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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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Furaha's family
access_time 5 hours ago
Furaha enrolled.
"Poverty! I have many problems with little income. I am a charcoal business woman and my husband has no job. I need to pay school fees for my children and feed thm.. Getting food and water is a big challenge in our area. All water pans have dried up and we depend on motorcycle operators to bring water from Bamba town which is more than 20 kilometres away and this commodity is very expensive. Each 20 liters jerican of water costs 100 KES."
Josephine's family
access_time 1 day ago
Josephine enrolled.
"Food insecurity is a big challenge in my house. My husband is unemployed and getting the daily bread is a big problem and sometimes I have to go to bed without food. Dressing and attending medical cases is a big problem in my house and also getting water for drinking is currently the biggest challenge because there is no water in the nearby water pans and getting water for drinking needs to hire motorcycle operators which cost 100 KES for a 20 liters jerican."
Agnes's family
access_time 1 day ago
Agnes enrolled.
"Currently I am a charcoal burner,this is a tiresome job and it earns me a low source of income KES 500 per week. My dream was to start a food kiosk so that I can have a stable source of income to cater for my need. I will use my first transfer to start a food kiosk and boost it with the second transfer. I am assured of a good profit which will feed my family and also save the rest." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Dama's family
access_time 1 day ago
Dama enrolled.
"Getting food and fresh water for drinking is the biggest challenge I am expiriencing.. We are expiriencing drought spell for over 3 years now and all the water pans have dried. I depend on the business of charcoal burning inorder to put food in the table. There's is no water in our area and we have to hire motorcycle operators to bring water from a distance of 10 kilometres. It costs 100 KES for a 20 litres jerican of water which is very expensive to me because the job I depend on does not give me much than getting a packet of maize flour and it is also very straneous . Sometimes I end up getting food but still goes to bed hungry because of luck of water to cook the food."
Rachel's family
access_time 2 days ago
Rachel received a $496 initial payment.
"Having a decent and spacious kitchen had been my desire since I did not have one and when I received my transfer, I spent KES 25000 on the purchase of a doorframe, two pieces of windows, enough poles, and 15 pieces of iron sheets. I am happy that the construction has already started and I will be able to start using my new kitchen very soon. In addition to this, I spent KES 10000 to pay school fees for my daughter who is in secondary school to avoid her being sent back home and spent KES 13000 on medical expenses for my son who had been involved in a motorcycle accident and I am happy that he was able to get the needed treatment. Using the remaining KES 6000, I bought one sack of maize and other foodstuffs for my family."
Peter's family
access_time 2 days ago
Peter enrolled.
"I have one small house. My family is growing I have one child and I feel inappropriate to still be living under the same roof. When I get this money I would like to build another house. This house will cost around KES 22000. My wife is also a student at the nearby technical. I do motorcycle taxi. My income fluctuates with seasons. Mostly I earn KES 300 per day which is not enough to cover my family's needs." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Priscillar's family
access_time 3 days ago
Priscillar received a $496 initial payment.
"I was at home, trying out some tailoring techniques on my sewing machine. At 9 a.m, I received a message informing me that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I was overwhelmed with joy as I had never received such a huge amount of money." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Dancun's family
access_time 3 days ago
Dancun received a $496 initial payment.
"I was still home with my wife that morning when I received a message from GiveDirectly. After reading and confirming that it was indeed that transfer we had been anticipating, I was super happy, got excited, and thanked God for the great support we had received. Since we had laid down all plans, we could not wait any further but withdrew the same day and spent the first portion of it on what we could buy on the same day." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Mercy's family
access_time 7 days ago
Mercy enrolled.
"My husband operates a motorcycle taxi in Kericho and uses the money that he gets from that job to feed our 5 children and I and also uses some amount from the job to pay their school fees. Issues with finances has been my biggest challenge and I resorted to selling milk in order to support him." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Kadzo's family
access_time 7 days ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a semi-permanent house for my family. Currently, I am staying in a small grass-thatched house that is leaking during rainy season. I am planning to spend my entire first transfer to construct a two-bedroom house so that we live a decent life. I will further spend KES 3000 of my second transfer to buy 10 goats that will act as a long time investment project to my household. I will invest the remaining amount in my children's educational needs." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)