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Veronica
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
39
workCampaign
UBI
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21st Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to purchase cushions for my sofa. This will enhance comfort for my visitors and also erase the embracement that I had to face whenever I had my church members visit for fellowships at home. They had to seat on frames in the form of chairs. Even though they never addressed it with me I am sure they talked about it behind my back.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference is that I have been able to purchase furniture for my household. This has been my desire for a very long time though I did not have the capability as far as finance is concerned. GD's transfers revived the dream after I received my transfers. I have been able to purchase a few furniture and my living room now looks beautiful.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the coming six months, I am hopeful that my home will look beautiful and presentable given that I will have bought new futures to replace the old ones and also get some fittings for my house.
 
17th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Four months ago, I started saving the transfers and bought the household items that I used to furnish my house. I bought more sofa seats and cushions to beautify my house. The embarrassment of not having proper seats in my house whenever I received visitors is now over. My family can really afford food daily even if I do not toil in the farms to earn income. I cannot be more thankful to GD for their financial support.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I wish to save and buy more household items to help in furnishing my house and make it more beautiful so that when I receive visitors, I am not embarrassed as I always am.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Lately, my life is easy and I am so stress-free as I can easily budget and cater to my family needs. I hardly ever rely on relatives and friends for any financial support as I do have access to cash that I control the use on my own. I have some household items like sofa seat cushions that I bought using the transfers to furnish my house and I believe that is what is so different about my daily life. My visitors are now more comfortable when they come to visit as I do have the most comfortable seats.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to save more of the transfers and set up a very big business which will help in the generation of income for my family. It will be the main source of income as we will raise money to fend for our most pressing needs as a family.
 
15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time almost 5 years 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 am now eating well I can not go to bed without eating anything. I also have very comfortable seats to sit on as compared to before when I was siting on a stool.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goal in the next four months is to buy table being that I do not have proper table, even where to place food when I have visitors is a big problem. My children also going taught time of where to do their study. I am also planning to buy more seats being that I have a big house that needs enough seats.
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 l am able to eat any type of food I feel like. eating since I have my own money, as compared to before when getting anything to eat was a big problem. I also now have very comfortable furniture as compared to before when I was sitting on stools. I no longer borrow seats from my neighbors rather they are the one borrowing seats from me. I am also manage to join merry go round which I have just been longing to join and I am contributi very well without any delays.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months l expect to have added more seats, that when I have so many visitors I am not worried, I do not go to the neighbours to borrow seats. I will also have bought table and my children will have somewhere comfortable to study.
 
11th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 5 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 no longer overwhelmed with stressful situations. As a widow, I had to think of doing various casual jobs and even started a business to sustain my family. This was still not enough to settle all my needs because I spent all the wages to cater for our daily needs. I am glad that I get money from Give Directly that supplements my daily earnings. Now I can plan and meet bigger goals.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to buy seats. After the death of my husband, I left my matrimonial home for some time. I went to mourn and recharge myself by changing the environment. When I came back my house was in a mess. Most of the household items were lost and I had to start afresh. Currently, I only have two seats. I need to add more items one by one but I will start with the seats first.
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 am peaceful and not overwhelmed with my expenditures. I am also sure that whenever I borrow money from someone I am certain of repaying the amount on time. I also find the goal of buying household items to be achievable. Recently I bought a big cooking pot. I used to borrow such items from my neighbours who were tired of my borrowing act hence they could talk negatively about me but I had no choice. The burden which I had as a widow was too much which limited me from achieving most of my goals. All responsibilities were on my end but with the help from Give Directly, I feel like I am relieved off some burden.
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 built a kitchen. I do not have one at the money and this forces me to cook outside which is uncomfortable and unsafe. During the rainy season, I have to incur an extra cost of buying charcoal because I can not cook outside. Nowadays charcoal is expensive after the government came up with strict laws on deforestation and charcoal burning. I know that I will be relieved of this burden when this goal actualizes.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I lived in a grass-thatched house before, but I was able to take a loan which helped me construct a new house. I was able to do this confidently because I knew that these transfers would help me repay the loan.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My biggest dream is own livestock,and I will use these transfers to realise this dream.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
A lot more burden has been taken off my shoulders because I usually use part of these transfers to buy the daily requirements and foodstuff which has kept my family from going hungry.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to own livestock by then which is a sign of wealth in my community meaning that I will be in a different social status.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2735 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 6 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
Currently, I do not have any new goal.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My family are well feed because of this transfer and I do not struggle like before. My family is living happily.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I would want to build a new house, buy seats to replace the old ones and take one of my sons to college in the next six months.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I am now able to provide for my family and meet their financial needs unlike before where I would struggle to meet their needs and at times will miss to meet them.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is providing my children with adequate basic needs especially when I am sick.This is due to inability to do casual jobs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am always happy in the afternoon since its the time I listen to educative programs from the media and share a lot with friends hence reduces for me stressful moments.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
My bigger plan is to build an iron roofed house and buy furniture because the bad condition of the thatched house am living in, makes my family live uncomfortable life and feel ashamed especially when we have visitors.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The proudest achievement in my life is when I built my own home despite the fact that my husband had passed away and left me as the bread winner.