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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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
It's always the joy of a parent to help their children reach their goals but this was not the case with me. I felt guilty and I never had peace because I felt I failed in my role as a parent because I couldn't clear the school fee arrears for my children thus they couldn't further their studies. Currently, I'm happy and I feel proud because I was able to pay a larger portion of the school arrears only leaving a small portion which I can easily clear. This is the biggest difference in my daily life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was in the morning hours when I was on the farm and I heard a message alert streaming on my phone. Since I'm not so knowledgeable about the phone, I couldn't read the message, therefore, I had to get back home so that my son could read the message. When he informed that I had received money from GiveDirectly I was so amazed and thanked God for the blessing.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have a three acres farm but previously I couldn't plow the whole of it since I used to dig manually because I couldn't afford the cost of hiring people to plow the farm. The moment when I received the first transfer I bought both two oxen and an ox plow which I currently use to cultivate my farm. I'm happy I'm able to cultivate the three-acre farm thus expecting improved produce which can last my family for the whole year. In addition to that, I bought a steel door to replace the broken wooden door I had previously which was not safe because I feared that anyone could attack us, especially at night. My two children too sat for the National secondary examinations two years ago, but they had not picked their certificates from school because they owed the school a lot of money. I, therefore, used part of the transfer to settle a bigger portion of the school fees arrears and planning to clear the rest of the arrears with part of the second transfer so that they can join college.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I will be able to start a small business of selling clothes at our local market in Bamba. This means that I will stop selling charcoal as it was banned by the government. It will also mean that I will find peace in the business activity I do instead of being on the wrong side of the law.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Every morning at around 5am, I head out to my farm to do some ploughing. This makes me happy because through the farm I am able to suppliment my income with the produce and provide a meal for my family when I harvest the maize.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have two daughters who sat for their secondary school exams but I have not managed to pay Kshs 40,000 as school fees. This means that they will not be able to get their certificates. Getting school fees for them has been a challenge due to inadequate finance. I find this as my biggest hardship in life.