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John
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
43
workCampaign
UBI
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17th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have a plan of rearing chicks and the project is expected to take off within the next few months. I need to make sure that I have the right resources in place in order to make this project a success.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I used the transfers to buy a new solar-powered system. The kids use the solar system to carry out their studies at night which makes it much easier for them to carry out their studies at night without failure. Previously we used to have the paraffin lamps which were very harmful to our health due to the soot emitted by the lamps.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Once the chicken rearing project has started off then we will have a source of income that we can rely ongoing into the future. I will be sure of getting a steady flow of income going into the future which for me I think will make life much easier for us.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, I can attest that my life is so different from four months ago because my child has been able to stay in school the entire term without being sent home to clear any outstanding fee balance which I made sure was paid in time. I have also been able to put food on the table daily for my family which was always a problem as we could only eat a meal a day due to the meagre income I earned from casual work. This would cover just a meal a day as we would subdivide it among other needs. I also started a tree plantation business to help in the generation of income for the family.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I would love to venture into livestock rearing to help in generation of milk for sale and consumption to nourish us.
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 pay school fees for my child for the ended term. The child stayed in school and concentrated on the studies without being sent home to clear any arrears. Since the child joined secondary school, I have been using the transfers to pay the school fees. In fact, the child joined the secondary level of education because of the transfers. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for making sure my child's dream has come true.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to save and start up a poultry rearing business to help in the generation of income for the family. By the end of the six months, I shall have saved and bought poultry for rearing for the financial security of the family. I look forward to having the main source of income for the family.
 
11th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 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 was struggling a lot to provide for my family as I mostly depended on casual jobs for money. In the last four months, I have managed to use GD transfers to put up a chicken project that has proven to be a very lucrative business. However small it is, I have made much more money from it than I ever had in a month in the last month. This has made it easier for my family, especially my daughter who has been the biggest beneficiary having her school fees paid in time to avoid her staying out of school. In the last four months, I was also able to buy a solar lighting system to replace the dim kerosene lamp that we used before. This has improved the security within my compound as it is now well lit.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I recently started a chicken project which is still not as I had pictured it to be. I would like to use my next transfers to expand it by enlarging the chicken pen then bringing in more chicken.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I am a low-income earner who mostly depends on casual jobs that don't usually earn me much. This has always made me struggle to provide for my family and provide other basic needs such as proper education. Paying fees for my daughter in high school has always been a challenge due to my low income which mostly leads to her being sent away from school. I was able to start a chicken business with the help of these transfers in the last few months which has boosted me financially and made it possible to provide for my family and even pay for my daughter's school fees in time. This business has been a lifesaver to me and my family and I thank GD for the funds that made it possible.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Combining the monthly transfers from GD to the profits that I will be making from the chicken project, I am sure that in the next six months, I will be able to achieve my life long dream of owning a dairy cow. I expect to be living a better life and even quitting the casual jobs completely to become a well-known farmer in my village who will be supplying the nearby markets with milk, eggs and chickens. This, of course, means more money and a generally improved lifestyle for my family.
 
8th 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 from how it was four months in that, I managed to pay school fees for my daughter who stepped in high school. I am glad that she did not drop out of school like her other sibling due to lack of money.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to start poultry farming so as to get income out of it apart from the casual jobs that I now do. I know that through this, I will be able to take care of needs easily.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
when GiveDirectly came to our village it brought hope in my life. The dream of taking my daughter to school was now to be actualized. I did not was her to dropped out of school like my first born child and so I managed to save my payments for the previous months and this year, she was among those who joined high school. This is so far the biggest difference that I have experienced in my life.
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 started poultry farming and from the profits, I will be able to take care of basic needs like food and clothing easily.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
4560 KES ($45 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I have always admired to start a poultry business but because I did not have a stable source of income, I have not been able to have it but thanks to Give Directly, I have the business running.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I would want to pay fees in time so that my children may not be sent out of school.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I right now have poultry business which has been my dream and since I started receiving this transfer, we eat well as a family.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
Apart from my earlier goals, I would want to expand my main house to accommodate my family.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 3 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have is lack of money to take care of my family and pay school fees for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when having meals together with my family because this is the time that we normally share our daily experiences together and even plan for the next day's activities.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on starting poultry farming.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is that I struggled and build my own house through doing casual work that made me to stop sleeping in my mother's kitchen.