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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45000 KES ($295 USD)
access_time 16 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the upcoming year and beyond, my aspiration is to reintegrate my daughter into secondary school, as she had to discontinue her education due to early pregnancy. Additionally, I aim to pursue training in tailoring. To realize these dreams, I intend to utilize the funds generated from our enhanced butchery business, which has been boosted by the transfer we received.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The organization excels in empowering the less fortunate in society by elevating their living standards through various business endeavors. Additionally, the unconditional nature of the transfer facilitated the flexible use of funds according to our specific needs. Thus far, I have not identified any aspects that require correction in their approach to their work.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon receiving my transfer, my immediate priority was to stock up on food supplies, especially maize. With schools closed and a family consisting of 10 children and the two of us, I anticipated increased food consumption. As a farmer, and with my husband running a butchery at the center, we strategically utilized the transfer. I used $90 to purchase two sacks of maize and an additional $40 for various food items. Subsequently, my husband invested $100 in boosting his business, and we spent $80 to fence our land, ensuring undisturbed cultivation. Additionally, we purchased clothes amounting to $50 and contributed $45 as a tithe to the church. The timely support from GiveDirectly uplifted our lives significantly, and we are genuinely grateful for this positive transformation.
20000 KES ($138 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Receiving the initial transfer from GiveDirectly brought about a deep sense of gratitude. Although my children were away at school and I was home alone at that moment, I could not help but celebrate the joy of this positive news that evening. As soon as they returned, I shared the wonderful news with them, and they too were excited, as we had been collectively anticipating this support, with plans on how to allocate it dominating our daily conversations. With my plans well laid out, I patiently waited until the following day to journey to the nearby shopping center, where I collected the money and subsequently made the purchases according to our set priorities.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I am thankful that I have managed to cover the school fees for my two secondary school children and adequately provide for my family of 10, especially during the periods when my children are home after their schools close. These times used to pose challenges, but I am appreciative of the biggest difference that the recent transfer from GiveDirectly has brought about in our lives. This support has granted us the opportunity to enjoy sufficient food consistently.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The testimonies from the neighboring villages, which emphasized the program's authenticity and the significant improvements they experienced after receiving their transfers, fueled our excitement after enrolling in it. We were so excited, we could not wait for our turn. My concerns and trepidations started to fade when I got the confirming alert on my phone that afternoon, and the following morning, I started using the money. Given my reliance on scarce and low-paying casual jobs within the village, obtaining a sustainable source of food was paramount. Therefore, I spent $70 to purchase a sack of maize, which has been a valuable food reserve for my family of 10. Following that, my priority was paying the school fees for my two secondary school children. Despite them being frequently sent home due to unpaid tuition charges, I could not afford to settle the dues. In agreement with my spouse, we dedicated $100 to cover a month's worth of tuition charges, with plans to make the subsequent deposit when we receive the second transfer. Additionally, the remaining $29 was utilized for various household essentials such as toiletries, sugar, cooking oil, and kitchenware that were missing. While we do have livestock, we tend to rely on them only during extreme conditions, leading to the sale of one or two. I am genuinely grateful that GiveDirectly intervened, generously offering support not only now but also with the forthcoming transfers.
access_time 5 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Receiving this money means good education for my two children in secondary school. My eldest daughters joined secondary school six months ago, I have been struggling to maintain them in school full time and most days they are sent home to collect school fees in arrears. My husband works as a casual laborer at a school farm while I stay at home to look after the young children. The income he gets is not enough to cater to all the basic needs and most of the time we borrow loans to send them to school. This has left us indebted and with no other source of income, it is difficult. The transfers have come at a better time, as I will use $400 to offset fees in arrears and that of the next school term. The rest of the transfer will go into paying off debts and food for my family. I am happy because my children will stay and study in school like others and at the same time peace of mind knowing I would have cleared all the money owed.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Despite the challenges, I thank God for good health. My family has been doing well and my children are peeling well in school. This gives me the motivation to wake up each day to ensure they do not lack food and other basic items.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity is the biggest challenge. In April I planted maize on my two acres of land but three months down the line it is all dried up due to a lack of rainfall. This means that this year, I will not reap from my farm. I have to buy food staff from the market for my family of six. The high cost of living with no stable income makes us resort to two meals a day to cut down on costs.