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Edwin's family
Edwin
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
36
workCampaign
UBI
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19th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 11 days ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I plan to continue buying farm inputs that will help me take care of my tomatoes. They are normally very delicate and require intensive care. I will ensure that I purchase the right pesticides and fungicides to ensure I get quality tomatoes.
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 farming of tomatoes. I have used the transfers to establish a potato farm. I plowed the land and bought seeds, fertilizer and farm care chemicals. I also hired labour since the crop needs intensive care. I am hoping to get a lot of products that may give me about KES 50,000.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have continued farming short-season crops that will give me more income. I am currently preparing to harvest maize and looking forward to frow cabbages on my farm after I recently harvested tomatoes.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 4 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 in that I have been to achieve so many tasks which seemed impossible before. First, I was able to do some farming in one of our lands in Londiani. This farm had been unutilized for so long due to lack of funds. Due to this, I am expecting food security in our family after this harvest. In addition to this, I have been able to do some crop rotation in our farm and I am hoping to get a good harvest this year.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My additional goal in life is to start poultry keeping project. Am glad since I have been able to build a chicken coop. My next transfer will be resourceful to me as I will use it to purchase some chicken. I settled on this since it can be operated alongside other projects as it requires minimal attention and input.
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 practice good farming practices. For the first time in my life, I applied enough fertilizers on my crops during planting and I was also able to top-dress them. Due to this, my crops are now flourishing well in the farm.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
My life will have changed in the next six months in that I will have started a dairy farming project. I am planning to use the savings I will be given in our table banking group to achieve this. Owning a dairy cow will save my mother the cost of buying milk daily. Also, my poultry keeping project will be running well and I will be investing the money derived from this project.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different in that I have been able to make various investments that has seen me be more self reliant from day to day. I have been able to hire land and put it under agricultural production and this has seen me have more income at my disposal. The income got from this, has seen me do less of casual work while at the same time I have been able Been able to hire land and practice more farming. Been able to meet basic household needs such as food without having to work whole day and with little income.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, I am looking forward to hiring more land and start horticultural farming. This will give me more returns and within a shorter period and enable me run other family expenses like paying school fees for my brother in a much more easier way. Through this, I will also be able to make other investments that will expand my income base and raise our family standards of living.
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 join a merry go round and successfully make merry go round contributions. I used the accumulated amount to hire land and planted maize where I have been able to make a huge harvest. We have also been able to collectively pay school fees for our last born son who could often be sent home for school fees. One of my brothers had to drop out of school but we are proud that we have been able to keep our last born in school and keep his hope of having a brighter future alive.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change tremendously in the next six months. I am looking forward to practicing large scale agricultural farming that will see me have enough money at my disposal and which I can use to improve the standards of living for my family and I.
 
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. The transfers motivate me to work harder.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal is to buy a cow that will give us milk in future for consumption and sale.
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 house that I built using the funds. We formed a merry go round group to pool funds and I was able to build a house. I had been living with my brother and I felt I needed my own.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have another cow in the next six months. The cows will be an investment for future sale. I will be able to progress economically as a result.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
455 KES ($4 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?
My new goal is to buy livestock.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
It was hard for me to get enough money to boost my activities. GD has enabled me to do it through their cash transfer project. I see my life changing with continuous transfer.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect to have bought livestock in the next six months.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My life has not yet changed but I believe with more transfers I will do better.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have had to struggle a lot in my life, I went to Londiani to work as a casual labourer with an aim of improving my living standards. The fruits of my labour was not in vain since I grew from being a casual labourer to being a business man. I engaged myself in livestock business and just when I was about to make a break through, I made huge losses that left me broke and desperate. I have not been able to come to terms with that situation but am working very hard to have investments again. That has been the biggest hardship in my life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up strong and healthy. It is a new day where I can renew my hopes and work towards achieving my life goals.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend most of my transfers on merry go round contributions. We have talked as a family and other beneficiaries of the transfers and decided that we are going to start a merry go round as a savings plan for the transfers. By doing this we can be able to identify various pressing needs and use the contributions in meeting those needs.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that I am proudest of is having an established tea plantation. It took me close to four years to have the tea plantation established. I am now proud that I can take tea to the tea buying centre and have bonuses at the end of the year.