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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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Sanita's family
access_time 11 hours ago
Sanita received a $492 second payment.
"My life is currently different from how it would have been had I not received the transfer because if it was not for the money I would still be rained on whenever it rains. The previous house was in a worse condition, it was not different from staying in open air. The door was not lockable, had a leaking roof leaking and the a bigger part of the wall had fallen off."
Mercy's family
access_time 12 hours ago
Mercy enrolled.
"Receiving this money means an increase in self-esteem. We have only one house which serves as a kitchen and at the same time for sleeping. In our culture, a grown-up son cannot sleep with their parents under one roof. My son usually looks for somewhere to sleep within the village, something that has brought a feeling of shame and has lowered my self-esteem as a parent. My ambition is to take away the shame from my family by building him a new house from the transfer. I intent to spend Ksh 20,000 of my transfer from Give Directly to build it from the start to finish. This will fulfill my duty as a caring parent to my children."
Kanze's family
access_time 14 hours ago
Kanze enrolled.
"Receiving this money means constructing a new iron-roofed house for my family. This is because the one I currently have is leaking and it's grass-thatched. I have wished to have a new one but due to the financial crisis, this has never been possible for me. I, therefore, plan to spend $300 on my first transfer to ensure my new house is complete. I will also use the remaining amount of the first disbursement to buy a modern bed and a mattress because as of now, we sleep on the flow using rugged sacks. On the other hand, I intend to buy 10 goats that will act as my long-term investment project. This will cost me utmost $300 for the second transfer and the remaining amount will cater for food and other basic needs like buying clothes and paying school fees for my son."
Chadi's family
access_time 14 hours ago
Chadi enrolled.
"My house collapsed due to heavy rains that we experienced in our area and this forced me to seek shelter from my co-wife's house. Receiving this money will, therefore, mean a 2 roomed new iron-roofed house for my son and me so that we reduce the congestion that we have caused in where we currently sleep. I plan to spend $400 on my first transfer to construct the house and $100 will help me to buy new beddings that will replace the old ones. With my second disbursement, I will use $280 to buy 2 indigenous dairy cows that will produce milk once they breed, which I can sell to earn an income and also for household use. The remaining amount will help me to buy food and also to clear some school fee arrears when schools reopened. This will have a positive change in my livelihood because I have suffered for a long time."
Sellinah's family
access_time 16 hours ago
Sellinah enrolled.
"My longing has been to start long-term investment in the livestock business, but due to financial challenges, this dream has never come to pass. Receiving this money means fulfilling my long-time desire. I am planning to spend 60,000 shillings on the business. I will be purchasing goats at our rural areas at approximately 4000 shillings per each and later sell them at our nearby center at roughly 5500 shillings. This is going to generate income for my family of 3. The profit is enough to sustain my family's needs such as food because in a day they spend 200 shillings. I will save the remaining amount for my child's education future who is 1 year old. Apart from the business, I will spend the remaining amount on roofing my house which is incomplete so that we can leave comfortable life."
Everline's family
access_time 6 days ago
Everline enrolled.
"My greatest desire has been to own a spacious iron-roofed house but this has never been possible to me. This has forced me to live in a grass-thatched house that is leaking whenever it is raining. I plan to spend $350 of the first transfer to construct the house and about $150 will help me to buy a sewing machine in order to start my dressmaking business. On the other hand, I intend to start livestock keeping that will act as my long-term investment project because as of now, I don't have anything to depend on. I, therefore, wish to start with 5 goats and 2 indigenous dairy cows which will cost me $150 and $300 respectively. This will have a positive change on my livelihood and hence, a better life."
Kadzo's family
access_time 6 days ago
Kadzo received a $498 second payment.
"My life has improved compared to how it would have been had I not received the transfer because if it was not for the money I would not be having an iron roof house. The previous house had a leaking roof and not only would we be rained on but most of our households too were destroyed by rain. I am glad I cam now safely keep my households."
Kadzo's family
access_time 6 days ago
Kadzo received a $498 second payment.
"If it was not for the transfers, I would not have renovated my house. The roof was leaking while part of the walls had fallen off. Thanks to the transfers I currently have a decent secure house . My children too were able to sit for the end term examination, courtesy of the Give Directly transfers."
Riziki's family
access_time 7 days ago
Riziki enrolled.
"My current house is tiny and grass thatched. Maintenance has been a big problem since I am forced to replace the roof every four months because some insects eat up the grass. I plan on building a one bedroom house with an iron sheet roof at a cost of 300 USD. I have also budgeted 250 USD for buying six goats. Goats multiply very fast and this will help me pay school fees for my children in years to come."
Kadii's family
access_time 7 days ago
Kadii received a $498 second payment.
"My life is currently different from the way it would have been had I not received the transfer in that if it was not for the money I would still be staying in the leaking house. My previous house had a broken roof with a better part of the wall fallen off. Everyone could see me from outside, it was more or less the same as staying in the open air. I am glad I can have my privacy since the current house has a door and is fully covered."
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