needs. I am now a proud owner of a brand new house and I am so indebted to GivDirectly for making this happen.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change over the next six months in that I shall improved my poultry keeping project. I just started this project recently and I have not been able to reap any profits from it. I want to use the monthly transfers to improve on the stock, build a poultry house and buy feeds for the chicken. This project shall definitely bring forth a difference in my life and be a gateway to initiating other new and bigger projects.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Now I am so happy seeing my mother living in a very good two-room semipermanent house. Now she can get clean water which she harvests from our iron-roofed house, therefore, she no longer gets to go to neighbours place to fetch clean water for domestic use.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
It' is now my new goal to build my own house where I would live on my own. At the moment, I and my three brothers occupy a single-roomed old house which was built for us by our parents. The house is not spacious enough to accommodate all of us and feels that I should have my own house. I intend to save my next transfer to enable me to build a good house where I can enjoy my own privacy and enough space.
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 preceding the current transfer is that we built a new house for our mother. Before she uses to live in a grass touched house which had a leaking roof and during a raining season, she would suffer from pneumonia. I am now happy that we have a new house and am no longer ashamed to take my friend home as before I would fear to take them as the house had was in a poor condition.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I would have built my house an would start saving to buy a heifer. As a young adult, I wish to own some livestock which will enable me to pay for dowry when I will get married. I will have bought at least one heifer and will be living a happy man knowing that the future is well set to start a family.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different because I am happier than before. This is because we built my mother a house which she is currently living.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months I will have accomplished my mission of building my own house. I am currently living with my sibling in small house that was built by my parents. I feel I am grown enough and I will house myself through the assistance.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
My life is currently different because I am seeing my mother living in a good iron roofed house. Previously, she was living in a grass thatched house which sometimes leaked on rainy seasons. I am now happy because she is just staying in a good house courtesy of the transfers form Give Direclty
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months I will have be living in my own house after building it. I will be so much happy because I will have given my siblings enough room to live in.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 years 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 buy to buy a cow.I will be producing milk for my consumption so that my family and I will enough for daily use.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I would not have had the plan to buy a dairy cow .This would have taken me a very long time to achieve because i would have been struggling to meet the basics as a priority.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I will have build a house and gotten maried.I will also have dressed well.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is that I can afford food everyday.I am happy because I have food with a balanced diet.I am so happy and also feel so well just as the rich in the village.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is lack of school fees.This paralysed my education since I was not able to go on with my secondary education.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is during the night since my mind is usually planning for the next day's work.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on building my own house so that I can settle separately from my family.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is being able to attend a polytechnic and successfully completed a course in masonry.This has helped me look for work in the construction industry which has helped me to start farming.