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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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Evalin's family
access_time 4 days ago
Evalin received a $499 initial payment.
"I spent KES 11,500 on modern household furniture because I had the old arm chairs which weren't comfortable especially for visitors. I spent KES 10,000 on a heifer because soon it will be a source of milk and income for my family. Initially, I used to buy a litre of milk at KES 50 per day and it was quite unreliable. I also KES 1700 on water storage container to help in water preservation because water sources are very far in our place. I also spent KES 10,000 on latest clothing fashion and school uniforms because my kid's clothes were tattered especially during the long school holiday as a result of Corona outbreak. I also spent KES 7500 on two and half bags of maize meal because my maize crop didn't do well last harvest season as a result of heavy rains in the last year. I also spent KES 5500 on a goat house in order to keep them safe from rains and cold."
Ambrose's family
access_time 8 days ago
Ambrose received a $498 initial payment.
"I was driving my cows to go drink water at the river when I heard my phone ringing notifying me of an incoming message. I stopped to check the content and to my surprise, it was an M-Pesa message saying that we had received the promised amount from GiveDirectly. I was so happy having read the SMS and I could not wait to get home to let my wife know of the good news. I therefore hurriedly drove the cows to the river and back home. My wife was so happy to learn the good news and we said a lot of thanks to God and GiveDirectly because they had opened a way for us."
Joyce's family
access_time 8 days ago
Joyce received a $498 initial payment.
"The transfer has brought a big positive change in our lives as a family. We were able to buy a water tank and hence we will no longer be having to make long trips to the river to fetch water. The tank will enable us to collect rainwater that is going to be enough for our household use. We will also be able to get more time to do other important works such as going to the farm. This is because making long trips to the river usually consumes a lot of our time. The transfer has also enabled us to fully complete the construction of the kitchen by cementing the floor and placing the plywoods on the ceiling and the walls. Having done this, the kitchen now looks good and warmer. My work has also been reduced because I will no longer have to go through the stress of looking for mud and smearing the floor. Also, having fenced well around the farm, the cows will no longer be getting into it and hence the crops will no longer be getting destroyed. The transfer also enabled us to buy seeds and hence we have been able to plant."
Tonui's family
access_time 9 days ago
Tonui received a $500 initial payment.
"I used to get water from the river and it took me 20 minutes to get 20 litres and I used to go 5 times to have enough water for the day. Right now I have water at home and I use the time I used to go to the river to do other duties at home and I get more time to also rest."
Rubina's family
access_time 10 days ago
Rubina received a $500 initial payment.
"This transfer from GiveDirectly has helped me a lot. I bought a cow with it and used part of the transfer in starting a business of selling second-hand clothes. I was also able to buy some food for our consumption and I bought a few household items that were missing such as cooking pots, a water container, etc. We decided to buy a cow with part of the transfer because we did not have one before and hence we have been incurring the cost of buying milk. I also started the business because I had that thought before but I was not in a position to start it due to lack of money. My husband and I depend on farming as our source of livelihood and the little money that we have been getting has mostly been going to the purchase of food, milk, and other household necessities. It was hence not possible for us to do the above because they were requiring a large sum of money that we didn’t have."
Joan's family
access_time 10 days ago
Joan received a $500 initial payment.
"In our area, we use open water pans as our main source of water for drinking and other domestic use. This poses a serious health risk as this water is shared with livestock and the area is characterized by poor sanitation due to open defecation. As a concerned mother about the health of my family, I decided to use my first transfers to provide safe drinking water to her family. I bought a 5000 Litre water tank worth KES21000 to be able to harvest rainwater. My wish to own a water tank was long overdue as I had to prioritize educating my children. To me, this is the biggest difference in my daily life and I am grateful to GiveDirectly for restoring my family pride and dignity."
Hellen's family
access_time 10 days ago
Hellen received a $500 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is acquisition of a large water tank that can store alot of water at once. I had desired to buy one for the past two years but couldn't afford.This has reduced the time spent for fetching water and spent more time on my farm. Through the transfers, I have also managed to fence my compound which helps cattle from straying to other people's farms like before."
Glara's family
access_time 10 days ago
Glara received a $500 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is acquisition of water tank which I had desired for the past three years but couldn't afford. My efforts of saving towards buying one were unfruitful because of school fees and food. The transfers have also enabled built a new house and buy food in bulk which will sustain my family for a longer period hence saving food costs. I am also stress free and now I more good plans for my family."
Tonui's family
access_time 10 days ago
Tonui received a $500 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is owning a motorcycle. This has helped me reduced my work load like taking kids to school early, fetching water and grass for my livestock.The motorcycle has also enabled to reach my work station early and reduced cost of transport. Nowadays, we sleep comfortably and peacefully because I bought new beds for my family and I am stress free. My kids no longer remember the loss we experienced during the fire incident because some of the things burnt have been replaced by the GiveDirectly transfers. The transfers also enabled me buy a sewing machine for wife and this has helped in household expenditure."
Nyevu's family
access_time 10 days ago
Nyevu enrolled.
"The afternoon is the happiest part of my day because I usually find myself more relaxed after having my lunch meal. Unlike in the morning when I am required to fetch water at a distance of 10 kilometers from my home, something that drains my energy."