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Charles
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
44
workCampaign
UBI
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15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 17 days ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently my livestock are well. They had fallen sick and I was afraid I would lose all of them. I am able to take care of my livestock well, they have a very clean and safe shed to sleep in too.I also paid a contractor to build my new house. I had a very old house that was on the verge of falling. With the transfers, I was able to buy the materials to build a new one and I can brag that my family now has a beautiful and safe place to live in.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I wish to expand on my livestock rearing by buying more livestock to add to the flock.
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 has been the fact that I have bought livestock for rearing. My society values so much anyone who is able to rear livestock as it is equated to being prestigious. I have always wanted to venture into livestock rearing but it was impossible to do so as I had some pressing issues like paying school fees for my children and also making sure food is on the table daily for them. I cannot thank Give Directly enough for their immense support as I fulfilled this dream.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to save and buy more livestock to expand my livestock rearing. I will have a very large flock that I would not have to worry about any financial constraints. We can get milk for sale and also consume some to nourish us.
 
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?
There is a difference because I have a new stock of birds which I never had in the past. One thing I like about this venture is that it keeps me on toes every other day. I live alone in the house alone so I always have to make sure that I dedicate most of my time into handling the birds and the livestock.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I plan to add more stock of the chickens because that is where my passion lies. I love doing more of agricultural practices and that is why for me my main focus right now is to dig deeper into keeping livestock.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have seen a lot of changes in my life within the last five months because I have been able to buy chicken and sheep which I keep and rear so that I can be able to benefit from them into the unforeseeable future. One of the benefits is that the chicken can be sold out at a profit in the future when they finally mature, and the same applies to the sheep.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to buy a cow and a pig so that I have a huge stock of livestock within the next six or seven months to come. In order to have this stock in place, I will need to be financially disciplined and dedicated to my work so that I give it the best and also get the best quality out of the business.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 7 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 can buy materials to make Jikos easily. previously, I could sell charcoal or do casual jobs to get money for purchasing raw materials that were needed for making them. Today, I buy the material easily using the payments and my customers get the jikos ready for sale. I no longer delay on restocking them unlike before.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to buy sheep because it is a source of investment. I know that in a few months time I can be able to sell some and use the money to take care of my needs.
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 was able to lease land where I plan to heavily invest in farming. I have been practising farming in a small piece of land where I was limited to planting a single crop because the soils where exhausted hence getting less yield. I am glad that I got this great idea when I started getting payments. The joy of owning an extra piece of land makes me happy because I am sure of getting more yields which my family will enjoy.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months in that, I will have extended my business to a big shop where the Jikos can be readily available. When this happens, I am sure of getting more profits which I can easily use in taking care of my daily needs.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2735 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I have a new goal of starting horticulture. I had once thought of doing it but I didn't have the capital, now that I'm sure of receiving money from GibveDirectly monthly I believe I can do it.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently from the way it would have been if I ddi not receive the money in that if it was not for the money I wouldn't be having poultry by now.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have a bigger house in the next six months so that whenever I have visitors I won't have to take them to my neighbor to host them.
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 the money is that for the first time in my life I have owned poultry and this makes me so proud.
 
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What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is coping with the separation with my wife. I find doing all things by self tiresome and derailing my development.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the evening when I get time to rest after working tirelessly in the day.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I plan to spend my transfers on expanding my blacksmith venture to increase production in quantity and profits from sales.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is having successfully trained as a blacksmith since it currently earns me income to spend on my needs.