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Julius
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
32
workCampaign
UBI
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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, we look much better in our newly purchased clothes. Previously we wouldn't afford to buy such since the family expenses were more than my income. Therefore we would take care of the most basic needs first such as buying food. This would force us to wear the same clothes for a while. I thank God because I don't have to wash and wait for the clothes to dry. I now have a few clothes I can change to when doing laundry
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goal in the next four-months is to plaster my house with part of the previous transfers. I bought enough materials that will aid me through the plastering process. I need to have enough money for buying cement and for labour within the next four months. I believe my monthly transfers for these four months will be enough to accumulate the required amount. This gives me hopes of fulfilling my desire of plastering my home so as to reduce dust and make work easier for my wife.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
My land has not been lying idle because I now have the means to cultivate throughout the year. Since I got this money, I got empowered to facilitate my farming activities. This has helped me generate enough income and also provide sufficient food for my family. The financial support has enabled me to do large scale farming which I would be not able to do previously when I only depended on casual jobs. This has been the greatest difference in my life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have plastered my house in the next six months. With the support I get from Give Directly I now have hopes of living in a more conducive home where I can rest and relax after long day work. At least I won't be spending a lot of money in repairing the mud-walled house
 
15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Now I am stress-free since I no longer strain my self in order to meet my needs, Now I can facilitate my farming without too much pressure. I can manage to buy farm inputs without struggling. After investing enough money I decided to use the remaining amount to buy food and other miscellaneous items to support my family.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new additional goal is to raise tea seedlings. My plan is to get them ready for planting come next year April during rain season. This will help cut the costly price of buying ready seedlings which are normally so expensive. Tea bushes are the biggest and long term investment that never disappoints. Very soon I will stop depending on casual jobs in order to survive.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life ever since I started getting these transfers is that I managed to purchase new plastic chairs. When visitors come to my place, I will not worry because I have enough seats and wouldn't have to run up and down asking my neighbours to lend me their seats. It was so embarrassing to ask visitors to sit down when I couldn't get enough chairs. Plastic chairs were my first priority goal because they are efficient and affordable. The seats can be moved easily which can make it easy to clean the house.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
After spending my recent transfer on buying passion fruits and seedlings, I will no longer seek casual jobs more often because I will be managing my own farm. I am glad that Give Directly chose me to be one of their beneficiaries. I was able to make big steps in life because of them. May God bless this organization.
 
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 because most of my dreams have started materializing. I am now more hopeful and strongly believe that my dream of maximizing on my farming activities will come to pass. This is because I have already purchased tea seedlings and I am digging up holes for planting passion fruits. Moreover, the permanent house that I have always been yearning to have seems to be built in the near future because I have purchased most of the required materials. Still, I feel more responsible, proud and happy because I am now able to support my nephew - I pay his primary school fees and accommodate him because he comes from a very humble background. It is because of GiveDirectly that I have all these capabilities.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The new or additional goals for my life for the next four months is to plant passion fruits and tea. Since I have purchased tea seedlings, I am yet to dig up holes, acquire fertilizers and plant the crops. On the other hand, I am currently digging up holes for planting the passion fruits that I will buy later on. We shall utilize my transfers and those of my wife to fund the projects.
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 my dream of building a permanent house seems more practical than before. This is because I have purchased most of the required materials including bricks, sand, and ballast. Moreover, my vision of maximizing on agriculture seems attainable. I have been yearning to plant passion fruits and tea, a dream that I has started to materialize because I have purchased tea seedlings. Indeed GiveDirectly came on time to restore and strengthen my dreams and hopes. Hence, I am now leading a promising life with a hope of fully exploring my potentials. Thanks a lot GiveDirectly.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change immensely in the next six months. By then, I will have purchased a cow. Besides, my income will have double because I will be getting the GiveDirectly transfers while selling the passion fruits, tea, and milk. Still, I will be saving a substantial amount of money since I will be getting milk from my cow. Moreover, construction of the new house will have started following the increased income.
 
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 because my plans are coming to pass as opposed to earlier when there was a delay in farming due to lack of farm inputs and money.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to buy a modern dairy cow because I don't have any now and am also planning to renovate 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 planting tea seedlings and have put more seedlings in the nursery bed and I am a member in a merry go round.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to concentrate on dairy farming and also expect to have completed my house renovation.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($4 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?
My new plan is to grow more tea and start a business.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I now have confidence GD and I will be able to plan and implement since finance is available.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months my life would have changed to a better level.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is that I am confident that GD will assist me and I am seeing my plans going through.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship is the maize disease which affected all the maize fields for a long period of time. Since that was the main source of income during those times I had to move out of home to look for other casual jobs to do in order to feed my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Afternoon hours after job has been the happiest part of my day. This is the time I feel happy about all day's accomplishments and also it is a time to relax with other members of my family.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I have a plan to use the transfer on planting the tea I have in my tea nursery bed.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is the fact that I got married and was able to construct a new house, big enough to accommodate my family.