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Bernard
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
30
workCampaign
UBI
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19th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
The other difference in my life in the last four months is that I was able to acquire a solar system. It has been my dream to light with the solar system since buying kerosene on a daily basis is very costly yet I do not have a stable source of income. I have always feared using kerosene because of the kind of roof I had. I knew my house could easily catch fire when roofed with grass than iron sheets. With GD transfers, I have been able to buy a solar system which helps me in lighting at night and reduce my daily expenditure especially since I don't buy kerosene on a daily basis.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I still plan to finish buying more iron sheets and nails which I will use in putting up an iron-roofed house. I have been living in a grass thatched house and with the opportunity provided by GD, I would want to have a significant change. I also want to upgrade the house just like my neighbours. I would not want to look poor as I have looked before.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving these transfers is that I have iron sheets which I will use for putting up an iron-roofed house. I have been living in a grass thatched house for the last two years because of my low income from small casual work which has not been consistent. I have to put up in the house even though the condition worsens daily. The grass on the roof started coming off three months ago and I was not able to even repair it. I am glad upto today it's not leaking. This is why I chose to buy building materials such as iron sheets which I plan to use in putting up a decent iron roof house. I know in the next four months, I will be able to buy the nails so that I can build a house since I have my own timber.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months after completing the house, I want to buy a sheep as an investment. I would want to have livestock in my home just like my neighbours and I know how they can bail me out during the time of financial crisis. When it reproduces, I will have a number which is a source of wealth and later sell them to buy a cow.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 5 years 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 in that, I am financially discipline. I am able to save money and reach some of the goals which I had yearned for a long time. Recently, I managed to buy two sheep and this is an investment for me. I intend to initiate a scheme where we collect money to one household member who then uses it to invest. This will enable me to bull very soon when I shall be issued with my savings.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to buy a bull. I have three bulls but they are not enough to plough my farm hence I have been borrowing one from a neighbor in order to successfully complete ploughing my farm. The disadvantage is that I have to reciprocate by ploughing for him as a sign of appreciation which is time consuming. I do not want to continue with this trend and that is why I am determined to reach this goal.
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 learned to be financially disciplined. I was able to save money for some time and used the amount on buying two sheep. This is an investment for me. Sheep reproduces faster and this is an advantage because I will be able to sell some of them. The money that I shall have earned will help me to take care of emergencies and daily needs. Today, I plan well and manage to hit my goals, although managing them step by step.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My expectation in the near future is to buy an ox to add to the three oxen that I currently have. Since I usually till my land using oxen in order to reduce the cost of farming, the three that I currently have cannot do it alone hence I am forced to borrow one ox from a neighbor but it comes with a lot of conditions and a cost to it. The habit of borrowing an ox every time I want to till my land does not ogre well with me and hence my desire to have one of my own. Once I have this, it will be easier for me to plan my farm well and even reduce the cost of farming and thus maximizing on proceeds from my farm.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 5 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 ago because I have managed to buy a bed and a mattress. I had an old bed and mattress which made my nights really long because they were very uncomfortable. I am grateful for GiveDirectly"s transfers because I know sleep comfortably. I also own sheep which are the major investment that I can count on to beat financial emergency. I had longed to buy my own livestock but due to low income, I could not manage to buy any.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goal is to start up a fish vending business. Having this business will earn me more income thus will be able to meet most of our basic needs. My wife and I have planned to save towards the business idea and in the next four months I believe it will have kicked 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 have managed to buy two sheep. I believe they will bear young ones to increase in number. They are the most treasured investments I own that I can sell to manage any financial emergency that comes my way.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have set up a new business which will result in more income in my household. This will enable us to meet most of our household needs since it will be an additional source of income. I am also expecting to buy iron sheets to build my home.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
I have a lot of ease in doing my projects because I can now plan with the little money I get monthly.I have confidence in plaaning because I am sure of monthly income.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I do not have any additional goal because I have not achieved my peviuos goals though Iam in the process of achhieving them.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference I have experienced is that I now have decent beddings unlike before when I used to sleep on a mat.Iam now sleeping well
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have started my fish business because it will give me more income hence I will be in a position to do my projects with ease like buying cows.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($5 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My greatest goal is to be able to pay the bridal price for my wife. She went back to their home until the day that I will be able pay her bridal price. Secondly I desire to start a fish business and acquire myself a second hand motor bike that will help me cut down the high cost of transport.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am able to fetch for my family comfortably without pressure knowing that in case I do not succeed I can fall back to the transfers sent to me by Give Directly unlike initially a bad day could not be rescued. You fail to fend for the family then it meant going a day without meals.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change after six months, first I will have completed renovating my house and I will be living in a comfortable house without leaks whenever it rains. I will also be able to feed my entire family consistently. God willingly I will also be in the process of making the great journey to my wife's home to settle the bridal price and have her back home. I have missed her presence and her support at home.
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 from Give Directly is I am able to renovate my grass thatched house to an iron sheet roofing. This way my house will not leak when it rains.
 
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access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is lack of adequate income which has made me separate with my family because I was unable to even pay dowry for my wife who decided to go away with all the children thus making me feel lonely all the time.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon after coming back from the farm and sharing my farming experiences such as making of a good seedbeb with my friends which always make me learn new ideas on farming.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on buying iron sheets to build a new house since I have a grass thatched house that usually leakes when it is raining.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is starting up a seedbed that I normally plant seedlings which people usually buy thus giving me a daily income.