chat
GDLive Newsfeed
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. Learn more about how recipients opt in to share their stories.
Stages:
 
Enrollment
attach_money
 
Transfers
check
Completed
to follow someone and stay updated on their journey with GiveDirectly.

Want to hear more updates from recipients? Click below to follow 10!

Follow 10

Newsfeed > Mthawali's Profile
Mthawali's family
Mthawali
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Other
faceAge:
50
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
Upcoming Stage
Next Payment
attach_money
 
Follow to be updated on Mthawali's next check-in.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a divorced man with a family of four children who are in school. My wife left me due to poverty. This is because I had no better house for my family and no source of income. The small house I used to live in collapsed and now I have no house at all. My young brother gave me his house to live as I look for ways to get my own. However, due to the burden of responsibility, I have not been able to build one. My children needs to get basic education and at the same time meet their basic needs. I work as a watchman in a local primary school. I receive a monthly salary of 5000 KES. This money is not enough to build a house and save for my children education. Besides, I am the village elder of my village. Many people come to settle their disputes at my compound. However, people have been laughing and mocking me because I have no house and yet I am the head of the village. This has brought a lot of shame to me. My ambition is to build my two bedroom house that will coast 30,000 KES so that I can restore my dignity and have shelter for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Last month I received my monthly pay that accrued for eight months. Imagine working for eight months without a pay and all or a sudden you received a notification that you have received 40000 KES. You can imagine the excitement. I felt so much excited because I was able to clear all my debts in school and at the local shop where I have been taking flour daily for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest worry that has been giving me sleepless nights is lack of enough money to educate my children. I work as a watchman in a local primary school where I earn 5000 KES every month. However, most of the time, I may stay for more than three months before receiving my salary. This gives me a lot of stress since I have children who need to eat and attend school. My ambition had been to get a source of a stable income that will help settle my bills. I intend to use part of the cash transfer to buy ten goats at a cost of 30000 KES that I will sell when they multiply as an investment for my children education.