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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.
Kangombe's family
access_time 9 days ago
Kangombe received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"Before the cash transfers come to an end, I wish to have repaired the roof of my house. It is made of polythene paper, which is not only inconvenient for habitation but also allows water to leak through its holes. I hope to obtain at least 10 iron sheets to replace the roof, and I am glad to have already obtained 2 pieces from the transfers. Alongside, I hope to rear livestock, particularly goats, as they are like a form of banking to me, securing my future financial needs. So far, I have bought three goats from the transfers, two of which have delivered two kids."
Silvia's family
access_time 10 days ago
Silvia enrolled.
"Being a farmer in a drought prone area, I intend to buy a water pump to assist me in irrigating my land. This will cost us $450 including piping costs. By doing this, I will be able to irrigate my crops with ease and even grow crops that are very sensitive to drought. I also plan to revive my husband's fishing job by purchasing fishing nets so that he can be able to capture on large scale and sale them at higher profit margin. This will mean that all of us will be actively contributing in our family's livelihood sustainability."
Damaris's family
access_time 10 days ago
Damaris enrolled.
"As a wife and mother of two toddlers, I feel the weight of responsibility on my shoulders to ensure my family has enough food. Cooking requires both firewood and water, which means I have to travel up to 5 kilometres to fetch them. It is a time-consuming and exhausting task, especially since I cannot afford the daily $1.5 for a motorbike. My husband Elvis, a carpenter, supports our family, but his income barely covers our food expenses, leaving nothing as surplus. Despite the challenges, I do my best to manage and provide for my family's needs."
Vallary's family
access_time 11 days ago
Vallary received a $342 second payment.
"I was really happy to get the second payment. My spouse and I had already planned what to do with the money, and we were excited to finally get it. We decided to buy four more goats, so my spouse went to the market on goat action day and spent $200 on them. Adding them to our existing 10 goats makes me really happy because it means we will not have to spend money on buying milk soon since we can milk them when they calve for our family consumption. Additionally, goats breed quickly where we live because of the warm weather, so they are a good investment for our future. We also used $200 for farming investment. This includes paying for labour for our acre of land preparation, buying vegetable seedlings, and fixing our generator, which we need for watering the crops. Farming is our only source of income for feeding our four children and meeting their needs. I am hopeful that the vegetables will grow well and we can sell them to earn some income. With 30, I bought new clothes for my kids for they to also feel the immediate impact of the transfer, and they were so excited to wear them to Sunday school and show them off to their friends. The rest of the money went towards buying food stuff like sugar, cooking oil, and tea leaves."
Zawadi's family
access_time 11 days ago
Zawadi received a $26 fourteenth payment.
"The roof of my house is in a pathetic state. The iron sheets are rusted and have huge holes that let rainwater into the house. Rainwater has destroyed some furniture in my house, resulting in losses. It is for this reason that I saved $42 in the local savings group, commonly known as a "chama." The savings will help me purchase new pieces of iron sheets to replace the entire roof of my house. I paid $30 in school fees for my son, who attends a private school. It brings me much joy knowing that my son continues to pursue his education without any interruptions. To boost my income, I purchased seven hens for $14. Once the hens multiply, I will sell some in the future and earn a good profit. With the remaining amount of $14, I purchased food, soap, and detergents. My family has never lacked food to eat, thanks to the transfers. I appreciate the financial transfers for helping me take care of my family, despite having a job. I often rely on my husband, who is a casual laborer doing low-paying manual jobs."
Eunice's family
access_time 11 days ago
Eunice enrolled.
"When I receive my transfers, I am eager to invest in fencing my 1/8 acre plot for kitchen gardening. Since I already rear goats, obtaining manure will not be an issue, as I plan to utilize their droppings for fertilizer. I will spend $130 for this purpose, alongside $300 for a water tank to store irrigation water. Additionally, I intend to spend $400 on expanding my poultry house, as I am keen on scaling up poultry farming. It is gratifying to contribute to our household income, supporting my husband, who serves as an administrative police officer. This investment aligns with our goal of securing our financial future through diversified farming activities as well as improving the food security for the family of seven."
Pauline's family
access_time 16 days ago
Pauline enrolled.
"Water is a big problem in our village, we buy water from the nearby water shop for domestic use. This comes with another additional cost to my family. I am a casual labourer and what I earn is peanut. After budgeting what I receive from working, I am left with little money to buy my family enough clean water for domestic use. We end up limiting the use of water, some of us could even go for two days without taking bath. Our biggest part of the land is not arable, we end up buying food for the family which is costly. On average we spend about KES 400 on food a day. Comparing with my daily earning of KES 350, I have nothing to save and invest."
Everlyne's family
access_time 18 days ago
Everlyne enrolled.
"I have to device other ways to provide for my family now that I have been advised not to engage heavy duties for the sake of my health. I will budget KES 20000 to open a kiosk in the village. To create time for my children for their studies during the evening hours, I will use KES 40000 to buy a plastic water tank for my family. This will save them from fetching water for the family when they come home from school in the evening. My dream of poultry farming will not be left out when I receive the transfers. I will plan KES 5000 to establish poultry farming. This will bring back my happiness of supporting my husband to provide for the family. I will also consider taking my three children to private school, this will help them access quality education."
Kache's family
access_time 18 days ago
Kache received a $26 eighteenth payment.
"By the end of last year, I was struggling with chronic hypertension. Before I could get help, I had a stroke that left one side of my body paralyzed, including my hand and leg. In a short amount of time, this unusual condition depleted my finances, and my son, who has been taking care of me, was unable to pay for all of the medical bills. I am old, and this has weakened me even more. I am forever grateful for the monthly transfers that have kept me going, getting adequate medication, and also eating well. Though I was worried that I would not be able to cover the costs of the medical care, the recent transfers allowed me to pay $90 for the prescription. I was unable to speak or sit by myself before the treatment because my condition was worse, but I am now able to do so because I received treatment on time. I also spent $20 on buying adequate food and clean water. I hired a motorcycle to bring me water because I am unable to do anything because of this condition. In addition, I also installed a solar panel that I purchased on credit to enhance the lighting in my home. The conditions state that I must pay for it every day, and to ensure that I there is continuous lighting, I also took $15 and paid in advance, giving me a full month before I have to make another payment. This has also helped me with my current health condition, so I am happy that I no longer struggle with lighting."
Sintayon's family
access_time 19 days ago
Sintayon received a $341 second payment.
"Subsistence farming has been the backbone of our local economy, and my aspiration has always been to reduce our dependence on purchased food by growing enough to sustain my family of six. With the unwavering support of my husband, I plan to lease an additional two acres of land along the nearby water sources, which will enable us to implement irrigation methods during dry spells. By combining these acreages with our existing piece, I aim to enhance our farming operations, producing enough food for both consumption and surplus for sale. Alongside the support from GiveDirectly's remaining transfers, I hope to generate income from the surplus yield of our current acre. These efforts are all geared towards securing a steady source of income to ensure timely payment of all my children's school fees."
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