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Beatrice
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
39
workCampaign
UBI
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26th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goals for the next four months is to be able to continue paying for the delight solar that I bought on credit. This delight has enabled us have brighter nights and get to be happy as a family contrary to the days before when we could retire to bed early not because we wanted but because it was often awkward to stay together as a family in darkness. GiveDirectly has brought my family together and I am so grateful for this. After completion of this payment, then I can think of other valuable investments that will change the living standards of my family as well.
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 the peace of mind that I now have. In the past I used to get disturbed a lot on what I would use to send my child to school but with GiveDirectly transfers, I have been able to send my child to school and give them pocket money without much struggle. This has given them an opportunity to study well in school and move towards achieving a brighter future that which I had always desired.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect that my life shall have changed significantly in that I shall have more income through the cow that I bought with the transfers. By this time, the cow shall have started producing milk making the coast of living much more affordable for us as a family. I also expect to have started a poultry keeping project by end of six months. I plan to do this by starting small ie buying poultry in bits and expanding the project with time.
 
24th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goals for the next four months is to improve my poultry keeping business from the current ten that I have to at least thirty in the next four months. The project shall be of great help to me in that I shall have enough money in circulation to meet the daily needs of my family as well as make other viable family investments as well. I look forward to making this happen in the next four months.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life that has occurred to me over the last four months is the goat that I have been able to buy. This goat is so instrumental to me and to my investments since it will boost me in case I meet any financial emergencies that require huge funding. Moreover, I no longer struggle a lot with meeting the basic household needs like I used to do before I received money from GiveDirectly. Payment of school fees for my child as well as pocket money has also been made much more easy for me courtesy of GiveDirectly transfers.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect my life to change positively by a great deal. I expect that I shall have implemented the poultry keeping project and hence be more financially independent than I am right now. This will see my family and I have better living standards and also be able to add livestock to my already existing livestock. The livestock shall be of great help to me and my family in meeting any emergency financial needs in future like paying school fees for my children.
 
20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Comparing my life with how it was four months ago, I can attest that it has really changed. From the solar lighting system that never existed before and is now in place to the relief that I got by reducing the amount of casual labor that I engage in as I struggled to get income to meet my daily needs. My farming has really improved since I have improved my farming methods by resorting to machinery unlike in the past when I relied on hand tools to practice farming. This has led to increased food production where I get surplus food for sale.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
It has been my dream that we will one day have our own cow. As we are going on with the payment of the lighting system that we bought on hire purchase, this is an additional goal which we are currently working on. We plan to actualize this by making monthly contributions as a savings plan.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life over the last four months is the improved lighting system in our household. I obtained a solar lighting system that amounted to KES 30000. I could not pay for this in cash and I had to pay a deposit of KES 1800 and a monthly installment of KES 1000 for three years. I consider this as one of my greatest achievement that has brought great difference in my daily life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, we shall have accumulated enough money to buy a dairy cow. My husband and I have agreed on a monthly contribution which we will be saving towards the realization of this goal. The dairy cow shall bring great relief to us as a family especially on the cost of buying milk which has proven to be so costly to us.
 
15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different in that I no longer take debts. I am now able to plan well and ensure am living within my means. Initially, I depended on casual jobs which could not help me achieve most of my needs. I ended up taking loans which made me loose friends since every time they saw me they thought I was about to ask for something. I lost a lot of respect and dignity but I am happy my habit of asking has reduced. I am able to pay my children's school fees on time which enables them to study peacfully without being sent home
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My objective is to continue saving so that I am able to spend it on daughters graduation come August this year. I am so proud of her because she never disappointed me. I have to celebrate and appreciate her. I do not think I would have managed to hold the small celebration without the help of Give Directly.
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 I was able to pay school fees for my child. We started a merry go round as family and each month every member have their turn to save a good amount of money. For me, the money came in handy because I sorted out my child's school fees without taking a loan
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My next goal is to build a permanent house. I am currently living in a semi-permanent house which is getting older. I have repaired it several times, therefore, I need to think of how fast how need to get this goal done. I also wish to ensure that my children get the best education.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Four months ago, it was very difficult for my child at the university because I could not meet her needs on time. This used to worry me as these seven affected her security and how he would be treated by the landlords. Having this transfer is a source of constant cash that will help her concentrate on her studies. I am less worried and actually happy about it.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I will join a merry go round group in order to save for buying a cow to enable me to take care of future needs. The cow will provide milk for my family income.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the last four months, my daily budget has become manageable. I used to struggle to meet my daily needs too much. Finding money to pay to buy food depended on the availability of menial jobs on other peoples farms. But four months ago, I started using the money I received on the basic needs. This transfer is just enough to cover it all. I so I feel freer and happier to be able to work for other things especially school fees.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I will have bought a cow in the next six months. I will be earning an income from it.This will eneable to meet my family needs in a very good way.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 3 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 no longer struggle paying debts and school fees for my kids.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to buy a heifer through investing in a merry go round group.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference is that I no longer have debts and I have cleared activity fees using these transfers.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have bought a dairy cow because the value will increase with time and I will have bought a dairy cow.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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Enrolled
access_time almost 4 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Our biggest hard time we faced as a family is when we had borrowed loan and it didn't finished the school for our children and it forces us to sell our livestock for school fees
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the morning this is because God has enable me to wake up peaceful and see another day.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on paying school fees for my children who are in secondary school and other in university.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
What i am proud of in my life is the time when i was employed on contract by Adult Education at Chepkosigen.