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Joseph
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Other
faceAge:
53
workCampaign
UBI
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16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 4 days 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 have enough food for my family's consumption because I have time to work on my own farm. For instance, I no longer do much of the casual jobs in the village like before because the transfers are assisting in supplementing my income making it easier to cater for my family's needs most especially paying school fees for my children on time.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new additional goals for the next four months is to save the transfers and start horticultural farming because I have realized it's a lucrative business where the income is more as compared to the loses and it takes a shorter period of time to harvest after planting them.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
My main occupation is working as a casual worker in my village and the income make is meager that can barely sustain us in terms of either getting basic household needs or paying fees at the same time. Therefore, before my children stayed at home for a few days after being sent home for fees while I look for money and this was affecting their performance in school. I felt demoralized because my struggles were not adding up to make my children stay in school. The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer is that I have adapted culture of paying school fees for my children on time and now they spend most of their time studying. This has lowered their rates of absenteeism due to prompt paying of school fees arrears which as attributed to improvement in their performance. I'm so happy because nowadays I have time to bond with my family and devote time on my farm that has to lead to an increased harvest.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six month in that I will have saved the money from the casual jobs and my transfers as well to buy a dairy cow that will initiate the commencement of my dairy keeping project which I have always longed for. I am hopeful that my family will get enough milk for consumption purposes after purchasing the dairy cow.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, I am paying school fees on time. Before, I used to strain a lot looking for money by doing a lot of casual jobs whenever yields from my farm are low. Because of this transfers, it has enabled me to maintain my farm well thus I get high yields. This high yields usually increased my income making the payment of school has been unstressful like before the transfers.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goals in the next four months are to improve crop farming and dairy farming. I will achieve these goals of mine from the savings I have in table banking and transfers that I receive. This will assist in future to be paying school fees for my children on time.
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 no longer have a lot of worries in payment of school fees for my children in time. Before, I used to depend on my farm produces. Due to bad weather and poor maintenance, I did not manage to harvest any from my farm. This was my only source of income, so payment of school fees for my children was becoming difficult for me. Thanks to GiveDirectly for this financial assistance, now I am to pay arrears on time. I am a happy parent seeing my children getting the best education.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect in the next six to have to have upgraded my dairy farming to zero grazing. Now I have upgraded the dairy cows I have by fertilizing them with improved breeds through Artificial insemination. I will achieve this plan by selling the calves and some of the savings I have in table banking.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different because I can now access what I could not before.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to make sure I pay school fees.
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 these transfer have boosted my school fees.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my kids to have completed school successfully and increased maize production.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 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?
The only extra goal I have currently is to try and start a shop business in future. This would at least expand and may be in some days later i would be having a more bigger business.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
At least at the moment I am connected and can communicate through the phone which I received from Give Directly. This is something which I never had before and were it not for the program then I am sure I would not be having a phone to date.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I would have increased my farming in terms of size of cultivation and also I hope that by then I would have obtained a dairy cow in my field.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
It really boosted the planting process which it would have delayed for a longer time since before the transfer came I had no money at all.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship i have been facing is offsetting a loan which i had taken to purchase a piece of land.it has been really hard for me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when i come home from work and i find my family all together and happy
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I plan to spend the transfer to pay for my children's school fees
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement i am proudest of is when i was able to buy a piece of land