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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53150 KES ($526 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that I have a spacious house for my family unlike in the past when we used to squeeze in a small house. I have also managed to pay all the school fees for my children in secondary school and are no longer sent home and they can now perform well.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give Directly does well by giving unconditional cash transfers to households to uplift their living standards. I do not see any thing that Give Directly does not do well
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used my second transfer school fees for my child in university. I was not able to pay all the school fees since I depend on casual jobs to meet my family basic needs. I also bought timber to extend my house because currently we are living in a small house and can not accommodate all my family members. I use the remaining amount to buy food for my family since for a long time I have been struggling to provide for my family with the little income I get from casual jobs.
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference is that I have cleared school fees for my child and that I no longer have stress on how to pay school fees. Again we now have enough food for the family as we use to skipsome meal due to lack of food.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received The money from GD, I didn't believe as I had been coned before. I had to check the balance and confirming that it was true felt so happy.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
The money which I got from GiveDirectly, I spent KES 5700 to buy three sacks of maize for consumption. I spent KES 8500 to pay school fees for my children in university and High school. The rest I spent to buy the building materials for extending my house.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money is a life changing event for me.I have always wanted to venture into large scale poultry,it is now possible courtesy of these transfers.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening.This is when I get to relax after completing the day's activities.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is floods that happenned in 1997.Our house even swept away we migrated elsewhere and came back in 2000.During this time we only relied on aid from our relatives since we had nothing.It was a tough, getting basic needs was hard our children had to drop out of school during that time.