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John
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Street trading - non-food (self-employed)
faceAge:
42
workCampaign
FSD / Urban Youth
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4th Payment
Transfer Amount
5000 KES ($50 USD)
access_time 29 days ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My goal is to grow my business and even become a supplier. Ever since polythene was burned in my country, packing of sold products has become hectic but there I where I can in with my affordable product to serve the community and earn a living as well.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is that Initially before I received the transfers, I used to sell in small scale. There was not much business at the end of the day. The expenses were almost the same as the profits made. So when I increased my stock, considering economies of scale, I have seen an improvement. The sales have gone up and the profit margin has also increased.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I run a business of selling packages. Initially, before I received the transfers, I used to sell in small scale. There was not much business at the end of the day. The expenses were almost the same as the profits made. So when I increased my stock, considering economies of scale, I have seen an improvement. The sales have gone up and the profit margin has also increased.
Describe the moment when you started receiving transfers. How did you feel?
The moment I received my transfer I felt so good. This is because I am now able to increase my business stock. In return, this will boost my earning.
 
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access_time 5 months ago
 
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
My first priority is to start making and selling of khaki bags that are environmental friendly in Mabatini village Mathare. Due to polythene ban in our country bybthe government. The demand of khaki bags is high in my place. There is no competition thus providing a ready market for my business and therefore I hope to make a lot of profit in return. Secondly, I will also start selling ladies shoes in my area because they are trendy. The population is high therefore providing a ready market for my business. Lastly, I will use the transfer to buy food and pay rent in my house.
Describe your biggest worry.
My top concern is my health when I fall sick because I will not be able to do my work. My business may collapse and I will also be unable to take care of my upkeep. This will make my life become hard because everything revolves around money. I may also have difficulties in paying my house rent and this may result to it being locked or thrown out by the landlord. I may result to beg or become a burden to my family or even be forced to leave in upcountry.
What are your greatest ambitions?
My ambition is to be a successful business man in future. I would want to open a distilling company and buy equipments that I will use to sell packed mineral water that is pure, clean and safe to drink. I would also want to start a business of importing clothes and shoe and sell them in our local market. The demand of clothes and shoes is high and therefore hope to make a lot of profit in return. I would also want to give back to the society, to the less fortunate because there are many people who are needy.
Describe your usual day. How do you spend your time?
My usual day starts at 5:00am when I wake up. I take bath, have breakfast and then leave for work in town at 7:30am where I do hawking until 9:30pm in the evening. I return back in my house then I retire to bed. In my free time I like reading newspapers, novels, watch movies or listening to music.