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Topius
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kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
18
workCampaign
UBI
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19th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 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?
I desire to grow my farming by increasing the acreage to see my production increase. That way I am certain that the revenue margin will increase and I will start enjoying myself like any other normal person.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference is my ability to invest in farming. I bought maize seeds and used the subsequent transfers to perform farm management practices. As of this moment, the crops are doing well and I am hoping to get good results. Before the transfers, I used to employ the normal seeds and their produce was never promising as compared to this time harvest.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have increased my production which will proportionately increase the revenue earned. I would love to become a renowned farmer. Besides that, I will also be at a position of providing for my family with the earned profits. with much more than before where I had to work two casual jobs to ensure my family was well taken care of.
 
16th 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?
My goal in the next four months is to keep my poultry farming business at its best. I will complete my fourth form in the next month. This will give me ample time and energy to run my poultry business better. I will even have enough money to expand it since I will no longer be paying school fees anymore. As I wait to be employed, I feel lucky because I will be earning money from my poultry farm.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily is the ability to generate income from poultry farming. I use the transfers to buy concentrates and other poultry feeds that have so far improved their health. I collect about 30 eggs per day from about 50 chicken that I keep. The money has been helpful in paying my school fees saving my mum from the headache she used to go through to pay for me. She is relieved and I also feel good that I am now independent too.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I believe that my life will have greatly improved in the next six months. Since I will now have enough time after completing school, I will increase the number of chicken to at least 100 hens. I hope to be making more money from selling many eggs per day. I want to focus on this farm and expand it such that I become the best and famous supplier of eggs and chicken. I know all these are possible with hard work, determination and proper management of this project
 
12th 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?
After receiving GiveDirectly money, a lot of gradual changes have been witnessed in my life. Although the money has been coming in bits, still it has been impactful in everyone's life in our village. Comparing my life now with how it was in the last four months, there is really a big difference between now and the past four months. I have improved businesswise and in other agricultural sectors. Payment of school fees has been made easy since I got some money from the poultry project I started at home and even availing food for my family is no longer hard as before. At the moment I can say that many things have changed for the good and more are yet to come by now that our transfers are still streaming in.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Now that my poultry farming unit is fully established, I have an additional goal to lease a piece of land so that I may venture into the farm operation practices. The small piece of land we own is not enough and the only way to get involved in any agricultural production is by first leasing a piece of land. I would like to start farm operation where I will be producing short season subsistence crops both for use in our household and some surplus to be sold in the nearby markets. This to me is one source of income which I will capitalize on and I am determined that it will enable me to start some other projects or expand agricultural production.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
for a long time now, I have been thinking of a way to change my life through investment. I have been having an idea after the other but I never had any capital. When I received GiveDIrectly money, I saw it as an opportunity to take a step and at least establish something which will keep generating income. I ventured majorly into the farming practices and in the last four months, the biggest difference in my daily life is the poultry farming I started at home. With six hens in the first transfer, up to this moment, I have more than 50 chickens in our household. more than 20 are active layers and I have been enjoying their productivity in for the last two months. I have also been selling cockerels which do generate a lot of income.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
Being a student, it has really been hard for me to concentrate on other investments at home. Now that I am in the fourth form of my studies which is the final year in secondary school, I expect to increase my concentration of farm production and hopefully, I would be harvesting my first produce soon after. A venture in agriculture is very productive though it is tedious for my case, I will be operating on a small scale which does not require a lot of labor.
 
8th 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?
My life is currently different from how it would have been four months ago since I now earn some money from the sale of eggs, I no longer lack money for buying myself some basics. Before I would only depend on my parents whom they are also struggling to pay for my school fees. Now am happy I am no longer bothering them by asking money for shopping as the money which I usually get is enough for me to buy personal effects and stationary.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goal is to buy more chicken. I look forward to expanding my poultry farming so that I can get more income through the sale of eggs. Moreover, keeping chicken is so easy as it requires small space and little attention.
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 now I got some chicken which is the investment I have been yearning to do since my childhood. I usually get some eggs which when I sell to earn money for buying myself some basic needs. My happiness is that I now get money to support myself through my high school and believe that I will enjoy a better future.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect that my chicken would have hatched and will be having a huge number of birds. I will sell some and buy a heifer for rearing. I am looking forward to owing some livestock so that in the future when I need some cash I get to sell it to further my studies.
 
3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
4560 KES ($45 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
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Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Since I am still under the care of my parents, I am glad that I have never been through any tough moments in my life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is usually in the evening because I would have accomplished my plans for the day.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to save my transfers so that when i clear my secondary school studies I will have enough capital to start a small business and do poultry farming.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
Being from a single parent family, I am so proud that my mother has been able to keep paying my school fees. Through this, I am sure that i will be able to achieve my life dreams.