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.
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was around 7pm when my helper came to inform me that GiveDirectly has sent the money
I felt so happy because I Have never
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
15k ox I will sell to buy a dairy cow
I buy milk and it's so costly for me
I depend on small-scale farming beans and maize and vegetables
This is the source of income
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
15k ox I will sell and buy a heifer in future
14k Bought materials currently building a better and spacious house. Live in small
Food and household items
I have 15k saved for paying workers
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am about 90 years old and I am unable to fend for myself even though my grandchild helps me around with home chores. I fully depend on my children to provide for me my basic needs such as food and this makes me feel I am a burden to them. Receiving this money will mean financial independence and also living a descent life in my old age. I am happy because I will build a two roomed house and purchase household items that will enable me to live comfortably. Also I will buy a dairy cow since I do not own one at the moment. This will earn me money from sale of milk in a years time and I can meet my needs without relying on my children and grandchildren.
What is the happiest part of your day?
For the last six months my children and grandchildren have been supporting me financially and emotionally. I am so happy to have them as a family and would not ask for more than what they do from them. Having them in my life brings me happiness and I really thank God.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Every human beings desire to live a healthy life but due to old age, I have started being sickly and I do not have the strength to work again. I spend a lot of money on seeking medication which is expensive especially when I have to borrow. I sometimes loan from relatives in order to go for check-ups and this has lowered my self esteem.