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Victor
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
30
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Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($485 USD)
access_time 21 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Through the GiveDirectly transfers, I have bought my own dairy cow hence reducing milk purchasing costs for the past seven years. I have also improved my house from a tiny old grass thatched house to a more spacious Iron roofed house.The transfers have also enabled me access clean water and this has helped save the time that would be used for fetching water on farming. All these would be possible were it not for GiveDirectly.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I commend GiveDirectly for improving our living standards.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my transfer on installation of clean piped water because there's water scarcity in our place and the water sources are quite far. The remainder I spent on two young bulls as an investment for buying a piece of land in the near future.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($502 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I remember vividly well it was around 1pm while holding a fundraiser function for my settlement of my late mother's hospital bill when I received the transfers. I heard my phone ring and on checking the new SMS it was the GiveDirectly money and I was very happy and relayed the good news to a friend who sat next to me who hadn't received and was quite worried.The fundraiser was successful because people who received the money started contributing generously and I was very grateful.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is owning a dairy cow and two goats which I had desired to buy for the past four years but couldn't. Initially, I had saved the money and bought a dairy cow which just died a day after buying and my focus shifted. The dairy cow will aid in milk production for my family and in future can be sold off for a piece of land which will give me peace. I am also grateful because now I have peace as compared to before when I almost lost teaching job because I didn't have required documents because I couldn't afford.I have also grown healthier and happier than before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 30,000 of my transfer on purchase of a dairy cow because initially I used to buy two liters of milk per day which would amount upto KES 2100 per month. I also bought two goats because they grow very fast and can be an alternative milk source. I also spent KES 6000 on two bags of maize meal because initially we used to buy 2kgs a day which was quite difficult because I used to rely on my temporary teaching job. I used KES 5000 on buying latest clothing fashion because I couldn't afford due to hardness of life in our area and I used to have one clothing meant for occasions. I spent KES 3000 on settlement of my milk debt. I have also saved KES 5000 for expanding my poultry farm because it will cater for household expenses in the near future.
 
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access_time 5 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I was born and raised in a humble background. Since my parents and I are much interested in education, we had to sell a piece of our land to raise my college fees. Unfortunately, I have not secured a job since completing my studies. Hence, receiving this money means that we shall regain the sold land because we are currently having the inadequacy of arable land.
What is the happiest part of your day?
As a subsistence farmer, most of my day is covered by different farming tasks. So, evening hours constitute the happiest part of my day because I get to chatting and joke with my wife and kids as we prepare and share dinner.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
As a young family of two kids, the biggest hardship we have faced is having our firstborn child delivered through the cesarian operation. Footing the hospital bill as well as watching my wife suffer from excruciating pain the extreme pain was too much for us. I had to sell all the sheep we had purchased to raise the required funds. Even so, we are happy that our child and my wife are now healthy and doing well. Hence, the cesarian operation serves as the biggest hardship we have faced.