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Patrick
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labor
faceAge:
24
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($488 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
While at home relaxing, I received a message at 9 a.m. On checking it, I saw that I had received KES 55,000. I was ecstatic because I had never received such a huge amount of money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
This transfer from GD has been a blessing. My family has been in living in a tiny grass-thatched house, that can barely accommodate the four of us. It also has a leaky roof, which means we have had to endure cold nights during the rainy season. With this transfer, however, we have managed to buy construction material and begin the construction of our new home. I am so excited to see my children get to live in a decent, modern house. Thanks, GD!
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My family has been living in a small grass-thatched house, for years now. Even the situation is unfortunate, I am a farmer, and could not afford to build another house for the four of us. So I was happy to spend KES 30,000 on the purchase of construction material such as iron sheets and timber, for a new home. I then spent KES 10,000 on two sacks of maize, to ensure we had enough food for the household. I plan on spending the remaining amount on labour costs for the construction of the house, which is still in progress.
 
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access_time 4 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a healthy living standard. Even though we are a young family of 3, hoping to better our healthy living standards through taking the required nutrients, we could not acquire them. We have been unable to buy a dairy cow because we solely depend on casual labor within the village which is hard to come by. We feel by taking milk, we will lead to healthy living standards because it has various nutrients. Through an estimated cost of KES 35,000, we intent to buy a dairy cow and consume milk domestically. If we get surplus milk, we can sell it. I am hopeful that soon our problems will be drowned through this noble initiative.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I spend my morning hours doing my jobs such as digging, weeding, fencing on my 0.2 acres of land, and afternoon hours prowling within the village and in the nearby center. When an opportunity (of casual labor) presents itself, normally during morning hours, my spirit gets ignited knowing that I will be able to put food on the table. Therefore, the happiest part of my day is in the morning.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Fear of not being able to be the man I want to be; the man who provides, is the biggest hardship I have faced in life. Fear of having to lean on others financially, going around seeking financial support. Fear that other villagers, if this state goes on for too long, people might start seeing me in a different prism. All these fear have been brought about by financial inadequacies. The casual labor I do is unsustainable because of the village setup we are in. There is no casual job that one gets and or offers because of hard economic times.