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Kirui's family
Raising livestock
Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($452 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Aside from my maize-selling business, I recently started working for a company where I am earning enough money to pay for my children's school fees as well as food for my family. Since my salary allows me to comfortably support my family, I am looking forward to hiring a business assistant so that I can increase funding and expand the business to supply other cereal varieties to customers. I am currently selling dry maize grains, and I have received requests from customers who want to be supplied with beans, wheat, and peas. This will increase the profit margin, which in turn will increase my family's savings, which will be useful in implementing other new projects.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did an excellent job in our village, lifting many families out of poverty. Following the first and second transfers, many people built new houses after demolishing the old ones, others bought livestock, and still others returned their children to school. The lack of favoritism in enrollment encouraged many people to participate from the beginning to the end, because I assured them that everyone had a chance to receive household support. They did not require us to pay anything other than being present in our home to be enrolled and informed of the potential dates for receiving the money. We were free to interact with the officers in a language that we all understood, so we could ask as many questions as we wanted to get basic information about the programs. The approach was so effective that we wish other villages could have the same experience and receive the same life-changing assistance.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have been running a maize business for the past two years, buying in bulk from suppliers and breaking the bulk while selling to local consumers. This has been profitable, especially given the current high demand for dry maize grains. When I received the second transfer, I injected $300 into the business to increase stock and thus profit margin, as I had been able to meet the customer's demands on a consistent basis. I'm currently buying a sack of maize for $75 and selling it for $82. After relocating, I used the remaining funds to furnish my new home with new comfortable furniture for my family of four. I am relieved that it is complete.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($461 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was very happy and grateful to receive such big support from GiveDirectly. It was around 5:30 pm when I received a message at home with my family that I immediately showed them, and everyone was excited too. I could not withdraw immediately but later, after one week.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the improved running of my business. I have been saving a lot since I spent less on transport from home to the workplace and also on making timely deliveries to my customers. The motorcycle I bought has cushioned me a lot from hiring a rider that was so expensive. I have saved the daily KES 100 transport to and from the workplace since I have been using the same means from home and back later in the evening.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I had been running a cereal business that deals in maize grains, beans, and millet in the nearby shopping center for almost a year now. Selling to the customers who make orders from home has been challenging while delivering. I would sometimes spend a lot to ensure that the customer receives the order in time, and this would interfere with my profit projections. On receiving the first transfer, I spent KES 49000 on buying a motorcycle that has made my business operations easier. I am happy that I can deliver at a lower cost and time of delivery to my customers. I also paid KES 6000 school fees for my son currently in primary school, with the remaining amount. I am grateful that I can comfortably provide for my family of four now since I have registered a better profit margin, and a simple time handling other activities alongside my business.
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
As a family we have been thinking of venturing into business but lack of capital has been a great impediment. Maize being a staple food for many residents, I have identified a place where I can buy it at a low price, transport it to Chebunyo market, then sell to locals at a higher price. A 90-kg bag of maize in Transmara is KES 2500 but in Chebunyo it is KES 5500. I am a farmer earning KES 500 from my dairy business from the sale of milk. I have been saving for my dream business for the last 3years and for that while I have only managed to save KES 10,000. I need at least KES 50,000 for my business to take off and I intend to spend KES 40,000 to make this a reality. Receiving this money will mean financial independence for my family because our business will generate a lot of profit.
What is the happiest part of your day?
In January this year my wife got employed by the county government of Bomet. She is in the revenue department and her work station is Chebunyo. I am happy that she is now able to assist me in providing for our family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial instability is the top most challenge that I face. I depend on dairy farming to make ends meet and sometimes there is a sharp decline in the production of milk from my two cows. This is occasioned by diseases like East Coast Fever which cause instant drop in production. I always struggle to provide during these times and the only available option is to borrow