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Wesley
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labor
faceAge:
42
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 10 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I use to struggle with casual jobs so that I can raise money for buying food for my family. When I bought some food items like maize in bulk, I got relieved as when I couldn't find some work to do my family would not go without food. I am also hopeful that in the next few months, the heifer which I bought would have calf down and that I wouldn't be spending much on buying milk anymore. This would cut my daily expenditure by almost half.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
According to me, GiveDirectly did well by enrolling every household in our village. This was so fair to all. Again, the officers were able to handle people politely which is so good. I didn't notice anything that wasn't done well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The second transfers which we received, we spent KES 20000 on buying a heifer for rearing. We then spent KES 15000 on buying a carboard for storing valuables and utensils. Another amount of KES 10000, we spent on buying clothes for our family members. The remaining amount of KES 7000, we spent on buying maize and other foodstuffs.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($494 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the transfers around seven in the morning while preparing to go to work and I changed plans. I was very happy and I relayed the news to my wife and she was very excited.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is relief from casual labor because I used to struggle to feed my family. I now more relaxed than before and can sleep longer hours instead of waking up early to go for casual labor. My family is now decently and neatly dressed like other people's kids unlike before when I couldn't afford decent clothing and we relied majorly on second hand clothes. I used to experiencev household conflict often because I couldn't provide adequate basic needs and when confronted by my wife I was so harsh because of my ego but now there's peace. While at home I am proud to own a dairy cow which is a must have in every Kalenjin household and this usually keeps me busy when I havent gone to work.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent 300USD of my transfer on a heifer in order to reduce milk purchase costs because milk costs per day for me is usually KES 80 per day for two liters. I spent 140USD on clothing and shoes because I wanted my family to dress more decently than before when dressed poorly as compared to neighbors kids. I also spent 90 USD on three sacks of maize because my maize stock was depleted. The remainder I have saved majorly for household consumption.
 
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access_time 7 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Am new couple struggling to get income to sustain my family. Once I receive this transfer I will start a business,I have approximated amount to start with is around shillings fifty thousand since I already build a shop opposite my home.This will give me daily income because there is high demand we don't have shops around.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Am a casual worker at my village. Early each day I checked on my phone for whoever can call me to his or her house to work.I consider evening hours to be part of my happiest day because at this time have come back home to meet my family and have dinner together.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The hardship am facing in my life is insufficient funds to raise my family.Am only depending on casual jobs which at times I can miss get a job due to Covid-19 where people are at home doing there work themselves.