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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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Bahati's family
access_time 4 days ago
Bahati received a $517 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the fact that I managed to revive my kiosk business. Initially, the business was not doing so well because most of the time, I was utilizing the capital to meet my family's needs. This made the business to collapse. I am now a proud businesswoman because the transfer has enabled me to buy more stock and I am now getting some good earnings. I am now meeting my family's needs with ease unlike before." (Occupation: Small business)
Katana's family
access_time 4 days ago
Katana received a $517 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the fact that I now own a second-hand motorbike. Previously I used to survive on casual jobs and subsistence farming to sustain the family which was not enough. Sometimes getting the basic needs like clothing, food, and paying school fees has never been easy. This is now history because having have started the motorbike business my living standard has changed. My family now gets enough food, good clothing, and many more changes. I am extremely grateful for this organization for financial support."
Maureen's family
access_time 5 days ago
Maureen received a $515 initial payment.
"Upon receiving my first transfer from GiveDirectly, I spend a large portion of 35000 KES on buying a lactating cow and a calf, this was necessary to our household since we had been buying milk for such a long time and this was the only way we could stop it. I also bought ten chicken for rearing each 350 KES. I invested in poultry so that I would have some eggs for sale and have some money for buying other family necessities. Part of the remaining amount, I spend to buy two sacks of maize worth KES 7000, I also spend KES 5000 on ploughing a piece of land and buying some farm inputs and the rest I gave to my husband to boost his business in a food kiosk which he runs in a nearby shopping centre."
Sharon's family
access_time 9 days ago
Sharon received a $514 initial payment.
"I was eagerly awaiting for the money we had been promised and the moment I received transfers from Give Directly I felt so happy. I knew indeed the dream of having a dairy cow shall come true. I was over joyed as I had never gotten such an amount before." (Occupation: Small business)
Alex's family
access_time 10 days ago
Alex received a $457 initial payment.
"My life is much better because I started a bar shop business which gives me profits daily. I can now afford to support my family with basic needs like food and treatment In addition, I have bought an ox which I intend use for ploughing my farm land that is after I have bought another using the second transfer. Previously, I had no oxen for ploughing though I had cows."
Gilbert's family
access_time 10 days ago
Gilbert received a $457 initial payment.
"My life has improved because through this cash transfer, I was in position to start up a drug shop business. I can now meet my basic needs and those of my parents because I earn on a daily basis. Secondly, I have repossessed my farm land and planted g-nut. Previously, I had no where to farm since I gave out my farm land as security for loan I got for my fees ."
Margret's family
access_time 10 days ago
Margret received a $457 initial payment.
"Before this cash transfer, I never farmed I would only look for labour from other community members inorder to get food for my family. Nevertheless, upon getting the unconditional cash transfer, I rented farm and planted g-nuts which I intend to sell and set up my own home since I am still staying with my parents " (Occupation: Small business)
Dama's family
access_time 10 days ago
Dama received a $514 initial payment.
"The financial support has enabled me to acquire a dairy cow which I am currently rearing in my homestead. This is what I have been yarning to own for all those years but I could not afford it because they are very expensive. I am positive that very soon I will stop the regular buying of milk for my family usage thus saving the money. In addition, I will be selling the remaining few liters to my neighbors to generate an income. Thus business will enable me to be paying school fees for my children in time and meeting their needs without straining."
Rashid's family
access_time 13 days ago
Rashid received a $457 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is seeing that I was able to start up a personal business that is earning me a daily income and make my personal decisions regarding it. Prior to getting a transfer from GiveDirectly, I used to work in another person's saloon where by I had no say in anything regarding the business (most especially the little pay I was getting)."
Budesta's family
access_time 13 days ago
Budesta received a $457 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the supper exceeding joy I am now feeling because I received money that has helped me to start up a business that will be income generating to my family. I fell stress free as well because initially I doubted receiving this money since it was long over due."