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Benard's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
63900 KES ($639 USD)
access_time 6 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used my last transfer to buy a Solar lighting system for my house then opened a boutique with the rest of the money.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion,what GD does well is that it gives unconditional cash to the needy directly without letting it pass through any Government officials like the Chief or the Village elder.This ensures that the needy get all the money meant for them without being short-changed. What it does not do well is excluding some individuals in the village,in some instances,even the more needy are left out due to lack of IDs which is not fair.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Before GD came,I was a peasant farmer,which was my only source of income, now I have a business(selling clothes) that I would never have started without the transfers that I received.This has ensured a steady source of income for me which means that I can now properly support my family. I also used part of the money to renovate my house and I am now living in a decent place,all thanks to GD.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
44000 KES ($426 USD)
access_time almost 7 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I invested 20000 KES on a clothes business. I bought 7 bags of cement at 9000 KES, a steel door and three windows at 16000 KES
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt very happy
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I started clothes business from which I earn a daily living.its better than the back breaking casual jobs that I used to do previously.
access_time 7 years ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face right now is lack of a sustainable source of income. I am a simple farmer and I often get very poor harvests, this means that I can hardly afford to adequately cater for all my families needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning because the Lord has blessed me with life and I can praise and worship him.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that my children will be happy because I will be able to pay their school fees. Whenever they are sent home from school due to lack of fees they are often sad and this makes me feel hopeless, but now there will be some joy in our lives.