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Phillister
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
69
workCampaign
UBI
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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I plan to buy building materials which I want to use in building a new house. The one I have has been invaded by termites eating the woods on the roof and I fear in the coming rainy season, the wind might blow away the roof. This is why I have decided to start planning for a new one before I lose the one I have.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving these transfers is that I have my own cow. I could not have managed to get my own because I had a very unreliable income from casual work. I could not even save the money to ensure we meet all our needs in time. As a result, I had given up on getting a good source of income because I did not finish my education too. I had to rely on the little income I get. I am glad I received these transfers because, through it, I have managed to pay school fees for my children in time and now I have saved to buy my own cow. I feel so proud of Give Directly to an extent I have named the cow Give Directly.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My life will be different in the next six months in that I will have built a new house by then. I plan to save part of my monthly transfers to buy building materials such as timber, nails and iron sheets. This is my main goal for now and I would not want to wait until I am homeless so as to build a new one. If the rains come before I get enough building materials, I will take a loan from our table banking group and build a house then pay back the loan through GD transfers.
 
19th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, my life is easy as I have a constant flow of finances. I can save part of my transfers and income I get from my other sources to help in the fulfilment of my long term goals and the day to day needs my family has. I have saved and bought livestock for rearing to help in generation of income just in case of any financial constraints. I have also managed to buy household items like utensils for visitors as I have never owned any presentable ones which led to borrowing the neighbours. In my household, we can easily afford healthy food daily even if we do not work twice as much like I used to.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have a new goal of saving and buying building materials like iron sheets and nails so that I can renovate my roof which leaks whenever it rains.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I am less stressed about finances as I have started a saving culture in a merry-go-round to help in the fulfilment of my long term goals. I could not manage to save in my entire life so I am glad that through the transfers, I have managed to save and acquired a cow that I can rear so that my family can be secured financially. Previously, I would not manage to save as I earned meagre income from casual work that barely catered to our food consumption well leave alone think of saving towards any goal.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, my family will be living in a very beautiful house that does not leak whenever it rains as I shall have bought the building materials that I anticipate to use to renovate it with. With the materials, I will be able to easily renovate my roof and also extend the house to comfortably accommodate my large family too.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 5 years 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 I can now afford my daily basic needs especially food. From my dairy cow, I am able to get income almost daily that helps me in purchasing food.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to start saving and spend the money to plaster my house. I am staying in a very dusty house where I am not comfortable because I can be infected by jiggers. I also tired of repairing the house given that I am already of age besides, it is expensive to hire people to repair it every other time. I have always been longing to stay in a nice plastered house like my neighbors but I could not afford.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my is that i manage to buy dairy cow for my future use where i will be getting milk. I will use the milk for consumption and I will also be selling at our nearby shopping center and getting the money to cater for my family's needs. Since I do not have any other stable source of income. Since I started receiving the money I have never gone to bed without eating anything, because I have created a good customer relationship with most of the shopkeepers around me, whenever I do not have money I always borrow from them and pay them at the end of month, because they know I always get some money at the end of the month.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the six months, I am hopeful that I shall have saved enough money and bought cement and sand for plastering my house. The thought of being infected with jiggers will not cross my mind ever again
 
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?
My life is currently different from how it was four months ago in that my sources of income have been diversified. I am capable to get some earnings from the business I started with the transfers. The business deals in selling food items in our local market. I am now at peace because I am assured of meeting my daily needs.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal in the next four months is to build a new and decent house. The current house has an old roof which leaks during the rainy season. This makes us very uncomfortable especially at night because it forces us to wake up and fold our beddings lest we spend on wet beddings.
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 owning a cow. I had been longing to keep cattle but I could not manage even to buy a cow because I lacked money since I do not have a reliable source of income. I am now happy that I will be getting milk and compost manure from my cow which I bought with the GiveDirectly's transfers.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have built a new house which will keep me warm and safe from adverse weather condition. Currently, I am living in an old, weak and leaky house. Whenever it rains heavily, my household and I are always forced to stay awake until the rain subsides. Consequently, we do suffer from pneumonia during the rainy season as a result of the poor condition of my house
 
8th 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?
My life is currently different from how it was four months ago in that I easily take care of my needs unlike before.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to buy a calf since I believe that when they increase in number I can sell some and use the money to take care of my needs.
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 eat well and I have been able to take care of my sick daughter easily unlike before.
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 cemented my house hence I will not smear it anymore which is normally very hectic.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($5 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 investing in livestock farming as it has been my dream project for years.
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 without the transfer since I have been made able to take my daughter for medical review every month, something that I could not do before due to the expenses involved.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to live a very improved lifestyle. With the livestock that I intend to keep, I expect to start milking immediately my cows mature. We will be able to feed on adequate milk throughout our lives.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the improved lifestyle that my family has experienced since we began receiving the transfer. I have found much ease in acquiring food for my family.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have faced in my life as 69 year old grandmother is taking care of my sick daughter (since June of 2017 and she is 40 years old) who can barely do anything for herself. She is partially blond and the same time can hardly walk on her own due to her sickness. As a result, I am not able to carry out my daily activities as I used to.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest time of my day is midday because at this time, I am relaxes for having completed my day's activities.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to change the roofing of my house because it is in a bad state and at the same time I intend to buy a dairy cow to provide me with milk.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My greatest achievement was in the year 2014 when I started poultry farming with two hens which I had bought at Ksh. 200.They multiplied and their number increase to over 60 birds which I could occasionally sell at Ksh. 500 and get money to supplement my family daily needs.