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Victor
landscapeCountry:
kenya
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faceAge:
29
workCampaign
UBI
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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 11 days ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I operate a business in a rental shop near my home to earn a living. I have a desire of engaging more into business but monthly rent is costly for me to get my business higher. In the next four months, my plan is to buy a plot that will allow me to build a permanent structure to run my business. I prefer this since a plot is an added asset and it reduces my monthly cost thus will have higher profits to meet my family needs and expand my business.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I operate a small business to earn a living that can allow me to see my family through the needs. Expanding my business has been quite challenging since my profits were majorly depended on for household daily and other family needs. I struggle to make sure that my business stays healthy through each situation thus I inject every single cent I earn on it. In the last four months, I feel the business has greatly improved since I have been using part of my monthly transfer to boost the stock. I enjoy higher profits than before and this my happiness as a businessperson. I am certain that the new high profits will enable me to meet my family needs with ease and open up other income-generating goals in my family.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have bought a plot to build a shop in. It has always been my plan to buy a piece and having it will mean that I won't incur monthly rent expenses again. I believe my business will have a higher profit than now that will help me meet my family's needs and remaining with some to invest further.
 
20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is much better from how it was four months ago because I have managed to improve my poultry project which has really boosted my income sources. since I have a retail shop, I directly sell the eggs to consumers as well as have a few businessmen who purchase them in wholesale. This has really seen my business grow
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My goal in the next four months is to purchase a plot within my location. We have partnered with a friend to do so in order to construct some rental houses for students who will be enrolled in a new technical institution within this area. My sources of capital will come from my savings achieved my business and the poultry project together with the monthly transfers I always get from GiveDirectly. considering it's a new institution in the area, no one has invested in the rental houses and so I am sure of a ready market from the students
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Four months ago, I had just started my project of poultry keeping with a few chicken. For the last four months that I have been receiving transfers, I decided to set Ksh. 1000 purposely for increasing the number and this has enabled me to generate some income from the sale of eggs. I am now happier and determined about the future since I have successfully diversified my income sources
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, My life will be much better as compared to now because my poultry will have increased in number and so I will have some to sell hence generate more income. Besides, I will have already managed to purchase a plot with a friend and construction of the rental houses will have already kicked off.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Before, I would not believe that my poultry project will pick so well like it is at the moment. I have realized a huge profit which can enable me to achieve my dream. Being able to cater for my family basic needs and save some money which has really brought a positive impact on my family. This is because I am no longer the talk of the village on outstanding debts as I no longer take them. This is so far how my life has changed from how it was four months ago and I am always proud of it.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goal in the next four is to have 100 chicken from sixty which I currently have. The savings from this project will enable me to realize my goal which is buying a plot. With this, I will be assured of permanent investment for my entire family. Actualizing this dream will help me to be able to cater to all my family needs on time without much struggle.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the last four, I have been investing my monthly transfer on poultry farming. Some of the chicken now have lay eggs. I usually sell some of these eggs to earn some money which I save so that I can invest in a more reliable income-generating business. I also save part of the money to enable me to buy a plot to build some rental houses. Though this idea might take long so that I can actualize it, I am more determined to see it coming into reality since it is a long term investment which will also benefit my children even when I am no more
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My life will have changed in the next six months, in that I would have bought a plot. This asset will be the foundation of my future investment which I am aiming at. I intend to build some rental houses. When I get some customers to rent, I will get some income by collecting the house rent. This will enable me to meet all my family needs on time. It will also be a permanent reminder to my family of GiveDirectly's good deeds towards us.
 
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?
Four months ago, I could not afford to buy farm inputs but this has changed. In fact, Givedirectly transfers have enabled me to prepared the land and buy maize seeds in readiness for the next planting at the onset of the oncoming rainy season. This would not have been possible when I was not getting this cash. I have improved my farming. This means that I can earn better from this activity as it is the only source of income I have. It will help me cater to my self and even contribute to meeting my families daily needs.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I plan to buy 4 heads of cattle. I will buy them from the milk I get from selling the maize crop that I grew from the transfers.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the last four months, I feel that I am a better person economically. I recently harvested maize that I planted using these transfers. I will sell this to make money. Without GiveDirectly, I would not have gotten maize seeds and planting fertilizer to plant on time. The good harvest is only possible because of the timely growing this transfers cone regularly without delays. I am happy because I can use this to buy livestock. I intend to buy several heads of cattle to the rear. As a young man, this will go along way in improving my life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I will be having a piece of land. It is my desire to buy some small piece of land on which I will build rental houses in the future. I will sell my heads of cattle and buy land. This is possible because of the money I receive monthly and has been investing in farming. When I succeed, I will be a landowner of a parcel that can be developed into a rental property and be financially stable the rest of my life.
 
7th 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 currently is different since I have started keeping poultry which I did not have before and they have also increased in number.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The only goal I now have is to increase the number of my poultry so that I will later sell them and use the money to buy a plot.
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 happiness.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in that I will have bought a plot which I will later build and construct rental houses.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Currently,my life is different in that i now have work to do in my poultry farm.this keeps me busy and earns me more income.i have also increased maize farming as i do additional crop for use as chicken feed.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goals i now have is to start growing maize for use as chicken feed and to also start saving towards buying a plot or a piece of land.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to have changed in the next six months in the following ways; I will have many of chicken in my project and more income ,and i will have stared saving money to buy plot
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
the biggest difference in my daily life is that i am now busy because i have started muy poultry project.i have a lot of work and hence more income.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is in 2014 when maize which I had planted dried up due to drought and I had to run at a loss.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is at noon since that is when am relaxing after doing most of my days work.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
House wife
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement which am proud of is my shop which I have been able to open since at the end of the day I will be having money to gather for my basic needs.