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Jackson
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
39
workCampaign
UBI
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20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My goal is to use my merry go round group to raise money for buying a goat. I intend to do this in order to have some livestock that will multiply and be as a source of income for me event beyond the end of the help is getting in the next four months.
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 dairy cow that I bought. I used my merry go round group to pool money and bought a heifer that is going to calve soon. I will be making money from milk when the transfers will be ending. I see it as if an extension of the income from the transfers because I will be beginning to benefit from the investment at the end of the GiveDirecctly support.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I will have completed building a house. I will put up a timber walled house that will serve as a living house for the family. I have already bought the trees for timber and am just waiting to get the roofing sheets and then start the house construction. I will be living in a good house that will be cleaner and nicer to the eyes. I also expect to have acquired more livestock, I will have bought some goats to rear and will have a calf that will be from my heifer. All of this will improve my life in many ways.
 
15th 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 life has really changed in a span of four months. As a family, we have done a lot to change our financial status. Initially, we were having three cows to keep in our fields but we have added an artificially inseminated Friesian bull. This has reduced the cost we used to pay for the sire from the veterinary officers. Apart from the breeding purposes, we are also trying to grow it so that we may sell in the future to either pay school fees or in exchange with a milk-producing cow.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Although we are currently having three breeds of livestock to rear, that is one Ayrshire, Friesian cow, and a Friesian bull, we are still eager to accomplish another goal of purchasing another lactating artificially inseminated Friesian cow. We are currently producing twelve kilograms of milk from the two cows and we are feeling that we still have a capacity to produce more if we add the third cow. This is an additional goal which we wish to accomplish as a household within the next four months.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
GiveDirectly transfers gave us a chance in our household to join a group best known as a merry-go-round where members contribute a fixed amount of money every month to one member of the group when their turn comes. We joined with my wife and we were lucky that we got the second and the third positions in the cycle. We combined the money when our turn came and decided that we will purchase one bull which we will be rearing both for breeding as well as in preparation to sell when it's grown so that we can purchase one lactating cow. We have managed to purchase the Friesian bull and we have saved the cost of paying for the sire from veterinary doctors and have also had some neighbors paying to have their cows served by our bull. This so far is the biggest difference in our daily life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
As my child is headed to sit for an examination which is scheduled to take place in November, we are also looking for ways to raise the school fees since she will be joining secondary school. Among the plans that we have and hoping that they will have materialized before December is to establish a zero-grazing unit. We have a plan to sell the bull that we have in four months time and purchase an Artificially inseminated breed of a cow that will be productive in terms of milk. We are glad that we now have the means to ensure that our plan comes to pass. We have been saving from the two milk-producing cows that we have and we are hopeful that by then we will be having enough money to add up to the accrued amount and purchase a good breed.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, own a dairy cow . I use the savings I made in a table banking group that I joined as soon as we started the transfers. From this venture, I have milk for domestic use thus it has reduce my daily expenditure as I no longer buy milk on a daily basis. This has resulted in more savings in my table banking group that is currently my financial pillar. I am so happy that I got the transfer because it is the only thing that could get me this far.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My goal for the next four months is to improve my home. The small business that I started using savings from the transfers, I will be able to purchase building materials and complete a nice hous efor my family to live in.
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 ability to pay school fees for my children. Whole others regularly attended school, my children would at most times remain at home because of lack of school fees. This was stressing a lot as a parent because I was not as responsive as I ought to be. when I started receiving the transfers I managed to save through table banking and this enabled me to clear schools fees arrears. I can also pay school fees on time using part of the transfers I get every month.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect in the next six months to improve livestock keeping method to zero grassing. I will establish a zero grazing unit form the savings I have in my table banking and also that I get from the milk I currently produce.
 
7th 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 currently is different since I now have a sheep which is almost giving birth and some chicken. I did not have these things before.
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 keeping a zero-grazing cow.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The bigeest 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 be having a zero-grazing cow.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My plan to buy chicken layers in order to ease small school needs.I also plan to buy a wire-mesh to fence my poultry house and my target is to have 100 chicken layers at the end of one year.By the end of two years I also expect to have bought two heifers from poultry proceeds.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different because these transfer has motivated me to venture more into poultry farming and maize farming because every month I expect to receive money which I can use to buy maize seeds, fertilizer and increase chicken layers stock.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change financially in the next six months because with these transfers I will no longer borrow money to buy maize seeds and thus will be independent in both crop poultry farming and there will be no more borrowing. In terms of food in the next six months there will be adequate food production.I am also planning to buy my first heifer in the by the end of six months.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference In my daily life is that I am happy to have settled fee arrears for my kids and they will never be sent home anymore for tuition fees.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship we have faced in our family was when our cows dead, this was the only source of our income to pay school fee for children, buy food for family. It forced me to withdraw my children from private school to public school.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest Part of the day is in the evening, this is the time I arrived home from my usual manual work of operating power saw and have common meal with my family.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to use my transfer on buying a cow. Its production would assist me to pay school fee for my children.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that am proud of in my life is the time I bought a power saw, this has assist me to buy land and also to buy food for my family.