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Sarah
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Other
faceAge:
28
workCampaign
UBI
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10th 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?
I have managed to clear all the school fees required from my two children in primary school and they are now free and comfortable staying in school as they are not worried about being sent away. My lifestyle has also improved as I no longer use a kerosene lamp but a solar lighting system which I recently purchased.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I recently bought a solar lighting system on credit because I was not able to raise the full amount owing to my low income. I also had plans of using my monthly transfers to clear the payment which I will stick to. I will use the transfers received in the next four months to clear the payment on the solar light before I can focus on other plans I have of purchasing a goat.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I recently bought a solar lighting system which has relieved me from buying kerosene on a daily basis hence reduced my daily expenditure. The solar light is also very bright and makes it easy for my children to read and do their homework at night and produces no harmful smoke as the kerosene lantern that I used before.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I hope that I will have completed the payment on the solar lighting system in the next six months so that I can be able to buy other household items such as utensils before the project comes to an end.
 
7th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 4 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 because l have my own utensils l do not need to borrow from neighbors. I am eating well balance diet as compared to before when l would eat one type of food.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to buy solar lump, since l am tired of buying parrafin being that it is very expensive.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, before when l had visitors l would run to my neighbors and borrow utensils for them to get something that they can it in, but now l have my own utensils l do not need to borrow. I also manage to start rearing sheep that l did not know that l would ever have in my life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months l would have bought solar lump and l will not be spending a lot of money buying parrafin.
 
4th Payment
Transfer Amount
4560 KES ($45 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life since I started receiving this transfer is that I no longer go borrowing utensils from my neighbours as I used to before. Anytime I had visitors in my house, I would go borrow utensils because I did not have good ones. The ones I had were old and some broken. This caused a lot of disrespect between me and my neighbours because they would mock me several times. My first two transfers, I used to buy new utensils so that I don't go begging as before. I am very happy because I have my own and the shame I used to go through, is no more because of Give Directly.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I am planning to sell my only sheep to raise money to buy a cow. I have always desired to have my own cow because I know it will give birth, I can sell the milk to raise a little income and even sell thge offsprings to raise money for other financial needs. I know with this, I will be able to sovlve most of my finacial problems without borrowing.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
School fees have been the biggest burden in my marriage life. I do not have a stable source of income just like my husband. The little income we get from our farm by selling our produce has never been sufficient for our daily needs. So many times we had to take part of our harvest to school because we were not able to raise money to pay school fees. This is the reason my children do not even have good school uniforms. With the transfers, I have been able to reduce the balance in school and I know by the end of this year, I will have cleared the whole balance. Since I started receiving the transfers, I have been feeling more independent than before. I do not go borrowing every time I have a problem and I don't get support on everything from my husband. Since I did not have any source of income, I literally had to depend on my husband which is not the case now. I can plan and budget well with my money. This is a great improvement in my life.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
Since I used part of my transfer to pay deposit for a new solar system, in the next four months, I will finally have the solar system because I would have finished payment. This will help reduce my daily expenditure especially on buying kerosene daily.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is marital conflicts since 2015 when my spouse married a second wife. He has neglected my household and doesn't support our upkeep.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am always happy most part of my day. Amid my marital problems, the gift of life God grants me daily makes me happy with hopes of a better life in future.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I plan to spend the transfers on constructing a kitchen. Currently I cook in open air which is hectic when it is rainy, sunny or windy.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement was in poultry farming since its proceeds supported my children's school fees and clothing.