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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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have long nurtured a strong aspiration to set up a posho mill, but unfortunately, financial limitations have hindered the realization of this dream. With my third transfer, I am determined in making this dream a reality. It signifies a golden opportunity for personal growth, despite the initial financial constraints I encountered.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
From my perspective, the aid provided by GiveDirectly has had a deeply meaningful and positive influence on our overall quality of life, bringing about transformative changes and fostering harmony among us. The unconditional nature of the program has empowered us to allocate the funds based on our specific needs without any constraints. I have absolutely no criticisms or reservations regarding any aspect of the program's implementation or its integrity. The support we've received has played a pivotal role in enhancing our situation, and we are profoundly grateful for the positive difference it has made in our lives
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Following the receipt of my second transfer, I made the decision to allocate the funds towards fulfilling a long-standing dream of mine of fencing my land to facilitate tree planting. Fencing it would serve as a means to protect the plants from intrusion and damage by goats. However, this goal had proven to be challenging in the past due to inconsistent income sources. I am married with four children, and my wife sells vegetables while I work as a farmer and also engage in part-time motorcycle taxi business. With the $208, we successfully fenced our land according to our plan. Additionally, we spent $42 on purchasing seats and $78 on buying clothes, while the remaining amount was saved for emergencies. I am grateful for these achievements and feel a deep sense of happiness and fulfillment.
20000 KES ($142 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I can vividly remember the moment it happened. It was precisely 3:10 PM, and I was at home, enjoying a moment of relaxation while keeping an eye on my goats. Suddenly, my phone buzzed, indicating a new Mpesa notification message. To my delight, I discovered that GiveDirectly had sent me some money. The news instantly uplifted my spirits, filling me with joy. Bursting with excitement, I quickly shared the wonderful surprise with my wife, who shared in my happiness. With a newfound enthusiasm, I eagerly started devising plans on how best to make use of the funds.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The most significant change in my daily life is the realization of my goals within a remarkably short timeframe. Surprisingly, I managed to fence my land, a task I never believed possible due to financial limitations. It feels like a dream transformed into reality. The satisfaction I derive from knowing that I can now cultivate my land without any disruptions from trespassers brings me immense joy. I am genuinely thankful for the assistance that has elevated our living standards.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon receiving my initial transfer, I made a conscious decision to prioritize my most urgent requirement, which involved fencing my land. I spent $88 on this endeavor. Additionally, I invested $30 in purchasing a comfortable bed to enhance my quality of sleep. Furthermore, I spent $40 to acquire two goats. Subsequently, I utilized $20 to repair a motorbike, and with the remaining funds, I purchased essential food items. In the past, fulfilling these goals posed significant challenges due to the absence of reliable income sources. As a motorcycle taxi rider and part-time farmer, and with a loving family consisting of my spouse and four children, I am immensely grateful for achieving these tasks. The contentment and delight I feel from these accomplishments are truly fulfilling.
access_time 4 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I plan to first purchase food with the cash transfers. I plan to buy maize and beans for about $40 of the first transfers. I also plan to buy a goat at $50 and some chicken with the remaining amount. For the second and third transfers I plan to build a better house for me and my family since the house I'm living in at the moment is small. I plan to use about $500 of the transfers to do so. For the remaining transfers I will use it to purchase household furnitures which I will use in my new house. I believe that with this transfers I will be able to change my life positively.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiness in my daily life comes from waking up in the morning with good health and wellbeing. Despite my sickness, I'm very happy every time I wake up in the morning feeling healthy and energized.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I'm faced with challenge of sickness. Since my diagnosis about 15 years ago I have been through so much in my life. However the most pressing challenge I'm facing at the moment is the lack of food. With the lack of food I sometimes fear that my health will be affected which worries me a lot.