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Dennis
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Raising livestock
faceAge:
23
workCampaign
UBI
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20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I now have a new goal to purchase a motorcycle. The operational cost of my business has been a bit higher due to the transportation fees I had been paying whenever I am going for the orders. With the savings plan I started, I am foreseeing a great milestone ahead which I am much energized to work towards.
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 is the improved performance of my business. It has really been hard trying to keep it growing at the same time maintaining the customers I had since at some point I would run short of the stock on demand making most of my customers to shift to the bigger shops which never strained to restock theirs. I got into a saving plan which demanded a lot of discipline from me and within no time I was back in the track, stocking every valuable which can be in demand by the customers. The timely stocking brought back all my customers and currently, the business is doing so well which is a great thing to have happened in my life within the last four months.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
With the current plans going well, I have a great expectation that in the next six months, I will have increased my farm under production and also I will have purchased the motorcycle since I am currently expecting a bumper harvest from my fields.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Farming effectively has made me one of the few empowered youths in the village. I have about 15 chickens that are already at the stage of laying eggs. I expect to start earning a daily income from selling the eggs. I also have started learning to trade in livestock especially cows from my father's expertise. I use part of the money to contribute to buying an animal to be sold at a profit and hence I get a share of the income. My life is currently different because I can afford my basic needs and those of my family.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to build a new house. The one I live in currently is a family house and we are too many siblings sharing the same room. I want to secure some privacy by building my own. The house is also in a very bad state. We have repaired it several times until it can't be repaired anymore. I always feel embarrassed about this ugly structure it is only that I can't do anything about it since I don't have enough money to build a new one. I feel lucky to be one of the beneficiaries of Give Directly because I can now afford to buy building materials. I am planning to buy roofing sheets and other necessary materials so that by the time four months elapses, I will be living on my own
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I spent part of the money I received from Give Directly to buy farm inputs such as cabbage seeds, planting fertilizer, pesticides, and fungicides. Initially, I could not afford to buy any of these and I would end up harvesting almost nothing. The crops are doing so well and I now have hope of making good money from the proceeds of this project in the next two months. I know that am now on track towards redeeming my financial abilities courtesy of Give Directly
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My life will have improved because I will be living in my own private house. In addition to this, I will have bought a dairy heifer from the farm proceeds. This will eventually lead to milk production hence an income. I will no longer lack money to use on my needs like clothes and even money to invest more.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
The biggest difference in my life is owning a cow. I had to pay for it using every transfer from the last four months until I cleared it. By the end of this year, I will be milking it. I will sell milk and use the proceeds in building a house. I need a new house because I currently live in an old house that was left for me by my parents as they relocated to another village. It is old and small.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I plan to build a house using this transfer. I will buy roofing materials and wood. I will also pay for the construction labor and put up a nice house.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in the last four months is obtaining a good source of income. I have established a tea nursery bed using the transfers I received. I bought polythene bags and made the nursery bed using the money to buy the tea cuttings to establish into seedlings. While the seedlings are growing, I am using the money to buy pesticides and fungicides to take good care of them. I also bought fertilizers for topdressing the crops. When they are ready, I will be selling them to earn money them and plant the rest on my farm. I will be making money from the sales. This is my current investment. I am investing the cash from the transfers so that I earn money from it in the future. My future is secure because of the transfers.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I will have been leaving in a new house. we leave in the old house that my family moved from. It is derelict. It is also small and sharing it with my young brothers who are still in school is not enjoyable. In the next six months, I will be in my own house that will be bigger and nicer. I will also be making money from tea seedlings that I have in a tea nursery.
 
7th 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?
My life currently is different since I now days have money.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The only goal I now have is to plant some tea seedlings in the nursery.
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 my business will have increased and I will have also build a house for myself
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 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?
My new goal is to start a business.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Before GD transfers I had no source of income. I am happy with GD and now planning to use the transfer as starting capital, to start a business.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have improved and bought livestock in the next six months.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am happy with GD transfer and knowing that I will get for twelve years allows me to plan on how start a business.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have never encountered a major hardship in my life and I am happy for that.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is when I retire to bed having made some profit through my businesses of selling cows.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfers in improving my businesses. I buy and sell cows,so the money will be of great help in helping me improve my businesses.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is that I have managed to start the business of buying and selling cows.This has enabled me buy my own cows.