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Benard
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Raising livestock
faceAge:
32
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53075 KES ($523 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Before receiving the transfer, life was a bit challenging for us as a family because we had to rely mainly on the hardly enough milk from our dairy cows to buy food and pay school fees for my wife. We normally sell most of the milk to gain income for our family. Fortunately, GD cash made it easier for me to pay school fees for my wife, I am now more comfortable to support my wife financially to further her studies.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does good work and has significantly uplifted our lives. GD conducted its processes well with a lot of fairness. Hence, I have not seen anything that GD is not doing well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on purchasing an additional cow worth 30, 000 KES to expand my herd of dairy cows. This would help increase milk production for sale, meaning more income for my household. I rely primarily on proceeds from dairy farming to raise school fees for my wife and buy food for my family. Hence, more income would enable us gain more and better food while paying school fees with relative ease. Besides, I spent 10, 000 KES on buying new clothes and utensils to replace the old and worn out ones. I also used 8,000 KES on extending my house by building an additional room to create more space because we had been residing in a house with only two rooms. Finally, I spent the remaining 5,000 KES in buying and raising poultry to diversify my farming practices and ensure that I gain more income in the future. We greatly thank GD.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am happy and strain less since I was able to pay my wife's fees which was a big problem because she is form and about to sit for main exams.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money I felt very happy since I knew this money will help me especially with my wife's school fees and for building another house since we had only a single room.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying building materials worth 29200 Ksh,Maize worth 3800 ksh,calf worth 12000 ksh and paid school fees worth 10000 Kshs for my wife.
 
Enrolled
access_time 8 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My wife is in Secondary School and I have been struggling to raise School fees. I am now happy knowing that I will get the transfer from GiveDirectly and the burden of raising School fees will be reduced.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning. Being healthy and seeing a new day is a chance denied to many.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
In the year 2011, I started a small business kiosk and my dream was to expand it into a big shop. The problem began when customers took goods on credit and they did not pay leading to losses and subsequent closure in 2014 and that has been the biggest hardship I have faced in life.