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.
There will be no further updates from this completed recipient.
47900 KES ($466 USD)
access_time 4 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent 40,000 KES of my third transfer on plastering our three room house which we built using our second transfer. My wife and I never had a house and lived in one of the rooms in my mother's house for many years, which is supposed to be a taboo according to Luo traditions and customs. Because of this, I suffered a lot of embarrassment and insult from the community since this is supposed to be an abnormal behaviour. It was all because my family suffered under the yoke of extreme poverty and nothing could happen since we felt hopeless and were unable to engage in any productive work. Consequently, I could not afford even a small hut for my wife and children. Due to GD support, today we have our own home. And by the way, this got us both very motivated and my wife started a part time small scale business with 1,000 KES in August and she sells vegetables, tomatoes and fruits. Today the business has grown 7 times to the tune of 7,000 KES, not to forget that our family feeds from this source. Again, because GD support gave me the drive, I invested 5,000 KES of my second transfer in land preparation and maize farming on 1.5 ace piece of land and as we talk, our maize crop planted in August is ready for harvest. We expect about 10 bags of dry corn, which had never happened before. I thank you GD, our lives are transformed through GD financial support that enabled my family to get our own home with solar lighting, a business and the motivation to arise and do productive work for a better future.
50000 KES ($481 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on buying a cow @18000 Kes and bought furniture @10000 Kes. I also bought a mattress, a bicycle, utensils, school uniform with the part of the transfer and gave my wife some amount when her mother passed on.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I own a cow which is a great investment since it will reproduce to younger ones and milk in the near future. I would then change the cow back to money when I will be in need especially in paying my children's school fees and when that time comes, I will be having not just a cow but cows which I would be able to sell some and still have one or two left.
10000 KES ($97 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on fixing a wooden door 4000 KES.I bought a bag of maize 3000 KES and three school uniform 1950 KES. I also bought household expenditures 1050 KES.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my first bunch of money from GiveDirectly,I felt very happy since I have never received a lumpsum amount of money in my whole life even from my own daily toils.
access_time almost 5 years ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face is lack of school fees for my children, and which means that they will might not succeed in life
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up to go look for food for my family.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
The receiving this money will make us change our lives and make us move to a higher status. I will buy a door and gain respect from my neighbours and visitors