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Oware's family
Oware
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
62
workCampaign
UBI
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 18 days ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is different from how it would have been four months ago in that I have plastered my house. I used to live in a house with very poor condition. The mud on the walls would come out during the rainy season and I would be forced to smear after every two weeks. This was tiresome and time-consuming. Therefore I decided to plaster my house to save myself from that kind of hard work. I used my transfer to buy cement and sand which I used to plaster my house.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I wish to expand my farming practice. I would want to lease in a piece of land which I will use for farming. I know when I get a good harvest, I will sell some to raise money for other family needs.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In my life, I have always depended on income from farming which has been my main source of income. I have not been getting much since I used to use local farming methods. I would not get much because the soil fertility had been used up. I used to get 2 -3 sacks of maize which could not even sustain my family till the next harvest. Since I started receiving these transfers, I have been using modern farming methods such as hybrid seed and fertilizers which has really changed my life. Ever since I started using them I have bee getting at least 5 sacks of maize which has changed my life. I no longer strain to feed my family as before.
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 bought a piece of land for farming. I did not inherit so much land for farming as I would want to. This is the reason why I have decided to buy a piece of land to expand my farming practice.
 
10th 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?
My life is currently different because I have a sense of hope. I perceive life differently ever since I started receiving the transfers. I am more optimistic and ambitious. I am always sure of getting something at the end of which has helped me plan and achieve some of my goals. The recent goal I had was to renovate my house. I am proud because my house looks decent after repairing it. I also managed to repair my posho mill machine. I thank GiveDirectly very much for helping me stand on my feet. For sure I don't know where I could have gotten the money to revive my business.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to buy fertilizer. I want to invest in Agriculture because I have all it takes to ensure one has a successful farm. To add on that, one can never go wrong in this sector as long as you do the necessary at the right season. I want to do my best and ensure that I get the best out of it. After all, this is all I got and this is the only chance I have to change my life. I believe that I will get a good harvest, my family will get enough food to last us for a long period of time. I am also certain of even selling of the produce so as to earn more income
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 managed to repair my house. My house was in a bad shape because timber that was used to build the house had been totally destroyed by insects. My house had cracks all over. The situation was now worse because the house was built a long time ago. Now that I have renovated it I feel good. It feels nice to live in a decent house. This is the exact feeling which I had yearned for a long time.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I will have invested in large scale farming. I have never done this before so I believe my life will change greatly if all goes well. At least I will be sure of food security. In case there will be extra sacks to be sold. I will store them and wait for the right season, a time when they will be demand in order to get a higher profit.
 
7th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different from how it was four months ago in that I don't borrow from neighbours and pay them after doing casual jobs which was the norm previously.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goals is to invest in farming so much because farming is what I can do well and depend on.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Most of the time I wanted to accomplish goals and I could budget with people's money or take loans so as to achieve them. This is not what I had wanted most of the time. When I started receiving payments from GiveDirectly this is the biggest difference in my daily life since right now I budget with only what I am sure of and what is rightfully mine.
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 enough food for my family because of the plan that I have in expanding my agriculture hence, I will not have to buy food every day.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
4560 KES ($45 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.
I am now in a position to make the bricks that I will use to build a new house.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change because I will be in a position to have a much better house than the one I have right now. In addition to that, I will be in a position to buy food comfortably than I do currently.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am now able to make plans such as the one I have right now where I am working towards building a new house, something that has been an uphill task to me.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I am planning to buy fertilizers so that I will be able to get quality and quantity harvest in the future.
 
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access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship is lack of enough money to improve on my income. There is some time that I could not even provide meals to my family
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up ready to go out and do my daily work.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to improve my farming with this transfer since mostly I earn my living from subsistence farming
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The proudest achievement in my life, that I have been able to build up some capital and bought a poshomill from which I am able to get some income. I have also managed to educate my children