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Hillary
landscapeCountry:
kenya
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Subsistence farming
faceAge:
30
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26th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($21 USD)
access_time 7 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 is to continue saving in a merry go round so that I end up buying a small piece of land to add to the tea farm I have. I will use the farm on producing tea leaves. I am targeting to have this farm so that school payment for my children will continue with their education well because I will able to pay their 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 in that I bought a dairy cow using the money I had saved in a merry go round group. When I got my chance to receive the money from my group, I decided to buy a cow for milk production for food and also for sale. At this time, the money from selling the milk is helping to take care of my poultry. I bought a large wire mesh to expand the size of the poultry structure to accommodate more chickens. In the long run, I am going to be learning more
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I will have bought livestock to keep. I will use the money from my merry go round group to buy some cattle. I will buy some oxen that I will rear, grazing them in the nearby Mau forest where there is plenty of water and grass. They will have sufficient forage and grow quickly. I hope to be able to sell the cattle in the future and use the money to buy more land. Having more farmland that I will grow tea will give me a good income.
 
23rd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Being a farmer, I always work hard to improve my farming to increase my returns. I practice mixed farming and in the next four months, my new goal is to buy a dairy cow. I am certain that this will enable us to have more milk for both household use and sales to meet family needs. This will cut off my daily household expenditure.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I majorly depend on subsistence mixed farming to earning a living and support my family. Even though I put a lot of efforts in these practices, my returns had never been good enough to meet my family's needs. This had always put my family at risk of food shortage year in year out due to subsequent low returns. I felt demoralized of this but couldn't do anything to improve. In the last four months preceding my current transfer, the biggest difference in my daily life is that I have been empowered to improve my poultry farming 80 birds that give me at least 40 eggs per day which translates to KES400 a day. I am currently self-employed running my own farm at my own pace enjoying higher returns than before. I have been able to meet my family needs easier than before courtesy of poultry farming.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect a happier life since I will have expanded my poultry farming. I will have a better income through egg sales thus meeting my daily household needs will be easier. I also expect to have bough a dairy cow thus milk will not be of stress again since will produce them at my farm.
 
20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goal is to put up a tea nursery and develop more tea seedlings. Some of these will be planted and on my farm and I will sell the rest for an income.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life is that I am now a proud owner of a dairy cow. I was able to join a savings group when we started receiving these transfers and when I had saved enough money, I bought a cow. I am happy that the cow is a few weeks from calving and I am excited that we would have enough milk for home use and the rest will be sold for an income. I also have a few chicken that I rear. I usually ensure that I buy at least two chicken whenever I receive the monthly transfer and I am glad that the number currently stands at twenty-four (24). The eggs produce are sold and the proceeds are enough to meet some of our basic needs.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My expectation in the near future is to buy an extra piece of land. To do this, I want to venture into tea seedlings development by the use of a tea nursery. I will plant some of these seedlings in my farm and sell the rest to my villages. The proceeds thereof will help me acquire a piece of land. The current piece we are currently staying in is quite small and my children will need somewhere to develop themselves. This will reduce the conflicts that usually results from limited resources.
 
