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?
It was around 1pm while preparing lunch for my house construction laborers and had left my phone charging.Thats when a friend called to confirm if had received the transfers and on checking I confirmed to have received and I was very excited.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is building a permanent house within the shortest time possible. This is because GD transfers has ensured availability of adequate building materials. This wouldn't be possible because I only relied on my husband's salary to build it before and had anticipated it would take longer. I decided to build a permanent house while my kids are still young to my advantage because school fees burdens aren't much. We had desired to build a permanent house three years ago but couldn't afford.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my transfer on KES 10,000 on latest clothing fashion and school uniforms because my kid's had outgrown their school uniforms. KES 4000 was spent on a bag of maize because my maize stock was depleted. KES 45 000 was spent on purchase of additional building materials like cement, roofing materials because the transfers came in at that when we were already constructing.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a mother of 3 and I dropped out of school in the year 2012 to start a family. I have been thinking to go back to school but I lack school fees. Now that GiveDirectly transfers are here, I will use them to pay school fees.
What is the happiest part of your day?
After lunch when I have just taken lunch, I get time to interact with my family. This is the only time when I feel great and thankful.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I dropped out of school in the year 2012 when I lacked money for school fees. After dropping out of school I decided to get married hoping to continue schooling after marrying but all on vain. I haven't gotten the chance to go back to school because school fees is still a problem to me.