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Herbert
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26th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My ultimate objective is to ensure my children complete their education and achieve a successful future. To achieve this, I have devised a plan to invest more in my livestock farming business, gradually transitioning from goats to cows. Cows are more valuable and their sale can help cover my children's school fees. To accomplish this, I plan to save and utilize the transfers I receive to purchase more livestock and expand my operations. This strategy not only secures my income after the project concludes but also ensures a better future for my family. I am deeply grateful to GiveDirectly for the positive impact it has had on my life, enabling me to pursue this goal and create a more secure future for my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As a devoted parent, I am deeply committed to ensuring my children complete their education and achieve success in life. To achieve this goal, I have taken the initiative to venture into livestock farming. I purchase goats, allowing them to multiply and increase in value, which I then sell at a higher price to generate profits. To further this endeavor, I used $60 of my recent transfers to purchase additional goats, adding on to my existing goats and increasing the potential for multiplication and growth. Additionally, to ensure my children's continued education, I utilized the remaining $42 of the transfers to supplement my existing funds and cover their school fees.
 
22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the coming year, my main goal is to expand my business for increased growth and profit. This expansion will support me in covering school fees for my remaining eight children, who are currently in primary and secondary schools. Presently, I possess a total of twenty-one goats, sheep, and chickens, and I aim to double this number by the end of the year. I plan to achieve this goal by saving and utilizing the transfers I receive. Expanding my business not only secures my income even after the project concludes but also ensures a better future for my family. I am sincerely grateful to this organization for positively transforming my life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Life in our village has not always been easy due to a prolonged drought that affected us for many years. Providing food for my family was a constant struggle, since my job as a livestock salesman couldn't fully support us. Despite these challenges, I'm happy to say that life has taken a positive turn. All my children are attending school, and I'm proud to share that two of them have graduated and now have successful careers as a doctor and a teacher. The transfers we've received have played a crucial role in this transformation, allowing us to prioritize education and cover school fees. With $34, I was able to clear my son's school fees debt, ensuring he could sit for his exams without any hindrance. Then, with the remaining $68, I invested in a goat, thereby expanding my livestock business. These transfers have truly been a blessing, significantly improving our lives. I am deeply grateful for the assistance we have received, as it has brought about positive change and provided hope for a brighter future.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My primary objective is to foster the growth and expansion of my business, and I express my happiness and gratitude towards GiveDirectly for its assistance in acquiring additional livestock through the course of my transfers. This support has played a crucial role in enabling me to provide a comfortable education for my children. Looking ahead, I plan to utilize the upcoming transfers to further bolster my business by investing in more livestock. The ability to both provide for and educate my children fills me with a sense of hope for the future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a livestock businessman, conducting my trade at the primary market in Mariakani, a practice I have diligently pursued for many years. I acknowledge the pivotal role this business has played in providing education for my ten children. Business is now thriving as compared to before when we faced a long drought in my village. I am happy that the support I received has not only altered the course of my life but has also brought about positive change for the entire community. With two of my children enrolled in college, I allocated $68 from the transfers to cover their tuition fees. The remaining $34 has been carefully saved, earmarked for the purchase of an additional goat to expand my existing herd. Witnessing the emergence of new businesses, increased happiness among people, and improved educational opportunities for children has been truly gratifying. The positive transformation initiated by GiveDirectly has significantly contributed to the betterment of my village, and I am proud to be a part of this uplifting change.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My main goal is to be one of the known livestock keepers in the area. With my previous transfers, I have been buying livestock and as of now, I have 5 goats. My plan is still to buy more with the transfers that I will be receiving so that at the end of a certain period, I could trade some of them to get cows and with that, the project would be growing as per my wishes and thus achieving my goals.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
For the longest time, I had wanted to be a livestock keeper, but due to financial constraints, I had never been lucky to be one. But upon GiveDirectly coming into my life, my ways were opened. The transfers that I have been receiving had been of great help in terms of fulfilling my wishes and now I have the project running. With the most recent transfers, I managed to add one goat worth $32 to the ones that I previously bought and now I have a total of 5 and the remaining $2.70 was spent on buying food. I currently can afford a smile because my wishes came true.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My objective is to invest in goats since they are the only assets that I can have. I am not employed, and these goats can help me overcome my financial troubles. I have nine children currently enrolled in high school and primary school, and they all depend on me for their fees. I do not have any other support besides the monthly transfers. I am currently keeping twelve goats, and I am planning to buy more goats in the coming year and beyond. They will serve as security for the future of my children's education.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my most recent transfers on paying school fees for my children, buying two goats, and shopping for foodstuffs. I have two children in high school and seven in primary school, and raising their fees has been an uphill battle. I am grateful for the financial support because my children are comfortable in school, unlike before when they were missing classes. I also keep livestock, such as goats, which is the only investment I have. I thus added two goats, and my expectation is that I will be able to educate my nine children as they strive for better education. I lastly purchased adequate foodstuffs for my family and I'm happy that my children were enjoying taking three meals a day.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With my most recent transfer, I spent $10 on paying school fees for my five children. The rest, $20, I used on food. I prioritized those because I do not have a regular job but rather do livestock business which has not been doing well. My wife and I both struggle to provide for our kids. To share the limited food available, our family occasionally has to skip some meals, like breakfast. Consequently, my children's academic performance has been negatively affected by this situation since they miss classes more often. They find it hard to concentrate in class while hungry.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion this organisation is definitely doing a good job because the financial aid I receivd has really come through for me several time. I have nine children and all of them are in school. My job is to buy and sell livestock where make some money but my family is large and their wants and needs are many that is why I glad I receive a helping hand from the program through the transfers.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have indeed received the funds from the organisation but I have not yet withdrawn the money from my mobile banking although I did have plans for it. When I withdraw the funds I would love to pay school fees for my son who is in high-school since I owe the school about KES 17,500 in tuition fee which I have not even started to pay. So I will wait until my son comes back from half term break then I will give him the KES 3,000 that I received to that I do not remain with such a huge debt to pay and also so that my son is not kicked out of school.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the message at night but never saw the text until the next day, when one of my daughters came to me in excitement, claiming to have received the funds. I was astonished when I saw the Mpesa message as well. That morning was full of laughter and excitement in my family because of the funds.  
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
  With the inconsistent flow of income, give directly funds has enabled me to provide food for my large family. My intentions are to alternate the money in buying food for my family and paying rent for one of my daughters who is in college. She is in her last year in college and supporting her for the remaining year will be an advantage for to complete her teaching course successfully.  
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Food insecurity is the biggest impact caused by my inconsistent flow of income. Currently, my wife is unemployed and the breadwinner. My work entails going to the market and buying livestock at a lower price and selling them when the market is high, with ten children and the hard economic times it has been struggling to educate them and feed them. Some of my children have dropped out of school because of financial constraints and have been forced to look for jobs to support themselves. I spent my entire amount of KES 1200 on food, which would last my family for six days.  
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My living stock business fulfills me. I normally buy at a lower price, rear them for a while and then sell. With these funds, I will be happy to add more goats and cows over time. My financial burden lies heavily in school fees. The children in college and high school require at least KES 150,000 per term. When I add stock to my business, I am confident that the returns will be high. This ill help in paying the fees seamlessly.
What is the happiest part of your day?
God has blessed me with academically gifted children. I am happy that amidst the financial constraints, I have been able to educate them. Although some of them are still in school, I have faith that they will complete college and get reasonable jobs in their lines of profession.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
For every farmer, the drought that's upon us is the biggest challenge. Our livestock has almost nothing to feed on. I am afraid that we shall have to sell them at low prices or watch them die one by one, just like last year.