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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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Emmanuel's family
access_time 2 days ago
Emmanuel received a $511 second payment.
"My life is different from how it was in that, I am now able to store my food well. My cows are also guaranteed to have enough food during dry seasons without fear of getting spoilt. This means they will become healthier and produce more milk. Apart from that, I also have no worries about our food because I built a new granary that will keep our grains safe. The cow feeds are safe as well."
Zawadi's family
access_time 2 days ago
Zawadi received a $530 initial payment.
"For sure, I do not know the best way to express my gratitude to GiveDirectly because I was not at peace at all having been trained to be a teacher. My expectation was to get a job but my certificate was withheld by the institution due to a fee arrears. I stayed for many months and because I didn't have the cash, I could not collect it on time, I could not apply for any job vacancy that came on my way. I thank GiveDirectly because it's through this money that I cleared my arrears and was issued my certificate, I can now apply for a job any time, which makes it to be the biggest difference in my daily life."
Anna's family
access_time 2 days ago
Anna received a $512 second payment.
"My life is different from how it was in that, I was able to take care of my children's school fees and also took my son to a driving course without straining. This has enabled him to get jobs. Through this, he is able to support me in settling some of the household expenses. I also managed to invest in sugarcane plantation that I will benefit from in a few month's time."
Alice's family
access_time 2 days ago
Alice received a $468 initial payment.
"The moment I received my money, I became very happy because it was going to enable me settle the debts and I will be in position to repossess my pieces of land that the money lenders had taken."
Mourice's family
access_time 2 days ago
Mourice received a $246 second payment.
"I am still living in a rental house just within my village because I do not have a house. I expect that in six months,I will have bought all the necessary construction materials to be able to build a house at home and move out of a rented place that costs me valuable amount each month. So far, I have purchase some of the materials and I hope that I will buy the rest soon. "
Benta's family
access_time 2 days ago
Benta received a $246 second payment.
"Now that we have succeeded in building new and more spacious house, I hope that we will soon manage to plaster it so that I will not always have to struggle keeping the house in good shape through smearing."
Sarah's family
access_time 2 days ago
Sarah enrolled.
"I have three children in Secondary school;two in day school and one in boarding school.Their school fees has been giving me sleepless nights.The money that I will receive will help me a great deal in clearing the arrears and paying for their first term fees come next year.I want to transfer one of the children to boarding school.All this will cost me not less than Ksh 50,000(500 USD).I also want to buy one dairy cow.This will boost my income since I will be able to sell milk.What I will save from the sale of milk will help me pay school fees.The cow will cost me approximately Ksh 20,000(200 USD) .I will also use part of the transfer to boost my subsistence farming by buying farm inputs like hybrid seeds to plant on my 1.5 acres of land."
Joseph's family
access_time 2 days ago
Joseph received a $511 second payment.
"My life is different how it was before i received the transfer in that I am able to get enough produce from my farm and to the community and get money for my family up keep which was not the case before because I could not get enough because of lack of enough water. "
Viola's family
access_time 2 days ago
Viola enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have been facing in my life is lack of a stable source of income.I mainly depend on subsistence farming and the little that my husband gets.My husband has been in and out of work because he has been working with short contracts with the Kenya government.I remember sometime last year when life was very difficult since he was out of contract.For me I really wish that I could help my husband more in providing the basic needs.I have a certificate in Secretarial studies but I have not secured employment because the job market is very competitive.I have a plan of going back to school to advance more to a higher level. "
Janet's family
access_time 2 days ago
Janet received a $246 second payment.
"Now that I did not get the opportunity to spend my transfers which were stolen, I have no expectations for the future because my life has not changed from what it previously was."