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Chirchir's family
Chirchir
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
38
workCampaign
UBI
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19th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, my life is so different in that I no longer take much alcohol as I used to do previously. I used to be a heavy drinker because of the financial responsibilities and general family obligations that used to drive me into depression. I used to take alcohol in order to forget all this. I would at times come home drunk. This habit had shaken my relationship with my family since it was easy to pick a quarrel with my wife during such instances. Now we are one of the happiest family since we can now sit down together and plan for family projects and goals together.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My last born is about to join kindergarten in a few months to come. I have always prayed to God to enable me to take my children to good schools and ensure they get a quality education. I feel that Give Directly was God sent because they came at the time that I just needed the money. I believe with the financial empowerment which I have at the moment will enable me to take my child to a private school. This will ensure that she can have a good foundation.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I used to have a small piece of land that I inherited from my father. It used to be fertile and efficient it's only that it was small. I could get quality yields but they couldn't last for long. When Give Directly came to our lives, I decided to invest fully in farming. I was lucky enough to get a good harvest and now I no longer worry about buying maize. My father was Impressed with my hard work and decided to add me more acres of land to cultivate. The financial ability which GiveDirectly gave me has made me a different person.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My father got really impressed with the progress I made in my farming which I did after I started receiving the transfers from GiveDirectly. He felt convinced with my hard work and dedication towards this goal. This lead to him adding me more space for farming. Now I am in the process of raising tea seedlings so that I can plant in the next few months. I believe in the next six months I would have set up a seedbed. This will be the first step towards a long term project that will enable me to have a reliable source of income. Tea is a perennial crop that will be of help for many l generations to come.
 
15th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I used to struggle so much because I had to work for other people for long hours in order to get some pay to spend on my daily needs. I am happy because my child does not spend time at home while other kids are in school carrying on with their studies as usual. Back at home, they have enough food which we didn't have before and a well-lit homestead which can allow us to carry out our evening duties with no worries.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next two months, I would be receiving merry-go-round collection which we have been saving as the members from our village. We are twenty in number and I am expecting KES 1000, this is the money which I have planned for already. I am going to spend it to buy a heifer and if some remains I will spend it to plant some fodder crops for my livestock.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life in the last four months is that I got to save the money which I would have spent to purchase kerosene for lighting in our home. The money which I save I spend to repay for the solar lighting system which I had obtained on credit. I am happy that my children got enough light and ample time studying unlike before when they would converge near a dim kerosene lamp which couldn't produce enough light.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I'm planning to build a better house for my family because now we are living in a small house which cannot accommodate all my family members comfortably. This will give us more space and with my teenage children will be spending their nights in a separate house.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time almost 3 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 I afford to buy good clothes for myself and the children. In fact, I have bought school uniforms for my children who are now very comfortable. This boosts their morale in school. I am also happy to be in good form.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I plan to buy a dairy cow. This will provide milk for the family use and hence remove the expense of having to buy it everday.
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 currently work on my own farm instead of going for menial jobs for others. I could go out searching for work that at times I could not find. We could end up in conflicts with my wife whenever I come back home empty-handed. She would not receive me well as she would demand food for our children. On receiving these cash transfers, I started farming food crops using and this has really stabilized my life. Nowadays we, are in very good terms as I get food from my own farm . I have several farms of maize in different stages of growth which guarantees me food throughout the year.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months,I will have build a new house for my family. We are currently living in a room that serves as living room kitchen and bedroom. I intend to build a nice house in order to improve my home.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 3 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 peace and no more arguments due to lack of food.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to build a new kitchen because we have only a single house and also put my kids in a private school.
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 increased farm productivity and start of poultry farming.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to be self employed and change the face of my home by concentrating on crop farming and poultry farming.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($4 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I want to start poultry farming as soon as i can, this will keep me busy and improving my livelihood because it will be a source of income. I am also planning to restart tree nursery and planting business that i have for quite a time been doing.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different in that i was able, like everybody else been able to plant my maize on time. Previously i used to do late planting because i could lack the maize seeds and it will affect the maize yield.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I want to build a new house for my family.This will give me some peace of mind and comfort that i am able to look after my family and provide fully for them.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
There is not much difference since i did not get the full amount of the transfer.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 4 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I've faced in life is when my brother refused to pay my fee and I was depending on him so I couldn't complete my secondary education yet I was always the best.
What is the happiest part of your day?
At evening after job when able to gather for my family needs.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Am planning to spend my transfer on farming,I want to plant maize and beans in large scale.I will also start a small business of planting seedlings of trees and vegetables in nursery beds and selling them.Also build a house for chickens which I already have.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
When I was given an heifer in a merry go round group it was the greatest achievement since have not been able to purchase one.