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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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Samwel's family
access_time 8 hours ago
Samwel received a $492 second payment.
"My recent transfers which I received from GiveDirectly, I spent KES 25000 on buying a dairy cow for milk production. I then bought 3 sheep at a cost of KES 6000. The remaining amount, I spent KES 9000 on buying 3 sacks of maize for consumption and KES 5000 on buying clothes for my children. I invested Kes 8000 on adding stock to my shop so that I would earn some profit."
Mercy's family
access_time 9 hours ago
Mercy received a $492 second payment.
"My second transfers which I received from GiveDirectly, I spent KES 26000 to buy a dairy cow for milk production. The remaining portion, I spent KES 14000 on buying furniture for our new house. I also spent KES 4000 on buying a sheep for rearing. The rest I spent on buying clothes for my children."
Aisha's family
access_time 9 hours ago
Aisha received a $492 second payment.
"I completed constructing my house that I started construcring with the first transfer. Previously I had a smaller house which was almost falling down. I feared it could fall on us but since we could not afford another house we had stay in it. I am glad through the Give Directly transfers, I was able to construct a brick house. I now have a decent house. Aportin of the money I spent on a cow for rearing. I am hopeful that after it has given birth I will not only have additional cows but also I will benefit from milk ."
Mutai's family
access_time 12 hours ago
Mutai enrolled.
"I borrowed a cow from my employer to provide dairy products to my family. Our agreement with the owner was for me to look after the cow as I milk until calving. The duration has elapsed and very soon he is going to come for her and the calf. I will then return to buying milk for my family to use. Receiving this transfer will mean that I will be in a position to buy one dairy cattle of my own for 40,000 shillings and another additional 10,000 to purchase start-up feeds for the cattle. For the remaining amount, I intend to purchase a motorcycle to be used to transport surplus milk to the nearest market center and sometimes conduct taxi services. By doing this, I will be having a daily income of more than 300 shillings."
Chadi's family
access_time 12 hours ago
Chadi enrolled.
"My house collapsed due to heavy rains that we experienced in our area and this forced me to seek shelter from my co-wife's house. Receiving this money will, therefore, mean a 2 roomed new iron-roofed house for my son and me so that we reduce the congestion that we have caused in where we currently sleep. I plan to spend $400 on my first transfer to construct the house and $100 will help me to buy new beddings that will replace the old ones. With my second disbursement, I will use $280 to buy 2 indigenous dairy cows that will produce milk once they breed, which I can sell to earn an income and also for household use. The remaining amount will help me to buy food and also to clear some school fee arrears when schools reopened. This will have a positive change in my livelihood because I have suffered for a long time."
Kadzo's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"My house is just braving the strong wind of our area and I am always worried that it may collapse anytime. I have wished to construct a decent one but due to financial challenges, this has never been possible to me. Receiving this money means a better house for me because I plan to spend utmost $300 of my first transfer to have the house constructed. The remaining amount of the first disbursement will help me to buy a modern bed and a mattress to replace the old ones which never give me nice sleep. On the other hand, I intend to start livestock keeping that will help me in the future whenever needs arise. I, therefore, plan to use $450 on my second transfer to buy 3 indigenous dairy cows that will provide me with milk to sell and for my consumption. The remaining amount will support me to buy some very basic needs like food."
Jumwa's family
access_time 5 days ago
Jumwa enrolled.
"Since I don't have a reliable source of income, the only way that I can save my money is through investing in livestock. By doing so, I will have the opportunity to sell and earn profit in the future when they multiply. I, therefore, intend to buy 5 goats and 2 indigenous dairy cows at $150 and $300 respectively, using my first transfer. On the other hand, I wish to smooth finish the floor of my house because sometimes our area is infested with triggers and this will prevent my family from being affected by these dangerous parasites. This will cost me the utmost $200. The remaining amount will help me construct a separate house for my children since we share the same room, yet they are big enough to have a different structure. This will bring more joy to me since my livelihood will have changed for the better."
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."
Kana's family
access_time 6 days ago
Kana enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a new house for my family because I have desired to have a decent one, but due to financial instability, this has never been possible for me. I intend to spend $400 on the first transfer to ensure the house is complete. On the other hand, I also wish to start livestock keeping to have a project that will help my children in the future. I, therefore, intend to buy 10 goats and 1 indigenous dairy cow at $300 and $200 respectively. This will guarantee me a better livelihood since my life will automatically change for the better once I achieve my dream."
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."
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