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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
A happy family is what I had lost hope on after passing of my wife. Since then many things have been going contrary to our expectation. Talk of the balanced died which my children used to enjoy which came to an end, the milk they used to take but came to an end when I sold the only cow to pay their school fees and also their consistent study time in school which came to an end when I failed to pay their school fees in time. Seeing all these settled and back to our old lifestyle is the biggest thing that has happened in my daily life. Thank you GiveDirectly for choosing to work with our village.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I have been living as a single parent since September 2016 after the mother of my children passed on. Things have not been that easy since our children are still young and can't do anything to sustain themselves. It has been a period of toiling and moiling on the farms to bring food on the table. I have never gotten a chance to work on the casual labor jobs since I have got to be present any other time at home to look after them. I thank God I have been able to do all that by myself. When we received this money I was really very happy together with my children who would see anyone on a reflector even the motorcycle riders and they would shout "GiveDirectly!" To me, it was the beginning of the good things in our household. Happiness was overwhelming that I could not think of anything in the first week and I had to wait for sometimes before collecting the money from the Mpesa. We are really thankful that you finally brought back the lost smile into our household.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
Receiving the money was a great blessing to our family, it saw most of our struggles become problems of the past. After living in an old and torn house which was in the worst of condition for a long time, we decided to spend a good portion of the money in erecting a decent structure where we will be living henceforth. We spent part of the money we received from GiveDirectly in buying 24 iron sheets and part of the remaining in buying enough woods to construct a house. We also spent part of the remaining amount in purchasing three sheep. we are now done with the construction of the house and rearing the fast-growing sheep in our homestead. My three children are still in primary school, one in private boarding school - thank God GiveDirectly came in since I have been paying a bit larger sum of money to the one in private boarding compared to the others who are in public primary school. We still have some money which we saved for buying foodstuff which has sustained us for the rest of the time as we work hard on our farm to generate other food.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I live in a small house with my children.Being a widower,maintaining the house has been a problem for me.I have always desired to build a better house so that the one we live in will act as a kitchen.I have also wished to keep a few poultry as they come in handy when there is no other income.Receiving this money means that I will be able to build another house as well as start a poultry farm.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I wake up early to prepare breakfast so that my children can go to school.When they leave,i gather the goats to graze then leave to look for casual jobs like weedin,fencing and harvesting.On some days am happy because am able to bring home enough to feed the children and on some days there is hardly anything
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
When my wife was still alive,I would go out to look for casual jobs to do in order to earn an income without having to worry about who will take care of the children.After she died,I have to look for jobs to do in order to buy food as well as ensure that they are well taken care of.Sometimes am worried that I may not be able to provide for them since I also need to spare time to ensure that they are well looked after.I therefore spend less time working and hence I earn hardly enough to feed them.This is the biggest hardship I have faced