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Domtilah
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
68
workCampaign
UBI
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16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, I live in a very old kitchen that is on the verge of falling. The transfers have helped me acquire iron sheets that I plan to use to build the new kitchen. I have saved and bought livestock for rearing as the financial security of my family. Recently, I fell sick and borrowed money from a friend and I have paid the debt. I am less stressed and I have an easy flow of cash in my household.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I do not have any new goal as I want to concentrate on building the new house.
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 ventured into livestock rearing for the financial security of the family. I can easily sell the livestock to get money to buy food for consumption. I do not have to worry so much about where to get money when I have financial constraints. I saved the first few transfers and bought a few goats and poultry for rearing. I am a proud full-time farmer now and my family can never lack food for nourishment and also form of income.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to buy building materials that I plan to use in building my kitchen. I also added more poultry for rearing for financial security and nourishment by consumption. I expect the poultry farming to generate more income for the family.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 months 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 ago in that I started a business with my transfers. The business earns me some income and lately, I can manage to meet my basic needs which I was not a case of the past. I have also managed to start poultry farming from the transfers. I bought four egg-laying hens which I am keeping to hatch their eggs so that in future when I will be having more chicken in my farm will be able to sell raise some income.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I am planning to buy more iron sheets for building a new kitchen. Since I do not have a reliable source of income and depends mostly on the GiveDirectly's transfers, it will take me a long time to purchase enough iron sheets to build my kitchen.
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 to buy pieces of iron sheets which am planning to use to build a kitchen. I have a small kitchen which is in a bad condition making it risky for us to use. I have been buying new iron sheets with my transfers and once they are enough I will start building the new kitchen.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have added more stock to my business which will in result increase my source of income thus my standard of living will also have improved. In the next six months, I also expect to have a decent kitchen where I can cook without fearing any risk of the house crumbling down on me. I will also partition some space in my kitchen to use for rearing my poultry.
 
7th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different form how it was four months ago in that I now own poultry unlike before that I didn't have any. I have also managed to plow.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have a new goal of buying some pieces of iron sheets for constructing a kitchen because the current kitchen is old and in bad condition with walls falling off.
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'm happy I managed to hire people to plow my farm and I'm hoping for a good harvest season compared to the last harvest.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have bought some pieces of iron sheets for constructing a kitchen in the future once they get to 18 in total.
 
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 use the next transfer to buy chickens and start poultry farming. This will be a good source of income for me even after the transfers are over.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from how it would have been in that,now,I rarely go hungry like I used to before the transfers. when I receive the money,I food in bulk that can push me for some time.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months,I expect to be looking healthier than I do now because with the money I get monthly,I am able to buy better food and I am less stressed about where to get money to take care of my problems. In case I am sick,I can easily seek medical help.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving payments is that I am able to take care of my issues such as hiring workers to help in my farm.Before,I had nowhere to seek help and had to labor all day in the farm.
 
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access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face is lack of money for proper medication. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and I haven't got proper treatment because I can't afford some of the prescribed drugs. For this reason, my condition worsens and therefore I can't do my daily routine duties like I used to.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the morning when im preparing my grand children to go to school. We share breakfast together as a family and this gives me joy because we get to talk at the table and share some jokes.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to revive my business of keeping and selling chicken, it's a business that I have engaged in before and I believe I will get good returns out of it. I will use the money to pay school fees for two of my grand children who are in high school.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The proudest achievement in my life is the education of my children. I managed to pay their school fees with money I got from my business of selling fish. It was through hard work and determination that I achieved this and am happy all the five of them were able to complete high school.