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Judith
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
43
workCampaign
UBI
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15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 10 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 in that, I easily take care of my needs. For instance, I managed to lease land. I intend to plant a few crops and I believe that the harvest will be more compared to what I have been getting from my piece of land. This will be able to sustain my family for a long time before I start buying food from the local markets. Financial freedom has greatly changed my living standards and I feel relieved and stress-free unlike before.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to cement my house. I normally feel embarrassed when I get impromptu visitors. It is usually worse when It has been long since I repaired the floor and the walls, which normally develop cracks all over after a period of time. I know that once I have cemented all the walls and the floor it will give me an easy time to clean and maintain it. I will finally rest from the hard work of smearing it every now and then.
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 plan and easily meet my goals. Recently I managed to buy a bull. As a farmer, this is one of the biggest assets I have ever wished to own. It will help me to easily work on my farm. Since predicting weather patterns is difficult in this era I can use the bulls to plough other people land and earn money instead of solely depending on selling my farm produce. It is usually difficult to survive especially when the harvest is low. I am grateful to be one of the beneficiaries because the money helps me to overcome some of these challenges. It gives me a second plan of how to go about some situations.
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 saved some amount for my child who will be joining class eight next year. I do not want to be overwhelmed by the burden of paying school fees come next year. My goal of cementing my house will have been accomplished therefore my house will be looking decent. This means that I will be having enough time to do other duties and less use of money since cemented houses do not need to be repaired more often.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I am free from worries and stresses on how to raise school fee for my son. Like any other member of the community, we walk in smart clothes and not rags as before. We can manage breakfast, lunch and supper and never go begging for the remnants. I have self-esteem and human dignity and can socialize without fear.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I would like buy some chairs in the next four months. We usually sit on the floor as we lack any. When visitors come, it forces me to beg from neighbors who later gossip and call names that are unpleasant.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
On the last four months, I have been able to pay school fees for my son without any worriers. I am no longer the community beggar that was known for knocking every door requesting for assistance whenever my was sent home for school fees. We walk in smart clothes and not rags as it was before when we could not afford even second hand clothes. We eat well with surety of breakfast, lunch and supper. Thanks for GiveDirectly transfers that have given is hope for a better life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I would like to organize on how to pay dowry so that my marriage can be customarily recognized. In our community, before dowry is fully settled, the marriage is deemed illegal. My husband lacks proper income to raise money to buy some cattle as dictated by our culture and tradition. I love my marriage so much and therefore would try to save so that in the next six month, the marriage can be legalized.
 
8th 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 different because I no longer struggle meeting my financial expenses like I used to do before. I already have a kitchen that I never had before.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I want to plaster my house and also build cattle shade for my animals and keep them away from harsh climatic conditions.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have been able to sort my financial needs quite easily as opposed to how I used to struggle in the past. Paying school fees for my children is no longer a problem for me. I also use fertilizer during the planting season, which I never used to do before.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My life will change because my domestic animals will have a nice shade where they will not have to be rained on during the rainy seasons. Their security will also be guaranteed by then.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 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?
Yes I do, I have a goal of acquiring a kitchen which I have struggled for years but has never accomplished.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from how it would have been without the transfer since I have been assured some monthly income which has enabled me have good plans with the money.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect my living standard to improve since I shall have invested my transfers in businesses which am sure will be generating me some daily income.
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 have developed some confidence towards growth in life. I have been assured of accomplishing my plans which I never thought of before.
 
Enrolled
access_time 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I've faced is lack of land to cultivate. I have to hire land for cultivation and being a casual worker this is a big challenge. My family lacks food even during the harvest season.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning.Waking up to find my family healthy gives me the strength to go on with my daily activities hapilly.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Am planning to spend my transfers in buying building materials to build a house where my children can sleep.Lack of money has forced me to sleep with them in the same house despite of the fact that they're now grown.l will also pay school fees and buy requirements like books for my children.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that l am proudest of is building my own home.I took a loan from Kenya women finance trust and had to take extra casual labours in order to repay it.I am happy that I cleared the loan and now have my own home.