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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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Juliana's family
access_time 4 days ago
Juliana enrolled.
"Receiving this money means food security for my family. I used to do small business selling porridge during market days in the nearby town. Four months ago I was run over by a bicycle and I got a fracture in my right leg. This injury gave me difficulty in walking and I have not been able to do my business like before thus depending on my children to fend for me. So when I get this transfer I will buy a dairy cow. In our culture, we value cows for milk. Iam optimistic that it will give us milk for household use and if in surplus I will sell to generate income. A good dairy is sold at KES 30000."
Stanley's family
access_time 4 days ago
Stanley enrolled.
"The biggest challenge is financial constraints. Our area is experiencing a long drought and farming has reduced due to insufficient rainfall thus depending on food vendors. We have dairy cows but their yield is low due to insufficient feeds and water. To get money for purchasing food I do motorcycle taxis. My income is not sufficient too since I spend most of my time looking for water for household use and livestock. On a good day, I earn KES 400 as profit and KES 200 for fueling."
Samwel's family
access_time 4 days ago
Samwel enrolled.
"I have always desired good education for all my children because I never got the chance to go to school. My last born son is currently in his third year of studies at a local university and paying for his school fees and other levies is an uphill task. My wife does casual jobs in order to support our family of four since I cannot do manual jobs due to old age. The KES 200 that she earns per day caters for food and other emergencies only. We sold all the four cows we had to pay for his school fees. I am excited because Givedirectly will lift this burden from me and my son will complete his education. I plan on clearing school fees in arrears of KES 26,000 and pay KES 30,000 for the next semester. Receiving this money therefore means a bright future for him."
Janet's family
access_time 4 days ago
Janet enrolled.
"Receiving this money depicts raising a healthy family. We have been buying milk for domestic use because we don't own a cow. We spend KES 50 a day on milk alone which is not enough for my two school-going children to drink and to make tea. I feel my children are lacking essential nutrients found in milk. I, therefore, intend to spend approximately KES 30,000 of the transfer to acquire one dairy cow. Fulfilling this ambition will bring a feeling of satisfaction in my life because the family will get enough milk to consume and lead a healthy life."
Nancy's family
access_time 4 days ago
Nancy received a $469 second payment.
"I am still having the same goal like I had before. My plan is to finish up building my house that I already started and buy two more cows to help in generating income."
David's family
access_time 4 days ago
David enrolled.
"Receiving this money means ownership of assets to me.I am a father of 4 children and I separated with my wife 4 years ago.I sold out my livestock both cows and goats to cater for the hospital bill which amounted to KES 240000. After the separation I encountered a bad accident that led to head damage in the year 2020 and I was admitted in the hospital for 2 months.At the moment I have been unable to purchase any livestock because I spend my incomes on monthly check ups and also in payment of school fees.This transfers will therefore enable me to buy two dairy cows each at a cost of KES 35000.With this I will be able to be at bar with my brothers in terms of wealth."
Judy's family
access_time 4 days ago
Judy received a $485 initial payment.
"We spent the transfer money on most of the things that we didn't have. We bought a calf at KES 16000, and two sofa seats which were costing KES 5600. Apart from that, we used KES 20000 in paying up the tuition fees for my two children, one who is in college, and the other who is in the university. We also used part of the money in improving the house that we live in, that is, we placed the ceiling board and glasses on the windows. We also bought a bag of maize at KES 3000 and with the remaining amount, we used it in buying clothes and a few utensils. Buying the calf and improving the house that we live in is what we had intended to do most with the transfer upon receiving it. The calf was going to be of great help to us in the future when it calves since we will be able to get milk for sale and also we can sell some of its offsprings and use the money in paying school fees for our children. We had built the house before but we had not managed to complete it very well since we lacked the money to do so. I usually do the business of buying and selling milk while my husband usually does that of buying and selling cows. The money that we usually make most of it usually goes to the payment of school fees for our four children, two who are in secondary school, and the other two in college and the university. We have hence so much grateful to GiveDirectly for enabling us to achieve what we never thought was going to be possible soon."
Philip's family
access_time 4 days ago
Philip received a $485 initial payment.
"We spent the transfer money on various things. We bought a cow at KES 35000. We also took KES 15000 and paid school fees for our two children who are in secondary school. Apart from that, we also bought beddings, clothes, and food with the remaining amount of money. Buying a cow and paying school fees was our biggest aim when we got the transfer. We wanted to buy a cow because we wanted something that was going to be our source of income in future and hence help us in payment of school fees for our children. We also still had quite a huge sum of money that we had to pay as school fees. I usually engage in doing casual jobs to earn a living. The money that I get paid most of it usually goes to the purchase of basic needs such as food and some I usually give out as my contribution to a self-help group that I have joined. The money that I get when it reaches my turn to receive the contributions from the group, is what I usually use in paying school fees for my children which unfortunately I was not able to complete paying. I am now hopeful that in the future, that is, coming May this year when another academic year begins, I will be able to pay the school fees at ease since the cow that I bought is about to calve. We will be able to get milk that we can sell and earn some better income. Apart from this, we will have cut down the cost of purchasing milk for our consumption as a family. We are hence so much grateful to GiveDirectly because our lives changed for the better."
John's family
access_time 4 days ago
John received a $485 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is seeing the growth of planted crops on my farm. Am happy because I know my family will have adequate food once we harvest hence reducing the cost of buying foodstuff. In addition, owning a cow means a lot since we will soon get enough milk for my family for consumption."
Philiph's family
access_time 4 days ago
Philiph received a $485 initial payment.
"It was late in the night when I was just about to retire to bed. I heard my phone ring and on taking it out to check who the message was from, I realized I had just been sent the KES 55000 that I had been promised by GiveDirectly officers. I felt happy and sad at the same time. Happy because I had received the money as promised and sad because I was going to use the money to buy x an dairy cow that would replace one that had just died among my livestock. I took the initiative of informing my wife that we had received the money and we went to check on our mother who had also received hers."