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Cherotich
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Shopkeeper
faceAge:
33
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($525 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Before I use to spend a lot on buying milk but now am happy that I got to use the milk which I got from my own cow. I had now cow and would be forces to take tea with no milk at times when I wouldn't afford some.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Lump sum amount which Give Directly chose to give was enough to change someone's life. The project was so good and the organization should consider sending more transfers here again.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
The second transfer which I received from GD, I spent part of it to buy stock to add to the shop which I had started. I boosted this venture to enable me earn more income. The other portion I spend on buying furniture, food and some clothes for my children .
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now own a cow which I did not have before. For this reason, I now sell milk like other people and this acts as an alternative source of income for me. I have also been able to save some money which I would have otherwise used in buying milk and I use it sometimes to buy basic necessities which my family may be in need of.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 6 am in the morning as I was waking up when I received my money. At that time, I became so happy and I would not wait any longer before having to feel the solid money with my bare hands. I then headed directly to my son's room and woke him up so that he would help me in withdrawing the money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have been buying milk on a daily basis and this is so expensive owing to the fact that I depend on any available casual work. I had closed my shop due to lack of money to buy stock. This is because I had used all the money I had received after selling my items in the shop to pay school fees for my children. Whenever I do not have money, my family will not take their breakfast on that day. When I received my first transfer, I used part of it to buy a dairy cow. I spent the remaining amount in reviving my business by buying some stock. With my shop back to normal, I will be able to save my profits and use them to pay school fees for my children and to expand my business.
 
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access_time over 5 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My greatest desire is to educate my son who had to drop out of school due to lack of finances. Receiving this money will enable me to pay his school fees (approximately 20,000 shillings for the whole year) at a nearby secondary school. I am also planning on spending the remaining amount on buying a dairy cow worth 30,000 shillings. This will enable me to get additional income (from the milk I will sell) to facilitate my son's education in the future.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My usual day entails spending 4 hours doing house chores and 3 hours doing some casual work such as tilling, fencing and working in other people's farms so that I can get some income to provide food for my family. I am happiest in the evening when I get paid because it is an assuarance that my family will eat before we sleep.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Educating my children has been my greatest worry. This is because I don't have sufficient resources and finances to see them through their education. As a result, my son, who had a passion for education, had to drop out of school because I could not raise 10,000 shillings for him to join form one at a local secondary school. This has made me feel that I have failed him as a parent.