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Koech
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Teaching
faceAge:
26
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Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($491 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Biggest difference in my life is that I have a small piece of land where I am in the process of construction a new house. Soon I will have my family back since I have worked hard to buy two cows and another one with GiveDirectly's transfers. Now I got livestock required of me to pay dowry for my family to be allowed back to live with me. I am glad that soon I will be reuniting with my family after being away for two years.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly is touching lives through cash transfers, people have been empowered to have that which they have been yearning for without success due to financial constraints. I like the fact that GiveDirectly is corruption free. There was nothing which wasn't rigth about GiveDirectly, the process was so open and everyone would easily understand.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Second transfers which I received from GiveDirectly, I spent KES 35000 on buying a piece of land and the remaining amount of KES 18000 on buying a heifer. I bought a small piece of land to add on which I had bought with my first transfers so that we would have a place to build our home. My parents separated while I was still young and all along, we have been having issues with my step siblings and I saw it was good for me to move to another place. When I got these transfers, I saw it was the best time for me to do so. Now I got 0.2 acres of land which is enough to build our home and have some crops to sustain ourselves. A heifer which I bought I will use to pay dowry for my wife. As we speak, I am not living with my wife and children as they we taken back by my in-laws after I was unable to pay dowry. I am glad now that with the transfers, I have bought one heifer to make a total of three cows which were required so that I can pay and bring back my family.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($501 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I am a teacher and I had began my morning lesson when I heard my phone ringing, a confirmation of a message. I thought it was a promotional message but on checking, it was an Mpesa message. I had received my first transfer from GiveDirectly. I was instantly excited and excused myself to confirm the message. I thanked GiveDirectly for the money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Owning the cow makes the biggest difference in my daily life. I am now getting some milk for my family's consumption. I am no longer incurring costs of buying milk elsewhere. Apart from getting milk, this cow is an asset to me and I am expecting it to reproduce and increase in number. I can sell the offspring in future to take care of my financial needs like raising fees for my children.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 28000 of my first transfer on buying a cow. I did not own any livestock in my compound though I desired to buy and keep in my compound. This is an asset to me which I am expecting it to reproduce and increase in number. I will no longer be buying milk for my family's consumption. I also spent KES 12000 to pay for dowry to my in laws. Its been long since giving this gift to them. Lastly,I spent the remaining amount on buying household items that lacked and also buying enough foodstuffs for my family.
 
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access_time 10 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I plan to use the money to buy a dairy cow. I also intend to use the remaining amount to go back for my wife who was snatched away from me due to what her parents claimed was lack of responsibility from my side.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I am with my family. I was particularly happy before they left me lonely after intervention from father in law.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have faced in my life is that of struggling to pay school fees. My mother left us with our father who then decided to have a second wife. It has been hard for me managing to pull through my education journey all by myself but I thank God that I have been able to outgrow my challenges.