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Joseph
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Raising livestock
faceAge:
58
workCampaign
UBI
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20th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Currently, the goats which I recently bought I have kept them at my neighbour's home as I do not have a good structure in place at the moment. I, therefore, have a goal to save the coming transfers and use them to purchase materials for constructing a shed for the goats.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
I added the recent transfer to the transfers my spouse received and bought goats for rearing. Since goats are affordable to purchase and easy to manage in terms of both the space and finance required. I, therefore, decided to invest in goats. In addition, I'll use their dung as manure on the Napier grass farm.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I believe that these goats would have given birth and will double in number. I would have more goats which I would sell some when I got some financial needs even after this transfer stops.
 
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?
My life is currently different from how it was four months ago in that I now own three goats. I am hopeful that by taking care of them with a lot of care, I will enjoy the fruits of my labor. This is because the goats will reproduce and increase in number. In addition, I believe I will earn an extra income by buying a dairy cow to replace some of the goats. The surplus milk from the dairy shall be used for my family's consumption and the wastes used as manure to increase the productivity of my farm.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
The additional goal for my life in the next four months is to increase my piece of land under nappier grass cultivation and increase the production that I am getting at the moment. This will ensure a continuous supply of feeds for my livestock mostly during the dry season.
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 been able to acquire farm inputs on time. Therefore, I am hopeful that I will earn thrice the amount I used on the farm inputs and labor after putting aside some for my family's consumption from the increased harvest I shall get. Unlike before when I could not get enough yields due to inadequate finances to purchase the required inputs.
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 increased the parcel of land under nappier grass cultivation for my livestock to feed on. This will facilitate a continuous supply of feeds for my livestock even during the dry season. Therefore, I would be certain of getting enough supply of milk for my family's consumption after selling some. I will have also built a stable for my sheep that has a raised floor with some holes where their wastes will be passing through when cleaning. This will facilitate easy collection of these waste to be used as manure.
 
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?
Since I started receiving the transfer from GD, I have been supporting my dairy farming. I am now happily working on my farm. Before I was wondering where I would get money for supporting my farming. First I couldn't realize that the little money which I get from GD would greatly improve my farming until when I spent in on planting nephier grass. This, in turn, fills the gap which is fooder fed shortage.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to buy some dairy goats so that I can get milk and manure. I will then use the manure on my farm and produce healthier plants and high crop yields. This will save me money which I would have spent on buying fertilizers.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Four the last four months I spent part of the money on planting nephier grass for my livestock. I now have enough feeds for my livestock. During dry season my cows have been lacking food since we use to depend on natural grass to feed them. Now am happy that my animals are now lacking food and are yielding more.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I would expect to have started dairy goat farming. The milk which I would get from the goats would be used for consumption and the milk which I will get from my cows will be for sale. This will help me earn money for supporting other projects and paying school fees for my children.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 6 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 there increased milk hence increased income.Before the transfers I was forced to keep my cattle under rope because of inadequate food but nowadays I don't because there is adequate forage grass. In terms of food and household items there is adequate food and increased happiness.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I am planning to save these transfers towards buying a forage grass cutting machine to make my work easier. I am also planning to build a store for storage of dry forage grass for my livestock.
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 there is adequate my livestock food because these transfers enabled me to plant forage grass for my cattle hence increased milk and less stress while rearing livestock.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months my grass store will be complete and will be almost buying grass cutting machine. In the next six months I will have bought goats which will be a source of fertilizer for my forage grass.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 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?
I plan to start poultry farming I never thought I would start this project because it requires alot of capital
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I don't have stress,I believe I can plan and achieve my goals
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I believe will have started doing poultry farming, and keep a few sheep.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I have a peace of mind, I positive about life, atleast I can plan I have big plans, like now I plan to save money then take a loan in order to start poultry farming
 
Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing right now is buying food for my family. This has been very hard because we haven't harvested maize for last 3 years. This is due to low rainfall, spoiled seeds and maize disease. Its hard because maize is a staple food that we often depend on.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is in the evening. This is when I can review myself on my plans for the day. I am always happy when I manage to accomplish all my scheduled plans and I can rest peacefully.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to save my transfer in M-shwari so that I spend it later on poultry farming project. I am planning to borrow loan from Mshwari after saving for six months. I will buy graded layers and from there start egg business.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that I am most proud of is the land that bought and the house that I managed to build o the same land. I used to borrow loan when I was working to buy land and also build my house.