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Joseph
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Motorcycle or bicycle taxi
faceAge:
48
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($466 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
I invested a larger portion of the transfer in subsistence farming. Paid my daughter in high school fee. I also purchased foodstuffs for family consumption.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that I now get free milk from the cow I bought with the second transfer. Apart from that, I'm expecting good harvest this time round and I believe my family will not go hungry in the near future.
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 place into account that people have different needs and by giving cash, every individual go for what s/he needs most. At the moment I'm not privy to what GD doesn't do well.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($481 USD)
access_time 6 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I dug and built a 15-foot latrine, cultivated a 2 acre maize farm, and paid a whole year school fees for my son in a form one. I am happy that I will stay peacefully the whole year without being demanded to pay any school fees. Besides, I have abandoned open defecation which I realized was unhealthy.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference I can mention in my daily life since I started receiving transfers from Give Directly is the fact that I have abandoned open defecation and we are now using a latrine. We suspect that open defecation was the major cause of massive loss of our chicken due to constant disease outbreaks. We haven't experienced any loss since we started using the latrine.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying a mattress with 4000 KES, farming with 4000 KES and bought maize with 2000 KES
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to build a house, renovate my house and buy a cow with my upcoming transfer
 
Enrolled
access_time over 6 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer to buy a motorcycle which I will use to ferry passengers around and earn some income. I am currently doing the same, but with another person's motorcycle.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is learning to ride a motorcycle, which has effectively armed me with the skill to earn a living.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing is lack of money to pay school fees for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I am making money ferrying passengers to their places of work.