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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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Samuel's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Samuel enrolled.
"I am a watchman at Chepkosa primary school.I earn a little amount of money which does not sustain my family in terms of food as well as paying few for my kids.So receiving this money will enable me to buy two cows worth sh 60000.I shall sell milk and save the money in order to pay school fees for my children and also use the money I get from milk sale to buy household items such as food , clothes."
Philip's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Philip enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a lot to me since it will enable me to buy Two dairy cows worth sh.30000 each and three rolls of barbed wire. I do not own any cow at the moment, I usually depend on my family for milk. The barbed wire will protect my piece of land as well as crops. There have been some neighbors who graze their goats on my piece of land and sometimes they destroy my crops, this disappoints me a lot. Give Directly's money will therefore help me to gap this challenge and peace will prevail between me and my neighbors."
William's family
access_time 3 hours ago
William received a $491 second payment.
"After buying livestock, foodstuff, and even clothing for my , I am really pleased that I cleared the school fees for my two kids. This has given me peace of mind and finally eased the planning of other projects. I had been thanking God especially over this season where most of the school children have been sent home to collect their school fees while mine had been in school the whole term with no interruption at all. This is the biggest difference in my daily life so far since many times, they had been home over such seasons but GiveDirectly has really changed things around and I am grateful."
Wesly's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Wesly enrolled.
"I am an orphan .I have been involved with casual jobs to try and survive. My mother passed on long time ago when I was class three. Also,my father died 13 years ago. Life has been unbearable and a struggle for us . Growing up ,I have been staying with my elder sister in her house .She has children and I saw it as a burden to provide for her children and myself ,that is why I decided to fend for myself in my house. I dropped in form one because of lack of school fees and started doing casual jobs which I still do to date. I intend to buy a dairy cow ,build a kitchen house and marry . As you can see I have reached marriageable age ,I have always wanted to marry but because of lack of income I have not been able. The dairy cow will cost USD 4500,the kitchen construction will cost around UD 3000 ,the rest of the money I will use to buy household items for use."
Daisy's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Daisy enrolled.
"I have always wanted to own my own small business that will continually give me income to meet my family's needs. I plan to invest the whole amount in starting up an Mpesa enterprise.The returns or profit from this business will help me meet my basic needs.Receiving this money means financial freedom for me."
Vicky's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Vicky enrolled.
"Receiving this money means my long time dream of have a better house will be fulfilled. I have a grass thatched house and it tends to get smoky when cooking. It's even difficult to cook when you have visitors. I plan to construct a iron roofed house. This means i will be able to collect rainwater. To get clean water you have to buy from the water kiosk within our village but it's not sustainable. I expect to cost around 200 dollars. My husband love chickens and he has always wanted to start eggs business. So when we get this money we also plan to purchase layers. This will help us generate more income and also household use. I plan to use 200 dollars of my transfer to buy them. The rest of the money we use for our personal needs."
Alfred's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Alfred enrolled.
"The biggest hardship is hunger, weather in our area is unpredictable. We used to depend on maize but nowadays it has been affected by diseases. Most of the time its dry thus making other crop wither due to lack of enough water."
Nickson's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Nickson enrolled.
"Lack of employment opportunities in this area has been the biggest struggle we face. I am the sole breadwinner of my family and the casual jobs I engage in earn me $20 weekly. This amount is only enough to buy food for my family. My firstborn child will start schooling next year and this worries me since I doubt if I can either afford to buy her school uniform and books or pay her school fees."
Joyce's family
access_time 5 hours ago
Joyce enrolled.
"Receiving this money means that I will finally increase my dairy cow that I keep. The cow that I keep gives me about $60 a month. I use the money to pay school fees for my children but is not sufficient. Increasing another cow will bring my earning from the sale of milk to about $ 120. This way, I will be able to pay school fes and buy foodstuffs, leaving my income from my animal trading business for home improvement such as building an iron roofed sheet getting rid of this small grass thatched hut."
Paul's family
access_time 5 hours ago
Paul enrolled.
"The biggest hardship in my life is food insecurity. I am a subsistence farmer relying on casual labour to earn a living, getting about $2 per day. This means that I don't money to buy farm inputs as I spent my income on foodstuffs. I always plant too little and also not on time. It leads to poor yields that does not feed my family sufficiently, year in year out."