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Richard
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
House construction
faceAge:
28
workCampaign
UBI
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26th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 21 days ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to start a butchery business. I would also want to have a business which will be my source of income. I would not want to go back to herding as I used to before the transfers. I know the business will elevate me financially and I would not struggle as before.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
In my life before the transfers, I did not have a cow. I used to herd for others in the village as a way of getting an income because I did not have my own. I was hoping one day I would have my own but how to buy one was the problem. My income could not even meet our daily needs well and in time. In as much as I had many needs I have accomplished with the transfer, the most fulfilling is the cow I bought with part of the transfers. I feel I have achieved so much in my life because of the cow. It has been a dream which I could not realise on my own. I am glad GD brought the change in my life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I know I will have started the butchery business which is my goal for now. My idea is to make good use of the resources I get from Give Directly to cause a permanent positive change in my life financially. I will be using part of my monthly transfers for savings and in the next six months, I will have saved enough to kickstart the business. As I continue to receive more, I will also be boosting the business on a monthly basis until my business is stable enough to sustain itself and my family needs.
 
24th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I plan to start a dairy cow farming. I will spend the coming four months transfer establishing fodder, Bhoma Rhodes grass. I will buy the prepare a part of my farm buy the seeds and grow them.
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 way I farm. I used the money to plow the land and bought maize seeds that are now growing. I bought a hybrid maize seed called DK 777 that is produced by a company called Monsanto. It is a super maize variety seed that has given me a lot of hope of attaining food sufficiently for my family. I know that after harvesting in the next three months, I will do away with the expensive daily household expenditure on buying food. I will sell part of the product and buy goats to expand my flock.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, my expectation is that I will have made strides towards improving my dairy farm. I will have produced the first harvest of Bhoma Rhodes hay. It will boost milk [roduction from the current heard of cattle that I have. In this period of time, I will have started getting higher income from milk sales. I hope that as a result of this, I begin to search for a better cow breed that will then be more productive than the indigenous cows that I have.
 
19th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life has greatly changed in the last four months in that I have a peaceful mind since providing for my family is currently easier. I feel empowered to do my own work and this is what makes me happy to see working on my farm than when I used to do casual jobs. I have bought a goat that I am so proud of since I know with time it will reproduce. This my future hope since will be selling its young one to raise my children fees and meet other financial needs arising in my family.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The new goal that I have for my life in the next four months is to start a butchery business within my village since I have a wide market from my community and I live next to Mulot market where I will be buying goats for slaughter. This will help in generating more income that I can invest in other goals more so my children educations.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I always work hard to make sure that my family has enough food. I am a casual laborer and my wages are little and not consistent thus it is hard to plan and rely on. I had always failed to make good use of my piece of land due to lack of resources. The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months preceding my current transfer is the farming I did with the help of the monthly transfer from GiveDirectly. Even though my farming has been affected by long droughts in our area, I am happy that I made good use of my piece of land and hoping to harvest some that can boost our food quantity in our stores.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months. I see my life to have greatly improved in that I will have started my butchery business. I will be doing my own work at my pace and will be generating more income. I will be in a better position to do better in farming with the help of profits I will be generating thus we will have enough food in the future in our family.
 
16th 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?
I rely on low paying and hardly scarce casual jobs to provide for my family. In addition to the problem of ending a day without and income, inability to provide for my family was quite challenging and this had led to a stressful life both to my family and I. Since I had started receiving money from GiveDirectl, The changes in my life a lot and the most is the happiness in my family due to the ease of accessing daily basic needs. We can currently have enough meals for each day, reduce the debts that accrue in search of daily bread and happiness that had gone missing in our family before is back again and these are how my life is currently different from how it was four months ago.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, the new goal that I have for my life is to start a butchery business since it is cheap for me to start and maintain it. There is a ready market from my neighborhood since the butcheries we have are far hence establishing one will be a good source of income to me.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I am the head of my family and the daily basic needs of my family depend on me. I always work hard to see that my family enjoy each day like other families but the little resource and the low paying and hardly found casuals jobs I rely on makes it challenging to provide for my family. I had always been forced to forgo other basic needs in my household a habit that really stressed me up as the head of the family. In the last four months, the biggest difference in my daily life is the efforts and empowerment that I have received from GIveDIrectly. I am a happy father with humble minds since I have been able to attend to my responsibilities on time as a father and this the biggest difference in my daily life. My family easily access basic needs through monthly transfer from GD currently unlike before.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Six months to come, I expect my life will be different from now since I expect to be doing more and improved farming since I will have put up a butchery business hence will have more income to help in other investments. I expect to have a happier family since I expect access to basic needs like clothing and food to easier than now through better income from butchery business.
 
12th 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 is life currently different from how it was four months ago, even though I am masonry I could go for more than tewo months before getting a job hence making it hard for me to meet my family needs. I can use
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I business, butchery since I will have serve community near by hence will have more.
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 the is goats, I bought recently with the GD transfer. With the kind of climate we have in our area, I have always thought of having an investment that can easily be managed and can be supported by our area climate and I found our that having a heard of goats could be the best for me. I recently bought three goats and am sop happy each day I see the grow and the little I put in to manage gives me humble minds. I see these as a major investment in my life and a good sewcurity for my family finacilas needs that grow day in day out.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect my life to have changed in that I will have started butchery business hence will have more income which in turn eases my family access of basic needs and other financial needs. I expect to have built a better house hence will have a more comfortable house to live in with my family hence will a happy family.
 
5th 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 different because now I have adequate food, and clothes of which was difficult to access before due to lack of casual labor.
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 a goat, chicken and clothes for my family.
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 these transfers have enabled me to access food, clothes and household items of which was difficult to access before.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to hire a shop and start a butchery business to boost my income through investing in goats in the subsequent transfers.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I plan to open a butchery and join merry go round. I could not do any of these before when I was not receiving money from GD
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I can now do things i did not expect to do, I can plant onions and sell them, I could not do that before because I could not afford to employ someone to assist me in the cultivation process.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I belive I be richer because I will have opened a butchery. Thats added income to my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I no longer strain my self so much when doing the casual jobs because my budget is not fixed like it used to be.And at times when i totaly dont get any manual job to do atleast i have somewhere i can go back to
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I get stressed up when I don't have money to provide my family with food which will make them stay hungry.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning part of my day because I wake up energized to do my daily work.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I will use the transfer to buy food and cloths to my family members.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
I went to masonry school and the skills I got there helps me alot in my work.