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Chelangat
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
27
workCampaign
UBI
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12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Over the last four months, my life has changed for the better. I no longer do a lot of casual jobs that often left me tired and stressed up. After acquiring land, it has kept us busy all the days as we strive to make the best of it. It is a good feeling to see myself moving towards self employment and availing sufficient and quality food for my family. We also have a newly built house making the many days we faced in the leaking roof house to be just but memories. Cost of living has also reduced greatly now that we do farming on our new land.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, our plan is to acquire more plot of land for both establishment of a home and crop farming. We are as well taking advantage of the fact that right now most of our children have not yet joined high school and once they join, we will be limited in accomplishing most of our dreams. This land will greatly reduce the cost of living since it will produce majority of the foods we consume on a daily basis. Our long term plan is to later have tea plantation on this land. This will as well assist us a lot in paying school fees for our children who will have joined secondary school then
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Over the last four months, my spouse and I have been able to pool our resources together which has enabled us buy land. For a long time, we have desired to own land but our efforts have always been futile considering that we entirely depend on casual labour to meet most of the family's needs. We have been able to participate in monthly merry go rounds with the transfers where we have combined our efforts and finally acquired land. Going forward we will put the land into good use and move away from buying everything for the family. We have already started planting some short term horticultural crops and this has seen us reduce the family's expenditure by a great extent.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect that the cost of living for all my family shall have greatly reduced. It is at this time that I expect to be fully self employed and engaging in no form of casual labour to put food on the table for the family. By this time, I also expect to have started buying tea seedlings for planting in our farm.
 
7th 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?
The life currently is different since I now live in an iron sheet roofed house and my children are now dressing well.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The new goal I now have is to buy a water tank.
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 happiness since I now live in a house which does not rain inside.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in that I will have bought a water tank and my children will also be eating well.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I plan to build a house. This is my new goal. Our kitchen is in bad shape. It has a thatched roof that leaks. My children sleep in the kitchen and it is so inconvenient during rainy seasons. I plan to build a better house so that my children will not continue to suffer. They will be comfortable whether it is raining or not.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different. I have hope and optimism. We eat well as a family. We can afford a balanced diet. We have also planted our crops which will be a supply for food for us; this will be a constant supply. We can then use our future transfers for other income generating activities or for other things that we will deem fit.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to be better than I have now. In six months, we will be having food from our farm, so lack of food will be minimal. I also expect my children to continue learning without the interruptions of being sent home for lack of fee. If they get a good education they will have a brighter future. That will be my happiness as a parent.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is that there is sufficient food for my family. Earlier we would really struggle to feed our family but now we have enough food. We used to work so hard without being sure that we would have enough for meals. Now we have enough and we do not do too much unnecessary work that pays so little.
 
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What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is about two years ago when the drought was prolonged and getting water was the biggest challenge. I had to walk longer distance to get water for domestic use.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is at night when I am going to sleep after a tiresome day. This gives me peace to reflect on how the day was.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on purchasing foodstuff. For me I always purchase food to feed my family.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
Building my two roomed mud- house is the achievement am proudest of. Raising money for me has been a problem so I am proud that the house was completed and I live in it peacefully.