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Kiprotich
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
28
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Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($508 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Before GiveDirectly came, I was not having a cow and I have been spending alot on buying milk for use at home. Now, this is about to end as the cow which I bought is about to calf down soon and we shall be having milk. I also got seventeen sheep which I couldn't afford to buy on my own. I am so proud to see all these which is as a result of the transfers. I believe that I will be getting good profit after selling them in the next few months.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
To me, GiveDirectly changed the livelihoods of many people through the transfers. Some people build houses, some bought livestock, some started business and others paid school fees for thier children among many. On the other hand, some people who were victims of Mau Forest eviction would have been considered. Some were living with thier relatives some had sougth refuge at recipients household. Giving them a chance to enroll as independent household would have enable them to buy land elsewhere and have thier home.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am working as a whole sale shop attendant at Narok town and over time I have learnt from people around me. One of them is my employer who once shared with me a very lucrative venture about rearing sheep for resale after maturity. After receiving my second transfers, I invested the whole amount on buying seventeen male sheep for rearing. My intention is to keep these sheep for a period of three months and hopefully I will be selling each at approximately KES 6500 which is almost a double price. The profit which I would be making from it would enable me to acquire assets and a plot for putting up rental houses.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($494 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Most of the time my phone is on silent mode because of the nature of my job. But it was around 11.00am when one of my friends called me and asked whether I had received the transfers.On checking my messages, I confirmed to have received my transfers and was very happy and grateful to God.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is purchase of two more dairy dairy cows. This will ensure constant supply of milk hence reduction in household expenditure. I must confess that now I am stress free because the dairy cows will automatically reduce household expenditure. From the income I intend to buy an additional piece of land.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 50,000 of my transfer on two dairy cows which are now few months pregnant . This is because I intend to increase milk production hence supply of more milk to the neighboring schools because I am a milk vendor.
 
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access_time 9 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that my dream project of raising cattle for commercial purposes shall materialize. Since I have already planted substantial amounts of nappier grass, I will utilize the money on purchasing about ten calves. I will then raise and fatten them before selling to fetch more money that will be used in buying other herds of young cattle.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when counting profits after accomplishing my daily task of distributing alcoholic beverages in the nearby centers. This is the moment that I feel proud and satisfied with my chosen occupation.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I was raised by parents who could not value education. As such, my dream of becoming a doctor was shattered because I could not pursue my studies beyond grade 8. Though I was performing well in my studies, I was forced to drop out of school by my parents who declined to pay the required fees yet they could afford to raise them. As a result, we are leading a relatively substandard life as a family and I feel that I was denied a priceless and one-time chance to develop my life.