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Samwel
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
59
workCampaign
UBI
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20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Currently, my children are home for the Christmas holiday. This means the money which I will be receiving for the next three months I would save so that I would spend on paying school fees come next year January. I do not have other goals apart from supporting my children through their education.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the last few months, I have been spending my transfers on paying school fees for my son who recently joined college. I had made some savings through these transfers which enabled me to pay school fees with less struggle. I am happy that I had something to start with and now working towards saving for next year's school fees.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I would be grateful to GD for having helped me to pay school fees with less struggle. I would look for another source of income. I am thinking of starting to buy some livestock so that I would resell in case of pressing financial need.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 5 months 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 no longer do casual work all the time. This is because apart from the money I get after selling my farm produce, I also use part of my transfers to cater for my family needs on time. Getting a helping hand through the use of the transfer has given me enough time to concentrate on my farming activities which have made me generate more income, have enough rest and time to spend with my family.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
July is a maize cultivation season in my region. Due to this, my additional goals for the next four months is to use the transfers to prepare my farm and buy some farm inputs on time. This will allow me to have timely cultivation which will eventually lead to increased yields.
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 I have been able to provide for my family adequately on time. This is because I have been using part of my transfers to buy food for my family. Due to this, there has been a noticeable improvement in our lifestyle by having enough and healthy food to ensure we are healthy at all times.
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 my crops will be doing well on the farm. This will result due to timely cultivation which I am aiming at. Due to this, I will be optimistic of a good harvest and my family will have enough food to last us till the next harvesting season.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
The weather conditions in our location is sometimes harsh and unpredictable. When such happens, its affects our crops so much that sometimes we don't get good returns and hence little money from sale of farm produce. The transfer from Givedirectly comes in handy to pay for basic needs. I now also have some tea seedlings in a nursery almost ready for transplanting. Once this is ready, I will sell them and the proceeds thereof will help me sort my son's fees and other household items.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have no plan as of now but to take care of my children and pay their school fees consistently to allow them study.
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 I am no longer worried about where and how I will get money for the little basic needs that is needed at homeor for my children in case they want pocket. The transfer from Givedirectly always seems like its timely for the needs that we need, and even if we may not have at the point of need, we will borrow from one of the neighbors and pay back when we receive the transfer.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My expection for the next few months is to ensure that my children go to school and learn. I have a son who is preparing to go to college and he will need some resources to use. Therefore I expect to have had enough of the resources to see him through college.I also expect to see an improvement in our lifestyle by having enough and healthy food to ensure we are healthy at all times.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different because four months ago I couldn’t find enough capital to use in preparing, buying seeds and hiring labor in my land so that I can plant maize. I am happy now because I have planted maize and are doing well.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal in life is to ensure that I plant more maize so that I can sell it later for income. In going this will be able to provide for my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
My biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months is being able to pay school fees for my children who are in secondary school. They are now in school studying not to be sent back home.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I will be harvesting more maize plantation which will be enough for my family and also sell more for income.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
Receiving these transfer gave me new need to add more dairy cows in my livestock.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different because as for now I am thinking of increasing the number of dairy cows. I want to see dairy cows in my compound and this will actually give me happiness in my life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, my life will have changed because I will be owning at least one dairy cow. This is the passion that I have and it will make my life joyful. I will be able to provide to my family by selling milk and earning income. Poverty will a thing of the past.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is seeing my daughter going to school and studying without being sent back home every now and then. Before the transfer, my daughter could be sent home to collect school fees which unfortunately, I did not have. She could stay back at home as I go rounds borrowing some money from friends and relatives. With luck, I could get sometimes,I could not. But when I received these cash I immediately gave my daughter and now she can happily study just like rest.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship i faced in my life is when i lacked school fees for my children
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is at evening because this is the time i rest after doing alot of work
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
i am planning to spend my transfer on 1. Dairy farming 2. planting Maize
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement am proud of in my life is when i harvest alot of maize