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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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Marither's family
access_time 4 days ago
Marither received a $517 initial payment.
"I spent a large portion of my first transfer to repay a debt which I had taken to pay school fees for my children. I had decided to take a loan so as to clear school fees for my children to be allowed to stay at school as they had been sent home more often. This was the only way I had to avoid my being sent home completely. as I couldn't afford to pay their school fees. The remaining portion I spent on buying some building materials for house construction, food items which would sustain us for about a month and buy some clothes for myself and children."
Charo's family
access_time 4 days ago
Charo received a $517 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials which include, iron sheets, building poles, timber, and nails. This was for the construction of a new house since my house had collapsed four months ago. I then saved KES 10000, for my children as their school fees once they resume their studies. The money that had remained, I am using in buying sufficient foodstuffs for my family."
Katana's family
access_time 4 days ago
Katana received a $517 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the fact that I now own a second-hand motorbike. Previously I used to survive on casual jobs and subsistence farming to sustain the family which was not enough. Sometimes getting the basic needs like clothing, food, and paying school fees has never been easy. This is now history because having have started the motorbike business my living standard has changed. My family now gets enough food, good clothing, and many more changes. I am extremely grateful for this organization for financial support."
Sharon's family
access_time 9 days ago
Sharon received a $514 initial payment.
"For a long time, I have been willing to rear dairy cow in my compound but because of the financial difficulties, I could not afford it. I had other issues to attend to like paying school fees with the little money which I would earn from farming and casual jobs. I am so glad now because Give Directly actualized my dream because I managed to buy a lactating dairy cow. The offspring that I will have from the animal shall be assets which shall cushion me in case of a financial need."
Dama's family
access_time 10 days ago
Dama received a $514 initial payment.
"The financial support has enabled me to acquire a dairy cow which I am currently rearing in my homestead. This is what I have been yarning to own for all those years but I could not afford it because they are very expensive. I am positive that very soon I will stop the regular buying of milk for my family usage thus saving the money. In addition, I will be selling the remaining few liters to my neighbors to generate an income. Thus business will enable me to be paying school fees for my children in time and meeting their needs without straining."
David's family
access_time 10 days ago
David received a $514 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my life is the heifer that I currently own. I used the transfers to buy a heifer for future milk production. By the time I received the first transfer, I had sold all the cows on my farm to pay school fees for my children. When the heifer will calve,I will be selling the surplus milk and using some milk for household needs so that I stop buying from neighbours. GiveDirectly has set me off on a better course of life."
Betty's family
access_time 19 days ago
Betty received a $515 initial payment.
"Since I received my first transfers from Give Directly, a lot has changed in my life. Before, I would travel for long distances to fetch water for use especially during dry season when a nearby stream dry up. This would mean that I would waste a lot of time to and from main river. At times when we needed drinking water I would spent up to 2 hours on the que to fetch water from the water point. After I got the transfers I spend part of it on buying water pipes and connect it to our doorstep. Now I safe a lot the energy and time which I would have spend collecting water from the river. Again, I had no cow in my compound as I had sold that which I had to pay school fees for my children. Now I am happy that I bought one, the happiest part about it is that the cow is almost calving and soon we shall have milk for use at home. Lastly, my kitchen is now so clean as I got a good poultry house which accommodate my chicken. Before my kitchen would house the chicken at night and in the morning I would have to clean before preparing breakfast for my children."
Lily's family
access_time 25 days ago
Lily received a $516 initial payment.
"Before I received my transfers, I was having sleepless nights as I was wondering how I would raise money for paying school fees for my children. When I received my first transfers I felt so happy as I knew that my worries would be over."
Dhahabu's family
access_time 25 days ago
Dhahabu received a $516 initial payment.
"Having the two dairy cows which I am currently rearing in my compound brings the biggest difference in my daily life. I have really been willing to have them in my homestead but they were too expensive for me. These are the well thoughtful assets that I can readily lean on in case of financial difficulties. I am expecting them to reproduce and I will soon have many of them. This will enable me to sell milk and get an income which I will be able to pay school fees without struggling like before. I am extremely thankful to GiveDirectly because I would not have purchased any at my own cost if t were not for the support."
Caroline's family
access_time 26 days ago
Caroline received a $516 initial payment.
"When I received from my first transfers from Give Directly, I felt so happy as I had never gotten such an amount of money before. I knew that the burden which I had about paying school fees, buying food and others would be eased."
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