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Derrick
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
20
workCampaign
UBI
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18th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 3 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 in that I have my form four certificate. I have been saving part of my daily income from my business thus I managed to pay all my fee balance. I now have hope in life since through my business, I would save part of the daily income for my fees since I am planning to join college.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new or additional goals for my life for the next four months is that I want to renovate my shop to look decent, this will automatically attract more customers. I also want to buy another shaving machine since I have one now. Lastly, I am thinking of employing one person to help me with the work so that I do not delay customers by waiting on the line for long.
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 am now self employed. When I started receiving my transfer, I thought of starting a barbershop business and that is what I did. I bought a shaving machine and a few chairs. The following month I paid rent and started the work. I thank Give Directly for empowering me, I now have a daily source of income. Since I come from a very humble background at times we use to go to bed hungry due to lack of food. This is not happening since I started my business, I am able to buy food for my family and also help my grandmother pay fees for my younger siblings. I also cleared my school fees balance and got my form four certificate, I now have a lot of hope in life, my dream of joining college I believe will soon come true.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I believe in Education because this is the key to future success. Therefore I expect to join the college in the next six months . Through this, I will be capacity build and at the same time, I know I'll have another certificate once I am done with the school work, thus I'll the confidence to hunt for jobs.
 
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?
Four months ago I had no job hence no source of income. Whenever possible, I would get casual jobs that would pay very little at the end of a whole day's work which was quite frustrating. For this reason, I would prefer not to look for those jobs at all and idle at home which made me broke most of the times forcing me to ask for financial assistance from my relatives. With the business that I recently set up, all thanks to the transfers from Give Directly, I can now make my own money and have no time to idle at home. The best part about it is that I no longer have to depend on my relatives financially.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have managed to save most of my previous transfers which I used to set up a barbershop business last month. The business is not stable yet as there are a lot of equipment and items I still need to make it complete and fully functional. I wish to spend most of my next transfers buying these requirements so that by the time the project is over, I will have bought all that is required.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I recently opened a barbershop with the help of the transfers from Give Directly which has now changed my daily life because I have a stable source of income and something to keep me busy. Before I opened the business, I was very idle with nothing constructive to do especially in the afternoons after leaving the farms. I felt quite unproductive staying at home doing nothing all afternoon while my peers were busy making money. I am happy the I now have my own business and I don't have to financially depend on my relatives as I did before.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Currently, the business I started has not yet stabilized and I have not yet started earning much from it. This means that I am still not in a position to support my grandmother with the household needs as I would love to, but I hope that in the next six months, I will be making decent profits so that I can support her and even be able to make savings for my future college plans.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 9 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 am now not the talk of the village any more, since so many people were taking about me ask each other if did l really clear my secondary school.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal for the next four months is to start saving, as l am planning to join collage, being that my parents does not stable income that they can at my collage fee.
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 have manage to pay my school fee arrears and l now have my certificate, so l planning to join collage very soon. l am no longer worried of my certificate getting lost in school because it is now in the in the writing hand.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months l expect to have started saving for my collage fee.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My grandmother who has been taking care of us since the death of our parents has been sick for the last three months. We don't struggle anymore as it was the case whenever she fell sick earlier on. Anytime she was sick or she was away from home, I would have to miss school just to go for casual work to raise money for our daily meals. When I received this money, I have been able to pay for her medical bill as well as food for the entire month and I still manage to go to school. This transfer has really given us an easy time in handling our financial needs without having to beg or struggle through casual work.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Since I stay with my grandmother, I have always had to support her on provision for the family. Three months ago, she fell sick and she has not been able to go back to her normal duties. I had then to take charge of the family and provide for our daily needs. I would want to continue supporting her by paying for her medication and food for the family until she gets well.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life since I started receiving this transfer is that I now have my secondary school certificates. My grandmother who is a casual worker was not able to raise the money to pay my school fees when I was still in school. The headteacher agreed to let me do my examinations but won't let me have my certificates until I clear the remaining fees arrears. I had to go for casual work to help my grandmother raise the money to settle the arrears but it has not been easy. When I received this money, I went to clear the debts so that I could get my certificates. Right now, I feel very happy and motivated to continue with my education because I have my papers. I hope to join college next year.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
It has always been my dream to start a poultry business. In the next six months, I would want to buy chicken which I would use to start the business. The profits from the business will help pay for my college fees and sustain our family financial needs since we depend on each other for survival.
 
3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I am jobless and usually rely on casual jobs which are very hard to come by,these transfers have really assisted in terms of supporting my family and given me hopes of collecting my school certificate that was held due to a huge amount of school fee arrears.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I hope that in the next six months,I will have cleared the school fee arrears that I owe so that I can have my certificate and be able to look for a job or even seek for scholarships to join college.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I now have hope in life because these transfers have really opened new doors for my family that we never thought were possible.Without these transfers,life would be tough.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I would like to use these transfers to clear my school fee arrears and collect my Certificate.
 
Enrolled
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 being unable to join college due to lack of school fees. I need to realize my dream of becoming an accountant.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when doing casual work. I know at the end of the day I will have some money.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I plan to spend my transfer on doing business of selling electronic equipment.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is that I managed to complete my secondary school education despite the fact that I am an orphan.