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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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David's family
access_time 2 hours ago
David received a $496 initial payment.
"Complete construction of a new house is the biggest difference in my daily life. I had been struggling to figure out how this could have been possible amidst the huge payment of school fees for my six children - three in primary school and also three in secondary school and could not see it happening before. The old hut that we had been living in was already small, and with the new one, we are enjoying an extra space enough for my whole family."
Mary's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Mary received a $496 initial payment.
"Before receiving the transfer from GiveDirectly, my life was full of frustration. I am a single mother who had no source of income. The stigma that I faced from having a child out of wedlock made me feel so ashamed and like I was a nobody. People in my community would mock my son and proclaim that he wouldn't make it far in life. The fact that he would be sent home for lack of school fees, regularly, made matters worse. Because of the money from GiveDirectly, however, I have been able to pay for his school expenses for his final term in high school. I dream that he will pass his national exams and head on to university for an undergraduate degree. I couldn't be more appreciative of what GD has done for us."
Agnes's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Agnes received a $496 initial payment.
"Financial constraints have been a challenge to my family and it is always difficult living knowing that you owe someone. This had always made me hesitate in picking any incoming calls thinking that it was my creditors who wanted to ask for their money and also paying school fees for my children on time was a problem. I am happy that I was able to use my transfer to repay all the debt that I had and to pay school fees for my children and I am happy that they will not be sent back home this year. Being able to achieve this within a short time makes my daily life different."
Betty's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Betty received a $496 initial payment.
"I am the happiest person ever since I received the transfer since I am a proud owner of a dairy cow and I have also been able to pay school fees for my children. Due to this, I can concentrate on other projects since I know that they will not be sent back home anytime soon and they will be able to concentrate on their studies. In addition, I will be using the income from the sale of milk to pay their school fees and to meet some of our basic needs when it calves."
Emily's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Emily enrolled.
"Receiving this money means I can now restock my farm with cows. I sold all thag I had to pay school fees for my children in secondary school and college last year. I will spend about KES 80,000 to acquire two lactating cows. This will increase milk I produce by 11 litres per day. It translates to an income of about KES 550 per day. I will also improve my house by removing it and painting to protect it from rain water."
Sammy's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Sammy received a $496 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my life is that I have managed to accomplish so much that I never thought that I would have achieved in a short period, in that, I bought a dairy cow meaning that I would be able to earn an extra income from it soon. I am also happy that my children are in school now because I cleared the school fees arrears, meaning that they can comfortably concentrate on their studies. I am so grateful for the support that I was given."
Chirchir's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Chirchir received a $496 initial payment.
"I work as support staff in a nearby secondary school, my house is small, and we are not comfortable sharing the same room with the children now that they are growing, this forced them to be sleeping in their grandmother's place, hence I saw the need of building a separate house for them so that they can have a roof over their heads, therefore I used KES 35,000, I then used KES11400 in paying school fees, lastly I used the remaining transfer in buying clothes and foodstuffs. I am so grateful and happy that GiveDirectly lifted my living standards."
Sharon's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Sharon received a $496 initial payment.
"My mind is at peace now that my children are all in school, this is because I was able to offset the school fees arrears with the transfer that I had received from GiveDirectly, unlike before where they would always waste a lot of time back and forth from school to home, GiveDirectly has put a smile in all our faces and we can afford a smile because the hope of a better tomorrow was revived. in addition to that, I bought a sofa set. I am so grateful for the support that changed our lives amazingly."
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."
Kadzo's family
access_time 5 hours ago
Kadzo received a $496 initial payment.
"Before GiveDirectly came for my rescue, things were bad, my living situation was pathetic no school fees, no food, malnutrition was affecting my children and also shelter was a problem. But GiveDirectly lit the candle at the end of the tunnel. My family and I live in a good house not as before. As the saying goes, “a hungry man is an angry man” my children couldn’t make it to school on daily basis with empty stomachs. As at now they are fulltime learners in school not only because they have some food but also their fees are taken care of."
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