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Benard
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
25
workCampaign
UBI
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
25500 KES ($248 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
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Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I currently do not have any new goal but I am planning to invest in farming with the incomes I will receive from the motorcycle business.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
When I received my transfers, I bought a motorcycle for the purpose of raising revenue from taxi business. My daily life has changed drastically because I have a source of income something that I never had. I used to depend casual labor to earn an income but this was so tiresome and hectic. I am glad I received the transfers.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I am hopeful I will have raise some cash to help me invest in tea farming as it is the main source of revenue in my home area given that the climate is conducive for tea farming.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
23675 KES ($236 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is being able to wake up everyday and go to work.I operate my motorcycle taxi that I bought after receiving this transfer.I get a descent income from the taxi business.I no longer have to do casual jobs in tea farms to meet my daily needs.I live a better life now.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I will have started my business and will have build my house.I will be getting income from both the motorcycle taxi business and the chicken business that I intend to start.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have a lot of time to use to do my own projects in my farm. Unlike before when I used to work in other peoples farms without rest. Currently,I do the taxi business till mid morning and get back to my farm and work in handling livestock and sometimes tea picking .I then go back to taxi in the evening . This provides a good balance and I get more from my efforts than before I received this transfer.It would not have been possible without Give Directly.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goals are to start a business of buying and selling chicken.
 
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access_time over 1 year ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have been desiring to open a kiosk in the nearby centre and due to lack of capital, I have not manage to open it and that has been the biggest hardship I have faced in my life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening after work when I am with my family. Seeing them happy, healthy and jovial makes me happy.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on building a new house.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is I have managed to plant tea in my small piece of land which is 0.4 acres. My parents gave me that piece of land in 2011 and a friend of mine gave me the seedlings. My greatest desire was to plant tea and after accomplishing it, my family's needs have been met and that makes me glad.