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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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Janet's family
access_time 1 month ago
Janet received a $28 initial payment.
"I have been able to help my parents get food. I have also been able to buy medicine since I have been feeling unwell for the past two weeks. Through buying internet bundles, I can watch YouTube videos and listen to my favorite music which relaxes my mind."
Mogwambo's family
access_time 2 months ago
Mogwambo received a $28 initial payment.
"My health has greatly improved now that i was able to go to hospital for diagnosis and i also used the money to buy medicines which i could not afford if i had never received the transfer. I also no longer have worries of where to get food for my family during this pandemic"
Kathithe's family
access_time 4 months ago
Kathithe enrolled.
"Limited financial resources is my biggest hurdle. When my husband fell sick six months ago, I had to solely bear the burden of providing for my family. With the little income of 4 dollars per bag from charcoal business, I can hardly afford food or even medicines for my spouse."
Joan's family
access_time 4 months ago
Joan enrolled.
"Being a single parent providing for the medical needs of my child who is suffering from epilepsy has been my biggest hardship. Am housekeeper earning 2 dollars per this income is not enough considering that my son need 30 dollars per month for purchasing medicine."
Cherotich's family
access_time 4 months ago
Cherotich enrolled.
"I am epileptic.I have lived with this condition since I was young.This condition even cost me my marriage. I was married but had to come back home. My husband never took good care of me. He did not allow me to seek medication at the hospital. I had to come back to my parents land with my 4 children since my condition was getting worse. That was 10 years ago. I spend 6 USD every month to get cheap medicine to suppress my condition. It has been very tough on me ."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 4 months ago
Elizabeth received a $22 twenty-fifth payment.
"I do not have any new additional goal except to continue buying medicine and enough food for the family. By so doing, I will be adding more years to my life."
Joseph's family
access_time 5 months ago
Joseph received a $22 twenty-sixth payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer is that I have been able to pay school fees for my children in college. I do small scale farming at home. I do not have a continuous source of income to support this. Sometimes I sell the surplus at the market to earn an income to pay part of the school fees. I am also a traditional herbalist. This also earn me some income when I sell traditional medicine to people in my village. The amount of money I get from these two sources is not enough to meet all the basic needs and even pay school fees for my children on time. My children used to be sent home to collect the school fees and this was affecting their performance. When I started receiving the money from GiveDirectly I was able to pay the school fees on bits and they were not sent home to collect the school fees as usual. I am so happy because I no longer struggle so much but rather devote much of my time to doing my daily chores."
Juliana's family
access_time 5 months ago
Juliana received a $524 second payment.
"I received my transfers when I was unwell. I had been in and out of hospital without assistance since I had little money to pay the fees. When I received the money, I went to see a specialist who examined my condition and prescribed medicine which helped me a lot. Since then, I recovered and now I can do my duties as it was before. The remaining portion I spend on buying some maize for consumption since we had no food at that time. I was happy that we didn't slept hungry as with would have been were it not for the transfers."
Paul's family
access_time 6 months ago
Paul received a $470 initial payment.
"My health has greatly improved because the money enabled me get better treatment for diabetes, I now move with my medicine which I keep taking daily. Before receiving the transfer, I lost hope of life because I was ever sick yet I could not afford treatment"
Martilda's family
access_time 6 months ago
Martilda enrolled.
"It has been a long life dream to start a poultry farming business as an income generating activity. I will spend my first transfer to construct a chicken pen, buy chicks, chicken feeds and medicines. I am hopeful that it will pick up pace so fast due to the ready market in many of the coastal towns. With my second transfer, I will expand my house by building two more bedrooms for my children. This will give my husband and I some privacy."