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Kerestina's family
Kerestina
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
69
workCampaign
UBI
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Follow to be updated on Kerestina's next check-in.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Apart from always going for treatment as prescribed by the doctor, I have always had three meals a day without anyone's help. Before the transfers, I would really struggle to put food on my table because I do not have any source of income. I have always depended on well-wishers who do not come by on a daily basis. With the transfers, I have been able to ensure I use it wisely for medication, food and other household needs. I do not want to beg anymore as I used to.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to build a new kitchen. This is because my main house is too small which cannot accommodate my whole family plus cooking. I do cook using firewood and the smoke from the same is unhealthy for my life. This will help me even during the rainy seasons when the rains fall anytime inconvinieceing my cooking.
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 these transfers is that I have been able to go for treatment as scheduled by the doctor. I have been suffering from high blood pressure for the last two years. During that period, I have been missing some doctors appointments due to lack of money. This caused my condition to worsen as I have not been on medication as required. Ever since I started receiving the transfers, I have been able to go for every appointment because it is a monthly visit. I have always had money to buy drugs and pay for doctor's consultation with the transfers. I am feeling much better and I hope to get well if I don't miss any more appointment.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I still want to focus on my treatment. With GD transfers, I have come to know that I still have a bright future. This is the reason why I want to ensure I do not miss any doctor's appointment. I believe when I commit to this, my health will get better and I will be back on my feet.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
In the last four months there is no much differences compared to this other months because l am still get the money and spending to buy food.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months l planing to saving plaster 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 is that l have manage to renovate my house that collapse, l am now staying in a very comfortable house where l so not need to worry.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six month l expect to have saved enough to plaster my house.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I have a new goal of constructing a new house should I recover from my current poor state of health.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different than it would have been when I never received the transfer since I am able to access my basic needs with a lot of ease.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect my health status to have recovered fully. I expect to have an improvement in health due to the availability of finances to cater for my drugs.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the happiness I have found with the fact that I can feed well without relying on other people.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I've faced in my life is bringing up my children after my husband's death then seeing them succumb to mysterious death when were fully grown people with their family. It was really devastating.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day at night having overcome challenges of the day.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I'm planning to spend the transfer on my medication, repair of my house and food.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I'm proudest of is building a house in my own compound after my husband's death.