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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.
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Fredrick's family
access_time 1 day ago
Fredrick received a $23 fifteenth payment.
"In the next six months, I hope to have increased the number of my goats and will be attending my college classes with ease and minimal disruptions."
Francis's family
access_time 2 days ago
Francis received a $23 sixteenth payment.
"In the next six months l expect to have improve my livestock keeping where by I can sell them and spend the money accordingly, being that I build up my own house, I will no longer being rained on a gain."
Monicah's family
access_time 2 days ago
Monicah received a $23 sixteenth payment.
"In the next six months l expect to have completed plastering my house and staying in a nice plastered house like other people. I am also planning to have more chicken and this will improve my source of income in the next six months."
Faith's family
access_time 2 days ago
Faith received a $23 sixteenth payment.
"Changes have been many since I started receiving transfers from GiveDirectly. I have developed ideas after ideas which I have seen them coming to reality when I work on them. At the moment I have given myself a challenge with the new idea which I developed. I would wish to see a poultry project established in our household. This is so realistic based on the fact that I am sure of the source of finances and it is only a test of time before I start putting up the structure. This project in my speculations would have started generating income within the next six months."
Bendera's family
access_time 2 days ago
Bendera enrolled.
"Lack of a reliable source of income has been the biggest hardship in life. My husband works as a loader in one of the maize millers in Mombasa. The nature of that job is dusty and toilsome. It has resulted in poor health and subsequently low productivity at work since he fails to report to work in some days. This again translates into poor pay of which myself and our children are largely affected. In most cases, we are unable to meet the educational needs of the children as well as his medical attention. This transfers will help us in bettering our lives. First of all, my husband will join me at home and assist in running the projects that we have agreed to put up. He is the one to operate the motorcycle taxi given that he has vast experience in it. I believe if we join our hands together, the family's wellbeing will greatly improve."
Sidi's family
access_time 2 days ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Back then, my husband and I had invested heavily in livestock raising, little did we know that all would be swept away by famine that befell us in the year 2016. This to us was the biggest hardship we have ever faced. It resulted in financial instability that forced my husband to leave home in search of casual jobs in Mombasa. Since then, we haven't been able to prepare our land in time for planting, and subsequently leading to low maize yield because people here depend on oxen, something that we are unable to hire. Am glad we will be able to bring back the lost glory through this cash transfers. We will purchase oxen to assist us in farming."
Kadzo's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"I am a house wife and I depend on my husband who usually borrow capital from friends in order to invest in livestock business. The profit from this business is divided equally with the lender making his income inadequate to support our family needs. This makes his source of income unreliable, a hardship that i have ever faced."
Kahindi's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kahindi received a $525 second payment.
"The transfer has enabled me to buy two more cows to my cowshed that I never anticipated. I could only wait for them to reproduce and increase in number, not by buying since I could not afford them. Having more cows to me means that I will be selling more milk unlike before, thus increase in my income. If it had not been GiveDirectly coming to our village, I would not have acquired these additional cows."
Mary's family
access_time 2 days ago
Mary received a $23 eleventh payment.
"In the next six months, I expect my life to change in that, I will have built a kitchen. This will prevent us from the challenges and discomfort that comes with not having one such as not being able to cook during the rainy seasons. The kitchen will also be used as a sleeping place for my children. Currently, they sleep at my relative's place. It has been inconveniencing especially when it rains and I have to escort them to rest. I have to also cook early to avoid the evening rains."
Fatuma's family
access_time 2 days ago
Fatuma enrolled.
"Despite it being a love of many men in my community, palm wine does not fetch very good profits because its supply exceeds the demand. This has made it extremely difficult for me to meet all my family's needs such as food, education and medication for my elder brother who is both mentally ill and epileptic. With no husband to support me, life gets very tough at times when I hardly make any money. I'm grateful for Give Directly though because now I will be more financially stable. "