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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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Aisha's family
access_time 10 hours ago
Aisha received a $492 second payment.
"My life is currently different from how it would have been had I not received the transfer in that if it was not for the money I would still be languishing in poverty. Previously it was a real challenge to afford a whole day's meal. I am glad I am currently earning daily income from the motorcycle business."
Happiness's family
access_time 10 hours ago
Happiness received a $492 second payment.
"I bought a motorcycle on credit with a bigger portion of the second transfer. I did not have a reliable source of income and since motorcycle people are earning food money from motorcycle taxi business in our area, I invested in it. Part of the daily income I will be earning from it will service the credit I incurred while purchasing it amount while aportion I will be spending on my household needs. Aportion of the transfers I spent on constructing a pit latrine. Previously I used my neighbours latrine but I found it uncomfortable and inconveniencing especially at night. I am now proud I have my own decent latrine."
Mercy's family
access_time 11 hours ago
Mercy enrolled.
"Financial inadequacy has been the biggest hardship we have faced in life. I am a business lady in a nearby center selling groceries earning a profit of approximately Ksh 300 a day. Owing to the difficult economic times we are in, that amount of money cannot sustain a family of 5. I have 3 school-going children who are all in primary school. The money I get from my small business is not enough to cater for food and meet other school expenses."
Sellinah's family
access_time 15 hours ago
Sellinah enrolled.
"My longing has been to start long-term investment in the livestock business, but due to financial challenges, this dream has never come to pass. Receiving this money means fulfilling my long-time desire. I am planning to spend 60,000 shillings on the business. I will be purchasing goats at our rural areas at approximately 4000 shillings per each and later sell them at our nearby center at roughly 5500 shillings. This is going to generate income for my family of 3. The profit is enough to sustain my family's needs such as food because in a day they spend 200 shillings. I will save the remaining amount for my child's education future who is 1 year old. Apart from the business, I will spend the remaining amount on roofing my house which is incomplete so that we can leave comfortable life." (Occupation: Small business)
Dama's family
access_time 5 days ago
Dama enrolled.
"I have desired to start a business ( retail shop) but due to financial instability, this dream has never come to pass. Receiving this transfer means fulfilling my long-time desire. I am planning to spend 70,000 shillings to start the business at our nearby center. This is going to generate income for my family of 8 members. In a day I can make 1000 shillings as profit. This will be enough to sustain all our basic needs such as food. Approximately, my family spends 400 shillings a day. I will be saving the extra amount for my children's future education. Apart from the business, I am planning to spend the remaining amount to take my husband to a referral hospital for medication. He has been suffering from eczema ( skin disease) for almost 6 years."
Everline's family
access_time 6 days ago
Everline enrolled.
"My greatest desire has been to own a spacious iron-roofed house but this has never been possible to me. This has forced me to live in a grass-thatched house that is leaking whenever it is raining. I plan to spend $350 of the first transfer to construct the house and about $150 will help me to buy a sewing machine in order to start my dressmaking business. On the other hand, I intend to start livestock keeping that will act as my long-term investment project because as of now, I don't have anything to depend on. I, therefore, wish to start with 5 goats and 2 indigenous dairy cows which will cost me $150 and $300 respectively. This will have a positive change on my livelihood and hence, a better life."
Lina's family
access_time 6 days ago
Lina received a $496 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I used to do small grocery business at the market. The amount of profit that I get from this business is so small and Cannot meet all the basic needs including paying school fees for my children. I used to walk up very early in the morning to go to market get the grocery. I could not get enough time to spend with my family members. Currently because I have cleared all the school fees for my children I no longer do much of this job rather devote much of my time on my farm for planning. My family now have enough food to eat and also sell the surplus to earn an income to meet other basic household needs. My children could be sent home to collect the school fees and this was affecting the performance. I am so happy because the performance has improved so much. Give directly helped me to over come this challenges. My business is also doing so well and Iam pretty sure that I will pay next term school fees." (Occupation: Small business)
Recho's family
access_time 6 days ago
Recho received a $496 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I have bought a water tank. I used to walk for a long distance to get clear water for drinking and for domestic used. This was taking much of my time which I could have used to do other chores. During the rainy season it's so slippery and this is so risky and one can likely fall down and get injured. My grandchild usually helps but but this is after school. When I received the second transfer I bought a water tank for storing clear water for domestic and for my cows. This has reduce the amount of time that I could used to look for water. I am planning to start a horticulture farming because I have enough water to water it. I will be in a position to have enough vegetables for the family and sell the surplus at the market to earn an income to meet other basic household needs. I am so grateful for the support." (Occupation: Small business)
Thuheni's family
access_time 6 days ago
Thuheni received a $498 second payment.
"Had I not received the transfer I would still be depending on my spouse. Thanks to the Give Directly transfers I was able to start up a business. Being independent is the best feeling ever. I can now budget and meet my needs on my own without depending on someone's money."
Ruwa's family
access_time 6 days ago
Ruwa received a $498 second payment.
"Initially I did not have a reliable source of income, instead, I relied on casual labour. I am glad through the transfers I have a stable business which gives me daily income. I also invested in oxen which I am currently using to plough people's farms. This is another source of income."
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