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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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Tabnyobii's family
access_time 4 days ago
Tabnyobii received a $499 initial payment.
"I spent most of my transfer on improving my house roof top because the Ironsheets had become old. I also spent KES 12, 000 on three maize sacks because the maize crop hasn't been doing well in our place and we have suffered for a long time now. The rest was spent on payment of my church tithes."
Mercy's family
access_time 4 days ago
Mercy received a $499 initial payment.
"I spent my transfer on KES 10,000 on latest clothing fashion and school uniforms because my kid's had outgrown their school uniforms. KES 4000 was spent on a bag of maize because my maize stock was depleted. KES 45 000 was spent on purchase of additional building materials like cement, roofing materials because the transfers came in at that when we were already constructing."
Mercy's family
access_time 8 days ago
Mercy received a $498 initial payment.
"The transfer from GiveDirectly has helped us in a very big way. We were able to build two houses that are roofed with iron sheets, that is, the kitchen and the main house. We also bought three goats and some clothes for our children. We decided to build the houses because we have been living in only one small house that is grass-thatched for quite some time. The space in the house was hence no longer enough for us and the children because the family has grown with time. Guests visiting our household have been suffering because they have been lacking a place to sleep. We have always wanted to build other houses but we have not been able to due to financial constraints. I practice small scale farming of growing crops such as vegetables and selling them. My husband on other hand has been hired to work as a taxi driver. The money that we get from these sources of income is not that much and most of it has been going to the payment of school fees for our children who are in a boarding school. We have however tried before to gather some money and save it to use on the construction of a house but it has been hard to achieve that because every time we face an emergency, we have been forced to pull out some of the money to attend to the emergency. So when GiveDirectly came into the picture, we decided to seize the opportunity and do what we have always planned to do."
David's family
access_time 8 days ago
David received a $498 initial payment.
"The transfer from GiveDirectly has brought a big difference in my family. I have been able to clear the school fees arrears that had become a headache to me. I hence no longer have the stress about where I am going to get the money to do so. My children will hence study well without their studies being interrupted by being sent home due to failure to pay their school fees. I have also been able to build another house for my family. We have hence been able to get more space that is enough for us and the children. We have also looked like our neighbors who have new houses roofed with iron sheets. The calf that I bought is a young bull. I decided to buy it so that when it grows, it will be moving around with the cows and servicing them. This way we will no longer be suffering where to get a bull when the cow needs one. We have also been able to sleep well and comfortably after buying the mattress and the blanket. Thank you GiveDirectly for coming up with this program of helping the needy, may God bless the work of your hands."
Stela's family
access_time 8 days ago
Stela received a $498 initial payment.
"This transfer has brought a big change in our lives as a family. We have been able to build another house that is roofed with iron sheets. We hence have more room that is enough for us and the children. Guests visiting the household will also be able to have somewhere to sleep. We also no longer look odd one out in the village and hence we now look like our neighbors who have houses roofed with iron sheets. The one and a half bags of maize that we bought will enable us to have something to eat for a while and hence we will no longer go hungry. We have been able to have a meal at lunch unlike before where we had to at times take tea only. The children are hence happy because they have something to eat and also because they have gotten new clothes and uniforms for themselves."
Sharon's family
access_time 10 days ago
Sharon received a $500 initial payment.
"I spent KES 35000 on building a 24 Iron roofed two roomd semi permanent house.This is because the previous one had become tiny because my family has been increasing each year.It was built 12 years ago and roofing grass is scarce commodity in our area because our region is marked by long dry spells. I also spent KES 6400 on two sacks of maize in order to ensure adequate food security because my maize stock was depleted. I also spent KES 2000 on household cooking utensils. I also spent KES 4000 on other food items like 25kgs of rice, sugar, cooking oil and washing bar soap. I also spent KES 5000 on latest clothing fashion, and second hand clothes which are more decent than the earlier ones. I also spent also spent KES 1200 on school uniforms.I also spent KES 800 on onions because onion farming it's a very good source of income in our place but the prices keep fluctuating. I have also saved the rest for school emergencies."
Faith's family
access_time 10 days ago
Faith received a $500 initial payment.
"Having a new decent house to me is the biggest difference in my daily life. I had no hopes of upgrading my a small, old grass-thatched hut I live in to a better one due to inadequate resources. I have lived in a pitiable condition due to the pathetic situation of my hut. One side of the house is almost collapsing and the roof is partly covered with nylon papers. I am really thankful to GiveDirectly for financial assistance. Currently, I am in the process of constructing a new house. I managed to purchase enough building materials which include iron sheets, poles and paid for the carpenter to construct. I feel this is the biggest difference in my daily life since it has brought back the lost hope and restored my self-esteem in my society. I will also soon live comfortably in a decent house."
Ivine's family
access_time 10 days ago
Ivine received a $500 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that for the first time in my life, I will be sheltering in my own iron-roofed house, after living in a grass-thatched hut for many years with no hopes of upgrading to a better house. Considering the financial hardships I had undergone, from hand to mouth life, I am now in the process of constructing a new house courtesy of GiveDirectly. I had longed to build but my hopes was slowly fading away since scarce resources could not allow me to realize my goal. I am happy and thankful to GiveDirectly because, for the first time, I will be sheltering in an iron-roofed house."
Richard's family
access_time 10 days ago
Richard received a $500 initial payment.
"I spent KES 10, 000 on building a goat house to prevent them from straying and improve their health. I also spent KES 15000 on a young bull because it grows fast and can later be sold for a dairy cow. I also spent KES 5000 on school uniforms, beddings and latest clothing fashion because we could only afford second hand clothes before. I also spent KES 2500 on a sack of maize because I usually depend on casual labor to feed my family. I also spent KES1000 on a cooking pot because the previous one was worn-out and leaking because of it's poor quality. I also spent KES 2600 on a construction posts for building a new kitchen because the initial one is old and had leaking roofs and was built over 10 years ago. I have also saved the rest for completion of my new kitchen."
Stanley's family
access_time 10 days ago
Stanley received a $500 initial payment.
"I spent KES 25000 on building a two roomed semi permanent house with 24 Iron roofs. This is because the one I had was built over 20 years and the Iron roofs were old. I also spent KES 11,000 on a heifer as an addition to the four I had as a long-term investment for payment of school fees. I also spent KES 7200 school fees and on school uniforms. I also spent KES 7500 on three maize sacks in order to sustain us for longer period. I also spent KES 11,000 on latest clothing fashion because before we could only afford second hand clothes and KES 1200 on maize meal."
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