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Edward
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
60
workCampaign
UBI
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26th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 22 days ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goals for the next four months s to save some money from the previous sales of my farm produce to buy seeds and fertilizers ready for the next planting season. I have dedicated my time and energy ready for planting 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 do farming on time. I depend on small casual jobs in the village and getting money to buy seeds and fertilizers was a big challenge on my side. I used to prepare my farm late and this was affecting the production and leading to poor harvest. I had to buy food most of the time because of the poor harvest in every season. I was also not able to get quality seeds. Currently, I am able to prepare my farm on time, buy hybrid seeds and also fertilizers. I am in a position to hire workers to do cultivate my farm on time. Every season I get pamper harvest due to planting on time. My family has enough food to last until the next harvesting season. I sell the surplus food at the market to meet other additional needs of the family and also to pay school fees for my children in school. I have devoted much of my time to farming rather than doing casual jobs because this gives me a good income. I am so much happy because GiveDirectly has changed our standard of living.
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 would have saved some money from the produce to pay school fees for my children in various schools and also be in a position to buy more hens and build another poultry house. This poultry project gives me income by selling eggs at the market.
 
24th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 months 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 expand my poultry keeping project. I am currently keeping Kienyeji chicken and would also like to keep gross chicken. I have decided to expand this project because I have some experience in it. Also, it does not require most of my attention like other projects and one can also generate income on a daily basis through egg sales.
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 my family now feeds well. This is as a result of a good harvest that I had recently and I am hopeful that it will last us till next harvesting season. For the past seasons, I was not keen in practicing timely cultivation and use of hybrid seeds and this usually led to poor yields. Due to this, we had to buy maize flour most of the time and it is costly. This resulted to my family having one or two meals a day and I am glad sincve the case is quite different this year. My family now gets a balanced diet and three meals a day courtesy of GiveDirectly.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, my life will have changed in that I will have expanded my poultry project. I believe that I will have bought atleast 20 gross chicken and this will be a good start. Due to this, my income from this project will increase from the bar that it is at currently. I will use this money to start a savings plan for my family that I will use in case of an emergency. Also, I believe that my dairy farming will be doing well and I will be aiming at improving it by buying a zero grazing cow.
 
20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 7 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 inlike previously, I don't fail to pay school fees for my children and to provide them with all the materials they need when reporting back to school from holidays. After the August school vacation, I bought them school uniforms to replace the torn ones and even gave some money for upkeep. Additionally, they lived happily during the holiday because I gave them enough food and bought them some clothes.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to buy a wire mesh to make my poultry a free-range system. I intend to buy about 10 pieces, one every month. This will boost mu production as the chicken will have more space to live healthier and happier. I will also get more room for more chicken.
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 the huge poultry project that I run. I use the money from GIveDirectly to buy feeds for the poultry and as a result, I collect about 30 eggs per day. Without these transfers, I wouldn't get enough to feed them. I am so glad that I have a really good and constant income.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have increased my source of income, I will have expanded my poultry farm. I will also have started my apiary by buying one beehive every two months since one is sold at KES 4500. I will, therefore, have another way of making money to make ends meet. I am very happy to have all the capability to expand my poultry farm and start a new environmental-friendly venture such as beekeeping because I get this aid from GIveDirectly.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is different in that I no longer beg from my children like I used to do before. I am more self reliant than I used to be before and I have been able to save more money and do more investments.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goal for the next four months is to be able to plant beans in my farm and be able to improve my poultry keeping project. Farming has always enabled me meet my financial needs and I intend to continually improve it now going forward.
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 run a successful poultry project and I have also been able to improve my farming projects.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in that I shall have diversified my farming by engaging in goat keeping. Farming has always come in handy to help us as a family whenever we have any arising needs that needs financial assistance.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
investmen, fist sheep has given birt hence is growing, house I built, and sanitation in build, enough food,
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 dig water reserve within my piece of land. This will help me collect water during the rainy season that will help for both household usage and farming during the dry season.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
fees, i have three in secondary schoo, two college. The biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer is the ability to give my childrens good time to study
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expected to have enough food for my family in that I will have harvested maize I planted. I expect to sell the surplus for money to meet other household financial needs. I foresee a happier and stressfree life in that I will have tackled the most demanding needs of my family.
 
7th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life currently is different since I have been able to build a house for my children and bought some chicken.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The only goal my wife and I have is to start keeping a gross breed of indigenous and grade chicken in large numbers.
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 happiness.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in that I will have started keeping chicken in large numbers and my sheep will have also increased in number.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goal is to build a house and equip it.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I bought a sheep using the first transfer. Knowing that GD will aid me through their transfer program will help me implement my plans.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have build myself a house, equip it and increase the number of livestock.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is I am happy that at the end of every month GD extends its aid to me and this helps me plan what to do with every transfer.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is when my children become sick and alot of money is required to gather for hospital bills.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Am always happy in the everyone when every one is fine and atleast I have save some money from selling my crop and milk.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Once i get my transfer ,I will save so that I dig a dam for watering my cows ,water in this area has been a big challenge for many years and that will be my priority.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My greatest achievement is all my children have finished schooling and now they are all working. Another achievement is I am doing farming and keeping cattle and I can earn alot of money for use by my family needs.