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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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Kangombe's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Kangombe enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a better future for my children since I have desired to educate them to university. I have been worried about realizing this dream but with the arrival of GiveDirectly to our village, I am optimistic about materializing my ambition. My plan once I receive these transfers is to spend KES 55000 to pay school fees for my 2 children who are in secondary school and one in college. This will allow them to settle in school and hence, a better performance. I will further spend KES 30000 to construct a separate structure for my family, this is because I am currently sharing a house with my cowife. With the remaining amount, I intend to buy 5 goats that will act as an investment project to support my children's education in the future."
Sharon's family
access_time 1 day ago
Sharon received a $496 initial payment.
"I was at home doing my house chores when I heard my phone ringing, it was exactly 9:am upon checking the message I saw a Mpesa notification showing that I had received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly, I was overwhelmed with joy upon receiving the money, I knew that I was going to buy a cow just the way I had planned, my hopes were revived that finally, I would be able to earn an income. I am grateful for the support that changed my life."
Paul's family
access_time 1 day ago
Paul enrolled.
"Sleeping in one grass-thatched house with my children has brought shame and discomfort to me and my husband. We no longer have privacy in the house, this is worsened when visitors come overnight. With this money I will prioritize building a two-roomed house with KES 60000, this will bring us peace and happiness now that shame will no longer be part of our life. I am also struggling to buy milk for my family making me feel the pain of the high price of milk. Having our cow will help us milk our milk and feed the family well, this gives me the thought of buying my cow with KES 30000. My husband is also struggling to provide food and other basic needs like clothing for the family. To relieve him with this I will budget the remaining money for food and clothing for the family."
Zeddy's family
access_time 1 day ago
Zeddy enrolled.
"My cow delivered who could produce up to 10 Litres of milk a day. This milk I could sell as a source of income. I earned up to KES 4000 per month. This helped me to clear school fees. My son had an easy time studying in school when my other business went down due to COVID-19. It brought joy to my life knowing he can concentrate on his studies."
Stephen's family
access_time 1 day ago
Stephen enrolled.
"Receiving this money means better housing for my family. Currently, we are living in a big mud house. Due to rains, it needs to be smeared every week which is very tiresome and time-consuming. The smearing material(soil) has to be taken from down in the stream very far from my house. My wife who does this work is getting old, she gets sick every time she goes down there. With this money, I plan to cement my house so it would be easier to clean. It will cost me KES 50,000. For the rest of the amount, I plan to purchase dairy cows as a way of increasing income-generating activities."
John's family
access_time 1 day ago
John enrolled.
"I used to own a lot of cows but over the years I sold them to pay school fees for my children. I have three children in school, I pay up to KES 40,000 a year. I operate a small food outlet at a nearby shopping center, but my income of KES 5000 a week cannot meet my family's needs. Receiving this money means my burden of school fees has been greatly reduced as I will pay off a whole year. The money I will be making from the business will go into other needs. For the rest of the amount, I plan to renovate my house, buy house furniture and utensils."
Chebet's family
access_time 1 day ago
Chebet enrolled.
"The thought of this transfers brightens my future. This is for the simple reason that where I have been inadequate in terms of expanding my source of income for my family will be a realized dream.I live next to Chepalungu forest. It is against this backdrop that I want to take advantage of the resource because it will provide me with free pasture.I intend to purchase a dairy cow worth KES 35000 and the rest of the money will be used to do finishing for my house which has stalled for sometime now."
Selima's family
access_time 1 day ago
Selima enrolled.
"The mainstay economic activity in our place is livestock keeping. Sometimes in 2011, there was an outbreak of lethal maize necrosis that ravaged our maize crops , to date the disease still exists and maize production has been a thing of the past. So we depend on livestock especially cows. At the moment I do not any, I sold the one I had to pay school fees for my children. I was so happy when I heard that give directly were coming to our place. My aspiration is to buy a dairy cow worth KES 35000. I will use the rest of the money to pay for school fees."
Sigei's family
access_time 1 day ago
Sigei enrolled.
"I am a farmer who uses a hoe to prepare my farm for planting. Using this tool is energy consuming and it takes me 1 month to get my 1.5-acre farm ready to be planted. I have had the desire to own oxen to ease my work in the farm but this dream has never materialized due to lack of finances. I keep a dairy cow that produces 5 liters of milk daily which I sell at KES 30 for every liter. This translates to KES 4500 every month and all of it is spent on paying school fees for my son, leaving me with nothing. Receiving this money will make my farming a bit easier and faster, therefore, saving me time to focus on other important things."
Stanley's family
access_time 1 day ago
Stanley enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a improved living standard of my family. I depend on dairy farming as a source of income which I thank God it has been doing well. I plan to use around KES 30,000 to add another dairy cow. This will increase my income in future so to meet school fees for my 3 children who are about to join secondary level. The remaining amount I will use in building a house to my grown up sons and other family basic needs."