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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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Charo's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Charo received a $484 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that through the transfers, I was able to construct a spacious modern house. Previously I used to stay in an inconclusive environment since the house was almost collapsing. As the breadwinner who solely depend on odd jobs, it was so tough especially in making ends meet. I never had a chance to shelter under one roof with all my family which is comprised of seven members. They have been seeking shelter from friends and family which at times it was so embarrassing. Some of my neighbors used to call us all sort of names like beggars and some even isolated us. I have always been hopeful that God will hear my cry and all the troubles in our life will come to an end. I am so thankful that my story is now different because I am sheltering with all my family members which have been my dream. As the head of the family, this has restored my dignity."
Katekwa's family
access_time 20 hours ago
Katekwa received a $484 initial payment.
"I spent KES 6,000 to invest in my goat rearing a reliable source of income for my family. I will be able to sell some of them when they reproduce to cater to any financial emergency. I also bought building materials such as 22 iron sheets for KES 17,800, nails, timber. This was for the construction of a proper shelter for my family because the one I had was leaking with an open roof to an extent that I could see the sky at night. It was a miserable situation especially during the rainy season as we were spending sleepless nights. I am currently constructing a two-roomed house something that will restore my happiness. In addition, I used KES 10,000 to support the education of my child who is in college taking a geology course. Furthermore, I used KES 8000 to purchase proper beddings for the family."
Mwanapili's family
access_time 20 hours ago
Mwanapili received a $484 initial payment.
"I have been married for over fifteen years and I have been experiencing so many challenges. I used to stay at my brother-in-law's house before I owned my own temporary house. This was the worst experience ever because I did not have the freedom or privacy. A few years later we constructed our own temporary house which was relatively small and would collapse anytime. Having a family of seven some of us had to seek shelter elsewhere which was so frustrating. The idea of building a decent house was not in mind since I only depend on casual jobs with meager incomes which could not even sustain all our household needs. Therefore the fact that I now have a spacious iron roofed house has brought the biggest difference in my daily life. We no longer have to worry about our safety or even the communal harsh names. We are happily living under one roof which has been my dream."
Mwenda's family
access_time 24 hours ago
Mwenda enrolled.
"I was married into a polygamous arrangement where we share a kitchen and the main house with just separate bedrooms. Other than not having much privacy, the house is already in bad shape having been built twenty years ago. The walls are weak and no longer straight, roof is badly leaking which also damages the floor a lot. Whenever it's raining in the day we always spread sauce pans, bowls and troughs to be able to protect the floor from direct rain. And in the night, we have no choice but to run to neighbors in search of a place to sleep. I have always felt I need my own place and I think now is the time. When I get this money I will buy building materials until they're enough to undertake that project."
Kahindi's family
access_time 24 hours ago
Kahindi enrolled.
"When I get this money I would like to build a new house. The one I currently have is completely worn out after twenty years of use. Quite a lot of time for a mud walled house with discoloured iron sheets roof. The roof is basically useless; leaking all over and in a the night you can almost clearly see everything in the sky. I plan to spend around 50000 KES to do that. The rest of the money I can then spend to buy some livestock to start raring again."
Katsozi's family
access_time 24 hours ago
Katsozi enrolled.
"When I get this money, I will building another house. The one I live in doesn't have a good design for an old person like me. I would prefer a heaped roofing style than a gabled one which I currently have. I will also have that opportunity to expand it and create more space to comfortably accommodate my family. This might cost about 50000 KES and so I will have to either save up or buy materials in bits."
Kachimbi's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kachimbi enrolled.
"My family of five lives in a pathetic and unsafe three-bedroom house for three years now. It becomes worse whenever it rains because the roof leaks. Upon receiving this money I plan to buy building materials worth 11000 KES so that I can renovate it for it to be safe for the family. I will also spend 18000 KES on buying 6 goats which I believe will be a source of income in future. The rest of the money would be spent on food as I have no reliable job which is generating money for the family's basic needs."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"My house's roof has been blown away by a whirlwind when are in the middle of the registration process. My children were in the house when at the time of that awful incident. I can say I am happy because they managed to escape unhurt though the roof was not spared."
Kitsao's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kitsao enrolled.
"My ambition with this money is to complete constructing my house. The house is half-roofed. In rainy seasons, the house gets filled with an intolerable cold. Misery has been my companion for years now. I am planning to use 15,000 KES to buy 10 iron sheets and complete the roof. With a complete roof, I will no longer be bothered by the rain."
Sidi's family
access_time 1 day ago
Sidi enrolled.
"There is no form of privacy and self-worth when a mother shares a roof with two of her teenage children. My immediate plan is to build a new house and leave the other one to my children. Roughly, it will cost me 30,000 KES. By having a different house, I believe my self-respect will be regained."
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