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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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Evalin's family
access_time 4 days ago
Evalin received a $499 initial payment.
"I spent KES 11,500 on modern household furniture because I had the old arm chairs which weren't comfortable especially for visitors. I spent KES 10,000 on a heifer because soon it will be a source of milk and income for my family. Initially, I used to buy a litre of milk at KES 50 per day and it was quite unreliable. I also KES 1700 on water storage container to help in water preservation because water sources are very far in our place. I also spent KES 10,000 on latest clothing fashion and school uniforms because my kid's clothes were tattered especially during the long school holiday as a result of Corona outbreak. I also spent KES 7500 on two and half bags of maize meal because my maize crop didn't do well last harvest season as a result of heavy rains in the last year. I also spent KES 5500 on a goat house in order to keep them safe from rains and cold."
Marietar's family
access_time 4 days ago
Marietar enrolled.
"Receiving this money will help me start goat farming which has always been my wish. Goats multiply very fast. This will enable me buy a dairy cow in future when I sell the some of the goats. My budget for this is 150 USD. I also have an unfinished house. Construction stalled due to lack of money. With 220 USD I will be able to finish my two roomed house."
Sidi's family
access_time 5 days ago
Sidi received a $499 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am now hopeful and happier because the financial support empowered me to purchase goats. These have been the well thoughtful living assets that I had aspired to rear for quite a long time but I could not afford them because they were very costly. Therefore on receiving the transfers, my first priority was to buy them. I opted to keep them because if you compare them with the other domestic animals, they reproduce twice a year, and the offspring mature very fast. This makes me believe they will increase in number within a short period of time making me wealthier. In the near future when they multiply, I will be selling the matured offspring to the local markets and save the money for my children's education. Also, I will be using the same money in meeting my family's needs ie daily food, and many more."
Mercy's family
access_time 8 days ago
Mercy received a $498 initial payment.
"The transfer has brought a big positive change in our lives as a family. We have been able to achieve what seemed to be a dream to us. The two houses that we built with the transfer are almost ready. When they become ready, we will be able to have enough space for ourselves and the children. Guests too visiting our house will be able to have somewhere to sleep in and hence they will no longer suffer in getting somewhere to sleep. Having also constructed the houses, we will no longer be having stress thinking of where we are going to get the money to do so. We can hence concentrate on other developments such as paying for the children’s school fees. The goats that we bought will be of great help to us especially in the future. We are going to take care of them and they will reproduce and multiply in number quickly. We can hence sell some of the offsprings and use the money on other things such as paying school fees for the children. Other than the above, our children are so happy because they have been able to get new clothes for themselves. We, therefore, thank GiveDirectly a lot because they came through for us in a big way, may God bless you."
Ambrose's family
access_time 8 days ago
Ambrose received a $498 initial payment.
"The transfer has brought a big difference in my life and that of my family because it has enabled us to achieve our dream. We have been able to start the project of rearing chickens, goats, and sheep that I believe will help us now and in the future. The chickens will enable us to get eggs that we can sell and use the money to cater to household needs such as buying food and other small household items such as sugar, soap, etc. The goats and the sheep that I will buy with the money that is remaining will be of great help to us especially in the future. This is because they will reproduce and multiply in number. I can hence sell some of the offsprings and use the money on other important things such as paying school fees. I have also been able to pay my son’s school fees with the transfer and I will not be having any stress about where I am going to get the money to do so. My child who is about to complete his primary education will also be able to study well without his studies being interrupted by school fees arrears. I sometimes go to look for casual jobs so that I can get money to buy food for my family. The two bags of maize that I bought will from hence enable us to have something to eat for a while. I will hence no longer be having worries about what my family is to eat and I can concentrate on my farm work."
Leonard's family
access_time 8 days ago
Leonard received a $498 initial payment.
"I have practiced livestock keeping and I am happy that has given me knowledge of livestock farming as well as earning a living. I built the desire to add more but couldn't due to limited resources. When I received my first transfer, I purchased a cow and five goats through cash transfer. I am glad that my desires have been met since I have added animals to my cowshed. Had it not been for the financial help from GiveDirectly, then it would have taken many years to acquire them. I will be selling them in case of a financial emergency as well as raising more money to finance my children's education through milk sales."
Regina's family
access_time 9 days ago
Regina received a $500 initial payment.
"The transfer from GiveDirectly helped us in a big way that we had never imagined. We first gave out church tithes and with the remaining amount, we used it in other activities and developments that we had planned. We first decided to clear the school fees arrears that we had at school. Clearing the arrears had become a challenge for us to do because we owed the school a lot of money. After getting done with that, we decided to invest some of the money in the shop business that we have. We decided to do so that we can get more income in return that will hence help us with other things such as buying food. We also bought a calf with part of the transfer. Buying this calf is a way of securing money. We will take care of it and when it matures enough, we will sell it and use the money on important things such as paying school fees for our children. There was still a little bit of money left, and we decided to use it by buying a few clothes for our children. We were not in a position to do the above things before especially to clear the school fees arrears because we did not have the money to do so. My husband has a small business of buying and selling goats and as for me, I usually operate the shop business. The money that we get from the two businesses has mostly been going to the payment of school fees and buying food. We hence thank GiveDirectly because they came through for us at the time we needed money the most."
Kadzo's family
access_time 10 days ago
Kadzo received a $500 initial payment.
"I spent my transfers to build a house for my family, to buy three goats and to pay school fees for my children. I have four children and I cut and sell charcoal for a living. My husband's main occupation is also cutting and selling charcoal. We live in a small house and we are forced to squeeze in the house. We could have never acquired the resources to build a house without the help from GiveDirectly. We are very grateful."
David's family
access_time 10 days ago
David received a $500 initial payment.
"This transfer has brought a big difference in my life and that of my family. I have been able to buy the cow that I have always wanted to have. I will hence no longer have to buy milk. My children will hence have milk for their consumption and they will no longer have to suffer. The he-goat that I bought will be of great help to me because the she-goats that I have will now be able to reproduce and multiply in number very fast. My business too will be able to grow after I invested some money in it. This way, I will be able to earn more income that can help me with other important things. Thank you GiveDirectly for helping me in this way."
Richard's family
access_time 10 days ago
Richard received a $500 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is increased happiness in my family because the transfers enabled to provide food and school fees for my family. My biggest struggle was school uniforms, school fees and food.I am also happy because I now have a young bull which can later be sold for a dairy cow which will act as a long term investment for my family. Nowadays, I am stress free because I don't struggle to do casual labor anymore and now concentrate on my work. I am also happy because the goat house I built has made my goats grow heathier than before."
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