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Romanus
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
59
workCampaign
UBI
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21st Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the four months, I plan to start a business so that I can get an extra income to help me meet all my needs. I would not want to struggle as I have struggled ion the past two years when I did not have any source of income.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life is the harvest I got after using improved farming input. I used the transfer to buy hybrid seeds and fertilizers which I applied on my farm. as a result, I have managed to get an improved harvest from the 2 sacks I used to get to 7 sacks every harvest. This has helped me feed my family well and even sell the rest to raise money for other needs of the family.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I know my life will be different because I will have started aa business with part of my transfers. I have been struggling financially because I did not have any source of income. Now that I have managed to solve most of my needs with part of these transfers, I want to spare some so that I can get a business to earn me an income from the profits.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, we eat well as we have farm produce that we can easily sell to generate income for our day-to-day provisions and also consume some for our nourishment. This was due to the expansion of farming that I did with the transfers from GD. My family is in a better place financially and we never lack food in the house.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have a new goal of saving and buying a cow to help in generation of milk which we can usually consume and also sell to generate income.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I have been able to venture into large scale farming to help in raising more income for the family. We are sure to get food supply throughout the season and also sell some to generate income for the family. The income we generate helps in paying school fees for my child who gets ample time to study in school. I have also been able to buy building materials like cement and sand that I used to plaster to help my house look beautiful and also get rid of the bugs and colds and flu due to dust.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have saved and bought the cow for rearing to help in a generation of income for my family. The cow will eventually give birth to others which helps in securing my family financially. It is an investment in my children's education which will help them gain independence and awesome skills to help them sail through life with a lot of ease.
 
15th 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 is currently different from how it was four months ago because l no longer hire people to work on my farm as I used to do. I am also staying in a nice plastered who that I did not know that I will every have.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to invest in farming where by I am planning to spend the money to hire a very big farm and plant it for my future use. I thought of investing in farming because I do not have any other source of income a part from farming. When I invest in farming I will get enough produce and will be able to sell them and get the money to pay for my school fee. I am also planning to complete the project that I started of plastering my house because some part of it has not been completed.
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 l manage to buy an ox plough, that I am using to cultivate my farm. I no longer spend the money to hire people to cultivate my farm since I now have my own ox plough that I am using, as compared to before when I was using a lot of money to hire people and he could take because coming to cultivate and this could lead to late planting where I end up harvesting poorly. I am also now staying in a nice plastered home that I did not know that I could have in my life. I am not worried of the jiggers infecting me.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months l expect to have finished plastering my house and staying in it comfortably with my family. I will also have started my project of farming and getting money out of.
 
12th 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?
Currently, my life is different in that I have a peace of mind mostly when budgeting for my family's needs and this has less my hypertension level which resulted from stress due to lack of finances to cater from my family's expenses most so paying school fees for my children. I was always saddened by the fact that they had to stay home when school was in session. Their results have improved because of enough time on studies and this has given me hopes to go on stronger and fulfill my dreams.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal for the next four months is to cement the floor of my house to prevent the exposure to dust which is a challenge at the moment and having a cemented house will also build my status quo.
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 been able to buy an ox plough. This has enabled me to cultivate a bigger farm on time. Before I used to practice labour exchange which was time-consuming hence I wasn't able to finish my farm works on time which made me get meagre produce. The produces is now promising to be enough to feed my family and the surplus I will sell to make an extra -coin to meet other households needs.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six months in that I shall have saved enough money which will necessitate the cementing of my mud floor. When this is achieved, it will prevent the exposure to dust which is a challenge at the moment and having a cemented floor in my community is a sense of status quo. We will not spend much time to look for mud to smear the house hence we will have enough time to concentrate on other activities of the family.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 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 is currently different from how it was four months ago because l am eating well since l got enough produce from my farm.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal for the next four months is to start saving as l am planing to buy cow bull to save me from hiring other people's cows.
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 l am eating very comfortable as compared to before since l invested most of the transfer l have been getting from give directly in farming.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months l expect to have bought two cow bulls.
 
4th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest in my daily life is that I have gotten some ease when it comes to providing for my family. I no longer take goods for credit from our local shop.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months,I hopeful that I shall have bought the land I have always wished for.
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 had I never received the transfer is that I have had enough harvest after I bought fertilizer using the previous transfers I had received.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goal is to purchase a piece of land where my children can find places to where they can build their own houses. Currently we have a very small piece of land.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Since I depend so much on farming but lacks modern farm equipment , I find it so hard to meet my family responsibilities such as provision of better health care and clothing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my life is in the evening when I relax and share meals with my family after work.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to refurbish my house which is in bad condition since it always makes me feel unsafe with my family especially during rainy season. I will also use part of the savings to educate my children.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The proudest achievement in my life is the ability to offer quality education to my children since I do a lot of farming which in return gives me better produce for sustainability.