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Stanley
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Raising livestock
faceAge:
67
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($490 USD)
access_time 14 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am glad that I have onions on my farm which I couldn't afford to plant were it not for GiveDirectly. I look forward to a good harvest. This would help me achieve my goals.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did well in that there were no cases of corruption involved in the process. It was free and fair to everyone who participated. The officers were so honest as they would give us timeline on when to expect disbursement which facilitate planning. On what was not done well is that those who were away from home for work should have been considered
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have a plan to construct a concrete water tank which I would use to store harvested rain water for use at home at for irrigation. This project requires a lot of money, an estimated cost of KES 500000 is needed to complete the project. After receiving my second transfers, I opted to invest in onions farming so that when I harvested the crops, I would sell and spent the cash on the water tank project. I spent KES 40000 on buying two sachets of certified seeds, KES 6000 on land preparation, KES 8000 on acquiring fertilizers and chemicals and Kes 2000 on labour.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was 6am in the morning and I had just woken up and heard a message notification.When I saw the message, I was very happy and glad that GD had kept their word.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My daughter in law has been able to go to hospital as a result of this transfer and right now she has been able to get the doctor's attention and she is progressing well. Thank you GiveDirectly for coming through for us.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My son's wife has been sick and had a problem with her leg. With the transfer, I took her to hospital for her to get treatment. I also bought a cow and bought maize seeds for planting.
 
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access_time 6 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
We usually experiencing prolonged drought in our area, so we have been having a challenge of getting water for both domestic use and livestock. Recently I borrowed a loan to start a zero-grazing and it has been going on well, to run this it requires a lot of water for cleaning to a cowshed. I have been aspiring to purchase 10,000 liters of water storage tank but due to a loan, I am still repaying I have not managed to achieve. Receiving this money will assist me to actualize my dream of owning a water storage tank, this will reduce for me the burden of traveling long distances looking for water.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My day involves visiting and educating coffee farms within my county. During this time, I am at my happiest part of the day when interacting and inspiring farmers on the importance of coffee farming as a source of income.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The payment of school fees for my children has been my biggest challenge. In the years between 1994 to 1999, I was struggling to pay school fees for my three children at the secondary level and my wife was still in college. Also, at this time one of my children was seriously sick. I was a bit stressed because the 6,000 shillings I earned as a civil servant was not enough, I was almost failing as a parent to fulfill my duties.