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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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Josephat's family
access_time 8 days ago
Josephat received a $486 third payment.
"My life has taken a different trajectory because as an elder brother in our family, I have been able to pay school fees for my siblings and helped them continue with their education uninterrupted. My sister is currently doing her bachelors at Mount Kenya University, and I am so proud of her as an elder brother. I have been very supportive to her all along especially when I got the transfers from Give Directly and paid her fees for the entire semester well in advance."
Rehema's family
access_time 8 days ago
Rehema received a $535 initial payment.
"I received the transfer notification at 10 pm as I was preparing to sleep. When I checked who the sender was, I realized that it was from GiveDirectly notifying me that I had received my first transfer. I could not contain the joy that instantly filled me. I stayed awake for some hours before retiring to bed for the joy in me was inexpressible as my dream of building a decent house had finally come true."
Salama's family
access_time 8 days ago
Salama enrolled.
"Repairing my house, construction of toilet and buying of water storage tank and sheep is what receiving this money means to me. Currently, I depend on my husband who is doing taxi work at Mombasa but his monthly earnings cannot fully support our basic needs. When I receive the GiveDirectly aid, I plan to use my first transfer to repair my house because the current roof is leaking and purchasing of water storage tank that will help me to store water during dry seasons. With my second transfer I will spend it on construction of toilet to improve our environmental hygiene and also to buy sheep. This will reshape our life for the better and hence the change that I have longed for."
Jumwa's family
access_time 8 days ago
Jumwa enrolled.
"Transforming my livelihood for the better is what receiving this money means to me. Being in a polygamous household where the husband is old and sick has made me to depend on my son whose support is also inconsistent. This has forced me to engage in charcoal burning in order to supplement the little income from my son. The aid from GiveDirectly has brought a huge blessing since I plan to reshape my life by repairing my house which is partly collapsing, buying of livestock that will breed and multiple and also the remaining amount will support my grand children's education. This is essentially what receiving this money means to me."
Patrick's family
access_time 8 days ago
Patrick received a $450 second payment.
"My life has improved for the better in that, I have owned cows that I intend to resell in two years time to acquire my own plot of land. I am currently staying on a small peice of land that was given to me by my uncle to use for awhile."
Florence's family
access_time 8 days ago
Florence received a $450 second payment.
"My life is different in that, I have been in position to renovate my house and to construct an iron roofed house for my son currently left with fitting doors and windows. In addition, I was able to acquire house hold items (big saucepan, 2 water drums, a matress and beddings). Before receiving this transfer, I didn't have hope of renovating my house and acquire the items I am now having because the little money I got was spent for buying food."
Rehema's family
access_time 8 days ago
Rehema enrolled.
"Changing my livelihood by owning a sewing machine, constructing a spacious house, buying beddings and livestock is what receiving this money means to me. Currently, I am just a house wife despite having dress making skills. This has forced me to depend on my husband who is working at a posho mill as a labourer and his income is not enough to sustain our basic needs. The arrival of GiveDirectly to my household has a great relief on me, because I plan to use my first transfer to purchase a sewing machine for myself in order to start tailoring business. I will also use the remaining amount for the first disbursement to buy beddings to replace the old ones. My second transfer will aid on constructing a house and buying of livestock. This will change my life for the better and hence, it is this transformation that is basically what receiving this money means to me."
Kangombe's family
access_time 8 days ago
Kangombe enrolled.
"My house is so small that I can barely breath once I am inside. It is the same single room that serves as a bedroom, kitchen and living room. I even wish that no one visits me because I have no space to accommodate them. My bed also equates the size of my house and I cannot even turn lest I find myself on the floor. I am not comfortable with such life and I have the desire to construct a bigger house and purchase better beddings. I will also purchase goats that will help me generate income since subsistence farming is not reliable and I do not earn enough from my casual jobs."
Caroline's family
access_time 8 days ago
Caroline enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is illness. This illness took a lot of money that I even had to exhaust my savings."
Simphorose's family
access_time 8 days ago
Simphorose enrolled.
"When I receive this money, I will land that I will construct my home. I seperated with my husband and I have been renting and living at the staff quarters. I will also pay school fees for 3 of my children of which one is in University and it has been not easy for me to facilitate his education."