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access_time 10 hours ago
Aisha received a $492 second payment.
"My life is currently different from how it would have been had I not received the transfer in that if it was not for the money I would still be languishing in poverty. Previously it was a real challenge to afford a whole day's meal. I am glad I am currently earning daily income from the motorcycle business."
access_time 10 hours ago
Happiness received a $492 second payment.
"My life is currently different from how it would have been had I not received the transfer. Previously I did not have a reliable source of income yet I had a lot of responsibilities to meet. Receiving the money enabled me to make a great step in life. I now have an additional source of income from the motorcycle that I bought with the second transfer. Besides that, I was able to purchase a piece of land where we shall construct our house. We are currently staying in our father-in-laws' grandparents home. The family is big and we are running out of space. Having my place will make me independent."
access_time 13 hours ago
"I borrowed a cow from my employer to provide dairy products to my family. Our agreement with the owner was for me to look after the cow as I milk until calving. The duration has elapsed and very soon he is going to come for her and the calf. I will then return to buying milk for my family to use. Receiving this transfer will mean that I will be in a position to buy one dairy cattle of my own for 40,000 shillings and another additional 10,000 to purchase start-up feeds for the cattle. For the remaining amount, I intend to purchase a motorcycle to be used to transport surplus milk to the nearest market center and sometimes conduct taxi services. By doing this, I will be having a daily income of more than 300 shillings."
access_time 13 hours ago
"Receiving this money means constructing a new iron-roofed house for my family. This is because the one I currently have is leaking and it's grass-thatched. I have wished to have a new one but due to the financial crisis, this has never been possible for me. I, therefore, plan to spend $300 on my first transfer to ensure my new house is complete. I will also use the remaining amount of the first disbursement to buy a modern bed and a mattress because as of now, we sleep on the flow using rugged sacks. On the other hand, I intend to buy 10 goats that will act as my long-term investment project. This will cost me utmost $300 for the second transfer and the remaining amount will cater for food and other basic needs like buying clothes and paying school fees for my son." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
access_time 7 days ago
"I am fortunate enough to have a piece of land that extends to the main road that is quite busy. I have always had a plan to start a business premise besides the road but I have not been able to realize this due to lack of capital. My dream of owning a shop there has been awakened after realizing that I could be a potential recipient. As a result, I intend to use approximately 80,000 shillings to construct and stock the shop. I project that I could be receiving a return of 400 shillings daily as profits from the sales in the shop." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
access_time 9 days ago
Garama received a $496 second payment.
"My life is currently different from how it would have been had I not received the transfer in that my income has improved. I nolonger hire motorcycle for my business because I was able to purchase my own motorbike. I am also hopeful that soon I will construct rental houses in the piece of land that I bought within our shopping center. This will also earn me mlre income that will enable me to improve my family's living standards."
access_time 13 days ago
Benard received a $491 second payment.
"My life is now different in that I am not being rained on like it use to be while I was riding motorcycle taxi. I get to generate income through sale of products at the shop. This job is not so strainious unlike motorcycle taxi business which I would always be exhausted at the end of the day." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
access_time 22 days ago
Gideon received a $485 second payment.
"My life is now different because the transfers have enabled me built a shop within the shortest time possible which wouldn't be possible before. Without GiveDirectly, the idea of building would take a longer period than it has because my job wouldn't suffice." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
access_time 25 days ago
Emmanuel received a $501 initial payment.
"It was a busy day like any other day until when I was taking some breath and I checked on my phone. I noticed I had an Mpesa message indicating that I had received Kes 55000 to my mobile money account from GiveDirectly. I was so happy as I knew that my plans would be achieved." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
access_time 1 month ago
"My usual day entails spending the whole day on the roads doing my motorcycle taxi business which involves ferrying my clients and other goods to various destinations for pay. The nature of my job is very risky especially riding on the roads full of reckless drivers, thus arriving back home in the evening safe and sound to reunite with my family is the happiest part of my day." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)