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Benard's family
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($491 USD)
access_time over 7 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
When I received my third transfer, I decided to buy a cow that could supply us with milk since the one I had before got stolen. Secondly, I spent the remaining amount on a welding machine since working on a commission on other peoples' welding was inconveniencing me a lot.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
No, I don't have any new goal after receiving transfers from Give Directly. My major focus was acquiring a driving license and investing in welding business.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The transfers have transformed our lives. I have acquired a driving license and this enabled me to settle, marry and raise a happy family. Besides this, I have bought a land with part of this money and I am now hopeful that my children will have a land to live on. Finally, I have acquired a welding machine that has supplemented my income and therefore providing for my household members is no longer a big problem.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time almost 8 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
When I got my first lumpsum transfer, I cleared the balance for my land I had bought from my neighbor with 30000 KES, I budgeted for university items for my nephews with 10000 KES, I spent 5000 KES on tree seedlings that I have planted on my farm, I spent 2500 KES on a sheep and the remaining 2500 KES on food.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I have a big difference in my daily life since I have cleared the balance for my land and I have already acquired a title deed; I have my own land now where I can develop the way I like without any restriction for instance I have planted trees on the land already.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time 8 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the transfer on paying for my driving licence 7000 KES and bought a blanket 2500 KES.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning on buying iron sheets and build my own house.
access_time 8 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to build my house because I am homeless. I will use the remaining amount to rear livestock that in future I can sell when in financial problems.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is that through carpentry I have managed to purchase land where I intend to build my house.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in life is that I lack money to build my own house because my income is little.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I have time to watch soccer because that relieves me of stress.