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Margaret
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
38
workCampaign
UBI
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12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 20 days ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
In comparing my current life and my life in the past four months, I find the current one being way too better. A lot of differences have come my way and I am glad to say that am happy about everything that GiveDirectly has done in my life. Over the last four months, I have been able to lease a piece of land which is under cultivation at the moment, I have purchased a heifer, completed paying of school fees, and also clothed my children. All these have been possible due to the support I am getting from GiveDirectly.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
For almost three months now, my chickens have been sleeping in the kitchen since I have never constructed them a house. Their number is now growing and in counting, I have around 15 mature chickens plus several chicks. I now have a new goal to construct them a new chicken coop so that they will be staying and laying there. I am planning to obtain a chain link mesh which I will use in building a circumference fence around the coop so that when I let them out they will always rest isnside the fenced circumference.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Saving money in the past four months was really hard. This is because the little money I was getting from my daily chores was not enough to sustain my family and to be left with some to save. I would always find myself running out of money since the requirements in our household were also many. We had to buy everything right from vegetables, sugar, maize flour, just to mention but a few. This situation got better when I started receiving the transfers from GiveDirectly. I now can save an appreciable amount. The savings that I have been making over time have brought many differences in my daily life and the biggest of all is that they have enabled me to purchase a heifer. This has added to our herd making my cows be two now after the first one which I bought some five years ago. Feeding them is the major work I have currently as one is almost calving down which means we will soon be enjoying a sufficient milk supply.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Although I have a plan to construct a chicken coop in our household, I also have another priority project which might come first before the construction. I have a plan to purchase more goats to add up to the ones I already have. This is in line with the upcoming payment of more school fees as my child is approaching to join the secondary level of education. I will, later on, sell them to generate some income which will be useful in school fees payment. This project is destined to be complete in the next six months and after that, I will resume to the construction of a chicken coop to ensure that my chickens find a good place to stay during both day and night.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I have bought a cow. owning this dairy cow is a lot of joy to me because it will give a secure me an income. I will be using this to pay for my child school fees who is in a boarding primary school. I would not have afforded this school if it was not for GiveDIrectly. I am so happy that my child is also attending a school that offers high quality education.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I don't have an additional goal in the next four months because I have to continue saving in my merry go round group.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily lif is that I bought a dairy cow in January when I received my contributions from a table baning group. I had been saving in a merry go round group. This is an assurance that as soon as It calves, I will continue earning an income even long after GiveDIrectly transfers stops.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I will be milking my dairy cow and sell milk to earn me an income. I expect to have completed a merry go round programme that I engage in. The money that I will be getting thereafter will be used for my home improvement.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
4560 KES ($45 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The less work I am doing currently in order to raise the school fees for my kid is really the biggest difference in my daily life. Before I had to toil all day tin the casual labor in order to get what was not even a quarter of what I am now receiving from Give Directly.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have completed the merry-go-round contribution and have my turn which would enable me purchase a heifer in the next six months.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am currently doing a better farming which would not have been possible without the GD transfers. At least I can buy certified seeds and also pay school fees for my child with an ease.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I have a new goal to start a poultry farming since I have joined the merry-go-round which would allow accumulation of the money so that I may put the all in a bigger project once my turn is due.
 
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access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I've ever faced in my life is the day I had a successful poultry farming and coccidiosis disease killed all of them. This rendered me unable to satisfactorily provide for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the morning when I wake up feeling fine and taking breakfast with my family as my kids go to school.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on increasing the acreage of my farm under farming by planting more onions, kales and maize so as to harvest more produce.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement am proudest of is the time I used to rear chickens and I could get returns that were of help to me and my family. I could provide them with all of their neccesities.