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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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Mariam's family
access_time 8 days ago
Mariam received a $497 initial payment.
"I was lying on my bed, not feeling well and I had not purchased any medicine because I could not afford to buy them. My phone however was always close to me with the expectation that GiveDirectly would send us the transfer that day. At around 8 AM my phone beeped, an alert of an incoming message. I was reluctant to check but I gathered courage and to my surprise, I had received my first transfer from GiveDirectly. I felt happy and relieved at once and thanked the Almighty for the fortune."
Rebecca's family
access_time 8 days ago
Rebecca enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced is health. I have been diagnosed as a diabetic and I have high blood pressure. I'm unable to walk well and each week I have to spend money to buy medicine. My children who work in house construction and other casual jobs do their best to chip in but some days I don't have money for the medicine."
Juliana's family
access_time 15 days ago
Juliana received a $497 initial payment.
"I spent KES 15,000 to pay rent and buy household items for my son who is in college. Her was relocating from hostel where he used to live to rental houses outside the school. I bought building materials and build a house for my son. He used to live with his elder brother before, since the elder brother got married this was not possible again. I settle down my medical bills. I was unwell and had visited a doctor who prescribe some medicine for me. The rest of the money I bought food and clothes. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has changed our living standards."
Mwenda's family
access_time 28 days ago
Mwenda enrolled.
"Receiving this money means seeking medical attention for my health. For over three years my spouse and I have been sick. I suffer prolonged headache that sometimes I faint. My husband also suffering from urinal track infections for eight years now. We have not been able to go for check up because of lack of money. We depend on charcoal burning business that earns us less than 400KES a week. This money is not enough to meet our medical costs. We sold our livestock and bought herbal medicines but up to now, we still suffer from these diseases. I intend to use the first cash transfer to seek medical attention for me and my spouse that will cost us 50000KES. I will then use the second cash transfer to start Poultry farming to get an income for our basic needs."
Kadii's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kadii enrolled.
"The biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life is poor health. For a long time close to ten years, I have been suffering from a chronic disease that has never been diagnosed. I just display asmatic signs and ulcers. I also suffer from breathing complications. I have gone for check up and a lot of X-rays but nothing has been discovered.This has robbed me all the savings that my husband and I had. The main economic activity that we rely on is charcoal burning which is not reliable and earns us less than 1000 KES a week. All the money is used to buy food and some for medicine just to treat the symptoms. This has affected the education of my last born son who finished secondary school but due to the huge debt, his certificates were withheld. I intend to use the cash transfer to clear the debt of 60000KES for my son. I will then use the remaining amount to seek for medication."
Eunice's family
access_time 1 month ago
Eunice received a $500 initial payment.
"My desire has been to restart daily farming which I had been doing sometimes back but I lacked the finances to accomplish it. Initially, I owned a dairy cow but it was infected with a chronic disease, My effort to treat it was in vain and it succumbed to death. After receiving the transfer, I spent KES 15000 to purchase a local dairy cow, this is a future investment for my family. My long term goal is to educate my kids with the male offsprings of the cattle once they grow up. In addition, I support my spouse's mechanic business by purchasing more working tools for KES 5000. This is because he had less tools in his kit at the garage, sometimes he would came stressed up because of the poor working conditions. I also bought proper beddings for my 3 children they were using a small, worn-out mattress which was not enough for them. Furthermore, I spent 15,000 to seek proper medical care for myself since I am suffering from heart, liver, and kidney problems. I was able to go for screening and purchased the medicine need for my treatment. Currently, I am recovering well and I thank the organization for the support.."
Jumwa's family
access_time 1 month ago
Jumwa received a $500 initial payment.
"For over 15 years, I have been suffering from a backbone problem, I had visited several hospitals but I did not receive the proper medication to my illness. I had been given a referral for further treatment at a level 5 hospital in Mombasa town but I lacked the finances for transport and payment for the medical bills. I was relying on my children for assistance but the lacked money too since they do not have reliable source of livelihood. After receiving my transfer, I spent KES 25,000 to seek proper treatment by undergoing several X-rays, screening and purchasing medicine. With part of the remaining amount I bought sufficient food while I was stay in the hospital . I am also planning to save the other part of the transfer to cater for any health emergency that might arise in the future."
Grace's family
access_time 1 month ago
Grace enrolled.
"Struggling with this disease that has partially paralyzed my body, my happiest part of the day is at night. This is so because this is the time I take my traditional medicine to ease pain and gradually heal. Once the discomfort is gone, I can soundly sleep all through the night."
Kachana's family
access_time 2 months ago
Kachana received a $485 second payment.
"My life different than it would have been if I never received the transfer in that I no longer have to worry about the future of my 5 children's after supporting their educational needs. Previously, I was struggling to educate them , most of the time they were send home due to school fees. This affected their performance and they had to repeat classes since most of the time they were at home. Furthermore, I was able to improve the livestock rearing by purchasing 12 more goats and purchasing veterinary medicine to treat them whenever they fall sick."
Sidi's family
access_time 2 months ago
Sidi received a $502 initial payment.
"It was exactly 9 o'clock, I was sick and resting in my room after taking some medicine. I was awakened by the continuous loud message notification on my phone. Being illiterate, I could not understood the messages and called my helper who ascertained that it was the transfer I had been eargly waiting. Joy filled my heart after receiving my transfer and I had to inform every member of the household about the good news. We all celebrated for receiving the transfer."