Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
As I sat down under a tree to enjoy my late lunch around 3 PM, my stomach grumbling with hunger, I saw a message notification on my mobile phone. Curiosity sparked within me, and upon checking, I discovered it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. Instantly, an overwhelming wave of joy washed over me as I realized that this unconditional cash transfer would change my life. No longer would I have to endure the discomfort of sleeping in a small house made of ropes; instead, I could finally dream of owning a proper home, a place where security and comfort would be my newfound reality.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life has been the opportunity to invest in livestock. Soon, I will have a sizable herd, allowing me to sell some and generate income. This newfound financial stability means I can now afford to pay school fees for all three of my children throughout their secondary education. It's a tremendous relief to know that they will have the opportunity to graduate and pursue higher education, breaking the cycle of poverty that has plagued my family. Additionally, having a growing goat herd provides a safety net for emergencies. In case of unexpected medical expenses or other urgent needs, I can sell some of the goats and ensure that my family members receive the necessary care and support. Furthermore, I have a long-term vision for my farming activities. Once my goat herd is large enough, I plan to exchange some of them for oxen. This will greatly assist me in my farming endeavors. For now, I still depend on my charcoal business to make ends meet, but it is not a highly profitable venture. However, with the increasing success of my goat herd and the potential income it brings, I can gradually transition away from the charcoal business and focus more on expanding my livestock. This shift will not only provide a more stable and sustainable income source but also reduce my reliance on environmentally harmful practices. Thanks to GiveDirectly's support, I am now on a transformative journey towards a better life where financial security is within reach.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After receiving the unconditional cash transfer from GiveDirectly, I wasted no time in improving the living conditions for my family. With approximately $210, I purchased building materials to construct a new house, replacing our dilapidated one. The sight of my three children, who had to sleep at my younger brother's house during school breaks, was disheartening. The new house would provide them with a comfortable and safe place, protecting them from diseases like malaria and the cold nights. Additionally, I invested around $145 in three goats, as they reproduce quickly and will offer a sustainable source of income in the near future. Part of the cash transfer, about $100, went towards paying off my children's school fee arrears, ensuring they receive a quality education. I also bought them new clothes and shoes, wanting them to look decent despite the challenges we've faced since their mother and I divorced seven years ago. With the remaining funds, I purchased food for my family, recognizing the importance of sustenance for our overall well-being. Currently, I am engaged in charcoal burning to supplement our income. Thanks to GiveDirectly, my family's pressing needs have been addressed, providing a safe and comfortable environment for my children and laying the foundation for a better future.