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.
48200 KES ($467 USD)
access_time 4 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent a portion of my third transfer on paying my dowry on behalf of my spouse. Being poor and unable to accomplish such a project, I saw it worth to direct a portion of the transfer towards it in order to legalize the marriage. Besides that, I extended my house which could previously not fit the whole of my family, forcing some of my children to seek accommodation at the neighborhood.
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
From my second transfer, I bought 1 cow at 13,000 KES, bought 1 bull at 12,000 KES, my husband gave my family 6,000 KES as part of dowry payment, bought solar lighting system at 3,500 KES, bought 2 sacks of maize at 6,000 KES, bought a mattress at 4,500 KES, bought 2 goats at 3,000 KES bought school uniform at 8,000 KES, and the remaining 1,200 KES I spent on buying food for my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that, I now use solar lamp in lighting up my house at night, I have livestock in my compound and also my dowry has been paid.
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I bought furniture for 6000 KES and mattress 3500 KES.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to enlarge my house and buy a cow with the upcoming lumpsum transfer.
access_time over 5 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to buy sand, cement, timber, round poles,wire mesh, nails and iron roofing sheets which I will use to enlarge my house and build a pit latrine. The remaining transfers will be used to pay dowry, buy some livestock and finally procure some household items like chairs.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is having worked as a casual worker at the lakeside. I have always saved a large proportion of my earnings and over time managed to buy a few household items.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face right now is lack of enough money to buy some oxen and a ploughing machine which I can use to till my land. Farming using manual methods is very inefficient and we may soon stop ploughing our farm due to low returns.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is around midday when I am from the lakeside with some fish. I usually get home and fry the fish for my family, whenever they see me frying fish their faces light up with joy and this makes me very happy.