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Ruth
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
59
workCampaign
UBI
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20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 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 am planning to add 30 chicken to my stock. This will mean I will be collecting more eggs in a day. It will kind of double the profits I am getting currently. This will help me reach my long term goals. Once this business has become stable and has started generating large amounts of profits I can even start building a large permanent house for my children
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the last four months, I have been collecting two trays of eggs a week which translate to KES 1050. This has supplemented to my income which I get to earn through the sale of milk and vegetables. I am planning to boost these two businesses to an extent where I will be able to open other branches in different shopping centres within my locality
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I would like to buy an incubator and build a brooder. My main goal of acquiring this is to hutch chicks for commercial sale. People in our area prefer rearing chicken and having an incubator would enable me to hutch 350 chicks at once which would earn me good money within 21 days. This will further empower me financially and easily be able to meet my family needs and also support our church projects.
 
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 because I meet my needs and those of my family more easily than before. This is because I have an additional income that resulted from investing my transfers over the last four months on chicken layers that have constantly been producing over 60 eggs per week. I am so glad that I don't overstretch my other sources of finances to meet daily basic needs, The salary I earn from my job has been better utilized in establishing a dairy farm project. I have used it to build a dairy unit that can accommodate 6 cows. Plans are now in place and am heading in the right pace towards operations to become a milk producer. I feel that this could not have been possible if I did not have the aid form Give\directly over the last four months.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I want to improve my poultry house to accommodate more chickens. I will save money to do this by saving money so that as I retire from my teaching job I will focus on farming. This farming activity will provide me a good landing ground.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life is the investment that I have in poultry farming. I collect about three trays every week that means about kes 3,360. This is an additional income that makes me a very powerful woman. I am actually the sole breadwinner of my family. I meet all my daily needs and those of my family because of the money generated from the investment I made using the money I get from Givedirectly.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have increased the number of chickens in my poultry project. I will be earning more money from the increased production because I will have all the necessary poultry infrastructure. Despite the fact that I will have retired from my teaching job, I will be still doing very well because of the income that I will be making from the investment in chicken.
 
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?
For the last four months, I channelled all my transfer to poultry farming. during that that I managed to buy fifty chicken which some are now laying eggs. In a week I get to sell three trays each at KES 300. The money which I get from selling eggs I spent to buy chicken feed and some to buy food for my family. I no longer spare part of my salary to buy food since I can get the money from selling eggs.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goal is to add more birds to my lock so that I can get a huge reward. I am intending to spent my next transfer to buy more chicken.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Currently, I have got fifty chicken which I got to buy with the transfer I got from Give Directly. Some chicken are laying eggs and I got to sell and some we cook. Whenever do not have vegetable we cook some and this has reduced the cost of buying vegetables. Eggs are rich in proteins and when I took some I feel energetic and also I have seen my child growing healthier.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I am currently working as a teacher and in a few months, I will be retiring. I believe that in the next six months I will be one of the famous poultry farmers in my locality. I see myself as a successful farmer in the near future having knowledge on various farm practices I will apply the same on my farm. I am intending to increase the number of chicken to five hundred. I got a good poultry house in place and that when I get to the intended number I will earn a huge profit which will be more than what am currently earning as a teacher.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 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 am currently in a better position to solve different emergencies in my family and also able to get the enough and better basic needs of my family. I am currently living a better and happier life than before.
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 restart and improve my poultry farming.
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 the transfer has given me hopes of meeting my family daily basic needs. This has given me ability to get well organized in my daily and future plans due the monthly assurance of the monthly transfer. I living currently a happier life than before.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My household daily expenditure is approximately two hundred shillings. I buy sugar, salt, maize flour, cooking fat, tea leaves and soap. In the next six months I expect my life to be better than now in that I expect my poultry farming to be well established and it will be productive hence adding me more income.
 
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?
The new goals that I have developed since I started receiving the transfer include improving savings and assets in our joint group. I also want to start banana farming where I am going to try a tissue culture type of banana.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from how It would have been if I had not received the transfer in that I have a peacefully mind.This is due to assurance of monthly income from give directly which enable me to budget it well for my family basic income.The transfer has reduced my debts which I could incur trying to provide for my family and this gives me humble mind.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months I expect to be living a better life. I expect to have fully developed my poultry and dairy farming with the support of give directly money.These will in turn earn me an extra income.With the more income that I will be getting, I expect to have a relaxed mind, living a more comfortable life. I will be able to give back to the poor and through employing some youths to assist in my farming.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving the transfer is the good management of my family basic needs.I currently have peaceful mind in that I can easily get family the daily needs using give directly transfer which has been a problem before.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am currently facing is that two of my children who completed bachelors degree do not have jobs yet. Its hard because I have to cater for their basic needs before they can get jobs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening. This is when I can rest after my daily activities and also celebrate my daily achievements with my family.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on poultry keeping and on subsistence farming.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that I am most proud of is when my four children completed their first degree. I was happy since each of them can now secure jobs and help themselves and also that the burden of fees payment has been reduced.