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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.
Janet's family
access_time 1 hour ago
Janet received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"Over the past few months, I have diligently saved my transfers, resulting in significant progress towards realizing my aspirations. With careful financial planning, I have successfully acquired essential assets, including a sewing machine valued at $150 and two goats valued at $60. Additionally, I have been able to address my personal needs, including clothing. Having recently completed a two-year course in fashion design, I am now ready to embark on the next phase of my journey, establishing my own tailoring business. Securing the sewing machine through the transfers marks a critical milestone in this endeavor, leaving me with the remaining tasks of procuring sewing tools, materials, and securing a suitable business premises. Moreover, these transfers have provided me with a sense of independence by enabling me to support myself and meet my personal needs without relying my parents. Despite currently lacking a stable income, I am empowered to pursue my goals with confidence, thanks to the financial flexibility afforded by the transfers. As I move forward with my entrepreneurial ambitions, I am grateful for the support provided by the transfers, which have played a pivotal role in enabling me to take tangible steps towards realizing my dreams and achieving financial autonomy."
Dama's family
access_time 2 hours ago
Dama received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"I used to engage in the laborious task of cutting tree stumps and producing charcoal for sale. However, the physical demands of this work, coupled with its meager returns, depleted my energy rapidly. As a result, I have discontinued this occupation, as I no longer possess the strength to undertake the demanding task of digging up tree stumps for charcoal production. Presently, I rely entirely on monthly transfers to sustain my daily necessities. Recently, I allocated $30 towards purchasing building sand to facilitate repairs on my house. My intention is to apply plaster and construct sturdy stone pillars around the house to enhance its structural integrity and safety. Additionally, I invested $53 in acquiring two goats, recognizing that these animals will serve as a future source of income once the financial assistance concludes. Furthermore, $15 was designated for the purchase of food items, including sugar, maize flour, tea leaves, and vegetables, to ensure a nourishing diet. I am deeply grateful for the ongoing transfers, which play a pivotal role in meeting my basic needs and improving my quality of life."
Zawadi's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Zawadi received a $24 twenty-sixth payment.
"Anticipating my forthcoming share of the savings from the merry-go-round, valued at $80 and expected in mid-year, I have devised a strategic investment plan centered around acquiring goats. Through research, I have learned that goats can be acquired at a cost of approximately $30 each. This venture aligns with my overarching goal of eventually owning a cow, a more substantial asset that currently remains financially out of reach. By starting with goats, I aim to gradually accumulate a sufficient number to leverage for the purchase of a cow in the future. In addition to serving as a stepping stone towards this goal, goats also offer the added benefit of providing nutritious milk for my children, contributing to their well-being. Once I am able to acquire a cow, my focus will shift towards utilizing milk production both for family consumption and as a source of income through sales. This multifaceted approach underscores my commitment to ensuring the welfare and future prospects of my family. As a mother of 10, I am acutely aware of the need to plan ahead, exercise creativity, and pursue efficient strategies to safeguard my children's future while simultaneously meeting their present needs. Through strategic investments and forward-thinking initiatives like this, I am dedicated to creating a sustainable path towards prosperity and security for my family."
Kenga's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Kenga received a $24 fourteenth payment.
"Relying primarily on income from charcoal making, which often yields limited returns, the transfers have provided much-needed financial relief for my household. In addition to this, I also engage in goat rearing, which has proven invaluable during periods of financial strain, offering a reliable means of generating income through sales when needed. Given the stability and flexibility that goats provide as a financial resource, I am keen to capitalize on opportunities to expand my herd whenever possible. Saving a portion of the transfers for this purpose enables me to gradually increase my stock of goats. With their relatively low cost, often obtainable for as little as $40 per goat, this investment is both accessible and practical. The expansion of my goat herd serves as a form of financial security, offering a reliable fallback option during unforeseen financial emergencies. Their ease of care and affordability make them an ideal asset to have on hand, providing peace of mind knowing that I have a sustainable source of income to rely on when needed."
