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Ben
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
50
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($468 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
When I received my third transfer, I spent it on plumbing tools and equipment. As a plumber, I was getting it hard to hire tools from colleagues every time I could get a job and this could even make me earn little than I deserved. I am happy that the condition is no longer the same, courtesy of Give Directly.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Currently, I have my working tools and I don't need to hire anymore. This has made me to be recognized as one of the best plumbers so far in my community and my earnings have also gone a little bit higher. Besides, I have acquired more wealth-cows and goats which I consider as my future life. Generally, I can mention that my life is different than it would have been if I never received cash transfer in that I have acquired an improved living standard as mentioned here.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give Directly sends us money directly something that we really appreciate but we are not yet contented with the amount given. I have a feeling that if we may be added more for sometime, our lives would even improve further, although we are still grateful for that which we have achieved.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the second cash transfer to purchase 12 packets of cement worth 8400KES,transport fee 600KES,paid workers12000KES,steel door 7500KES,mattress 3500KES,suitcase 1500KES,utensils 750KES,blanket 800KES,digging the toilet 3000KES,a sack of maize 3000KES,school bag 450KES,curtains 400KES,school fees 360KES,spent the rest of the money to buy food.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have managed to renovate my house and I also have enough food to eat.
 
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 8,500 KES to buy seats and bought half a bag of maize for 1,000 KES.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to repair and plaster my house, construct a kitchen and also a pit latrine.
 
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access_time over 6 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
We have planned to plaster our house,build a toilet and buy some livestock to keep.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is that I have moved from my father's compound and I now have my own home. We also have some chickens that we are keeping.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship is that we have to look for casual jobs in order for our family to get a meal,which at times is very difficult.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of our day is when am working since it makes me forget a little about my poverty.