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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.
Alii's family
access_time 1 month ago
Alii received a $471 second payment.
"I am a motorcyclist. Before I started receiving funds, my family (my wife and four children) and I used to live in a one-roomed house that was very squeezed. It was my desire to have a bigger house to accommodate us but I was not able to do this as my daily earnings had drastically reduced from KES 1500 to KES 500. From it, I would only focus on putting my children through school and providing their meals. So, when I got the funds from give directly, using my first transfer, I bought some tree logs to facilitate the construction of my new house. Using the second transfer, I finished purchasing the needed materials and got to pay the builder so they could kick start the project. It is now complete and we have already moved in. I also used the funds to settle the KES 5000 school fee arrears of two of my children which I had forfeited for several months. Whatever amount remained, I used to buy five goats which were sold at KES 3300 for some financial security."
Kazungu's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kazungu received a $455 second payment.
"I am a father of six and I am the bread winner of the family. For the longest time now, I have been burning and selling charcoal to earn living and it hasn't been easy because, it takes two weeks to get two sacks of charcoal whereby a sack goes for KES 500. The KES 2000 that I earn per month can only afford my family food and therefore, other bills like school fees are left unpaid. Since my biggest wish was to own livestock, I spend KES 34000 to buy goats and the balance to clear school fees for my children. I am now a proud owner of livestock and I have a sense of belonging to my community which strongly embraces livestock. I'm also happy that my children can finally settle in school without being send home every now and then and I'm sure this will help them recovery the time that they lost and improve on their studies."
Kahindi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kahindi enrolled.
"Receiving this money from GiveDirectly means I will fulfill my dream of owning a chicken business in the village. I am planning to start this business with an initial capital of KES 30,000. The demand for chicken is high in the village and towns beyond especially during the festive seasons meaning I will have a ready market. I will use the profits from the sale of chicken to buy goats for domestic rearing. The sale of the goats means I will be able to educate my children well."
Masha's family
access_time 1 month ago
Masha enrolled.
"Receiving this money will help me join Secondary school. I finished primary school in April but I have been unable to join secondary school because my mother cannot raise the required admission fees. My mother is a widow taking care of 3 other siblings. Being jobless, the burden of responsibility is surely overwhelming to her and that is why she has failed to support me. This has forced me to defer my studies until next year January. It saddens me but there is currently no way out. Come Next year January, I will have saved the first 4 transfers which will be enough for my admission. For the subsequent transfers, I will purchase 10 goats for 20,000 KES. Once they multiply, I will be selling them and save the earnings. Confidently, the income will sustain my whole high school education."
Celestine's family
access_time 1 month ago
Celestine enrolled.
"This money is an assurance of good education and well-being. I am a form four student at Mnazimmwenga secondary school. My school journey has faced lots of hurdles, the main one being lack of school fees. I have a sister who is also schooling. My parents who are only charcoal burners, cannot match up with the fee requirements because of their little income. In a good month, they make 5,000 KES. This amount only caters for food. I plan to start livestock production which will aid in raising my school fees from now to university. I would not want my dream of becoming a high school teacher to be cut short. With 15,000 KES, I will buy 6 goats. Slowly, my animals will multiply and I will be selling them whenever I will be required to clear tuition fees."
Aisha's family
access_time 1 month ago
Aisha enrolled.
"Receiving this money means good education for me. I am in my final year in high school with the hope of joining University next year. Having struggled all through my high school life in terms of fee payment, I would want to invest in something that will guarantee a continuous income to sustain my higher learning. My parents who are responsible to pay my school fees have late been struggling. They cannot raise the required amount because they earn very little. Charcoal burning approximately earns them 4,000 KES per month. With other needs such as food and health care to be sorted, they only clear a tiny percentage, leaving the tuition fees to continue pilling. Currently, 15,000 KES needs to be cleared. I intend to use the transfers of the first four months to settle the arrears. Thereafter, I will purchase 10 goats at a total cost of 20,000 KES. By the time I will be ready to join University, the livestock will have multiplied and I will smoothly raise the admission fees."
Maureen's family
access_time 1 month ago
Maureen enrolled.
"I have 5 children, all are still at primary level. Their school expenses have been a burden to me and this has outwitted my struggle to fully keep them in school. My greatest desire has been to invest more in my children's education to ensure they have a good time in school. This will boost their chance of having decent jobs in the future and hence, a better life. On the other hand, I will also venture into livestock keeping especially goats to have a long-term project that I can depend on. Thus, this is generally what receiving this money means to me."
Kahonzi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kahonzi enrolled.
"I looked at my house and I feel sad. The roof is old while the walls are weak. I am scared that it may fall on me. Receiving this money means a decent house for my household. I am planning to spend the first transfer to buy new iron sheets and materials to erect pillars so that it is strong. Part of the second transfer will help me pay school fees for my granddaughters who are orphans and solely rely on me. The remaining amount will purchase 5 indigenous goats to keep as an investment that is going to assist me in the daily needs of the family."
Francis's family
access_time 1 month ago
Francis enrolled.
"We usually come together as a family every December where we celebrate by slaughtering a goat and chicken. I was worried that last year will not be the same because I did not have enough money but my children surprised me. They came together and contributed enough money to take care of all the expenses and the remaining money after the budget helped with some small repairs in the house. This brought joy and happiness into my life because I never knew that all will happen."
Tsetse's family
access_time 1 month ago
Tsetse enrolled.
"Receiving these transfers means that I will be able to venture into animal farming especially goats because they are resistant to drought. This is something that I have always wanted to do but lack of money has made it impossible for me to start it. Investing in this project is also a way for me to store my money which will make me a profit when they start to multiply this way I can also help my spouse in taking care of some household responsibilities."