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 moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I first received the first transfer, I was overjoyed to read a message with good news at a time when I needed it the most. I was in the hospital and could not afford to miss any alerts on my phone, which was always with me. I had driven my wife to the hospital because we were expecting our second child. She was not in good health at the time of her admission and had to be there for her the majority of the time. It felt good to read the message confirming the receipt of the first transfer and to be thankful for its promptness. I told my wife the news, and I could hear her sigh of relief, though she couldn't see it.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the peace of mind that I had when I received the first transfer to the hospital with my wife. Even though we could not talk about it much, I was relieved that I had found a way to meet the bill with ease. Even though the death robbed me of my spouse, I was always hopeful and thankful that I had the support I needed and more to come in the future that I hope to use to realize my family's dream.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
It was wonderful to learn that we were expecting a child and would be eligible for free financial support from GiveDirectly. It was also a coincidence that I received the money while my admitted wife was in the hospital. It was a relief because it came at a time when I had nothing to sell to cover the hospital bills and had no idea how long she would be there with an increasing bill. When our daughter was successfully delivered, we were greeted with the anticipated bundle of joy, but her mother bled profusely. She died as a result of the bleeding, leaving me with a two-week-old baby. The pain was unbearable, and I couldn't bear the thought of suppressing my dreams of raising our daughter together. My family and neighbors rallied behind me, raising additional funds to supplement the transfer and covering the full hospital bill. It has been difficult to overcome the painful and costly experience. My life has completely changed; I can no longer raise my two daughters on my own. My elder daughter has been through a lot as well, and while she feels safe with her grandmother, she has had chicken pox for the past week. I am hoping to return to work at a nearby mango plantation, tending to and harvesting the fruits. I had planned to purchase goats and chickens, but a medical emergency intervened. I'm hoping that with the subsequent transfer, I will be able to realign my plans for my daughter's future.
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What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Because I don't currently have a job that provides adequate income for my family, I plan to use the transfers to create a dairy farm, chicken farm, and horticulture farm. Since this farming enterprise will enable me to earn the money I need to support my family, I will allocate most of the transfers to it. With what's left over, I'll buy some clothes and food for my family and our newborn baby.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My family is what makes me happy. The pregnancy of my wife has gone smoothly, which has made me quite happy. Having survived the coronavirus outbreak and having a safe and healthy family makes me joyful as well.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have a money problem. The absence of job is to blame for this. Since leaving the Capital (Nairobi), where I was employed in an industrial sector, in the year 2020, I have not been able to find a steady employment that pays me enough to support my family. I had to relocate to the village because the arrival of the coronavirus made life in the city difficult. My current employer offers me a small salary that is insufficient to cover my family's essential necessities. Since my wife and I are expecting our second child in December, I'm concerned about tomorrow.