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Benard
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
26
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($486 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
I had not paid my wife's dowry as traditions require of me, and being an orphan there was nowhere I was going to get the support to do so, so,when I received my third transfer, I spent most part of it to do so. I am now happily married to my wife. The remaining amount I spent starting a fish mongering business for my wife. At least now she has something income generating to do. From my barber shop, and from her fish mongering business, we can join the profits and share as a family. She is not idle too. The rest of the amount I spent buying corn and sorghum for my consumes. I have enough stock now. I am so happy and return my gratitude to GiveDirectly.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($487 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to construct a new and bigger house for my family. The previous house was a small one-roomed house. I also dug a water well to help the family get regular water to use at home and then bought a water tank to store the water. The remaining amount was used to some plastic chairs and food in the house.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that I have been able to get a much bigger two-roomed house that can comfortably contain the family and our belongings. We are no longer squeezing inside a small space.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($98 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying Iron sheet and food for the house
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to spend my upcoming on paying dowry, sinking a bore hole and expanding my shop business which acts as my source of income
 
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access_time over 2 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
My main intention is to build another house since the current one is very small, I will also use part of my transfer to pay dowry for my wife and lastly start a small business of selling foodstuffs.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
I'm natural comedian and few years back I was engaged in some local radio station to entertain the listeners, that to me was a good achievement even though the radio collapsed due to poor management.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life currently is on making ends meet, farming is no longer reliable due to acute draught and the small business I run is not enough to cater for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening after the day's hustle, this time allows me to touch base with my family and wife on the happenings of the day.