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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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Alfred's family
access_time 20 days ago
Alfred enrolled.
"Since the onset of Covid 19, our country's economy has been affected negatively. For instance, food provision for my family of 4 is almost a nightmare. Milk and maize are among the basic needs whose prices have skyrocketed and I can almost not meet the needs of my family. It pains me that the sources of funds have also been limited albeit the situation at hand. Furthermore, climatic changes have also affected immensely the economic activities such as farming that I used to depend on to raise my family. At the tip of the iceberg, is the charcoal ban that has brought a pinch to my financial status."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 2 months ago
Elizabeth received a $448 second payment.
"In 2023 I would like to start farming and get products for my business. I have a restaurant and I get my ingredients from the market which sometimes are sold at high prices making it hard to get maximum profit. My father has a big land and I will be requesting to start farming soon."
Bii's family
access_time 2 months ago
Bii enrolled.
"Lack of financial stability to meet the growing needs of my family has been a challenge. I have been employed by a friend to work as a motorcycle taxi operator where in a day I earn $2 or even less. Prices of food commodities are going up each passing day while the money I earn is not. There was a time I was asking friends to lend me money but since I cannot repay, most of them are not answering my calls. The presence of GiveDirectly speaks hope to desperate people like me."
Benard's family
access_time 2 months ago
Benard enrolled.
"My homestead sits on a 0.5-acre piece of land and that means I have no space for any agricultural activity. I work as a cook at Kimatisio secondary school where I earn $50 every month. This money is not enough to pay school fees for my 3 children leave alone buy a piece of land. I desire to expand my piece of land to allow for more space for farming. I intend to spend $800 to buy 0.2 acres from my neighbor so that I can grow cabbages. I like cabbages because schools buy them at good prices of $0.2 per piece. This will enable me easily raise school fees for my children"
Eunice's family
access_time 2 months ago
Eunice enrolled.
"I have a lot of challenges with family income which is always hardly enough to take care of our needs like I have explained to you. But I can remember in the month of July I managed to burn charcoal and got six sacs that my husband took and sold for me in Kilifi town where they could attract better prices. Here in the village at the moment a sac goes for $2 while over there it's $5. So I got a total of $30 that really boosted that month's budget. I was genuinely happy because I could comfortably feed my children throughout the month."
Adam's family
access_time 3 months ago
Adam received a $437 second payment.
"I want to concentrate on crop farming and livestock keeping in the upcoming year. However, the success of this endeavor is heavily dependent on rainfall availability. As a result, I will be able to embark on my motorcycle taxi business when we observe an increase in food crop production because many people will have more cash flow. However, since there is currently no money, I have let go of the taxi business, and I do charcoal burning more often. People stop using taxi services because of low cash flow. Unlike before, things were better because there were plenty of crops and low fuel prices, so people were not in extreme poverty as it is now."
Betty's family
access_time 3 months ago
Betty enrolled.
"I hear people talking of areas where food is in plenty and rotting, I think to myself and wish I could be in such a position. The past year has been tough, with no rain and scarcity of food. I can not remember the last time I had a different meal for lunch and dinner. Every meal we eat cornmeal mush with kale, this is daily. It is so hard to eat any other type of food like rice because of the prices, I simply can not afford them. I no longer know what a balanced diet entails."
Esther's family
access_time 3 months ago
Esther enrolled.
"As a farmer, it really feels good to to have adequate rains! We have been that lucky and right from the onset of the previous planting season in April this year, we have been receiving a lot of rains. From my one acre farm, I was able to harvest three sacs of maize. This made me extremely happy because it officially marked the end of two years drought and also having to buy maize flour at the current hiked prices."
Grace's family
access_time 3 months ago
Grace enrolled.
"My greatest achievement in life is to see my five children living a better life in future. I personally dropped out of school at an early age due to lack of school fees. The struggles I have gone through has made me enroll three of them in boarding secondary schools. We keep livestock ( goats and cows) inorder to meet all their basic needs including good education but because of unpredictable weather patterns and lack of enough pasture, it fetches low prices. We have $300 school fees in arrears and they are sent home once in a month. This affects there performance as they spend most of their time at home. I will be happy when I receive the transfers because it will help pay the school fees they will comfortably study and improve on their performance. The rest of the money I will invest in poultry keeping for income sustainability."
Gladys's family
access_time 3 months ago
Gladys enrolled.
"It's always quite challenging to take care of others when you do not have enough resources. My happiness is normally when I have enough supplies in the house to take care of my younger siblings. In the month of May this year, I was lucky to receive $40 from my mother as upkeep! This made me really happy because ever since prices of commodities started rising she had never adjusted the amounts she send monthly. I was able to shop for most the foodstuffs that we regularly use and for the rest of that month, we were sorted."