Fatuma's family
access_time 5 hours ago
Fatuma received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"Together with an additional $13 contributed by my husband, I allocated a total of $68 to purchase a new wooden bed measuring 4 by 6 feet along with a mattress. Previously, both my husband and I endured nights on the bare floor, using old, torn mattress pieces and sacks to shield ourselves from the cold. This arrangement proved uncomfortable and often resulted in back pains due to the uneven surfaces. Acquiring the new bed and mattress promises us a more comfortable sleeping environment and relief from these discomforts. The remaining $34 of our funds went towards purchasing a goat. Owning livestock has long been a dream of mine, but as a casual laborer selling charcoal and with my husband working as a hawker selling local toothbrushes, we struggled to accumulate enough savings from our respective incomes to afford livestock. Our earnings were primarily dedicated to supporting our family of eight members. The financial assistance provided through transfers has played a crucial role in realizing my aspiration of owning livestock, for which I am profoundly grateful."
Furaha's family
access_time 5 hours ago
Furaha received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"In addition to supporting my family's basic needs and supplementing my spouse's income as the sole earner, I am keen to explore investment opportunities in livestock, particularly goats. Recognized for their affordability and ease of rearing, goats present a promising avenue for investment. During school holidays, when the children are home and no fees payments are due, I plan to allocate resources towards acquiring goats. This strategic approach allows for focused attention on building a viable livestock venture alongside family commitments. Looking ahead, my objective is to leverage the assets accumulated through goat farming to finance a more substantial business endeavor. By strategically selling a portion of the goats, I aim to generate the necessary capital to establish a stable source of income before the conclusion of this project. This long-term vision underscores my commitment to securing financial stability and independence for my family, ensuring a brighter future beyond the duration of the current project."
Jeniffer's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Jeniffer received a $307 third payment.
"When I got my final transfer, I decided to upgrade my house's floor. It was made of cow dung and ash-based render. This made it unconducive for my husband, our two grandchildren, and me. I was tired of dealing with dust and replenishing it frequently, which required a lot of water. However, getting water was challenging due to the water shortage in our area. I used $300 for this project. My husband and I are farmers; we focus on crop production, specifically seed maize, under the Kenya Seed Company. We cultivate on our half-acre land, receiving seeds from the company, which they deduct from our income when they pay us. We sell all the produce to the Kenya Seed Company, except for the male produce, which we keep for our consumption at home. To create a memory of the support from GiveDirectly, I purchased two goats for $110. In addition, I set aside the remaining $40 to address daily needs such as food. Thank you, GiveDirectly, for your support. My life has improved significantly."
Zawadi's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Zawadi received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"I am considering investing in chickens. Currently, I have six chickens and forty chicks. My strategy is to nurture them until they mature, then sell them to purchase goats. Raising chickens is relatively simple, and providing them with feed is easy. I aim to save a significant portion of the proceeds from selling the chickens to improve my family's quality of life."
Irine's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Irine received a $307 second payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, my priority is to expand our home by adding another room. Currently, we only have a single room that serves as both a bedroom and a living area. This setup can be embarrassing when we have visitors, as there's no privacy and our personal belongings are on display. To address this, I plan to use the third transfer to purchase five goats, which I am optimistic will multiply over time. I am determined to achieve this goal by selling the goats and using the proceeds to construct the additional house and create a more comfortable and organized living space for my family."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Elizabeth received a $375 second payment.
"My primary goal revolves around expanding my livelihood by investing in more livestock, particularly goats, which I intend to procure using the proceeds from my current hotel business. With careful planning and dedication, I believe that this expansion will yield significant returns, providing me with a consistent income stream. This newfound financial stability will not only alleviate the financial burden of supporting my family but also enable me to comfortably afford the education of my three children. By prioritizing their education, I aim to provide them with the tools and opportunities they need to thrive, setting them on a path towards a brighter and more prosperous future."