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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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Kennedy's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kennedy received a $512 second payment.
"I have a big family of seven children and we do not always fit well in our previous house. This is because it was not big enough to accommodate us well especially at night. It was a one-roomed house and I would have to sent some of my children to sleep at my neighbours' house. Whenever I had visitors, I would have to really struggle to find sleep place for my visitors. As a result, I would not always feel comfortable asking for friends to visit me for sleep-overs. Due to this problem I have gone through for the last year, I started planning of how to get building materials to build a new house. At the time I was getting my first transfer, I had not even made any savings hence I used my transfer to buy building materials such as nails, cement, iron sheets and timber. I have used the materials to put up a three-bedroom house which accommodates us well with a good number of visitors. Thanks to GD for the transfer I no longer shy off from welcoming friends to visit me."
David's family
access_time 5 days ago
David received a $512 second payment.
"I managed to clear my son's fees for the entire term which made him have comfortably stay in school without any fear of being sent away from school due to delays in fees payments. Having planted sugarcane is another difference in my life that I shouldn't have gained without GiveDirectly's transfers. This is because in my area, planting sugarcane is very marketable ,therefore, I believe from the harvest I will get early next year and sell in the nearby factory. These profits will assist me in paying school fees for my children and also provide for my family's needs without any struggles"
Kiplangat's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kiplangat received a $512 second payment.
"My life is different from how it was in that I managed to buy a piece of land. I almost hated my father for selling most of the piece of land that he had promised to divide among us. I got self-satisfaction when I got to buy land with Gd's money. I do not hate my father anymore. I have forgiven him. I also get enough sleep which I was not able to get before because I was always stressed after my father sold a very huge piece of land leaving us with nothing to inherit"
Kabeyu's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kabeyu enrolled.
"My desire has been to purchase good beddings. Currently, I am sleeping on the broken legged bed with my beddings being sacks and old toned clothes, a situation that wakes me up with bruises on my body as well as feeling tired. I have wished to purchase good ones but due to financial instability, this wish has never materialized. Receiving this money means a quality sleep for me as I am planning to spend $100 on purchasing a new bed and mattress. I am also planning to purchase 8 goats at Ksh.3000 each an investment that will charge my life for the better."
Dama's family
access_time 5 days ago
Dama enrolled.
"Financial constraints have been the biggest hardship in my life. This is because, at the age of 79 years, I am still having the responsibility of taking care of my grandchild whose father is a deceased while the mother was remarried. Imagine burning charcoal and taking them to the nearest town looking for potential buyers and fail to get one! Basic needs provision like beddings, food, nice shelter, and school fees has been always a challenge. To some extent, I have wished to get support from my son but this is a mere dream since he is just a village boy."
Jumwa's family
access_time 6 days ago
Jumwa enrolled.
"At the age of 54 I still dig in people's farms and burn charcoal for a living. This is because I do not have any support since my husband is too old to work. I cannot even account for my wages since I live from hand to mouth. Getting food is such a hustle and sometimes we spend up to three days. The lack of enough food has made me so weak that I cannot actively engage in my jobs. This has made financial constraint which is my biggest hardship grow from bad to worse."
Kabibi's family
access_time 6 days ago
Kabibi enrolled.
"Subsistence farming is not sufficient as it only provides food. This means I need an extra source of income to provide school fees, medical and clothes for my children. To supplement this, I have been burning charcoal but I stopped due to respiratory diseases. This has affected my financial status and I am struggling to take care of my family. The major issue is school fees which has withhold the results of my two children who completed school with fee arrears. It hurts me so much because my daughter missed the Kenya Police recruitment because she doesn't have her result slip. My 3 children who are currently in secondary school spent 2 weeks at home because of 5000 shillings. In this regard, I can say financial instability is my biggest hardship."
Susan's family
access_time 6 days ago
Susan enrolled.
"I got a baby after form four and this angered my parents to an extent of neglecting me. Besides this, they barred me from getting married thus reducing me to a single mother. The most hurtful thing is that they refused to take me to college and took my younger sister instead. I have always wished to have a stable source of income to comfortably provide for my family. However, this is not the case because I do not posses any skills. I will therefore spend part of this transfer to enroll in a dress making college. After completing my course, I will open a tailoring shop in Bamba. This will improve my living as it will save me the agony of doing manual jobs to make ends meet."
Kipkirui's family
access_time 6 days ago
Kipkirui received a $22 twentieth payment.
"In the next six months, My life will have greatly changed to be better because I will have harvested most of my crops from the farm. I expect abundant harvest hence more income which will enable m to support my children education"
Christine's family
access_time 6 days ago
Christine enrolled.
"Receiving this money will enable me to solve two major stumbling blocks in my life. I will be able to seek proper medication for my daughter who has been suffering from uncontrolled bleeding during her menses for 3 years now. I will also spend roughly ksh.50,000 to help me reduce on the accumulated fee arrears for 8 of my children which is totalling to ksh. 147,000 as follows : ( ksh.50,000 for the one in college, ksh.89,000 for 2 in secondary school and ksh.8000 for 5 in primary school. This debts have been accumulating and much as I strive to do different jobs like burning charcoal, extracting aloe vera juice and even selling the little harvest from farming, balancing between buying food,seeking for treatment and paying school fees has been an impossible mission to accomplish because back home, I have additional 4 dependants bringing the total number of people looking up to me for upkeep to 12 family members. Since I know that this money is not enough to help me achieve all this, I plan to broaden my source of income flow by investing in livestock trade and general shop business. Over time, I am sure that my income will be consistent thus reducing the heavy burden of finances that I am currently facing."