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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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Noah's family
access_time 1 day ago
Noah enrolled.
"For the transfers, I plan to fence my farm which will enable me to plant crops since the rains have come. I plan to use about 50 dollars of the transfers. I also plan to purchase food and clothing which will enable me to live a decent life. For the second and third transfers, I plan to purchase 25 goats at 30 dollars each. This will assure me of having an investment in the future. For the remaining amount of the transfers, I will repair my motorcycle which I will use to do the bodaboda business. The transfers will greatly change my life positively since I will be able to do things that I could not do before."
Alvine's family
access_time 1 day ago
Alvine enrolled.
"Food insecurity is what is making our lives difficult. We were displaced by bandits from Tiati and it scattered our lives and disoriented us, we are still reeling from its effects to date. We came to this village as internally displaced persons and we were given this place to stay by a good Samaritan who understood our plight and offered us a place to live albeit shortly as we look for an alternative. Life has been so miserable for us, all the livestock we had were stolen and we have since been plunged into poverty, especially food poverty. So bad is the situation that it's hard to afford even just a meal ,since yesterday we have never eaten anything safe for the porridge that we gave the young children, Mark you we have 5 children. The eldest ones were not able to go to school today because they are hungry and feeble. The world will forever seem infinitely more sinister and unforgiving for us. Nothing seems to work out and we have lost hope of ever living the good life we desire." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Mackdonald's family
access_time 1 day ago
Mackdonald enrolled.
"I dropped out of school for lack of school fees. Since then, I am not able to secure formal employment because I did not complete my studies. I resorted to the brokerage of livestock as a way of earning income. My job is unreliable and seasonal, as result, I hardly save any amount for other things like investments. Financial constraints are the biggest challenge currently." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Florence's family
access_time 3 days ago
Florence enrolled.
"Food access has been a big challenge. Most of our income is channeled towards food which is also expensive. In this village, growing food is hard and especially because of the drought. This has also led to water shortage making it difficult to grow. All this has made it hard getting food, affecting our ability to get adequate food. We mainly depend on the casual job my husband acquired outside the village. This a times may not be enough for our sustainance." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
David's family
access_time 4 days ago
David enrolled.
"My biggest joy is the small business I run on my motorcycle. I buy and sell vegetables within the village. During the dry season, I can make up to $10 a day. This makes me happy, since I can comfortably repay my motorcycle loan." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Fahani's family
access_time 29 days ago
Fahani enrolled.
"I am a skilled tailor who has been working within the village to serve many people around. This came to halt when my machine developed some mechanical problems. I am no longer involved in this work something that has resulted in depending majorly on my husband's motorbike-taxi work. Since his income is low, usually $5 per day, all this goes to food due to the rising cost of commodities. This situation has robbed away my joy since I am worried about our future. Therefore, I consider the lack of a stable source of income to be my biggest challenge." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Chengo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Chengo received a $27 fourteenth payment.
"I have been saving part of the monthly transfers in order to buy a second-hand motorcycle that I was offered. A friend who is employed by a neighbor to provide taxi services has been giving me the motorcycle to use, though not daily. I do not have any job currently, and were it not for his help, it would have been hard for me to provide for my family. My goal currently is to ensure that I save enough, top up my savings with a small loan, and buy a second-hand motorcycle. Having my own motorcycle will be advantageous to me because I will not be paying hiring expenses to anyone."
Gilbert's family
access_time 1 month ago
Gilbert received a $355 second payment.
"My goal is to have a bigger house because the current one is not enough for my children. With current business am doing, I will be able to save enough and build my dream house and my make my family proud. Thank you so much GiveDirectly for it all." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Scola's family
access_time 1 month ago
Scola received a $420 second payment.
"When I received my second transfer of $550, I used $160 to buy a heifer. Another $330 was used to complete the construction of a house that I had built using my first transfer. I then used the remaining amount of approximately $700 was to buy clothes, food and other basic household needs for my family. I also got to install solar system in my house that will help me light up my house. I am so grateful for what GiveDirectly transfers have seen me do. They are things I would not have done anytime soon had I not received the money. My husband does motorcycle operation while I sell vegetables to earn an income. Being a mother of four and with the many needs that comes with it I have not been able to save enough from my work which has kept some of my goals at bay."
Sidi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Sidi received a $421 second payment.
"I decided to make some investments after receiving the second transfer. With these investments, I would be able to support my family. So I invested $200 in opening a cafeteria. The success of this business has allowed it to meet the essential demands of my family. I also purchased a used motorcycle for $300. For a price, the motorbike is used to transport passengers and small amounts of luggage between locations. Thanks to GiveDirectly, I now have two projects that generate income, which makes me extremely pleased."