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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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Ramazan's family
access_time 2 months ago
Ramazan received a $464 initial payment.
"I plan to spend most of my first transfer to build a permanent house. I used part of my transfer to buy livestock such as two goats, chicken that will act my personal assets."
Zawadi's family
access_time 2 months ago
Zawadi received a $516 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying some livestock such as ox and chicken, which will now serve as the living assets that I can lean on just in case of any emergencies. I also bought some new beddings such as a new bed and a mattress. These were to replace the old beddings that I have been using for all those years. I then cleared some hospital bills since I have been sick for the past year and I could not afford to go to the hospital due to the poverty life had stricken my homestead. The remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuffs for my children and better clothes."
Bahati's family
access_time 2 months ago
Bahati received a $517 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying a dairy cow and three goats and chicken which cost KES 29000. I later bought some beddings such as a bed and a mattress to replace the traditional bed that I have been using for all those years. I then bought a bicycle which is now helping me in fetching water from the dam. I also bought a water tank which will be helping me in collecting and storing rainwater. The remaining amount of money, I am using it in buying enough foodstuffs for my family that would take us to the next harvesting season."
Salama's family
access_time 2 months ago
Salama received a $519 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials such as iron sheets, building poles, timber, and nails. This was for the construction of a new house because the previous one was in a hectic condition and almost falling. I then bought some chicken as the living assets that I can lean on just in case of any financial difficulties. The remaining amount I am using it in buying enough foodstuffs for my family and some other household needs."
Halima's family
access_time 2 months ago
Halima received a $518 initial payment.
"Having have constructed a special house for my chicken has brought the biggest difference in my daily life. Initially, I have been practicing poultry farming but I did not give adequate resources to build their own house, and therefore I used to keep them in my own house which was unhygienic. In addition, most of the time some of the chickens were always stolen especially when I was not at home. This made me encounter loss and I was even thinking of quitting this time of farming. However, after receiving my first transfer all went well since I managed to construct a spacious house for them and this makes their environment to be conducive. There is now enough security and this assures me of getting sufficient products."
Samwel's family
access_time 2 months ago
Samwel received a $515 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying some livestock such as chicken and dairy cow. This will now be the living assets that I can depend on just in case of my financial difficulties. I also bought some clothes as I use to wore only same clothes almost on a daily basis. The remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuffs for my family and some other household items."
Kipkorir's family
access_time 2 months ago
Kipkorir received a $515 initial payment.
"When Give Directly came to our village and promise us after enrollment that we shall have a lumpsum amount that will support us to improve our livelihood. I started planing for it and settled on carrying out poultry farming and sheep rearing which is easy to manage due to my old age. After receiving the money, I bought building materials and chain link wire for fencing perimeter enclosure for rearing birds. Now I have completed constructing the structures and bought a few chicken to start with. I also bought three sheep that I will be rearing so that in case of a financial need I will sell a few. I am certain that with time they will reproduce and increase in number and act as assets. The remaining portion I spent on purchasing some food items for the family."
Maureen's family
access_time 2 months 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."
Lemuel's family
access_time 3 months ago
Lemuel received a $515 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying livestock. I bought a dairy cow and some chicken for rearing. This has been my long time desire but I could not afford it because of my low income. Before I use to spend a lot on buying milk and now having my own cow would enable me to cut daily expenditure. when chicken would lay eggs, I would sell to generate some income which I would in turn spent on buying other necessities. The remaining amount, I bought sufficient foodstuffs for my family and some clothes for myself and other family members."
Kitsao's family
access_time 3 months ago
Kitsao received a $514 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying a second-hand motorbike at KES 30000. I have been depending on the casual jobs for so many years and I was always paid on commission which was not enough for my family daily needs. I believe owning the motorbike will uplift my living standards. I then bought a piece of land at a total of KES 20000. I previously used to lease from my friends which were very expensive. I also bought some chicken as my living assets that I can depend on my just in case I have financial difficulties. The remaining amount of money, I used to buy some enough foodstuffs for my family."
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