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Gilbert
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
House construction
faceAge:
20
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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access_time 4 days ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
In our culture, paying dowry after marrying someone's daughter is a customary exercise. This obligation needs cash as well as livestock in exchange of the woman. My wife and I have lived together for the past one year. All this time, my shoulders have been heavy with the burden of shame and guilt having not paid my parents in-law. With the GiveDirectly money, I will spend $400 from the first transfer to buy 4 young bulls worth $100 each. My plan is to look after them until they are grown enough to grace my father in law's compound in the next one year, thus regain my pride. This is what receiving this money mean to new.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My father owns a motorcycle taxi. Around 4 days a week, I would borrow his motorcycle in the evening for business so as to earn a coin. I would make an average of $3 each day. This makes me happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Two years ago, I completed a masonry course in a polytechnic institute nearby. To my unpleasant surprise, it has been hard to come by jobs to do. Even worse, I have a 3 month old baby whose mother requires not only food but balanced diet to breastfeed our baby. What has been my biggest worry is not being able to provide for my family especially my wife with food, without which my baby will not grow healthy.