We check in with people at each stage of the cash transfer process to see how things are going. Take a look at some of their stories as they appear here in real-time.
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48200 KES ($468 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
My house looked pathetic; it was dusty with ragged walls and floor and again, I never had a latrine and therefore when I received this money, I never wasted the chance but instead plastered the house and dug and built a latrine. I have achieved the basics I lacked in my life and I am very happy.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Before I started receiving transfers from Give Directly, I was tired and sick of sleeping in jail since I had a poor sanitation- a home without a latrine where everyone depended on open defecation. I am glad that my home has improved. I have acquired a better sanitation. I have a latrine in place and a plastered house where we live more comfortably. All these summed up accounts for how my life is different than it would have been if I never received cash transfer.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give Directly promised us money and it did exactly as it promised. However, I would urge it to consider coming up with interventions that target groups as well to spread the risk of failure from individual recipients who may benefit from this money and end up not investing it wisely.
50000 KES ($481 USD)
access_time almost 7 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on plastering and expanding my house because it was in a bad condition and alsmost falling.I also built a toilet and a cow
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have a toilet where my family can go to.
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time 7 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I built a paultry house (7000 KES) bought a water container (skyplast for 2000 KES) and spent the rest on food.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to build a new house with my upcoming transfer.
access_time over 7 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
We are planning to spend our transfer to buy some livestock, including some poultry which I will rear in my compound.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is paying fees for my children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship we are facing in our life is lack of money to clear the fee arrears that our daughter has in school.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when we are all back in the house and having our dinner together.