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.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Being a charcoal vendor, I had gone to the bush for charcoal burning. I always left my phone in my house since I fear it may get lost. When I returned home I heard my neighbours claiming that they had received their transfer the previous day. I was shocked and rushed to check my phone to see if there is any message about my transfer. I was so excited after I saw the mpesa SMS indicating that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I had to confirm my account balance to ascertain it and indeed it was true that I had received my transfer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am now living a happy life free from the stresses after starting a motorbike taxi which earns me KES 300 per day a sustainable income for my family. In addition, I am able to meet my daily needs especially food without struggling with the income I obtained from the business.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my transfer to start a motorbike taxi business by purchase 2 brand new motorbikes on hire purchase by paying a deposit of KES 15,000 each. I am currently earning an income of KES 300 per day on average after paying all the daily installments for each bike. I also invested KES 7000 in start goats rearing by acquiring two goats. My long-term plan is to exchange them for oxen once they reproduce in the future to assist me in ploughing my farm. I also spent 4000 to support my kid's educational needs by clearing the fee balance. The remaining amount assisted me to purchase enough food and water for the family.
access_time 2 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will complete my house .My house has no roof on one side! I have to complete roofing my house . I will spend 30,000 shillings to finish my house, spend 20,000 shillings to start a retail shop business here in my house and pay my children's school fees which I have fee balance of 27,000 shillings and clear next terms fees. I have never slept on a mattress bed since I was born- I am planning to buy the first mattress bed in my life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the morning when I have food in the house and I have no stress Knowing that my family will eat both breakfast and lunch . when it reaches in the afternoon I realize I have to plan for the evening and tomorrow in order to have food in my house.- My happiest part of the day is in the morning.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is that since I was born, I have been relying on charcoal burning business.Its hard and it has ruined my body and I feel I have no strength. I was married and my husband was doing a casual labour in the nearby town but he died 20 years ago and left me with 6 children to feed on and of which I depend on charcoal burning business-- this is the biggest hardship in my life.