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Michael
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
46
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Kenya Standard Remote
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($500 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was on 17th December at 1pm when I was looking after my cows and I heard a message notification on my phone. On checking that it was GiveDirectly transfer, I was very excited since we had been eagerly waiting for it. My heart warmed up since I knew good things lay ahead of me.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My children were very happy when they were going to school as they had everything they needed and school fees having been paid. Previously, they went to school knowing that they would be sent back home for not having paid school fees in full. Thank you GiveDirectly and may you be blessed.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I paid school fees for my children and bought a heifer. I also added more money to my business where I buy and sell cattle.
 
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access_time 4 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My main source of income is the profit I get from trading livestock. This business has been doing well but due to a lot of expenses I have, it has not been enough to cater all. I have one child at the secondary level and two at the primary level. Annually, I am supposed to pay 90,000 shillings as school fees and other school necessities. Since education is the key to success I have been aspiring to provide for them the best education. Receiving this money will assist me to clean the arrears and also the use the remaining boost my business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Since I am trading livestock we usually visit various markets in our area for trade. Mostly, in the evening we count on our profit. This business have been productive since I started. During evening hours I am happy because I know atleast my family will have food in the table.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship we have faced is lack of enough food. In the past, we usually depend on subsistence farming but due to prolonged drought it has not been doing well. After sharing our family land I was given 1 acre to farm and this has been producing 2 bags of maize or non sometimes unlike before I used to harvest nearly 10 bags. Due to this sometimes my family can forge some meals and this has been stressing me as a breadwinner.