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Nelson
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
51
workCampaign
UBI
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16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Although GiveDIrectly has improved our living standards, the cost of living has also kept rising with time. Comparing now and the last four months, I find it hard to manage my current life the way I used to do before. Life was still easy when most of the things were cheaper in the markets and also other sections of productions like agriculture were doing well. At the moment trials to venture in subsistence farming is no longer an easy task since weather conditions have been unfavorable. Maize production which has been our staple food has been affected by a specific pest which is rendering them unproductive unlike before. we thank God that GiveDIrectly is still in place to help us which has really boosted our survival in such hard times.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Since my participation in the Merry-go-round is still on, I still have a lot of expectations as I wait for my second turn. After making my secondary school fees payment easy, I still have an additional goal to use what I will get in the second turn to pay school fees for my other child who is joining University soon. This group has really built my confidence and at the moment I am so relaxed and sure that all shall be well as far as school fees payment is a concern. Apart from the group money, These transfers have also enabled me to venture in other agricultural projects which are currently doing well. These two will be one of the ways where I will raise income to use in other upcoming projects.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Since it came into our village, GiveDirectly has brought a lot of changes. Most of them are life-changing and we are really proud to be part of the organization. We are now witnessing success after success and the biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months is my ability to pay school fees for my child in secondary school with ease. I appreciate that I no longer toil in the casual labors I used to do to earn a living but instead, I joined a savings group best known as a Merry-go-round. I really thank GiveDirectly for the great work they have done in our village.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have raised enough money to start off my child's school fee payment at the University. With my current plans to also venture in Agriculture, I expect to see it picked in the next six months since I will be operating on the subsistence farming and the surplus will be sold to earn us some income.
 
12th 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?
Four months a go, I struggled a lot to get my family the basic household needs such as food. We relied entirely on casual labour to meet these needs. Very often, we could only get enough money to feed the family although sometimes it was hardly enough. With the various investments that we have made as a family, we are now able to buy food and other basic household commodities with very little difficulty. We have also been able to save up some money that can see us meet unforeseen expenditures in the household.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am looking forward to building a poultry house now that I have increased the number of chicken. This, I plan to accomplish once I receive money from our monthly merry go round.
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 is that I have been able to expand my poultry keeping business. I had less than ten chicken at the start of the four months and have been able to set aside some small amount from the monthly transfers that has enabled me to buy these chicken. I now have twenty chicken that have started laying. The income generated from egg selling has enabled us meet the daily household needs with much ease. It has also enabled me to save up some money that would assist us in case of any emergency needs. We have also been able to pay school fees with little difficulty unlike before.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have diversified my income generating activities. I expect to have more income from my poultry project, more yields from my farm and start dairy farming.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different because it has boosted my poultry farming and acquiring a medical insurance fund.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to built a more spacious and increase poultry farming.
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 these transfers have enabled me to purchase a national hospital insurance fund and increased poultry farming.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my poultry farming project to have expanded and increased source of income.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($4 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?
My new plan is to start poultry farming.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I hope that my life will be different when i get the transfers in full every month.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months my poultry farming plan will have improved .
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is the confidence that I have in GD. This transfer will boost my plans.
 
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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 have faced in my life is when my child became sick and i had to take him to kijabe hospital for treatment
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening after coming from my business and have made a significant profit
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Am planning to grow my small business with the transfer
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement which am proud of is my dairy farming which has enabled me pay my school fees