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Benard
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
26
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($442 USD)
access_time 29 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My goal is to buy a piece of land where I will build my home and use it for farming. At home, we are seven siblings and our parents gave us a small piece which isn't enough to carry out farming. I had bought 12 sheep with my previous transfers and when they reproduced, I sold offsprings and bought two heifers. I would continue to keep this livestock so that I can sell some and a quiet piece of land. Again, I will be making saving through a welding business that I run at a nearby shopping center.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
People have different needs and GiveDirectly did well when they gave us money which enable us to spend on those that we needed. Each one of us had that goal that came true after receiving the money and that was so good about this project. I never noticed anything that was not done well since the enrollment process was so fair.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I love farming and specifically livestock rearing. When I got my second transfer, I spent KES 52000 on buying 12 sheep for rearing. I opted to buy sheep since they mature faster and reproduce twice a year. We have a grazing field with plenty of pasture in a nearby county where we take our livestock to graze. Once they have increased in number, I will sell them and spend the money on buying a piece of land.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($501 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I work as a mason and I had gone to one of my neighbors house as I had been called for some work. The time was around 10 o'clock when I received an SMS notification on my phone and upon reading it's contents, I became so happy and immediately went back home to inform my spouse about the good news and start planning on how we would spend the cash.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I have acquired nine goats using my transfers and this has made my daily life different. These are an investment to me that will help me in educating my kids to the level they would wish to attain. As a mason, the money I usually get was not always enough to feed my family of three and still save some for investment purposes. I am so grateful to God and GiveDirectly for enabling me to start investing towards my children's education.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I purchased 9 goats worth KES 40500 using the transfer I recently received. This is my family's investment that we will depend on in future especially in educating my children. I have one child at the moment and it is my prayer that God will bless me with more. Their education will always be my priority so that they will have a bright future and starting an investment toward this had always been my priority. Also, I spent KES 10000 to purchase some decent clothes for my family and used the remaining KES 4000 on food.
 
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access_time 1 year ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
The farm I inherited from my parents is small (0.01acres), receiving this money means that I will be able to purchase more land (0.02acres) at $300 and move out of my current residence. I will leave this current piece of land to my siblings who have none.They will be able to farm and produce food for themselves as I attend to my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happy in the evening as I have already earned for the day and I am able to provide food for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The 0.03acres of land is small for the entire family and I need to leave my current farm to the siblings .The arable land cannot produce enough food to feed the nuclear family and this is my biggest hardship.