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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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Chadi's family
access_time 13 hours ago
Chadi enrolled.
"After a long period of doing charcoal work, my health was affected and I now suffer from chest pains. This has forced me to remain jobless and the only option is to engage in selling ropes that earn me KES500 per 2 weeks when the customers are available. At a time when customers are not available, I become a beggar since I borrow some maize flour from my relatives. Therefore, financial instability due to lack of a reliable source of income is the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life."
Sellinah's family
access_time 15 hours ago
Sellinah enrolled.
"I am a housewife who depends on my husband who is a tax driver. He does not own one so he also relies on his friends to give him tender which sometimes is not guaranteed. In a good day he makes 150 shillings which is not enough to sustain all our needs such as food."
Tabu's family
access_time 15 hours ago
Tabu enrolled.
"Being a widow and the only breadwinner in my family has been a challenge. I work as a charcoal vendor. This job is tiresome and earns me 900 shillings in a week which is not guaranteed. Due to this problem, meeting my basic needs such as school fees has been a challenge. Therefore, lack of a good source of income is my biggest hardship."
Richard's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Richard enrolled.
"I am a single father of 3. Four years ago, I lost my wife of 34 years to blood pressure. It is until her demise that I was hit by the hardship of having to raise our children singlehandedly. Before her untimely death, we used to join hands to engage in casual labour in the village so as to put a meal on the table. Now that am alone, we live from hand to mouth as I have to go out early in the morning to cultivate people's farms for as little as $2 at the end of the day. This is only enough to feed my family but leaves nothing to educate them."
Kadzo's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"My house is just braving the strong wind of our area and I am always worried that it may collapse anytime. I have wished to construct a decent one but due to financial challenges, this has never been possible to me. Receiving this money means a better house for me because I plan to spend utmost $300 of my first transfer to have the house constructed. The remaining amount of the first disbursement will help me to buy a modern bed and a mattress to replace the old ones which never give me nice sleep. On the other hand, I intend to start livestock keeping that will help me in the future whenever needs arise. I, therefore, plan to use $450 on my second transfer to buy 3 indigenous dairy cows that will provide me with milk to sell and for my consumption. The remaining amount will support me to buy some very basic needs like food."
Jumwa's family
access_time 5 days ago
Jumwa enrolled.
"As a woman of my age, I never imagined engaging myself as a charcoal burner. Due to financial instability, I have no choice but to involve myself in doing this strenuous work to earn a living. Therefore, financial instability is the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life."
Dama's family
access_time 5 days ago
Dama enrolled.
"I have desired to start a business ( retail shop) but due to financial instability, this dream has never come to pass. Receiving this transfer means fulfilling my long-time desire. I am planning to spend 70,000 shillings to start the business at our nearby center. This is going to generate income for my family of 8 members. In a day I can make 1000 shillings as profit. This will be enough to sustain all our basic needs such as food. Approximately, my family spends 400 shillings a day. I will be saving the extra amount for my children's future education. Apart from the business, I am planning to spend the remaining amount to take my husband to a referral hospital for medication. He has been suffering from eczema ( skin disease) for almost 6 years."
Caroline's family
access_time 5 days ago
Caroline received a $496 second payment.
"The biggest difference in my life is that I was able to clear school fees for my child and he was able to sit for the final exams. Were it not for these transfers, I would live a stressful life as parent not being able to pay school fees on time and my child would not have completed schooling. I thank GiveDirectly for making this happen to me."
Alice's family
access_time 5 days ago
Alice received a $496 second payment.
"I am glad that I now have livestock as a result of these transfers. I got two heifers and three sheep and for me these has been my great achievement. I didn't have any livestock before but now I have some which incase of an emergency, I would sell some to cushion myself financially."
Everline's family
access_time 6 days ago
Everline enrolled.
"Despite having skills in dressmaking, I have never managed to buy a sewing machine that can help me to have a reliable business. This has forced me to engage in charcoal, a job that is very tiresome and low-paying. Therefore, financial instability has been the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life."