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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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Alice's family
access_time 2 hours ago
Alice received a $496 initial payment.
"With the many responsibilities I had been having raising my children, I have always found it hard to initiate the construction of a new house on the new piece of land that I bought some years back. I was lucky to have bought it with the already constructed hut but unfortunately, it had started leaking on the roof every time it rained. On receiving the first transfer, I opted to spend KES30000 on constructing a new one. It is now completed and we felt really good after moving in as it is spacious and also tidier than the previous one. I also settled a debt of KES 8000 with the shopkeeper, obtained a sack and half maize at KES 6000 that I found cheaper than the habitual small quantities I had been buying, and used the remaining amount on boosting the small grocery business I had been running in the nearby shopping center."
Chirchir's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Chirchir received a $496 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my life today is that my children have a roof over their heads, it was so shameful that they had to trek every night to their grandmother's place to look for a place to seep this is because I was unable to build for them a house due to the financial limitations, I was also able to clear their fees arrears. I am so thankful for the transfer that brought so much joy and happiness in life."
Sidi's family
access_time 5 hours ago
Sidi received a $496 initial payment.
"Having children who are in college, secondary and primary school with no source of income has been a challenge to me and my children were on and off of school due to school fees. One is in college, the second one is in form three and the third is in class eight. On receiving the money, I settle the school fees issue for them. I also did some roofing repairs for my house which was leaking. I bought some iron sheets, ridges and nails. I also bought a mattress because initially I was sleeping on a mat."
Sidi's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Receiving this money means safety and privacy for me. This will be achieved through building a new strong house. I am a 48 years old widow with a family of 4 children. I currently live in a house that is so weak and in a very poor condition. The walls are full of holes. I also share the house with two of my children. Living together with them under the same roof denies me my needed privacy. I intend to build a new house at a total cost of 30,000 KES. A house strong enough to safely live in. I will then renovate the previous house for my children. Living in a separate structure from my children will guarantee the privacy that is required between a parent and a child."
Claris's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Claris enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a better house for my family. I am living in a one bed room house which is small and has a leaking roof. I plan to spend KES 30,000 to build a decent two roomed house. The remaining amount will use it to clear an outstanding balance of school fees so that I get my leaving certificate which had remained there for five years now. Besides I will purchase five indigenous goats so as to have assets that will help me in future when in need."
Stanley's family
access_time 1 day ago
Stanley received a $496 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that I was able to purchase some of the building materials, with this I am hopeful that when my second transfer arrives I will be able to construct a decent home for my family, this is because the house that we were living in currently was small and grass-thatched, Secondly, I would be able able to harvest rainwater using the iron sheet roof. I am so grateful for the support that changed my life and that of my family"
Caren's family
access_time 1 day ago
Caren received a $496 initial payment.
"Having a decent place to call home is a dream come true for my family of three. Before receiving this transfer, we lived in a mud house that was in terrible condition. Apart from the fact that it was falling apart, the roof would leak whenever it rained. I longed for the day when we could have enough money to build a new house. Being a student with no source of income, I could not afford to change our living conditions. This transfer, however, enabled us to do just that. Our new house is a modern, spacious home that meets our family's needs. My child does not have to endure cold nights anymore. I couldn't be more grateful."
Judy's family
access_time 1 day ago
Judy enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a specious house to accommodate my family of six. Currently, we are living in one leaking grass roofed house. This has forced my other children to seek shelter in our neighbour's house. The cost of purchasing building materials and labour is around KES 25,000 for the house I have desiring to build. Having this house complete will relieved me from worrying the security my children during night when moving to seek shelter."
Kache's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kache received a $479 second payment.
"Well my current transfers played a very major and important role to me and my family and for this I am genuinely grateful to GiveDirectly. For instance I used a portion of the money I received to cater for four of my children school arrears of which three of them are in primary school while the last born is in kindergarten. Thereby spending a total of ten thousand kenyan shillings. Apart from that, I also opted to renovate my house since in the past during the rainy season my roof would leak making it very uncomfortable to sleep for both me and my kids. As a result of the receiving the finances, I immediately settled on fixing the roof and some parts of the house so that in case of rainfall my kids would sleep soundly. Therefore I purchased wood, ironsheets and hired a labourer who fetched ten thousand kenyan shillings for his work. In addition to that I also bought four goats where as one sold for eight thousand kenyan shillings. Lastly I also catered for food for my family of six for our sustenance."
Bahati's family
access_time 1 day ago
Bahati enrolled.
"For the past two years I have been living in a house which is incomplete it leaks during rain seasons. When it rains we have to seek shelter from neighbours house.Though I have been working hard to ensure it is complete, my efforts has been in vain. Receiving this money means fulfilling it. I am planning to spend KES 40,000 to finish the roofing and renovate some parts of the walls so that I with my family of 11 members can leave in a decent house. Other than that, I will invest the remaining amount on school fees to settle fee balances for my 2 children who are in secondary school level."