Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
At around 3:15 PM, as I was finally taking a moment to relax from my daily chores, I felt my phone buzz with a message notification. With a sense of anticipation, I checked it to find the long-awaited cash transfer from GiveDirectly had arrived. Overwhelmed with relief and gratitude, I couldn't help but smile. For years, I had endured the misery of a leaky old house that brought both discomfort and stress into my life. As I gazed at the message, the thought of constructing a new home flooded my mind—a place where I and my family could finally find comfort, safety, and peace.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Receiving unconditional cash transfers from GiveDirectly has brought the most profound change to my life. The biggest difference is that I now have a new house, and as a mother, this makes me feel an overwhelming sense of joy and relief. For over 15 years of marriage, my family endured a challenging life because I couldn't afford the materials needed for a better home. During those years, my children, husband, and I suffered, especially during the rainy seasons. We had to constantly borrow shelter from our neighbors, which was both frustrating and demoralizing. But now, thanks to GiveDirectly, our lives have been transformed. I thank God for this incredible opportunity to provide a safe and comfortable home for my family, and I no longer have to worry about the hardships we once faced.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Using $475 of my recent unconditional cash transfer, I embarked on a project that had been a long-cherished dream: building a new, sturdy roof for our home. Our old roof used to leak terribly, and with six family members under one roof, it was a constant struggle during the rainy season. Whenever dark clouds gathered, I had to rush to move our belongings to my kind neighbors' houses and seek shelter for my children. It was a stressful routine that I had endured for far too long. Finally, with the funds, I bought iron sheets, building poles, and nails, and we started construction. As I watch the raindrops fall harmlessly outside, I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of relief and accomplishment. Our new home not only provides shelter but also a sense of security and stability for my family. In addition to improving my living conditions, I used a portion of the money to pay the overdue school fees of $40 for my four children. Education is paramount, and their frequent stays at home due to unpaid fees were a source of frustration for them and me. Now, with their fees settled, I see hope in their eyes as they head to school every morning. Lastly, I allocated $35 to ensure we no longer go to bed with empty stomachs. My husband and I have been tirelessly working any job that comes our way to make ends meet, but this cash transfer has provided a much-needed respite. With these improvements, I feel a renewed sense of hope and determination for a better future for my family.