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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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Mapenzi's family
access_time 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 4 months 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."
Amos's family
access_time 1 year ago
Amos received a $501 initial payment.
"It was around 1.30pm while fishing when I heard a message alert on my phone. On checking it, I found out it was the GiveDirectly transfers I had been eagerly waiting for. I was very happy and immediately stopped fishing and went back home to relay the good news to my wife and she was equally excited. That day we didn't have household items but GD came to our rescue on a timely manner."
John's family
access_time over 1 year ago
John received a $448 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the feeliing of free expression. This is because I was able to buy a boat that I will use as one of my fishing tools. This will be my source of income to sustain my family. Prior to buying my personal boat, I used to sail with other fishers and they made fun of me being just a dependant on them. With my own boat, I will be an employer yo some of them."
Dan's family
access_time almost 2 years ago
Dan received a $470 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the relief and joy I feel for having got this unconditional transfer that has enabled me to buy an ox plough and a bull that I will be using to timely cultivate on my land. This will as well serve as my source of income when people in the community need to hire my ox plough for their own use. Prior to getting this money, I used to go fishing as a way to meet the demands of my family. Now that I have my ox plough, I have reduced the fishing work."