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?
As I was returning from my job as a school cook, I received a message alert. Unable to read it, fortunately, I was walking with a neighbor who assisted in confirming the good news. The moment filled me with great joy, and I double-checked to believe it was real. On my way home, everyone I met had already heard about the money, boosting the excitement. I carefully kept my phone safe until I reached home, where I handed it to my helper. The shared joy in the community and the abstract thought of collecting the funds added a sense of communal celebration to this memorable moment, making it even more special.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since receiving the first transfer from GiveDirectly is the improvement in our well-being, marked by tangible enhancements in our daily lives through the purchase of sufficient food for my family of three. Previously, the struggle to afford meals led to skipping one or two a day, but now, I am delighted that we can enjoy all three meals while ensuring a balanced diet. This transformation in our eating habits brings a sense of fulfillment and gratitude. I appreciate GiveDirectly for their generous financial support, and I am optimistic about the positive impact the subsequent transfers will bring, enabling further improvements in our daily lives.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
We were struggling with hunger when I received the first transfer, and our unreliable source of income made it challenging to meet household demands. As soon as I collected the money from the shopping center, I prioritized buying essential food items, spending $65 on maize, beans, and sugar for my family of three. Addressing immediate concerns, I paid $30 in school fees for my grandchild to prevent accumulating arrears. Working as a school chef, my modest salary and charcoal production, despite facing restrictions, have been crucial for sustaining my family and covering school fees. I was happy when I spent $38 on a more comfortable bed, replacing the old one we used to share with my grandkids, bringing more comfort to our nights. Transporting the purchased goods home costs $18. Additionally, I settled a $4 hospital bill for my grandchild, who had been in a fire accident, and cleared a $3 mobile money debt. The remaining amount were used to acquire other necessary household goods. This support from GiveDirectly has not only eased immediate challenges but has also brought tangible improvements to our daily lives, enhancing our overall well-being.
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What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Receiving this money means financial independence. Currently, I have been employed as a school cook for the past twenty-five years and my retirement is so close. I have been using all the money I earn to raise my children and grandchildren hence I have not saved anything for future use. I plan on using the transfers to purchase a cow and goats since they do very well in this area. Due to the readily available market, it will ensure a consistent flow of income for my household and I will be able to cater to all my basic needs comfortably. I am thankful to Givedirectly for giving me another chance to make my life better than it is now.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Good health is what I am thankful to God for. With old age, comes a lot of ailments, and when I wake up each day healthy it makes me happy. It gives me the motivation to work more harder and make the lives of my grandchildren better.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity has been the biggest challenge in this area. For the past five years, I have not harvested anything from the farm despite several attempts at planting. With my age, I now rely on casual employment at a nearby school which earns me $50 a month. This amount is very little to be able to pay school fees for my two grandchildren under my care at the same time food.