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Stephen
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
47
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53075 KES ($527 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The greatest difference in my life since Give Directly came into my life is that I can easily plan my life and be sure my plans will come to pass. Since I now have a reliable source of income, I decided to buy two sheep that gave birth recently. I believe they will continue to multiply with time. I will be selling the offsprings when my budget is overstretched. This will help to avoid taking loans more often. I no longer depend on casual in order to buy food and other basics. I thank Give Directly for thinking of providing unconditional cash transfers.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Ever since Give Directly came to our village, development and growth are evident. The most intoxicated people have changed, It seems they used to drink a lot to avoid the situations they were facing in life. The transfers made me believe that we all have the ability to plan properly and be responsible. Most of the people who received these transfers used the money responsibly. The living standards of people in this community has improved. Apart from that, I also love the level transparency in this organization. We are all living a better life. In my opinion, I don't see anything that GiveDirectly is not doing well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my transfer on building a new kitchen. I made sure building a new kitchen became my first priority as the one I had was almost collapsing. I also bought a heifer which I believe will multiply and produce milk at the same time. I am planning to keep many of them and sell them in case an emergency occurs. In addition to that, I also bought farm inputs such as maize and vegetable seedlings, I also hired labour hence ploughing a larger portion of land. I believe my harvest this season will be bountiful. I don't think I would have achieved all this by myself. I thank Give Directly for coming through with the cash transfers
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life has fully changed since i have enough stock of food in my house that makes my family very happy.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I became very happy about the transfer and i was sure of doing my work as planned.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spend the transfer to start a new business of raring and selling chicken at ksh.30000,i also bought food for my family at ksh.11500,and i bought clothes for my family and I at ksh.5000,and the rest i saved for future use.
 
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access_time 11 months ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
In the past five years, I have had the challenge to take my three children through secondary school. This is because I did not have the ability to pay for their fees. I moved them from school to another looking for a cheaper one. Accidentally, those were the times of famine thus a financial crisis. They have since completed school but have not pursued college education on financial grounds. One of them has since been married off to ease the burden of having to feed my family of 7. This is the biggest hardship I have faced in my life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening. This is the time we converge at the family table for meals and family discourse. It is during this time too that laughter is rife. It gives me joy.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
At the moment I have a half an acre farm of boma rhodes livestock feeds. Therefore receiving this amount of money means I am in a position to buy one more milking cow to make it two. Moreover, I have a vision of rearing up to 100 chicken in my compound. This kind of farming will change my life; I will not seek employment elsewhere.