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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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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 3 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."
Christina's family
access_time 3 days ago
Christina enrolled.
"My family lives in an old grass- thatched house.In it,we always dread rainy seasons.This is because the roofing is already old and when it rains,water leaks in through multiple areas.There is a scarcity of roofing grass and so repairing it has been difficult.Receiving this money will give me the desired aid to be able to build an iron-roofed house as well as a new kitchen.After having done this,and my family has a more comfortable home,I will use the remaining part of the transfer to buy a cow as a means of investing it and a bit of it to pay outstanding fees arrears for my children."
Faith's family
access_time 3 days ago
Faith enrolled.
"This money will enable me to buy a cow.We have one (a heifer) at the moment.Since our children are young,they still require milk in their diet and we have been getting this from my in-laws house.Most of the time this is not sufficient enough.Having our own dairy cow will also provide a source of income through the sale of milk.I plan to spend sh 35000 in buying it and what remains from my first transfer,I will buy building materials for a store to keep animal feeds.With my second transfer,my spouse and I plan to build another house for our growing family."
Maurine's family
access_time 3 days ago
Maurine enrolled.
"Receiving this money means I will put an end to a 12-year dependence on my mother in law to provide us with milk for household use. This is because I am planning to purchase a dairy cow worth Kshs 30,000 (300 usd) immediately upon receiving my first transfer. Besides milk for a rich nutrition for my 4 children, I will sell the surplus milk to facilitate their education in a local primary school. I intend to spend the remaining Kshs 25,000 (250usd) to build a new house and differently this time, I am going to substitute grass thatch roofing to corrugated iron sheet which is going to help me in gathering rain water for domestic purposes. "
Jane's family
access_time 3 days ago
Jane enrolled.
"Amos, my eldest son cleared his secondary education in 2015. He performed well with a grade good enough to take him to college but we had to forgo due to financial challenges. Now that I am a beneficiary of GiveDirectly cash transfer program my son is going to enroll to the Eldoret National Polytechnic to pursue his dream course in Civil Engineering come January next year. This is going to cost me my entire first transfer of Kshs 55,000 (550usd). I am going to trust God for the subsequent semesters to see my son through well-wishers and government bursary. With an imminent old age and my blindness I believe it's only through the education of my son that I am going to live a life of dignity in the near future."
Naumy's family
access_time 3 days ago
Naumy received a $22 twentieth payment.
"In the next six months, my life will have changed in that, we will have bought a piece of land as a family. Also, I am optimistic that I will have planted some nappier grass on this farm. Due to this, my livestock will have enough feeds throughout the year hence milk supply to my customers will remain constant. I will be using the income from the dairy project to pay school fees for my children."
Jesca's family
access_time 3 days ago
Jesca received a $530 initial payment.
"It was at dawn after waking up when I realized that I had received some money from GiveDirectly. I became so happy and I gave thanks to God for answering my prayers as I knew that I would be able to achieve my life dreams."
Dorca's family
access_time 3 days ago
Dorca received a $511 second payment.
"Two months before GiveDirectly came, my second hand clothes business had collapsed and I didn't know where I could get capital to reopen it again. This is because I had debts all over starting from the villagers to table banking groups. Therefore, meeting my family needs had become very difficult which made me very depressed. GiveDirectly's transfers changed my life instantly in a way I didn't expect since this money fulfilled my aspiration of boosting my second hand clothes business and I started sewing clothes as well. I am happy since I have a reliable source of income that has enabled me provide for my family with ease and on a daily basis I am able to save 200 KES. Thanks GiveDirectly for bringing back a smile to a widow's face like me."