Joice says she will never forget the number 6875.
Two years ago, Joice was living in rural Kenya. Poverty was constant. She wore old clothes, lived in a run-down house, and often skipped meals because she couldn’t afford food.
Then she attended a meeting, or baraza, at a local school. She learned the gathering was hosted by a non-governmental organization called GiveDirectly.
“They took us through what they do, where the donors come from, and that their main aim was to eradicate poverty at the household level through unconditional cash transfers directly from donors to recipients,” Joice recently wrote on GiveDirectly’s blog.
As part of GiveDirectly’s census, each person got a number. …