15th 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?
Currently, my life is different from how it was before I started receiving transfers from Give Directly. I no longer strain my self by doing casual jobs. Initially, I would do more than two casual jobs in order to meet my daily needs, It used to be hectic because we would work very hard and paid very little. I am happy that is no longer the case; I no longer do casual jobs. I supplement my income with the money I get from selling the produce I get from my own farm. I feel I am more energetic and healthier because I do not overwork myself as I used to when I depended on casual jobs. I am now fully concentrated on my farm.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to buy an additional cow after the first one has given birth. I will do this by selling the calf after two years. I am already saving the money I get from the casual jobs, I will combine the savings and the money I get after selling the calf then buy another cow. I also want plant tea seedlings that are in the nursery. Once I am done with all these I now I believe I will be able to provide for my self and my family. I want to ensure that I maximize the returns on agricultural investment because one can never go wrong in this sector.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life is that I am now a proud farmer. I now own a cow and a few chicken. Before, I did not have any of these. I bought the cow after saving the transfers I got from Give Directly. I took me several months before I had the right amount to buy the dairy cow. I also extended the kitchen house using the monthly income plus the casual jobs that I occasionally did. I also managed to put up a tea nursery with close to five thousand seedlings. I am planning to plant them once they are mature enough. I am sure this tea plantation will serve me for the rest of my life. I thank Give Directly for giving me the support to be able to buy the seedlings and achieve the other goals.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My expectation in the near future is to buy a piece of land. The one I am in now is not enough to run all the agricultural activities that am planning to do. Once I plant the tea seedlings, I will start working towards this goal. I know the tea leaves will generate enough profits that will help me buy a piece of land within a short period of time. I believe all these are happening because Give Directly gave me a foundation to start from. I am grateful that I got a helping hand at the right time and I am very hopeful for better future.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently much different from how it was four months. This is because we have our own dairy cow. Consequently, we have adequate milk for consumption and sale. Besides, I have saved lots of money that I could have used in purchasing milk for my family. Additionally, I am enjoying a healthier and happier life after reducing the amount of casual work that I have been doing in my neighborhood. Still, we get eggs for consumption and sale from the hens that I bought using the initial transfers from GiveDirectly. Overall, I have a relatively good amount of money to use in buying most of the household items and running other family projects unlike before.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The additional goal for my life for the next four months is to plant about 0.5 acres of tea. This project will enable me to pay school fees for my children who are yet to join secondary school. Since I have already acquired the tea seedlings, I will save the income that I get from the sale of milk and eggs to supplement the transfers that I get from GiveDirecetly to finance the project.
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 feel healthier and happier. Likewise, my family enjoys a higher standard of living following the presence of adequate food and a balanced diet. In November last year (2018), I bought a dairy cow that has been providing us with milk for consumption. Still, we sell some surplus to fetch more income that could be used to buy other food items. Additionally, I have almost 30 mature layers. Consequently, we get eggs for consumption and sale. Besides, I have significantly reduced the amount of energy and time that I use while handling casual work in my neighborhood. As a result, my wife and I have seen some significant gain in weight and enjoy better health.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change significantly in the next six months. This is because I will have purchased another cow to draw more milk for consumption and sale. Moreover, I will be leading a happier and healthier life because I will be hiring some individuals to handle some of the manual activities such as weeding. Besides, I look forward to having taken my children to a better private primary school.
 
6th 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?
My life is currently different because I have stopped living from hand to mouth casual activites.I even manage to save more even after provideing for my family.I depend on the poultry project I started.Based on table banking scheme that I joined,I knoe that I will buy a cow and live a better life.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I intend to expanding my poultryr sysstem.I laso want to establish tea sedling d that I woll plant onmy farm.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life is that I have been relieved from doing casual jobs for survival.,I get about 20 eggs daily from the chicken I estsbliished sfter reciving thses trsnfer.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to have changed because In the next six months, I will have a cow and I will have tea seedlings.I will be ready to plant them on my farm and then thhis wil secure my childrens future education needs.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($4 USD)
access_time over 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 in life is to begin a poultry project. I believe as at now I have the capability to start this project and see it through to success. This is because GD has given me confidence and the strength to establish my long-thought project into reality
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different because I am stress free and comfortable with what I have. This has been strengthened by the support I am receiving from GD. I am hopeful and I am seeing life in a positive perspective unlike before. I had lost hopes and I did not know what to do.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I believe that I will have established poultry project successfully and will be doing well. Additionally, I will be having a number of goats, target is six. With this in place, I am assured of my children success stories in education!
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My biggest difference in my daily life is rearing chicken which has been productive and is assisting the family. When it lays eggs, I am able to sell them and use the money to buy other household expenses. My life is now stress free and this has made our living happy.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 3 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Jn 2014, I planted maize and it was so unfortunate that it was affected by a maize disease. This made me and my family to lack food and it was so hard that we could sleep without taking any meal for the whole day and night. This came to be my biggest hardship I have faced.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is always after meals. This is when I see my kids and family at large havint taken their daily meals.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfers on starting my new business of buying and selling of chicken.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that I am proudest of is my successful farming of beans and maize. This has been assisting me and my family with the daily needs that includes food provision. This has even enabled me to save some money to be used in educating my kids.