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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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Risper's family
access_time 2 days ago
Risper enrolled.
"The main challenge is food insecurity, we have been living in a poverty stricken area. My income has been going for a loan which I borrowed two years ago. This was the amount which enabled me to buy my land. I am happy though I wish that I could have enough food to feed my family."
Kadzo's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kadzo received a $484 initial payment.
"It was past 5:00 PM when I sent my son to collect my phone from the nearby center where it was charging. By the time he got home everything was sent for bathing my baby but then I decided to switch on the phone before proceeding. The confirmation message that I had received money from Give directly marked the end of everything. I got overwhelmed by the excitement leading my children to join in the celebration even before knowing what I was celebrating. I then called my spouse who was 150 KM away to inform him about the good news. He was overjoyed and could not wait. He traveled the same day and got home and got home at around 9:00 pm."
Norah's family
access_time 2 days ago
Norah enrolled.
"I am a single mother of three and my eldest son is in secondary school. I own a small tailoring business from which I make money to support my family. Receiving this money means a boost to my business because it will enable me to purchase a tailoring machine with KES 40,000 from which I can employ one more person to help me run it. This will see my profits increase thus stable income and I can pay the KES 60,000 per year school fees for my son without straining."
Celestine's family
access_time 2 days ago
Celestine received a $468 second payment.
"My goals were to go to college and get livelihood skills and buy a sewing machine. For now, my goal is to finish school and set up a tailoring shop and I'm hopeful that I will be successful in this industry."
Charo's family
access_time 2 days ago
Charo received a $484 second payment.
"Before I started receiving the transfers, my goals were to assist my son pay dowry for his wife and build a house. Now that I have achieved all the goal that I had, I want now to focus on looking for a wife who will take care of me as I get older."
Julius's family
access_time 2 days ago
Julius enrolled.
"The main challenge is financial constraints. My shop business was greatly affected by Covid-19 which made the profits go down. Having children in school and having to meet their needs and pay for school is a great financial challenge. The profit from the shop goes to these needs hence we do not get a chance to meet other needs."
Helen's family
access_time 2 days ago
Helen enrolled.
"The main challenge is financial constraints. We are peasant farmers heavily depending on the farm to sustain us. My husband is a casual laborer earning at most KES 200 a day. This goes to food only as we have a large family of five children who are still under my roof. We have lived hand to mouth for years with nothing to save up for other family developments."
Hellen's family
access_time 2 days ago
Hellen enrolled.
"The biggest challenge is health problems. It has been 3 years now suffering from a throat problem. With this problem, I cannot do heavy tasks like going to the farm. This has rendered me dependent on my children who does casual job in a hotel to fend for me and their siblings. This is something I am not proud of as a parent now that am a widow and I was supposed to be providing for them."
Hellen's family
access_time 2 days ago
Hellen enrolled.
"Our parents have been sick for sometime now. They are aged, unfortunately our mother passed on last month after along battle with the cancer. Our father is also battling heart problem and high blood pressure, he is indisposed and we are taking care of him. We have been in and out of Tenwek Hospital for sometime. It has strained us mentally and financially."
Mapenzi's family
access_time 2 days ago
Mapenzi received a $484 initial payment.
"My phone did not have power, so I had taken it to charge in the nearby center and picked it up at 6:00 pm. The moment when I switched it on while I had reached the house I was welcomed by a Mpesa message confirming that I had received KES 55000 from Give Directly. That was the happiest moment of my life. Had I known how to write a text message then I would have sent an appreciation message to Give Directly. My spouse was still at work but I kept checking the door to see if he was coming so that I could share with him the good news. He was happy too when I showed him the message and his words were "At last we shall renovate our house"."