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Joseph
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
58
workCampaign
UBI
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23rd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($21 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?
In the next four months, I will continue to pay school fees for my child. I will also invest some of the money on farming. I am going to be spending part of the money on seeds and farm inputs to make my farm more productive.
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 that I have constantly been able to pay school fees for my child. I am assured and am happy because I know that the transfers will be able to pay for her school fees until she complete her education. I am so happy that GiveDireclty is enabling me to send her to school without having to sell the cattle I keep for my family survival.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I will have established a tea nursery . I intend to plant them on my farm. This has been informed by the construction of a factory in a nearby village. The factory has now been completed and is already processing tea. I want to be part of the people supplying the crop in order to also benefit. In the next six months, I will be having tea seedlings already in the next six months.
 
20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I do not have any new goal at the moment since I want to concentrate on paying school fees for my children. This will enable them to always have enough time for their studies since they will not be sent back home.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The last four months was a season where I had to buy everything for my family. My transfers came in handy as it enabled me to meet all our needs on time. I am proud of this because my family was always fed well and lacked nothing despite the hard economy in my region.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect that my life will have changed in the next six months. First, I believe that I will have finished paying school fees for my children who are in their primary level of education. Also, I believe that I will have paid a third of this years school fees for my daughter who joined secondary school this year. This will enable them to have enough time for their studies and am optimistic that their grades will improve.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 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 family life is better than it was four months ago. Currently, there is plenty of food from the crops and also that I can buy using part of the transfers. I am so grateful that my children are healthier and happier. Food is no longer my worry, I am now doing more in school fee payment.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My goal is to expand the scale of land in which I cultivate potatoes and beans. I will use the transfers to buy more seeds and farm chemicals to raise more of the crops for more produce.
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 ability to farm more effectively. I have been using part of the money to buy farm inputs to grow potatoes and to protect them on the farm. I have well-perfoming farm because I don't lack the money to use in production. I am about to harvest the crop that did so well and I look forward to a good harvest. The income from the crop will help me in serving my family.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to have changed in the next six months since I will be a better farmer. I expect to hav put more land under potatoes and beans to earn more income from it. I am grateful to GiveDirectly.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer is that I have cleared all the fee balances for my two children who are at a nearby private primary school. Accordingly, I am more confident that they have ample time for studying. This makes me happy as a parent because I used to feel embarrassed when my children were sent home to fetch arrears.
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 buy hybrid seed and fertilizers to use on my farm. I have experience in farming where I have used improved farming methods such as fertilizers and hybrid seeds which have given me a good harvest to help me sustain my family needs by selling a surplus harvest to raise money for other financial needs.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I spent part of my transfer to purchase iron sheets and other building materials. We have been living in a leaking grass thatched house for a while now. My dream of building another one went into vain because of lack of money. All the money I got from selling little milk from my dairy cow usually goes to paying school fees for my children and buying food. I also purchased maize using some part of the transfer.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect my life to be much better. This is because I will be enjoying higher income from the sale of the farm products (potatoes and cabbages) that I will have planted and harvested from the leased farm. Besides, I will have completed planting tea in my farm. Thus, I will be more confident with regards to supporting my children as they pursue their studies. I will be having reliable sources of sufficient funds to be used in paying school fees and financing other necessary projects.
 
7th 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 currently is different since I have been able to pay school fees for my child and also buy farm inputs without so much struggle.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The new goal I now have is to start poultry keeping.
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 poultry keeping.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 3 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I would like to set up a poultry project.They are the cheapest source of income and require little capital to start with. Chicken also multiply faster. I will save the proceeds from this project in the long run in order to buy a cow.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am stress free and happier the transfer has helped me to focus on other major project. My family has there household requirements well taken care of by these money.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I hope my poultry project will be up and running. I also looking at improving my garden, at the moment we work on it for subsistence production. I believe I can earn good income once I improve my farm. My living standard too will be better six months from now.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My children are happier I am also a bit relaxed because they have not been send home for lack of school fees or uniform. They were send out of school always for not paying activity fees.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 3 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have faced is poor market prices, diseases and cost of farm inputs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happy every day
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on buying livestock.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that I am proudest of is having educated my children upto college from my small parcel of land's proceeds.