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George
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
19
workCampaign
UBI
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16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Unfortunately or fortunately I do not have any new or additional goal a part from continuing with my poultry keeping and improving it to a large scale to get more profit.
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 l started poultry keeping which is currently doing very well. I am able to sell them when I need to attend to any emergency or even support my parents in households expenditure, as compared to before when l did not have any source of income. I would depend on my parents for everything and yet they also have other responsibilities. The chicken are also a source of food to us especially when things are tough and our family have nothing to eat.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months l expect to have expanded my poultry farming business and getting more profit.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Ever since I started receiving these transfers, I have been able to save more because what I make from the casual jobs is well supplemented by the transfers. This gave me the courage to finally get married, which has always been my desire even though I could not do it before fearing that I would not be able to properly provide for my family. Getting married has changed my life because I now see the need to work harder than before and mature up as I still have my parents also take care of.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have plans for constructing a chicken pen or an enclosed area for my poultry. So far, I have about forty local breed chickens that are currently roaming free during the day which puts them at a high risk of contracting diseases or even getting stolen as I cannot monitor them. To ensure their safety I will use the transfers to buy the required materials to construct the chicken pen as soon as I have completed paying for the solar lighting kit that I bought on credit.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Months ago, I bought a solar lighting kit with the help of the transfers I have been receiving from Give Directly. I saved the transfers for two months and managed to raise enough money to pay for the deposit on the kit then agreed to be paying the rest of it in monthly instalments. Buying the solar lighting kit has improved our daily lives as we no longer use smoke-emitting kerosene lamps which were also dim. My daily budget has also reduced because I do not spend on kerosene any more.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I am currently getting a lot of pressure from my wife and her parents to pay her dowry before the end of this year. I am not at ease because I am struggling to get all the requirements before December and at the same time trying to ensure that my family is also provided for. My father has agreed to support me by giving some of his livestock for the ceremony and I hope that it will take place as planned so that from next year, I can be free to invest my transfers on other projects.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Secondly, I have poultry farming which is my main source of income. I used to struggle to raise money through casual work which was very inconsistent. I would want to stable source of income so as to sustain my needs. This is the reason why I started the business so as to have a stable and reliable source of income. I would not want to go back to begging again.
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 buy cement which I will use in plastering. This is because our area is swampy and a house can collapse anytime especially in the rainy seasons. I would not want to be homeless again but make my house strong by plastering it.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving these transfers is that I have my own house. I did not have a house yet I had come of age to own a house. I used to sleep in my mother's kitchen since I did not have money to buy building materials to build a house. I started saving for building materials but was not able to. With GD transfers, I was able to buy building materials which I have used in building my house.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I would want to buy more chicken to boost my poultry business. I know if all goes well, I will have income which will help me provide for my family well and brighten my future.
 
4th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 3 years ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving these payments is that I now own my trandtional house (Simba ) hence I no longer have to look for shelter at my parent's kitchen .
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months I shall have bought household items such as a solar lamp and furnitures .
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Owning my trandtional house (Simba ) is currently the difference I have achieved .The interesting part is , it has saved me from relying on my parent's kitchen for shelter .
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goal is to save money in togetherness with my parents and use up the saved up money on cementing my parent's house into a semi - permanent one .
 
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access_time over 3 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is being unable to get a good job that can help in meeting the family needs forcing me to do minor casual jobs which is not sufficient enough to support the family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is in the morning when I find my aged parents alive and leaves for work knowing that they are in good health and are able to do their normal daily duties.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on building a house because I sleep in the kitchen which is old and almost falling down.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is having assisted a neighbour in building a house which is more spacious that helps the children who were sleeping in a leaking kitchen to have a good place to sleep as they do not need to move at night when it rains.