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?
My focus in the coming year and beyond is on the continuous expansion of my honey buying and selling business. The generated proceeds from this venture hold a crucial role in realizing my dream of securing a plot of land for my young family. Currently residing on a family friend's land, I am aware that I will need to relocate once they begin dividing the property among their sons. Despite living here for the past 40 years, life challenges have hindered my ability to save for my own property. While I initially considered using GiveDirectly's cash support for this purpose, unforeseen medical expenses arose due to my wife's cesarean birth. Nevertheless, the profitability of my honey business, with a 20-liter bucket yielding a profit of at least $27 and a readily available market, provides optimism for achieving both financial stability and the long-awaited dream of acquiring a plot of land for my family's future.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The entry of GiveDirectly into our village has prompted significant changes, motivating everyone to take steps toward improving their living standards. It is now evident that people grasp the importance of this support, a contrast to the initial reception where some were flagged for misuse. The support has ignited a multitude of business ideas among villagers. I express hope that GiveDirectly maintains this effective approach and extends its assistance to people in other villages, fostering positive transformations and empowering communities beyond our own.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Receiving the second transfer from GiveDirectly allowed our family to achieve planned goals despite facing challenges, including hospital bills for my wife's cesarean section. We are in the process of constructing new houses, having purchased construction materials worth $270. Although construction hasn't begun, having the materials ready brings satisfaction, and we aim to start soon. The original plan to invest in livestock was affected by the high cost of goats during festivities and the upcoming goat auction. Instead, I allocated $130 to boost my honey-selling business, purchasing two additional buckets and selling them for $184, realizing a good profit. This revived business, previously affected by a lack of sufficient capital, now has potential for growth in the coming months. The remaining $50 was saved for emergencies and household needs. The support from GiveDirectly has not only enabled us to address immediate needs but also provided opportunities for business growth and improved living conditions for our family.
18010 KES ($125 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
My wife and I were lounging outside our house in the shade of a tree at approximately 3:00PM. We were engaged in a conversation about how, if we were fortunate enough to receive the GD transfers, we would use them. My phone buzzed, and an SMS notification popped out of the blue. We checked, and sure enough, it was the GD transfers. I eagerly shared the message with her, and the two of us sang praises to God together.
As soon as possible, we intended to buy a bag of maize for our family's food supply. I excitedly anticipated making the transaction the next day. This unexpected turn of events made us feel grateful and eager for the beneficial changes the transfers would bring to our lives.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since receiving the transfer, I have experienced a significant reduction in the stress of finding money to support my family's needs. The timing was particularly crucial, as we recently welcomed a baby who is now just two months old. Ensuring proper nourishment for the mother to support the baby's health was a top priority, and the funds arrived just when we needed them most. This has allowed me to provide ample food for their well-being, bringing me great relief.
Furthermore, I am thrilled to share that I've been able to resurrect a goat farming project that was nearly abandoned. Before the transfer, I had only two goats left since I had sold them multiple times to provide for my family. With this transfer, I have been able to rejuvenate this project, potentially establishing a more stable source of income for the future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The recent transfer brought so much hope to my family. I used $87 to purchase two goats, aiming to replace what I had previously sold to support my family's needs. This decision was rooted in the knowledge that goats thrive in our area. Given that each goat can reproduce twice a year, I consider this a lucrative investment with the potential for future sales, becoming a reliable income source for my family.
I used the remaining funds, $93, to buy food. This is particularly crucial as my wife recently gave birth and has a two-month-old baby. Adequate nourishment is vital during this time, not only for the baby's well-being but also for my wife's recovery. I lacked the means to ensure this before, mainly due to the challenges of finding consistent casual work, which I rely on, due to the lack of rain. I used to work on other people's land, and the current situation is challenging due to crop failure caused by insufficient rainfall. I am confident that this food supply will sustain her and my two other children during this challenging period.
access_time 5 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I'm happy that my family is among the people that will receive the transfers. This transfers offers me a chance to develop my life more after undergoing difficult financial problem due to my wife's cesarian section. With the first transfers, I will be able to purchase 3 goats for $150. In addition to this, I will also purchase food for my family such as maize, beans, and other foodstuffs using $30. For the second transfer, I have planned to use about $200 to build a house. This is suitable since at the moment we are living in a mud house which gets destroyed by termites. For the remaining amount of $250 together with the third transfer, I plan to purchase a few chickens using $50 and for the remaining, I will save. This will ensure that I have enough money since I plan to venture into farming in the coming year.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiness over the past six months came last month with the birth of my fourth born, Bildan Komen. I was very happy that he was born healthy even though I went through a difficult time financially when my wife underwent a cesarian section.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The delivery of my fourth-born baby Bildan Komen is the main challenge that is making my life hard at the moment. This comes about because my wife had to undergo a cesarian section surgery during delivery. This was very expensive and I had to sell all my goats and some chicken to pay off the hospital bill. At the moment I'm struggling to make ends meet since my baby is only a month old.