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Paul
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
48
workCampaign
UBI
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17th 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?
Four months ago, I was a bit worried about where I would get money to pay for my kid who is just about to join college where he is supposed to pursue a diploma in clinical medicine. However, today I am a less worried person because I know that I have some savings in my account which should see us through that process.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal right now is to make sure that I get enough money that will enable me to take my kid to a technical course where he will sharpen skills in clinical medicine. I have always valued the education of my kids so much such because I want them to have the best education that will enable them to be self-reliant in the future.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have been paying school fees for my child using the transfers because to me, education always comes first. As a parent, the best I can offer to my children is giving them education. Apart from that, I have also bought a number of livestock which includes sheep and goats which I keep on selling and earning some profits from such a venture.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I have been operating on animal trading where I buy livestock at a lower price and later on sell them at a higher price and that is how I make my profits. So for the next few months from today, I will still be working on the same business and I expect that a lot will change because once I get enough money then I will be able to construct my new house.
 
15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I have always been fully engaged in keeping chicken as a full-time job and I can say that I have become financially independent. I normally sell out these birds and earn some cash in return which I then use to sort out financial needs in the house as well as paying school fees for the kids.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have a goal of buying local breeds of chicken and stock as many birds as I can so that I can be able to generate more profits as much as I can. Currently, my stock had gone down a bit and I think it is time I bought more birds which would eventually translate to more money in the future.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I can say that the biggest difference includes paying school fees for my children with utmost ease unlike how I used to struggle. Previously I used to engage in a lot of odd jobs in order to be able to raise money to take care of the financial needs of the family. However, things are different today because whenever I get the transfers, the first target is making sure that school fees are fully paid and then I also boost my business to some extent so that it keeps me going on a day to day basis.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Since I have been keeping birds for quite a long time now, I am exp[ecting to keep diversifying as much as I can. So for the next six months, I plan to buy a few sheep and goats to add to my stock of livestock. The advantage of having all these animals is that I can be able to sell them out in the future whenever I run out of finances or when I get into a financial crisis.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, my life is different in that I am able to buy additional foodstuff, therefore, my family members have a balanced diet meal. This has improved their health status unlike before when my income was little thus getting a decent meal was a struggle to me.
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 start saving some money which I will use as capital to start a commercial poultry business. when it's in operation I am hopeful that I will be able to get an income from it.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Previously, the casual job that I do, would earn me a small income which was not enough to gather for food and pay school fees for my child. When I started receiving the money from GiveDirectly, I have been able to supplement with the income that I get to pay school fee and now the biggest difference in my daily life is that I no longer struggle so much and my child is going to school comfortably hence her performance has improved.
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 saved enough money to start a commercial poultry business. This business will be earning me an extra income to meet other basic household needs.
 
8th 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?
My life is different because I now have a forest that I never had before in addition to being able to rear a lot of chicken that will generate a lot of cash for me into the future.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to make major repairs on my house that has been slowly degrading overtime. I want.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have been able to buy tree seedlings that I have planted within the compound. Right now I own a small forest within my compound.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My child who is now in form one will have enough money for his second year course once I make enough savings within the next six months.
 
Initial 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?
My new goals are to start poultry business and to build a new house.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different because I eat well and in paying school fees
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I will be able to pay school fees in time and feed my family well
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is paying school fees and which was a very big issue for my family. My children had been sent home and I never knew how and when to get money to take them back to school.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that i have faced was that of struggling with sickness.For seven years i was living with tuberculosis and the cost of seeking for medication left me totally bankrupt to the extent that i could not even provide for my family's basic needs and this pained me a lot.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evenings when i come back home from work and i am able to relax and share a meal with my family as we recount to each other our days events.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer in starting a business that will be dealing in selling of poultry and livestock more so cows and goats at our local market so that i can have a more reliable and stable source of income.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that i am most proud of was being able to build my own house that is spacious enough to accommodate my large family of eight comfortably and also being able to educate most of my children despite not having a very stable source of income.