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Samwel
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
74
workCampaign
UBI
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16th 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?
At the moment, Most of my transfers goes to savings as compared to four months ago. This is because I no longer spend so much on of foodstuff since most of the farm produce are ready for consumption as well as we sell the surplus to the market traders which has really boosted our income.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Considering transfers are coming to an end, my goal is to save the money I will receive in the coming months in order to construct a new house. The one I currently live in is old. Besides, this will be a perfect remembrance of GD transfers.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I am now more happier because with the transfers I have been receiving for the last four months, part of it have been going to savings which enabled me to purchase potato seeds for planting. Potatoes usually fetch a higher price in the market and that is the reason I thought of preparing the seeds earlier enough so that I plant it immediately I harvest the maize currently in the farm. This will really boost my income four months later when they will be ready for harvesting
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I believe my life will have changed in the next six months because I will have abundant harvest from my farm. The money I will generate will enable me to purchase some furniture for my new house. I will then have a comfortable place to rest after a heavy day's work in the farm as well as to accommodate my visitors when they come visiting.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Four months ago, it was very difficult for me to buy food. It has been dry season and getting food for the family proved to be a hard nut to crack. These would force me to borrow hence creating unnecessary debt. It is from such situations that would push one into criminal activities that are not acceptable within society. Currently, I am glad to say that I have been able to maintain the situation. Comfortably, I am able to provide for my family and therefore we are living in peace with all the family members. I no longer borrow from the shop and this has really given me peace of mind.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Yes. My new goal in life for the next four months is to ensure that I take subsistence farming more seriously. Currently, the price of potato farming is so promising and this is the next goal I want to achieve.
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 owning sheep. I did not imagine that at some point in life I will have sheep that I claim ownership. Ideally, sheep gives birth very fast and within a short time, I will have a fleet of them. It is both satisfying to see them in the compound as well as giving hope that with them is an invisible investment.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have fully engaged in potato farming. I already have a piece of land ready for this activity. It is an activity that I hope will change my life since the business in this sector is currently booming. My plan is also to sell sheep and have my next step -to buy a young cow and I hope to have accomplished this by the end of the six months.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Now am so happy getting free money from GD which has help me improve my farming. Before, I would borrow money from friends which would later stress me when repayment time comes.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next few months, I would expect to have started raising tea seedlings so that I can plant the same to extend my tea plantation.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
For ages, I have have been depending on farming to provide for my family. The great challenge which I had was financing my farming and managing my crops. Now with the money I got from GD, I have healthier crops which include potatoes and maize as I can afford to buy fertilizers and chemicals for spraying.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
The money which I receive from GD, I would spend to buy sheep which mature faster and when it multiply I would then sell to buy a dairy cow for milk production. This would then give me a reliable source of income.
 
4th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difffernce inmy life is that I get nough food for my family.I managed to plant on time buying seeds and fertlizer that is ensuring good farm production to meeet my families food requirements and even act as a source of income.
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 built a better house.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different because I has more work to do.I tend to the sheep i bought from this transfers as my otatoes in the farm continous to grow.All thise are possiple because I recived thises transfers.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
M new goooal is to build a timber walled house.I will buy timber and rooofing sheets using tis money I recive from Give Directly.I want to live in a descent houde.
 
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What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is poor production in my farm compared to long ago when my harvest were high.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest day is during the day when I am busy in my farm
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfers on buying a culf
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My greatest achievement is having build a better house