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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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Rose's family
access_time 2 months ago
Rose enrolled.
"Taking care of my family of 11 members is a big burden to me because it requires a lot of effort to provide all the basic needs. Considering the nature of jobs in our area being casual and energy-intensive, my charcoal and manganese work never earn me much, usually $40 per month. This means my husband also have to go extra mile in his casual jobs to supplement the income. Due to this challenge, my children have been missing classes and forfeiting some meals, a situation that has affected their studies. Therefore, I consider financial instability as my biggest challenge." (Country: Kenya)
Pauline's family
access_time 2 months ago
Pauline enrolled.
"Lack of a stable source of income is the biggest challenge that I am currently facing. At the moment, I do some casual jobs such as laundry services for my neighbor who pays me utmost $3, which is not on a daily basis. This means on some days, I stay idle at home and depend on my husband who works as a taxi driver. Since his income is also not reliable, I sometimes feel so bad seeing my children forfeiting meals on some days, a situation that has robbed away my joy as a mother." (Country: Kenya)
Caroline's family
access_time 2 months ago
Caroline enrolled.
"I have a large family of 11 members and making them food secure has been my main challenge. I am a business lady selling vegetables at Kapkwen center only on market days. I earn $ 10 every week from the sale of vegetables and this is not enough to sustain my family for even 3 days. My husband is a heavy alcohol drinker and he hardly offers a helping hand making me the sole breadwinner." (Country: Kenya)
Maelewano's family
access_time 2 months ago
Maelewano enrolled.
"I worked as a shopkeeper at Langobaya village in Malindi for three years. Late December 2021 , the business was closed. The inflation affected the business thus the owner was running at a loss. Since then up to now I have not got any other job. I have a family of three members and we use 2kg of maize flour every day. It is now hard to get meal meals per day. So lack of job is the current challenge I am facing in life." (Country: Kenya)
Gilbert's family
access_time 2 months ago
Gilbert enrolled.
"I am currently unemployed and survival in this village is hard. To sustain myself, I ride for hire motorcycle. On a day the owner of the motorcycle gives me a target of $3. If I fail to meet the daily target, I accumulate a debt. It's stressful. Nowadays, it's difficult because a lot of young people depend on this. When I am lucky, I get only $2 a day. Mostly I get $1. This is just enough for food. This affects me because I cannot save quick enough to start goat rearing. It's also difficult buying new clothes." (Country: Kenya)
Hellen's family
access_time 2 months ago
Hellen enrolled.
"I am a single mother of 3 who depends on farming for a living. With the adverse climatic changes, farming is now uncertain as the yields are low. For instance, in May 2022, I sowed maize on my 0.5-acre of land but harvested only 4 bags of maize against the usual 9 bags on a good year. It pains me that I had to sell all of the bags to cater partly for the school fees for my son in grade 11. As of now, I have to attend casual jobs such as weeding and collecting firewood so that my family of 5 can have food for the day." (Country: Kenya)
Irene's family
access_time 2 months ago
Irene enrolled.
"We live in a semi-arid area, and it hardly rains which renders our farms unproductive. Even though we sometimes practice irrigation, the rivers are seasonal and can dry up with prolonged drought. Financial constraints are the biggest challenge since we depend on farming to earn a living for my family of seven." (Country: Kenya)
Shida's family
access_time 2 months ago
Shida received a $433 second payment.
"Honestly , I feel like I have already accomplished everything . My house is in order , I have started rearing goats , I have started a new business and my children are in school , what else can I wish for ?! Thanks to Give Directly ,I have done everything for myself . I have no target maybe expanding charcoal business . I need approximately $100 and I hope to get it from my current 'omena' business since it has picked up so well ." (Country: Kenya)
Kache's family
access_time 2 months ago
Kache received a $433 second payment.
"In the short-term I would love nothing more than to start a mini mart, run it and use it to give my kids a better education and future. With the right knowledge, I'm sure they can move to bigger and greater heights than we as their parents would have ever imagined." (Country: Kenya)
Mateso's family
access_time 2 months ago
Mateso received a $433 second payment.
"After spending most of the second transfer that I had received on the purchase of a piece of land, I am now eager to venture into other income-generating businesses. I would want to stock up my business so as to boost my daily income. Since my two boys are fast-growing, I would love to buy additional land where I can put up houses for them." (Country: Kenya)