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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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Lilian's family
access_time 4 days ago
Lilian enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a better livelihood for my family of six. We own an acre of a farm that is too small to produce enough farm produce to feed my family. For the better of the year, we purchase foodstuff including milk and maize flour. It costs us approximately KES 10,000 a month which is very costly to us considering we are peasant farmers. The much that my husband makes as a chicken hawker, goes to meeting needs for my four school-going children. The one cow we have now is not ours, we borrowed from a relative but we would wish to have our own too. I, therefore, plan to spend KES 50,000 to purchase a dairy cow that will not only earn me an income but also feed my young children. For the rest of the amount, I will buy furniture for my house."
Philista's family
access_time 4 days ago
Philista enrolled.
"Receiving this money means my grandson will complete his university education and graduate next year. I am a widow and I am looking after my grandson who his father left behind and went to live in another town. Due to old age, I strain alot to get money to pay for his KES 100,000 university school fees per year. I only depend on my one dairy cow that produces 3 litres of milk per day which I sell to earn daily income. However how much I struggle to save money, it is hardly enough to cater for all his needs from shelter, food and school fees. I was very happy to hear that Givedirectly was coming to my village because it will lift the burden from me. I plan on spending KES 50,000 to pay for his final semester school fees and use KES 30,000 to buy another dairy cow."
Mwalimu's family
access_time 4 days ago
Mwalimu enrolled.
"Receiving this money means adding stock to my charcoal business. I have a business of selling charcoals at Mombasa. I started with a capital of KES 10000. Upon receiving this money, I will use KES 50000 to boost my business. This will raise my daily income from KES 1000 to approximately KES 3000. This is subject to daily sales. I will use KES 60000 to buy three cows as investment."
Jumwa's family
access_time 4 days ago
Jumwa enrolled.
"Receiving this money means building a spacious house for my family. I am currently living in a one bedroom house together with my grandchildren and it lacks privacy. I will build a two bedroom house at a cost of KES 80000. I will also use KES 20000 to buy one cow as investment. The remaining KES 10000 will be used to buy food."
Betty's family
access_time 4 days ago
Betty received a $489 initial payment.
"While working on the farm at about 9.30 a.m. Out of curiosity, I decided to check my phone and that's when I saw that I had received KES 55,000. I couldn't hide my joy when it occurred to me that I finally had the money to buy a dairy cow for my family."
Marfret's family
access_time 4 days ago
Marfret enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a sustainable source of income for me. I intend to use my transfer to buy a cow and three goats at a cost of 40000KES. The fact that my children are still young and they have not started school, by the time they start going to school the goats will have multiplied so I will sell some and pay for my children school fees."
Samwel's family
access_time 5 days ago
Samwel received a $489 second payment.
"I don't have any new goals at the moment. I have been able to achieve the ones that I had set before. I was able to buy a water tank, a cow, pay school fees for my two grandchildren, and repay a loan of KES 10000 that I had taken from someone. Apart from the above, I was also able to buy food and clothes for my children. My grandchildren are still studying and hence I have to struggle to get money to pay for their school fees. I am casually employed at a school as a watchman where I am paid KES 5000 per month. I plan to use most of the money that I get from my job on paying for their school fees."
Margaret's family
access_time 5 days ago
Margaret received a $472 second payment.
"I have new goals that I would wish to accomplish. I wish to build my kitchen since the one that I am using is for my home. I also wish to buy more land where I can graze the cow that I just bought. Apart from the two, I also wish to start a business that can enable me to earn more income. All these are going to need a lot of money which I do not have at the moment. I am however intending to borrow a loan from a self-help group that I am in. I plan to start with the construction of the kitchen once I get the loan. My mother passed on and I am a single mother of two. I live at home with my father and my children. I was able to build my own house which is the main house with the transfer that I got. I was however not able to build a kitchen of my own because the money was not enough. I want to build the kitchen because I want to move out of my home with my children and be independent. This way, I will be able to make my own decisions unlike when I am at home."
Daisy's family
access_time 5 days ago
Daisy received a $472 second payment.
"On receiving the two transfers, I had all the plans in place that I was hopeful to see accomplished before exhausting the total amount received. I am happy that I managed to deliver on most of them but it was unfortunate that I could not initiate one of them as I needed a piece of land to purchase which I could not find at all. I had to divert the allocated amount and invest in a lactating cow that was KES35000. I am currently rearing it now to sell later with the hope of initiating that initial goal once I secured a place to buy."
Gilbert's family
access_time 5 days ago
Gilbert received a $489 initial payment.
"It is such a relief to me that my family does not have to buy milk anymore. Before, we had to do so at KES 40 a litre. Since I only earn KES 3,500 a month from my job as a tutor, this was costly to us, as we had to pay for other expenses such as food, rent and clothing for all four of us. So I was happy when this transfer enabled me to buy a dairy cow that supplies us with enough milk. We can save the money we would spend on buying the same, and this makes a huge difference to us."