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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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Alice's family
access_time 34 minutes ago
Alice received a $496 initial payment.
"With the many responsibilities I had been having raising my children, I have always found it hard to initiate the construction of a new house on the new piece of land that I bought some years back. I was lucky to have bought it with the already constructed hut but unfortunately, it had started leaking on the roof every time it rained. On receiving the first transfer, I opted to spend KES30000 on constructing a new one. It is now completed and we felt really good after moving in as it is spacious and also tidier than the previous one. I also settled a debt of KES 8000 with the shopkeeper, obtained a sack and half maize at KES 6000 that I found cheaper than the habitual small quantities I had been buying, and used the remaining amount on boosting the small grocery business I had been running in the nearby shopping center." (Occupation: Small business)
Daniel's family
access_time 34 minutes ago
Daniel received a $496 initial payment.
"I was so excited to receive a message bearing the good news that morning as I confirmed it with a heart full of joy. I was still at home with my wife then as it was a quarter past nine in the morning. On showing her that message, she was overjoyed to a point of getting emotional. This transfer came to us at the right time when we were really in need of it as we had been having a lot of plans but the insufficient financing could not allow us to execute." (Occupation: Small business)
Katana's family
access_time 1 hour ago
Katana received a $496 initial payment.
"It was in the afternoon when I was in my house relaxing after coming from herding my livestock which including cows, goats, and sheets. My phone was on charge which is a long distance from my house it had taken almost 2 days there. I sent my wife to take it, upon checking I realize there is a strange message indicating that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. It was a happy moment for the family for receiving my transfer which was later cut short by the death of my dad who was sick and by bad luck succumbed to the illness." (Occupation: Small business)
Mary's family
access_time 2 hours ago
Mary received a $496 initial payment.
"As a single mother to an only child, my greatest desire is for him to get a good education. I am hopeful that this will empower him to build a good life for himself. So I spent KES 30,000 of this transfer on education expenses for him. This amount was paid for his tuition and accommodation fees. I also spent KES 14,000 on the purchase of a sewing machine. I'm glad that I can earn some money from the tailoring business and provide for the basic needs of my son and me. Finally, I spent KES 9,000 on foodstuff to ensure that the household has enough to sustain us." (Occupation: Small business)
Betty's family
access_time 2 hours ago
Betty received a $496 initial payment.
"Buying milk has been my norm and I usually spend KES 50 daily on them. As a businesswoman who buys milk from farmers in the neighborhood and sells them at our nearest market, I rarely earn up to KES 200 as profits in a day. This is usually not enough to meet our basic needs and having a dairy cow to supplement my source of income had been my goal that I had not achieved until recently when I received the transfer since I was able to spend KES 30000 from it to acquire one and I am happy for this step that I have made. Also, I spent KES 10000 to pay school fees for my son who had been sent back home, KES 8000 on two sacks of maize and other foodstuffs for my family, and KES 6000 on clothes for my children."
Emily's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Emily enrolled.
"My husband's business of house construction has been down for a very long time since COVID 19 breakout. Sometimes, he goes for several months without a single job. As a result, I have had no joyous moment in the past six months. I look forward to better times, starting with the moment I will get my first transfer."
Robert's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Robert received a $496 initial payment.
"I was at my house relaxing when at 8 a.m, I heard a message notification come in. I got curious and when I checked my phone, I realised that I had received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly. I was so happy and could not wait to start building a new house for my family." (Occupation: Small business)
Sidi's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Sidi received a $496 initial payment.
"It had always been my dream seeing my children comfortable in school but due to lack of finances this appeared like a nightmare. I have been surviving with some small loans from chamas to sustain my family and paying the loans using my business of making and selling charchoals. But since the day I received the transfer, I was able to settle some bills and debts as well as planning for my family. Am grateful for the GiveDirectly support and am looking forward to the next transfer hopping that it will bring more positive impact in my life and my family at large."
Sidi's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Sidi enrolled.
"School fees burden has been my biggest headache lately. Receiving this money will be a big relief to me since it will ease this burden to a great extent. I have school fees arrears amounting to KES 31,000. My plan is using KES 25,000 to reduce the debt. I will also use another KES 25,000 to add stock to my retail shop business which I jointly run with my spouse. Improved sales in the business will help me pay the remaining school fees balance." (Occupation: Small business)
Christine's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Christine enrolled.
"Scarcity of food and water is the biggest challenge that I am currently facing. This is due to the ravaging drought that we are currently experiencing in our area. I buy three of four 20 litre jerricans of water per day at a cost of KES 50 each. This is very costly for me since I have to buy food every day for me and my three children. With most of the money going into buying food and water, paying school fees is now a problem to me. I am the sole bread winner since I seperated from my husband three years ago. I balance between casual jobs and my tailoring business inorder to get income. Both are very unreliable given the high poverty levels in this region."