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.
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 > Mercy's Profile
Mercy's family
Kenya Standard Remote
Upcoming Stage
Next Payment
Follow to be updated on Mercy's next check-in.
access_time 2 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I usually run a barber shop to earn a living. The earnings I make in a day is KES. 100 which is usually spent fully on food. I'm always worried about the future because I can only make what's enough for a day, no investments and any other thing to secure my children's future. With these transfers I would like to spend half of it to expand my barber shop and also buy a bigger solar so that I will be able to serve more customers in a day. I approximate the earnings to be five times more than it is right now. I will also invest the other half of the money in 5 calves. In three years time when my son will be joining high school the money I will get from the sale of these cattle will be enough to pay all the school fees required for high school.
What is the happiest part of your day?
In May this year, a customer in my barber shop suggested to me an idea that I should start moving from house to house looking for customers and sometimes going to nearby schools to offer my services. I tried it out and it has really worked for me. Initially I would even go without earning anything but since when I started implementing his idea I have seen a lot of changes in my business and this has given me joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have so little income at the moment from the barber shop. Sometimes I don't even meet the needs of my family because mostly we prioritize food to anything else. We have no enough clothing or any other investment.