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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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Katana's family
access_time 2 hours ago
Katana received a $496 initial payment.
"It was in the afternoon when I was in my house relaxing after coming from herding my livestock which including cows, goats, and sheets. My phone was on charge which is a long distance from my house it had taken almost 2 days there. I sent my wife to take it, upon checking I realize there is a strange message indicating that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. It was a happy moment for the family for receiving my transfer which was later cut short by the death of my dad who was sick and by bad luck succumbed to the illness."
Sammy's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Sammy received a $496 initial payment.
"When I received my transfer, I thought of buying a cow and a goat so that in the future I would be able to earn an income, I am a farmer and currently, I make very little from the farm, therefore I used KES 26,000 in buying a dairy cow and KES14000 for a goat. I then paid school fees for my two school-going children, and lastly, I bought foodstuff that would last us for a while, I am so grateful for the support that lifted my living standard."
Joyce's family
access_time 5 hours ago
Joyce received a $496 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember vividly like yesterday that it was around 10 am. I had taken my cows to the field. When I came back home as I was checking my phone I got a message indicating that I have received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy because I have never received such amount of money before. I inform my family members and they were so happy. I knew I would be able to buy a heifer and goats. This has been always my wish. I went to withdrew the money and planned on how to spend time with my family."
William's family
access_time 6 hours ago
William enrolled.
"With the money from give directly, I will start a buying and selling of goats business. There is a market 5 kilometres from my home town where I can sell the goats. With the profit I will be able to provide basic needs and pay school fees for my kids."
Maria's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Maria enrolled.
"Receiving this money means continued education for my children. I plan to achieve this though livestock farming. I will spend KES 30,000 to buy ten indigenous goats because they do we in our area due to prolonged dry spell. As they multiply, I will sell at a profit and use the proceeds for school fees, uniform and stationary. The rest of the transfer will go to purchasing three beds and mattresses, food and water as well as treatment for my livestock."
Sidi's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a sustainable and reliable source of income. I currently depend on charcoal business to provide for my children's needs. With my husband who is not working due to an accident he got, it has become very hard to cater all my family needs alone. Therefore, I plan to buy goats which will be like a future investment for my family. I will use the goats when they give birth to pay school fees in the event I fail to do it with my charcoal business."
Rose's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Rose enrolled.
"The money will make my dream of being self reliant come true. I am a mother of one without any form of employment. I only depend on my husband to provide for me. At my age ( 20 years), and still fully depending on someone to cater for my needs lowers my dignity. I intend to buy 10 goats at a total cost of 30,000 KES. The goats will be a source of income for me. Once they multiply, I will be selling them at a profit. The income will go straight into to sorting some needs of my family without bothering my husband. I will also be considered as a valuable person since I will no longer be depending on anyone."
Claris's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Claris enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a better house for my family. I am living in a one bed room house which is small and has a leaking roof. I plan to spend KES 30,000 to build a decent two roomed house. The remaining amount will use it to clear an outstanding balance of school fees so that I get my leaving certificate which had remained there for five years now. Besides I will purchase five indigenous goats so as to have assets that will help me in future when in need."
Katana's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Katana enrolled.
"Receiving this money means continued education for my children. I plan to spend KES 35,000 to clear school fees for my two children who are in their final year. I will also spend KES 20,000 to buy three beds and mattresses so that we have comfort after using the traditional beds for over ten years. The remaining transfer will use to buy four high brid goats so as to produce milk for domestic consumption and sell surplus for income."
Sidi's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a sustainable income to my household. I am planning to spend KES 30,000 to start a food kiosk at Midoina trading center. I am a house wife and my husband and I depend on charcoal production which gives returns of KES 2600 per month. The income is not sufficient for all basic needs and as a result all the money goes to buying food and water. This has made me to struggle to put food on the table as well as buying water. In fact my family is always on debts. The remaining transfer will help me to buy five indigenous goats so as to create an asset that will assist me when need occur."