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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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Karisa's family
access_time 7 months ago
Karisa enrolled.
"Spending my youthful energy doing very tiresome and odd jobs like charcoal burning and fishing is something that has robbed away my joy. This is because my income is very low and it can not support my needs and those of my aging parents. I always feel so painful knowing that my parents are surviving on the mercies of well-wishers. I, therefore, consider the lack of decent work as my biggest challenge at the moment."
Robert's family
access_time 9 months ago
Robert enrolled.
"I dropped out of school in class six out of lack of school fees. After, I went into casual jobs to earn a living and support my siblings. I, later on, joined fishing in a nearby water pan. This is what I have been doing to support my family. It is not a stable source of income since we sometimes just catch one small fish. I earn an average of KES 400 a day. I am happy about this since it has enabled me to build an iron-roofed house and to meet my household's daily basic needs. After getting married ten months ago, I have been struggling to buy a cow. This has not been possible with the overwhelming daily household needs. To me receiving this cash transfer means a dream come true. I am planning to use KES 20000 to buy a heifer. This is an asset to my family and from it will have milk. This will reduce my daily expenditures and we will have enough milk for consumption. This means good health among us and extra earnings from milk sales."
Kazungu's family
access_time 10 months ago
Kazungu received a $11 initial payment.
"I have four children in school, two are in primary and the rest are in secondary. The secondary school that my children go to is in a different town and commuting every day is costly. So, I rented a place for them where I pay KES500 monthly. When I received the funds from give directly, I had rent arrears of KES500 that I was unable to clear, school fee arrears of KES6000, and KES1000 for the children in secondary, and primary school respectively. Since there was a notice of eviction, I opted to settle it, then reduce the arrears for the ones in primary school by KES500 and the KES200 that remained, I used it to buy food. These funds have been very helpful now that I am struggling in my work as a fisherman. I am using someone else's fishing net that happens to be torn. This has reduced my efficiency at work and I only make KES1500 weekly."
Mapenzi's family
access_time 12 months ago
Mapenzi enrolled.
"The biggest challenge I am facing is lack of money to attend to my family's basic needs such as food and clothing. This is because both my husband and I are jobless and we only rely on my father-in-law's fishing occupation to survive. Sometimes we go without food for several days because we lack money to buy food."
Foleni's family
access_time 12 months ago
Foleni enrolled.
"Receiving this money from GiveDirectly means food security for my family. I have been relying on fishing for over a decade now to feed my family. The drought that lasted for over 2 years in my village rendered the river dry hence I could no longer get the fish. This has made it difficult for me to buy enough food for my family. I am planning to use 48,000KES to buy enough food for my family. We consume four bales of maize flour in a month. With 48,000KES, I can buy a total of 48 bales of maize flour each valued at 1,000KES which are enough to sustain my family for a whole year. I will further use 30,000KES to buy two beds and two mattresses for my family of eight. This will ensure I get a nice sleep after long-day struggles to make ends meet."
Zawadi's family
access_time 12 months ago
Zawadi enrolled.
"My husband relies on fishing for our livelihood. He gets between 150KES-200KES a day which gets exhausted in supplying food for our family of eight children.I have been longing to start keeping goats since we have a vast land of thicket where they can easily graze. The coming of GiveDirectly transfers will aid me get a goat each month for six months. Once multiplied, the goats will support me pay school for my children."
Chengo's family
access_time 1 year ago
Chengo enrolled.
"Apart from being a motorbike rider, I am sometimes involved in fishing at our nearby river, so that I sell the fish and earn an income. I once went to the river and surprisingly, I managed to get a lot of fish that I sold to earn $10 that day. This income gave me the feeling of happiness because it supported my family for 3 days with food after having gone through a rough week of skipping meals. This is basically what brought joy to my life especially in the last 6 months."
Maazo's family
access_time 1 year ago
Maazo enrolled.
"Lack of food is the greatest challenge I currently face. My job, fishing, is greatly affected by drought. I hardly save a coin from my daily income of approximately 200KES.All my resources were drained towards paying fees and food."
Kazungu's family
access_time 1 year ago
Kazungu enrolled.
"Am married to two wives. My first wife has seven children and the second has nine. Paying school fees for my two children who are in secondary and six in primary has drained all my resources including my two acres which i had to keep it on collateral. My current job is fishing bringing home of about 200KES a day which is not enough to supply three meals a day for my family.Receiving this cash will enable my family get enough food,probably three meals a day. Once meals are sorted, with a monthly saving of 1000KES I will be able to off set some of the fee arrears."
Fransiscar's family
access_time 1 year ago
Fransiscar enrolled.
"The challenges that I am facing are as a result of limited finances. My husband is a fisherman working away from home while I am here at home doing casual jobs. He rarely comes home and occasionally sends me money. Fishing in the ocean depends on the season. Currently we are at the off pick season. In a week, he sends us between KES 200-500. This is barely enough to cater for all the needs here at home. I have 3 children; feeding them, clothing them and paying their school fees has been an uphill task."