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Livingstone
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
53
workCampaign
UBI
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20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goal in the next four months is to add more chicken to make it to 100 birds. I believe when I got to this number, I will be able to earn good income. This will enable me to cater to my family needs with less struggle. I will also be able to realize the long term goals that I was almost giving up on
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the last four months, the biggest differences is that I managed to construct a good poultry house with the money I received from GiveDirectly. I invested in poultry farming so as to enable me to raise enough money and afford a decent living. It will allow me to easily buy food for my family even if I don't get casual jobs to do. Before I would hardly cater to my family with the little income from the manual jobs. To bring this to an end I opted to spare part of the money to invest in poultry farming. and in the last few months, I have been earning much than what I expected. The eggs I collect on a daily basis allows me to have balanced meals and earn more income. This has really improved my living standards and I thank Give Directly for enabling me to reach this goal.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I will have bought a cow. This would guarantee my family a continuous supply of milk throughout the year. I believe when we have enough to use and surplus for sale it would cut our daily expenses. I will instead earn more income through the sale of milk. I feel good I am growing on a daily basis. I am now actualizing dreams I had for a long time because I now have enough capital to make the dreams come true
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different in that we no longer stress ourselves on how we are going to meet the basic household needs for the family. GiveDirectly transfers have helped us a lot in meeting these basic household needs as well as pay school fees for our children.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional plans for the next four months is to be able to save enough money to be able to buy a dairy cow. We are currently spending a lot of money to buy milk for the family. This is very costly while the money used to buy the milk could have as well been diverted into other meaningful uses for the family. I plan to do this through savings made from the monthly transfers and other income generating activities that we engage in as a family.
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 I have been able to pay school fees in time without fail. I used to find it hard for me to balance between payment of school fees for my children and at the same time provide the basic household needs. With GiveDirectly transfers, I have been able to save up enough money and be able to meet these daily needs as well as pay school fees for my children.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in that I will have more assets for the family and therefore a rise in the living standards of my family. Once I buy the dairy cow then we will have enough milk supply for both consumption while we sell the surplus produced.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Initially, my children could stay at home because of lack of school fees. This is because mostly our income could not meet both food and schools fees need. Mostly, we could prioritize buying food. Thanks to GiveDirectly. We able to pay school fees on time using the transfers. Now I have been relieved from a lot stress.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal in the next four months is to buy more chickens. Because of the good income, I am enjoying from the sale of eggs that I currently produce I want to increase production. I will manage this using the transfers I get to buy more chicken.
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 preceding the current transfer is that I was not having a dairy cow but now I have. Because of drought that affects our area, we could not harvest anything from our farm produces. This was our main some income that we could use to buy milk for consumption. It was very expensive and so I desired to own a dairy cow to reduce spending a lot of money buying milk daily. This came true after getting the transfers from GiveDirectly. I used them to buy one.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect in the next six months God willing to have purchased a goat. This will assist me in the future to pay school fees for my children. I will manage this by saving the transfers and the income I get from poultry keeping.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different because there is more happiness due to income at the end of every month.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to expand my poultry project to be a source of income for my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The transfers have enabled my kids to get their basic necessities and household items.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have put up the poultry house and bought more chicken and increase vegetable farming.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I have started thinking of building a house and started keeping livestock, I never thought I would do such before because it requires alot of capital.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I can now sustain my children, I can pay their school fees and feed them well. I am now a hopeful person am no longer frustrated with life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I will believe that after six months I will have built my house and star livestock keeping.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
It has made work easier, I feel the burden is lighter therefore i dont struggle so much with the casual jobs i used to do.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is paying school fees for my children who are still in various colleges and secondary schools.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening after all my family members are done with their daily chores and we come together and have meals .
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I'm planning to spend my transfer on paying school fees for my children and buy household items like food.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement am proudest of is my children who have been able to do well in school and now in various colleges and this shows that they are going to have a better future.