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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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Vicky's family
access_time 5 hours ago
Vicky enrolled.
"Receiving this money means my long time dream of have a better house will be fulfilled. I have a grass thatched house and it tends to get smoky when cooking. It's even difficult to cook when you have visitors. I plan to construct a iron roofed house. This means i will be able to collect rainwater. To get clean water you have to buy from the water kiosk within our village but it's not sustainable. I expect to cost around 200 dollars. My husband love chickens and he has always wanted to start eggs business. So when we get this money we also plan to purchase layers. This will help us generate more income and also household use. I plan to use 200 dollars of my transfer to buy them. The rest of the money we use for our personal needs."
Joyce's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Joyce enrolled.
"Receiving this money means that I will finally increase my dairy cow that I keep. The cow that I keep gives me about $60 a month. I use the money to pay school fees for my children but is not sufficient. Increasing another cow will bring my earning from the sale of milk to about $ 120. This way, I will be able to pay school fes and buy foodstuffs, leaving my income from my animal trading business for home improvement such as building an iron roofed sheet getting rid of this small grass thatched hut."
Benard's family
access_time 7 hours ago
Benard enrolled.
"I want to build a better and bigger kitchen in my homestead. The one we currently use is small and it rains inside making it difficult to cook there on rainy seasons. Receiving this money will mean a lot to me, because I will be able to build a bigger iron roofed kitchen amounting to $300 that will serve as an extra room for when we have guests. The remaining transfer will be used as follows: $300 for a dairy cow,$200 for food and clothing and $100 as savings."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kadzo received a $508 initial payment.
"For all those years I have been living in a poverty life more so my house, it was very small and in very critical condition. Some of its walls and collapsed and its roof could leak excessively whenever it could rain. During that period, I used to seek assistance from my neighbors whose houses were quite far from my home. This was so tiring and stressful at but I knew God will see us through someday and no situation is permanent in life. Therefore after receiving my cash transfers I had to prioritize constructing a decent spacious house. I am now happy becasue after all, what I went through during these days has come to an end. We are now living peacefully as a family under one roof which makes the biggest difference in my life."
Dama's family
access_time 1 day ago
Dama received a $508 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying building materials such as iron sheets, nails, threads, and building poles. I opted to buy all these with an intention of constructing a modern house because the previous one was a tradtionsl hut with a leaky roof. Also, I bought livestock which includes four goats at a total of KES 16000. These will now be the living assets that I will lean on in case of any financial constraints. With the remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuff got the family"
Stanley's family
access_time 1 day ago
Stanley enrolled.
"It's been in my plans to build an iron-roofed house for my growing family. The current house I have is a grass-thatched house meaning I can't harvest clean rainwater for consumption. Our source of water is far and it's a seasonal river, it's water isn't usually good for consumption. It's also very tiresome carrying water on the back since we don't any other means. I moved to this current place a year ago and I haven't had enough money to build a house. This house will cost me ksh 30000. For the rest of the amount, I will purchase a cow for Ksh 40,000."
Lily's family
access_time 1 day ago
Lily enrolled.
"To me, receiving this money means I will be able to establish a better incoming generating activity at home. I am planning to spend KES80000 to invest in farming. I wish to use KES45000 to put up a chicken poultry farming in my compound since with this I will be able to collect eggs that I will use for household consumption and sales for income. In addition, I will use KES35000 to buy a dairy cow to add to my herd. Having more cattle in my farm means more milk production thus a higher income. With this higher income from farming, I will be able to meet my household's daily needs and children's education. We receive low rainfall in our area hence getting clean water is sometimes a hard task here. When I receive my cash transfer, I will use KES18000 to buy a 2300 litre water tank thus I will be able to collect clean rainwater from my iron roof and this will ensure I have clean water for my domestic use at my doorstep. I wish to spend another KES12000 to buy furniture and other household basic needs."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"Receiving this money from GiveDirectly means a descent and a spacious house for my family. The current house I live in is in pathetic condition given that it's old and the roof is now leaking. I am planning to use 500 dollars from the transfer to renovate my house and convert it into a permanent one. I will use a further 300 dollars to buy two indigenous dairy cows each valued at 150 dollars. The milk produced will be for domestic consumption and for sale. Doing this will give me the peace of mind I have always desired."
Kabunda's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kabunda received a $508 initial payment.
"For all those years I have been sheltering under a small temporary hut with a very old roof. I have been aspiring to construct a modern one but because of financial difficulties could not afford to purchase the necessary materials. Being a widow and a family breadwinner has not been easy at all. I have been straining to make ends meet which was not attainable most of the days. Therefore having a spacious house would take years for me to accomplish this goal. For all that time some of my children had to seek shelter from their friends since they are adults and they needed privacy as well. Also according to my culture, it is taboo to share a room with your children who are mature. This situation frustrated me alt as the parent but then I had no option. I am happy and proud own because I managed to construct a decent spacious house that can accommodate all my children and even host a visitor and I feel it makes the biggest difference in my daily life."
Mwenda's family
access_time 2 days ago
Mwenda received a $508 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am now happier and very hopeful. I am now sleeping under a very decent shelter that is spacious enough with long-lasting roofing. Being in a polygamous marriage life has never been easy. We have been sleeping under one small house together with my other two cowives and our children had to seek shelter from their friends. This was always frustrating because we have never experience the joy of living with our children under one roof. This is because since our spouse passed on some years back, each one of us has been struggling to make sure the children get their daily bread. Which sometimes was not achievable and therefore constructing my own hose was still a dream to me. However, after receiving the cash transfer, I had to prioritize building a new house which for now my life has been so good. My children no longer have to seek shelter from friends I stead, we are sheltering one roof."