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Rebecca
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
60
workCampaign
UBI
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20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to buy a chain link for constructing a poultry house. I got some chicken which I rear on a free ranch and more often they stray to neighbour's farms and destroy their crops and this has resulted in conflict. I am thinking of finding a lasting solution to this by constructing a structure to confine them so that I would no longer have a conflict with my neighbours.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the last four months, I invested part of my transfers on farming. As a result, I planted some maize which is so far doing well. Again, I planted some beans which I harvested a few days ago. Now I got to cook some for lunch every day and it has cut us the cost we would spend on buying food.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
With my next transfer, I am thinking of wiring our house and connect the electricity to it so that we would have good lighting. Currently, we are using solar lighting which when it doesn't charge due to lack of enough sunshine during rainy times it would stop functioning as it doesn't charge. I intend to connect electricity to our home so that we would have a reliable source of energy.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I have children and daughters in law but they do not contribute towards my upkeep on most occasions because they too are overwhelmed by their own family needs. This has always forced me to look for cow-dung around the village despite my aching limbs when performing such tasks such. My life is currently different from how it was four months in that I have cemented my house into a semi-permanent one and the remaining part is the outside walls. Due to this, I will no longer seek help from my grandchildren most of the time to assist me to smear it.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I do not have any new goal nor additional goal for the next four months since I intend to complete cementing my house that I had starting before with the transfers for the next seven 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 in the last four months preceding the current transfer is that my family can comfortably have three meals in a day which was a luxury before. This is because I have been using most of the transfers to buy balanced diet meals for my family consumption. On the other hand, buying farm inputs has also ceased to be a problem. This is because I have been able to plant on time and use the right required inputs hence I am hopeful that the harvest will be more than the previous ones which will enhance food security in my household.
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 bought the necessary materials needed in plastering my house from outside. This will make my house more presentable from outside after its completion and I will also get relieved from searching for cow dung to smear my present mud house.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 10 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 becuase I feel healthier, happier and stronger. We have adequate food for consumption. Morreover, we afford a balanced diet in the family unlike beforel. This is because of the increase in income and savings that I enjoy. I tend to spend less money on buying food items because I have harvested the maize and beans that I using the earlier tranfers from GiveDirectly. Additonally, we get eggs for consumption and sale from teh poultry that I bought some months ago. Other than that, I have afforded to buy some stationery for one of my grandchildren.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The new goal for my life for the next four months is to buy a water tank with a capacity of 3000 liters. I will save the transfers through table banking. Moreover, I will get further funds to finance the project from the sale of one of my goats. I chose to prioritize on buying the water tank because I have been spending lots of money to hire some individuals who fetch water for us from a nearby river. Due to my advanced age, I am no longer strong enough to carry water on my back like before. Still, the river water tends to be unclean and less safe for consumption. Hence, I intend to collect rainwater for consumption and other uses in the household.
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 preceding the current transfer is that I feel happier, healthier and stronger. This is because I have reaped heavily from the maize and beans that I planted using the initial transfers from GiveDirectly. We had a huge harvest since I afforded to buy quality seeds and phosphate unlike before. Besides, I bought some chicken for keeping. Consequently, we eat well - we enjoy a balanced diet and sufficient food. We get eggs to eat and sell the surplus to fetch some income for use in acquiring other food items that we need. In addition, I am able to hire some individuals to handles most of the tedious physical activities like weeding.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change a lot in the next six months. This is because I will be having adequate and clean water in my household. I will be harvest and store rainwater in the tank. Moreover, I will be connected to the hydroelectric grid. Subsequently, I will be enjoying sufficient light and electric energy that will be used to run various appliances including radion. Still, I will acquire a television to remain updated and entertained. Indeed, I find myself leading a fantastic life come six months from now.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year 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 in that I am current living a stress free life. The transfers has reduce dependence in my family since every one is empowered hence each and every one rely on her/him self unlike before when I had to struggle harder to support everyone.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The new goal that I have in my life in the next four months is to buy a cow and to cement my house.
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 have had humble life in that I easily get my family basic needs like food. The transfers has given me a security in life hence am able to get other basic needs and good even at the time I don't have any cash money. This has always made me happy.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months I expect to have to be living a better life in that I will have bought a milk cow and to have improved my bedding materials.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goal is that I want to buy a water tank since I am not able to fetch water water far away from the river and has made live in poor hygienic grounds.This is achievable since we plan to pull funds together with my husband and join a merry go round so as to be able to get enough money to buy it when its our turn.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different since am now happy and less depressed since before I used to be engulfed in soo many thoughts on how to take care of my family.Now am able to eat healthy and ease my recovery since I've had some many surgeries with no time to heal.My children are very happy and its seen even from there faces.
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 hygiene at home will be the best since I will be having my tank at home and now water will never be a problem.I will also have a small cow for milk either for home consumption and income generation all these through GD transfers and family combined efforts.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is that I am now happy and at peace.Truly I have never gotten such a big amount of money that can help me get almost all of my needs catered even from my small businesses.I can now comfortably take care of my family by ensuring we eat healthy since food has been a problem but now we can buy it.
 
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access_time almost 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is the operation I went through to remove goitre on my neck which took me more than six months lying helplessly to get well.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the mid-morning when am done with water collection for my liverstock and now ready for less hard daily duties.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer to buy a water storage tank since am getting old hence going to the river becomes harder.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement am proudest of is my dairy farming I used to do from the year 1994 to 2000 which could get me a monthly income of more than four thousand and five hundred shillings which was a good amount of money.