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Paul
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
57
workCampaign
UBI
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15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I have been able to farm appropriately using modern technologies and hybrid seeds which gave me quite a good yield at the end of last season. Apart from that, I have also managed to buy a new set of the sofa-set which I never knew I could afford in life. I initially I used to have the old traditional seats which are quite uncomfortable to sit on.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have my four girls who sleep in a small structure which also doubles up as the kitchen area for the family. What I, therefore, need to do right now is to build a new big structure and divide it into two sections where one section will serve as the kitchen while the other section will act as the sleeping room for my girls.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
For me, I think I would say that the biggest difference is the fact that I no longer have to go and work for other people where I do the odd jobs and get some meager income which can barely help me and my family. It is so tiring and discouraging when you have to to do the odd jobs and at the end of the day, you get paid some very little amount.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Once I am done with the construction of the house, I will embark on the project of buying a cow which will act as a significant mark that GD left in my family. I know that the cow will definitely give birth in the future and out of that, I will be able to get more cash when I sell them out to prospective buyers.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Four months ago, I was not always at peace because I had a lot of worries on how I could provide adequate food for my household. Currently, I am able to provide sufficient food for my family because I do not have more financial commitment. My income and the transfers from GiveDirectly are relatively sufficient enough to take care of my family. Consequently, I am less stressed and I am always at peace.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, the goal that I am working on to accomplish is to buy and own a cow. For several years, I have been desiring to own at least a cow since my community treasure livestock as a symbol of wealth. Anyone who owns a cow in my community is always treated with a lot of dignity. In addition, a cow owner can be able to get milk and sell some to earn an additional income.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In the last four months preceding the current transfer, the biggest difference in my life is being able to provide sufficient food for my family with a lot of ease. I did not have to do hard labor because the transfers sent to me by GiveDirectly gave us a big relieve. I was, therefore, able to use my daily earnings to purchase a set of chairs which I could not own before. All through my life, I only had six old wooden chairs, a situation that could more often force me to ask for chairs from my neighbor whenever I had more visitors.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to save some good money for my daughter who will be enrolled for her end of primary school exams next year. From the savings, I will be able to pay her school fee next year without a big struggle. She is highly determined, and I expect the best from her. This can only be realized when she continues with her studies with minimal disruption.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My child goes to school, something that will change her life into the future.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to erect a new kitchen for my wife because the one she uses currently is old and the roof keeps leaking every-time it rains.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I am able to pay school fees for my daughter who goes to Ndere Polytechnic that is just nearby. I was never able to pay for her school fees before but the moment GD started sending me the money I opted to take her to school.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I will have built a new kitchen for my wife and she will not have to suffer so much like she does currently when she cooks in such a dilapidated area.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($5 USD)
access_time over 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 saving towards construction of a house for my children who are currently spending their nights in a grass thatched house which is seriously leaking.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different than it would have been without the transfer since I have developed a lot of happiness and peace of mind with the assurance that I will be able to feed my family well with the monthly transfers that the organization has promised me.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect my life to be better than it is today. I expect to have a business that will enable me acquire some daily income.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have been relieved from the heavy duty I had every morning looking for casual jobs to bring food to the table for the family.
 
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access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is, getting food for the family and paying school due to insufficient income from farm.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is, In the afternoon after working, to get food for the family and have a meal together.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend a bigger part of my transfer in buying livestock as an investment that will help pay school fees for my children and build a kitchen. The current kitchen is grass thatched and leaking during rainy season, my children are usually affected because this is where they sleep.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is, I changing my small grass thatched house to a specious iron roofed house. My house used to be small, leaking and could not accommodate my family.