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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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Karisa's family
access_time 1 day ago
Karisa received a $484 initial payment.
"I spent KES 30,000 to purchase a piece of land this is because the place were I am staying is at a low place where it is constantly filled with water during the heavy rain. In addition, I spent KES 7,000 to take my kid to college where he was going to take a building and construction course. He had completed secondary school but I lacked the finances to further his studies. With the remaining amount, I bought 5 iron sheets which I intend to construct a toilet for my family. We are using the bush which is very risky especially at night. The other part of remaining amount assisted me acquiring enough food for the family."
Kahindi's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kahindi enrolled.
"I have an old bicycle that I want to repair. It played a great role in my life, I used it to fetch water from a nearby pond, ferry my sacks of charcoal from where I make them or to Tsangatsini town during market days which is on Friday. Receiving this money means I will use 3,000 KES to repair my bicycle and be able to be more productive."
Sharifa's family
access_time 2 days ago
Sharifa enrolled.
"As a new mother, lately, I have been thinking of the kind of life I want for our daughter. As early as now, I feel the need to start saving for her well-being. My husband and I have decided to it aside KES 1,500 per month. When she gets to the age she's required to join school, we shall use that money for fees at a good school, even if it means moving to a place where we'll get a decent one. The rest of the money we shall use for food and water on a daily basis."
Magdaline's family
access_time 2 days ago
Magdaline enrolled.
"The year 2021 was very harsh in terms of water availability. There was no rain, water pans dried up. With my son on my back, I used to fetch water at a distance of 2km. The fatigue was unbearable. Luckily, the rains poured heavily towards the end of last year. The water pans are now full of water and I am stress-free."
Jumwa's family
access_time 2 days ago
Jumwa enrolled.
"Due to the drought that was experienced last year, all the nearby water pans dried up. At my old age of 64 years, I was forced to walk for 2 km a day to fetch 20 liters of water. The water was salty and unfit for drinking. It was tedious and energy draining. The trips left me with severe body aches. I was overjoyed in December 2021 because we received heavy rains that filled all the water pans. I now only walk for 100 meters to fetch water."
Grace's family
access_time 2 days ago
Grace enrolled.
"I am the caretaker of my husband's three cows. In the last year 2021, a life-threatening drought hit this area. Many people lost livestock due to inadequate, pasture and drinking water. Luckily, the three cows survived until it rained in late December and in the early days of January 2022. I am very happy because the cows are now in good health due to the plenty of water and pasture."
Angeline's family
access_time 3 days ago
Angeline received a $484 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that through the transfer, I was able to meet my heart's desires of owning a piece of land as well as starting the construction of a small shop for my tailoring business. Previously, I was working at home where I did not get the chance to serve many customers. Hence, I was struggling to meet the basic need of the family, especially food and water. I am optimistic that my business will improve once I relocated to the market center something that will earn me more income."
Peter's family
access_time 3 days ago
Peter enrolled.
"I have always had an intention of upgrading my existing old grass-thatched house into an iron sheet roofed semi-permanent structure. The current house I reside in with my family is old and worn out and I am always stressed up during the rainy season as water seeps from the roof. This creates unfavorable living conditions for my family. To get out of this situation, I plan to use KES 35000 to build a spacious house to accommodate my family comfortably. I also need to buy dairy cattle to supplement my family with milk since I do not have any."
Zawadi's family
access_time 3 days ago
Zawadi received a $484 initial payment.
"I was at home fetching water in the evening when I got a message notification on my phone. I stopped what I was doing to check what the message was about and to my surprise, I had received money from Give Directly. I have never experienced such a happy moment in my life before. I thanked God for the surprise but still rushed to my helper to check if indeed there was money in my Mpesa account because I could not believe it."
Raeli's family
access_time 3 days ago
Raeli enrolled.
"I lost the only son that I had years ago and this disturbed me since he was the only one who would help me. I live alone now that my daughters have been married and the house that I live in was built by my village people. It is old and I have planned that when I receive the transfer, I will use part of the money to build a bigger iron-roofed house for myself and convert the old one into a kitchen. This will give me space to host visitors, a place to store my things well, and also harvest rain water for use during the rainy season."