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Benard
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
26
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?
My life is currently different because I meet my daily needs as well as those of my family. We all use the money I get from the eggs to buy household items. This possible because the project has now expanded sufficiently. The joy I get from the proper poultry house I have built is immense. My investment in layers is secure because the chicken is not exposed to catch diseases since they are not let to roam in the village. Keeping them enclosed using the wire mesh structure that I installed has also increased production. I find it easy to control the birds and the higher production is a really good thing for me financially.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have a new goal to buy goats. I will use this an investment to keep and grow my money. I intend to excel in goat keeping and make it a source of income as well.
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 constant income from the poultry farm. When I received the transfers four months ago, I increased the number of layers, improved the poultry structure and is now working on constructing a house for more chicks. I recently hatched about 45 chicks and I collect about 20 eggs per day that gives me at least kes 200 per day. I am glad to have this source of income unlike before when I used to get money from casual jobs that were not always available on a daily basis.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my daily life to have changed in that I will be having the financial strength to meet my needs. Egg production is one of the very important income sources that I will be enjoying because of the aid that GiveDirectly gives me. I am determined to make it a long lasting project so that I benefit from it beyond the end of the transfer period.
 
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 because I currently do poultry farming. I do sell some eggs to earn me some income. I am optimistic that if I let my chicken hatch, the number of my poultry will increase thus I will earn more income from the sales of chicken and eggs. Before I use to depend on casual jobs which were sometimes hard to find. I am happy now that I get money for buying myself and family some basic needs.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, it is my new goals to expand poultry farming so that I can get a sustainable income. I have seen a great difference in my life since I started this project. I believe that I can do better and earn more profit from it. As a result, these will improve my income .
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 we have adequate food for our family. Since I used the earlier transfers from GiveDirectly on building a poultry house and buying chicken. Moreover, we get eggs from the poultry project that I have established. Hence, I feel more empowered to support my family unlike before when I had to rely solely on my casual job.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I plan to start dairy goat farming. I opt for this farming as it requires less capital to start and easy to feed. The main aim of keeping this goat is for milk production. Buying milk has been so costly for me which has led us into frequently taking black tea as opposed to milked tea. I am hopeful that we are going to getting enough milk for my family's consumption.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 11 months 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 managed to buy myself some of necessities without asking for help.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The only goal I now have is to build a house for myself.
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 stated building my house.
 
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?
The new goal that I have gotten since I started receiving the transfer is to build a new house.
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 if I had not received the transfer in that I have a monthly income unlike before.I see my goal being achievable with the help of monthly transfer.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months I expect to be having my own house.
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 the transfer is the happiness I have regarding the monthly saving I make.I am hopeful that I will build a house.
 
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access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is trying to get away from drugs. I am addicted so much that when I do not have money to buy alcohol or sigarrate I get disturbed. I am trying my best to stop.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning, when I wake up and everyone in my family is happy and healthy.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to use my transfers to start a small business specifically to sell samosa. I will also like to improve our farm.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
I have no achievement to be proud of because I have spend almost all my life in drugs and ended up separating with my wife.