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Michael
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
61
workCampaign
UBI
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12th 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 different from how it was four months ago because I always have some money in my hand to use for my daily needs. In addition, I am always confident that I can easily access some little loan from a friend should I be in financial needs. I am always certain that I can always repay my lender whenever I receive my transfers.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I am planning to save my transfers and buy some few iron sheets which I will use to replace the roofing of my little grass thatched house. Replacing the grass roof with iron sheets will keep me safe from extreme cold during the rainy season. This will save me from being affected by pneumonia.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the last four months, I have had a lighter burden since I did not have a lot of financial commitment. Prior the last four months, I had been saving some money to make my dream of owning a sheep a reality hence I was always drained financially. I have, therefore, been spending all my transfers on buying food for my household. I have not engaged myself in hard labor as I could do before to supplement my household's income. As a result, I have been living peacefully because I have an assurance that my monthly transfers will always come.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to save my transfers and buy a heifer to add to my livestock. It will be my biggest investment in life since I have never owned a cow from my childhood. Moreover, my possession will increase and this will restore my dignity among my community members.
 
7th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently from the way it was four months ago in that my life has improved and I can afford a balanced diet, this has really improved my health.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I havve a new goal of constructing a new house becuase currently I have grass thatch house which is expensive maintaining since grass is very rare currently.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest diference in my daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer is that I have peace and I no longer get worried of how to raise money fo rmeeting my family needs. Now that I'm sure of money every month I can easily borrow knowing that I won't face hallenges repaying it.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have constructed a new iron roof house.
 
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 that I would like save so that I can build a new house made of iron sheet.I am currently living in a grass-thatched house which is not so decent.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different in that I am able to buy whatever I want whenever I want because I am sure Give Directly will send me money. I also have a phone that I can use to communicate with friends and family.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months,I expect to have achieved a well balanced diet in my family because I will be able to buy sufficient food with my transfers.I will also be able to pay my debts with One Acre Fund,that will lower my stress and I will be assured of their best services.
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 can now live stress free because I know that I will receive money from Give Directly.
 
Enrolled
access_time 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is loosing my six children in a period of two years. I used a lot of my resources on their medical bills. Aftermath of their death is loneliness and deep thoughts of sorrow that are not ending soon.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am from work. I tune to the radio stereo while relaxing and taking evening tea. I am so much relieved then.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I plan to spend my transfer on buying livestock. From the cattle I will get milk for domestic consumption. It is also a form savings to my family. Further I plan to spend the transfer on farming. I will buy commercial fertilizer and seeds so as to enhance my farm produce. This will broaden the family income base.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement in life is owning a herd of cattle. From subsistence farming, I managed to buy five cows from which I get milk. I am proud of my hard work.