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Benard
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
25
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($518 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that I no longer work for long hours doing casual works like I used to do before I received the transfers. I have been self employed with my motorcycle and my milk selling business. This has brought so much joy and happiness in my family and I feel proud as a father who is able to meet the needs of my family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly did so well in sensitizing the communities and cultivating the sense of honesty among its beneficiaries. It was pretty interesting to see how they were able to enroll people within our village and doing that in the best way they could by enrolling all the eligible households.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used part of my second transfer to buy a second hand motorcycle and used the remaining amount to start a small milk selling business. I had always desired to have a motorcycle knowing very well that it would assist me a lot in my daily undertakings. Having this motorcycle has brought some changes in my life. I have been able to use the motorcycle to transport my milk as I supply them to my customers. I am optimistic that I will be able to recover the sum of money used in buying this motorcycle and even make more profits that will improve my livelihood in the long run.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Having our own cow which has already calved down and now producing enough milk was our dream. That is what we ensured that we obtained once we received the transfers. we are no longer buying milk nor taking black tea as we used to do in some months ago because we produce enough milk to use and even sell some to the neighbors. This I can say is the biggest difference in our daily life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Receiving the money brought the best feeling to the entire family. It was an indication of an answered prayer that we have always prayed that God may open some doors of fortune in our life. I had earlier on promised my children that I will buy them a cow so that they may stop taking black tea. That was the talk of the day in the house and everyone was waiting for that time when I will be uttering a confirmation of what I had promised. We were all happy and to our advantage is that we didn't have to incur any cost in the construction of a new house since I was already having a newly constructed house when we received the transfers. We sat down to plan how best we will subdivide the money and ensure that we meet what we had promised ourselves and majorly what was to be the priority.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
For a very long time, my family has been taking strong tea every morning before leaving home for school. This is because we have never had a cow of our own to keep so that we can produce some milk for domestic use. We have not been able also to keep purchasing milk every day to gather for our needs but we have always resorted to the easy and available means-taking black tea. After receiving the transfer, I decided to spend a better part of it in purchasing a heifer which at then was almost calving down. I did this having foreseen the fact that the milk problem we have been having for years will come to an end. Apart from purchasing that heifer, I decided to spend the remaining amount on purchasing four goats and spend the remaining on clothing for my children and also in buying foodstuff.
 
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My dream of owning dairy cattle as well as sheep and goats in my farm will come true upon receiving this money. The money i raise from supplying milk constantly within the neighborhood will enable me to provide necessities needed in my family. On the other hand, rearing sheep and goats in large scale will be my alternative source of income since i will be selling them whenever they multiply. This will enable me to tackle biger projects such as building a bigger house as well as ensuring my children attend good schools and their school fees being well catered for.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My usual day entails working as a livestock herder in my employer's farm from morning till evening. I have three children and a wife who fully depend on me. I am always happy in the morning since this is the time i thank God for renewing my energy so that i can work to earn some amount to buy food for them.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial constraints has been a big challenge to me. I work as a cattle herder in a nearby farm and the little amount i earn is all channeled to buying daily food for my family. This has therefore hindered my goals of engaging in a better business due to lack of capital,which could in turn better up my life and that of my family since