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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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Risper's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Risper enrolled.
"Lack of a stable source of income is what has been my biggest hardship. I used to depend on farming mainly, Recently farming has not been doing well due to long dry spells. My spouse is unemployed and he depends on motorcycle Rider jobs when called in, therefore our income is not enough to fully cater for our needs which include buying food and educating the children." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kadzo received a $491 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I had never received the transfer in that I am now having a reliable source of income to supplement my husband's earnings from his motorbike taxi. Through the transfer, I was able to start a second-hand clothes business a job that earns me an income of $50 within 2 weeks. I am now empowered since I no longer depend on my husband for every need of the family. In addition, I was able to acquire a motorbike for my husband with my second transfer. Back in the days, he uses to hire one from my neighbour where he had to pay a fee every day. Furthermore, I was able to acquire livestock with my first transfer a long-term investment for the family." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Gilbert's family
access_time 1 day ago
Gilbert enrolled.
"Financial constraints. I did not advance my studies after finishing class 8. Competing with those who got better studies mean that I have to work extra hard in order to be at par with them. This has been a challenge because of the little income that I earn from my small business" (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Hussein's family
access_time 3 days ago
Hussein enrolled.
"I am a motorcycle taxi rider. My motorcycle cycle developed a mechanical problem two months ago and I have not managed to raise money to facilitate it's repair. This has made me struggle a lot financially since this is my main source of income. I am glad that Give Directly has finally come to my rescue. I will use 150 USD to repair the motorcycle and ensure life gets back to normal. My second plan when I receive this money is educating my younger brother who is at home due to lack of school fees. My plan is taking him back to school to pursue a plumbing course which is his passion. I will set aside 300 USD for this. I believe that when he completes this course he will be able to fend for himself and relieve me of some duties." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Mkutano's family
access_time 3 days ago
Mkutano enrolled.
"I work as a motorcyclist. When Covid-19 came to our country in 2020 , my work became very had because of the covid protocols. Before covid , I used to earn Ksh.1000 per day . During lockdown ,I used to get approximately Ksh.200 per day . This was very little to feed my family. That is the biggest hardship I faced in life." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Nyevu's family
access_time 3 days ago
Nyevu enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is lack of money to cater for my children school fees. My husband is a motorcycle rider in town, an occupation that is not reliable. This has made us struggle to educate our children and seeing my children sent home due to lack of school fees makes me sad and hopeless." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Constance's family
access_time 3 days ago
Constance enrolled.
"Receiving this money means self employment to my husband. Currently, he works as a taxi driver which belongs to our neighbor. This I plan to achieve through spending 100,000 shillings to purchase a new motorbike for him which he will be operating it. In a day he can make a profit of 1000 shillings which is enough to sustain all our needs such as food. This is going to be a good source of income. Approximately, my family of 3 members spend 300 shillings in a day. The other proceeds will be saved for our child future education. The rest of the transfer will go to livestock." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Kikwai's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kikwai enrolled.
"I have two little children a boy and a girl. This means that I have to buy milk at 40ksh daily for them. This translates to 1,200 ksh a month which is expensive for me. With the money I will receive, will buy a cow with 30,000 ksh to help me provide milk for my family and also reduce monthly spending on milk. I will buy a tank with 17,000 ksh because our water source is far and it will help us store water. I will use 14,000 ksh to buy a sewing machine for my wife and a chicken shed with 10,000 sh in order to help me boost our income." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Tobias's family
access_time 4 days ago
Tobias enrolled.
"I have always wanted to start a business, in a butchery. This is because I have been employed in such a business before. I realised that it rakes in a lot of profits.My employer used to make about 150 USD per month. That could also be my story if I spend the money I get from GiveDirectly to start it. I will use the proceeds to improve my home by building another house. My current house doubles up as kitchen and a living room at the same time and this is not proper. I will also have money to pay school fees for my wife and child who is starting his education in August 2021. It worries me that he may not start on time if I continue to rely only on my motorcycle taxi which gives me just about 3 USD per day, barely enough for food, let alone, school fees." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
David's family
access_time 4 days ago
David enrolled.
"The happiest part is in the evening. This is because during the whole day, I worry about meeting my needs and those of my household. By evening, I will have found money from my motorcycle taxi to buy food.Seeing my family off to bed knowing that they have had their dinner makes me happy."