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Mildred's family
Mildred
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
36
workCampaign
UBI
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11th 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?
Secodly, I have plastered my house. I feel very happy because the floor was rough and the muds on the wall would come out making my house very weak. I was also tired of smearing my house every month and it was costly too. Right now, I use the time and resources I used to smear my house to handle other family needs. The fear of the house falling too is no longer there. I feel there is a big burden taken off me.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I wish to clear school fees balance for my children who are in the eighth grade of primary school. I would not want them to be sent home while the others are studying in school because of the arrears. I want them to have maximum time to study in school so that they can do well in the final examinations.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving these transfers is that I have new seats. I only had one seat in my house and I used to have a difficult time when I had visitors because I had to borrow seats from my friends. This impacted negatively on our friendship and times they could avoid me because of how I used to bother them to help me with begging for seats. I have been feeling lonely because most of my friends choose to stay away from me since they thought I would just go and beg every now and again. Right now, I am working hard on building back my friendship with my neighbours because I do not beg any more for seats. I have my own.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I want to buy a solar system. It is costly to buy keresone on a daily basis since I only depend on casual work which is not giving much. The income cannot sustain all my familyt needs hence I want to buy solar so that I can use the money on buying kerosene on other family needs.
 
7th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My children are able to feed on a balanced diet every day of the week as opposed to how we used to struggle before when I just used to buy any food that could especially vegetables due to lack of enough money.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to buy more school uniform for my children because right now they wear torn clothes which makes me so embarrassed.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have been able to use the money to pay school fees for my children because they are no longer sent away from school due to lack of cash. I am now able to pay school fees on time so that my kids spend most of their time in school.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to use the cash to start a small scale business that will help me generate more income and have a stable income so that I do not have to rely on the cash flow from the organization.
 
4th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I have been struggling to keep up with paying fees for my children because I do not have any stable source of income but since I started receiving this transfer, they have never been sent home for the same.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I would want to pay school fees so that I may not have any arrears when they finally finish school.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My children are always in school because I pay school fees in time, my children have good clothes and we have never gone without ever since I started receiving this transfer.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
Currently, I would stick to what I had planned.
 
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access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
"The biggest hardship i have faced in my life is bringing up the family well through farming. To begin with, i have a family of ten and the only work is farming, some time the harvest is high in that it becomes difficult to get good market for your farm outputs and this can result to failing to meet some family needs."
What is the happiest part of your day?
"The happiest part of my day is night, because this is the time i have some rest after the whole day engagements. It is the time i have my children around the table taking evening meals together as a family, and as a mother, it gives me happiness and joy."
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
" I am planning to spend my transfer on farm improvement by buying farm inputs like fertilizer and seeds, start small business and savings for my children for future use."
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
"The achievement that i am proudest of is that i normally work hard on the farm and as a result, we are able to harvest more for family needs as well as for sell to generate money for other needs."