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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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Cures's family
access_time 3 days ago
Cures enrolled.
"Since I am an aged person, accomplishing the essential household chores, including maintenance of my house, has become more challenging. In that regard, receiving this money means that I will be relieved of some of such tedious tasks. This is because I will spend at least two-thirds of the transfer on building a semi-permanent house. Aside from rendering maintenance services easier, living in a less dusty house is ideal for me because my ailing eyes do not need smoke or dust." (Country: Kenya)
Elizabeth's family
access_time 3 days ago
Elizabeth enrolled.
"We are facing an acute shortage of finances as a family. This has attracted lots of adverse impacts: construction of my new house has stalled, my last-born son has been forced to pause his college studies and I am much worried about the future since I have made no savings. Also, food inadequacy has been a common experience in my household due to the laxity of finances." (Country: Kenya)
Naomy's family
access_time 3 days ago
Naomy enrolled.
"The hardest challenge I have at the moment is food insecurity. My land is small and cannot suffice me to do a meaningful farming .I am therefore left with no other choice but to buy. It is expensive and a times I do not afford." (Country: Kenya)
Baskalia's family
access_time 3 days ago
Baskalia enrolled.
"Receiving this money means putting my dream of owning a dairy farm into life as well as scaling up my business of rearing poultry farming. I will plan KES 50000 as a starter capital for this business. This will help us earn more income through the sale of milk and poultry products. To help me avoid perennial food shortages in our household, I will use KES 20000 to buy maize grains, beans grains and clothing's to my family members. I have been ailing from diabetes for some time, this made us struggle a lot to get money to buy drugs. My husband is a subordinate staff in Kipsuter secondary school and he is the sole breadwinner for the family. His earning is little about KES 10000 monthly. This is not enough for my medication and buying other household essentials like food and clothing. Thus with the remaining money, I will plan to go for a better medication." (Country: Kenya)
Michael's family
access_time 3 days ago
Michael enrolled.
"Receiving this money means completing building a shop and starting a business. I have been constructing it over a long period because of little income. I will start a restaurant and a shop. Spending about KES 20,000 will be enough. I will buy a cow to diversify my income sources and complete paying for the land that I occupy, I will use about KES 50,000." (Country: Kenya)
Sidi's family
access_time 3 days ago
Sidi received a $488 initial payment.
"While just sitting conversing with my family members, I heard my phone’s message tone from the house. I sent my child to pick it so that I can know what message had been sent. Upon opening the message, directly my eyes saw the word Mpesa. I was curious to know where the money message was from and I felt so happy knowing that the promised transfer from GiveDirectly was successful." (Country: Kenya)
Dzende's family
access_time 3 days ago
Dzende received a $488 initial payment.
"While grazing my cows in the field, I received a message at around 9am. Upon confirming what the message was all about, my legs froze and I didn’t make even a single step due to the happiness that engulfed me. I had received KES 55000.00 from GiveDirectly. I was so grateful hence didn’t proceed in the grazing work I was doing after picturing the difficulties I left at home that morning. There was no water both for us and the cows as well as no food. I tied the cows in the field and left for home to sort the issues that required quick attention like water and food." (Country: Kenya)
Zosi's family
access_time 3 days ago
Zosi received a $488 initial payment.
"It was around 10am when I was on my way home from buying some maize flour from the shop when I received a message in my phone. My heart was insisting me to check on the message what is all about only that I don’t know how to read. No sooner had I reached home than I gave the phone to my husband to check what the message was all about. The content of the message made my day, after knowing that it was the 1st transfer from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy to an extent of ululating." (Country: Kenya)
Zakayo's family
access_time 3 days ago
Zakayo enrolled.
"The biggest challenge is financial constraints. Where my wife does her job of tailoring is rented and she pays KES 1500 per month. Her work is not consistent sometimes she only gets clothes repair clothes at KES 20 per garment and the same money she gets to become her transportation fee and purchase. This has been a challenge to sustain her business yet I do a casual job as a masonry paid KES 700 per day only when there is construction work." (Country: Kenya)
Emily's family
access_time 3 days ago
Emily enrolled.
"Receiving this money means that I will be able to walk again soon because for the last 6 months I have been nursing a serious injury from a motorcycle accident that affected my left limb. I was taken to hospital and they only fixed my leg partly this is because the amount of money which is needed to rectify the bones is too much. I cannot afford to pay KES. 200,000 even if I sell all my belongings. The initial amount of partly fixing the injury has already cost me KES. 100,000 which we got by organizing a funds drive in the village. With GiveDirectly transfers I shall be able to pay a deposit and I hope the hospital will accept to book me in for a surgery as we look with my relatives how to fundraise for the other half." (Country: Kenya)