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Benard
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Other
faceAge:
31
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($500 USD)
access_time 11 days ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home trying to clean my compound on 17th December at 2pm with my children . I heard neighbours mention that transfers had arrived. That was when I took out my phone to check if I had also received the transfer an yes it was true. I was very excited and I prepared immediately to go collect the transfer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I used to live in a very small house but thanks to GiveDirectly I now have a bigger house. I also used to have a business where we rented out Public Address systems at events and some of the instruments belonged to a friend. I therefore decided to buy my own equipment and whenever there is an event, I get to benefit fully unlike before when we shared the money.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I built a bigger house since the one I used to live in was smaller. I also bought a public address system since the one I had was co-owned with a friend.
 
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access_time 2 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I offer PA (Public Address) system services and equipment at a fee to interested parties within my locality. Precisely, I rely on the same to earn a living. However, I am currently attaining relatively low income since I have to share whatever I attain with members of a group that we all co-own the equipment. Hence, receiving this money means that my family shall be earning more revenue from the same project because I will purchase all the necessary equipment, and operate independently.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when we are taking a rest and chatting with my two young kids. As a father, this is the moment that I feel much bonded and closed to my kids.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I would desire to do crop farming but the adverse climatic conditions we are experiencing attract negative impacts. Precisely, the unfavorable climatic conditions in our area act as the toughest challenge I have faced because they deter me from venturing into my dream project. Whenever I engage in crop farming, I usually realize poor yields and even losses that are very demoralizing.