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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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Sanita's family
access_time 6 days ago
Sanita enrolled.
"Receiving this money means enough water supply for my family. I'm planning to use 50 dollars to purchase a bicycle for my family. The bicycle will aid in fetching enough water for domestic consumption. I'm planning to use a further 50 dollars to construct a two bedroom house. The two bedroom house is spacious and will serve my family better. In addition to this, am planning to use 180 dollars to buy six goats for domestic rearing. I'll later sale the goats to cater for my children school fees. I'll use the balance to buy enough food for my family. Doing this will give me the peace I have always desired to have."
Recho's family
access_time 6 days ago
Recho received a $496 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I have bought a water tank. I used to walk for a long distance to get clear water for drinking and for domestic used. This was taking much of my time which I could have used to do other chores. During the rainy season it's so slippery and this is so risky and one can likely fall down and get injured. My grandchild usually helps but but this is after school. When I received the second transfer I bought a water tank for storing clear water for domestic and for my cows. This has reduce the amount of time that I could used to look for water. I am planning to start a horticulture farming because I have enough water to water it. I will be in a position to have enough vegetables for the family and sell the surplus at the market to earn an income to meet other basic household needs. I am so grateful for the support."
Karembo's family
access_time 6 days ago
Karembo received a $498 second payment.
"If it was not for the Give Directly transfers I would not be having cows. I nolonger spend much on water since I use the cows to fetch water. We have to walk for more than 20 KM in search of water. The cows have made it easier because they are able to carry enough water in the cart."
Shida's family
access_time 7 days ago
Shida enrolled.
"Our area is drought stricken thus we cannot rely on farming alone for food. This has resulted to the issue of food insecurity since we have to buy most of the commodities. To address this problem, my desire has been to start an irrigation scheme. My farm is close to our community dam and I am not worried about water supply. I will purchase a water pump and pipes to set up the project. Besides, I will build a good house for my family because the current one is in a bad state. Receiving this money therefore means an improvement in our lives."
Mercy's family
access_time 7 days ago
Mercy received a $497 second payment.
"GiveDirectly changed my life in that I now have piped water at our doorstep. The money which I had received I spent on buying water pipes and pay for labour for installation and also pay for registration fees. I am so glad that now I have access to clean tap water in our compound. Before, I would spend approximately 4 hours to go and fetch water and come back home. On such a day, I couldn't do any other duty since it's tiresome. Now I can wake up do my house chores and go to the farm. Afterwards, I can do cleaning since we have water connected to our compound."
Samwel's family
access_time 9 days ago
Samwel enrolled.
"Receiving this money means an improved housing system. We have been facing difficult moment with our kitchen especially when it rains because water leaks from the roof, and at times, oozes from the ground. During rainy season, we carry cooking utensils to the main house and my 3 children who sleeps there, seeks accommodation elsewhere within the village. This has brought shame to my family. Our ambition therefore, have been to set up another kitchen costing approximately Ksh 30,000 and thus improving our lives."
Christina's family
access_time 9 days ago
Christina enrolled.
"After I am done with the usual household chores, I embark on carrying out farming activities like tilling, watering, weeding, pesticides application, transplanting etc of available crops on my farm or other people's farms. My happiest part of the day is in the evening and this is after I have been called upon by my neighbours for a casual job. This is because on that day I will have the means to buy my family alternative food type unlike the usual ones."
Margret's family
access_time 12 days ago
Margret enrolled.
"I wake at 6 am to do the house chores before going to my work place where I have a shop. I work there till 3 pm where I take a break from work to go and fetch water. I resume work till 6 pm when I go back home. This time marks the end of a tiresome day and the happiest part of my day. I enjoy the evening hours because I get to relax and have time with my family after a busy day."
Faith's family
access_time 12 days ago
Faith enrolled.
"The happiest part of my day is in the evening. This is because I am a housewife and spend my morning hours doing household chores and later in the day work in my 0.1 acres of land. In this piece of land, we have grown maize for domestic use and go there to weed, dig, or fence. I use my afternoon hours fetching firewood and water for my household which will take me until late in the evening. Reuniting with my husband in the evening after the day's work rejuvenates my life."
Rose's family
access_time 12 days ago
Rose received a $492 second payment.
"Now I have a water tank which I didn't have before. I got rough space to store harvested rain water which can sustain us for months. I would still be struggling with fetching water for use at home from a nearby river. This was time consuming and tiresome. I thank GiveDirectly for the transfers which has change our lives."
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