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Samwel
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
53
workCampaign
UBI
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24th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time almost 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 life is to build a chicken coop and buy some more chicken. I will be using my transfers to achieve this since I have already started buying some iron sheets to use in building the chicken coop.
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 buy some iron sheets that I am planning to use in building a chicken coop. This has been possible since I have been using part of my transfer to buy some everyone month. I settled on this since my chicken usually sleeps in our kitchen and my kitchen nowadays has a stench smell.
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 completed building a chicken coop. Also, I am optimistic that I will have expanded my poultry project. By achieving this, I will be more empowered economically. This will enable me to cater for our daily needs on time and also set aside some money that I can use on other development projects.
 
20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 4 years ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My next goal is to spend part of my next transfers to purchase building materials for constructing a poultry house. I do not have a good structure in place now to house my chicken and it is my plan to put up a good structure and add more chicken.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the last four months, I have been investing part of my transfers on buying some chicken for rearing. Now I got twenty of them and on a daily basis, I got to collect some eggs which when I get to sell I cater to my family expenditure. This has saved me a lot as I wouldn't go for heavy casual jobs to meet my basic needs due to my old age.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Since chicken is easy to rear, I am focusing on adding more birds so as to increase income through the sale of eggs. I believe that in the next six months I would have achieved this and catering for my family would not struggle anymore.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently differnet because i dint have to rely on only menial jobs to feed my family.Being able to farm my own farm has improved food security for my family. I get food from the farm and can easily supliment it jsing the little I gey from doing jobs around the village. My life is better because we nolonger sleep hungry even if i dont get some casual job to everyday.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My goal is to keep paying school fees fro my. Son who is in his last year of secondary school. I want to do this in order to give him ample time to finalise his studies.
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 in the way i do farming. My small farm would lie fallow. In beans planing season such as this one.However, because of GiveDirectly, I was able to by the beans seeds and therefore worked the land just like the others in my village. I am looking forward to a good future.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My life wil have become good because I will have completed school payment for my son. I will now remain with the money I will be getting every month to spend on other needs that will grow my families wellness. I will even have the national Hospital Insuarance Fund cover for my family to allow us to have accves yo good healthcare services.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I have been using a part of the transfers to buy chickens every month. Over the last four months, I have acquired a brood that now requires a poultry house. I will be building one for them soon. This is because poultry keeping is a very profitable business. Already, one of them is preparing to hatch 13 eggs. This investment has given me hope of having a source of income that I can use to meet the needs of my daily household. Without the GIveDirectly transfers, I would not have afforded to start the farming enterprise. In addition to this, I have been able to pay school fees for my son. For the first time since he joined the secondary school, He was not sent home to collect school fees which means he has had all the time to study in school
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I plan to build a nice and spacious poultry house. Nobody likes the inconvenience of sharing a room especially because of the disturbing noises they make in wee hours of the night, let alone the odour they emit. I have never had a poultry house before and so, I now have to construct one. I am continuing to collect building materials and will be completing it in the next four months.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life is the payment of school fees for my payment for my last born who is in secondary school. Paying school fees is a priority number one because I want him to have a good education. I had always desired to pay school fees on time but my income from the menial jobs was not sufficient. Using the transfers I have received over the last four months, I cleared the terms fees. He is now stable at school which means he will pass his exams and make me proud.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I will have improved in my farming activities. Among them, my income from sources will include milk production from the cow that I bought using last years' transfers. It will also include egg production. Additionally, the livestock that I will be keeping on my farm that has all been bought using the money I get from the transfer will have changed my financial situations for good.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is different now in that, I have a heifer which I consider as an additional asset. In addition, I no longer do hard jobs to provide food for my family since I currently have monthly income from GD which caters for the family food.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I'm planning to build a better house for my family because now we are living in a small thatched house which cannot host all my family members comfortably. I'm also planning to start a poultry keeping project because it requires less capital to start. This will enable me to earn an income to meet additional household needs for the 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 save some amount in the merry go round that we have in our village. This has enabled me to buy a heifer so that in the near future after it has given birth I won't be buying milk which costs me a lot. Buying a heifer was not possible before because the small amount of money I could get at that time was basically for food and clothes for my family.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have built a better house and my family will be happy to live in a good house. I also expect to have started a poultry keeping project to earn an income from the sale of eggs which will enable me to meet other additional households needs.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
The new goals that I have developed since I started receiving the transfer include building a new house and supporting my wife's business.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from how it would have been if I had not received the transfer in that I currently have enough food for my family and I.I am hopeful with the plan I have like build a new house which I have already started buying the needed materials.With the transfer I see good things coming in my life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months I expect to have completed building a new house and will be bringing up poultry farming.
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 transfer is the happiness that has come in due to availability of enough food for my family unlike before. Currently, I can have some money to save for the future of my family unlike before when I could spend all income on the basic needs.I feel supported and happy with give directly transfers.
 
Enrolled
access_time 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lacking school fees for my children is the biggest hardship i faced in my life. At some point, i was forced by the situation to transfer them to a village school and that broke my heart. Am glad i pulled through that challenging part.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is the happiest part of my day because this is the time i have less stress. I feel refreshed and relaxed in the morning
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Am planning to spend my transfer on improving my house. I want to build a house for my family.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
Educating my children is an achievement am proudest of in my life. Am happy when i see them progressing well in their studies.