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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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Christine's family
access_time 1 day ago
Christine received a $545 initial payment.
"I have been using hoes to cultivate my farm and at times hire oxen to do the work. This mostly made me finish cultivation very late. I ended up getting little yields all through the season or the harvest would be destroyed since I could not afford better farm inputs. It was devastating considering the efforts which I could put on my farm. The hope that I have of sorting the issues is the biggest difference in my life. I have already bought an ox. I intend to buy another pair and use them to cultivate my farm. I believe this will be the beginning of an increase in my harvest because a pair shall enable me to work on a bigger area in my farm . At the same time, I am anticipating to complete the construction of my house which I had started constructing earlier with my saving but unfortunately, inadequate finances made us withdraw from the project for a while."
Dama's family
access_time 1 day ago
Dama received a $545 initial payment.
"Before receiving the transfer, I would empathize with my children who were sleeping on mats. It was so embarrassing that I couldn't do anything about it because of financial constraints. The biggest difference so far in my daily life is the joy that I have gained after I bought bedding for them. I am glad that they are no longer complaining of not having enough rest at night. Secondly, I have built a kitchen. This has given me peace of mind since I do not worry about my grass-thatched house which served as a kitchen and living room as well. At least the worry of my house being destroyed by fire which was a high risk is a forgotten chapter."
Amina's family
access_time 1 day ago
Amina received a $40 fourteenth payment.
"I spent my transfer on paying school fees arrears for my daughter in primary school. Two days before I received the transfers, she had been given a letter warning me that if I don't pay, she would be sent home. I would not have wanted to wait till she is sent home hence as soon as I got my transfers, I used it to pay her fees arrears. The remaining part of the transfers I used on buying food for the family. Buying food in bulk once a month helps in reducing our daily expenditure. It also helps in financial planning."
Lilian's family
access_time 1 day ago
Lilian received a $40 fourteenth payment.
"Due to the low income from inconsistent casual work of garbage collection in my area, I was not able to raise enough money for our daily needs. As a result, I used to struggle to meet my family needs such as fees arrears. In most cases, I would have to talk with the teachers to allow my children in school as I look for the money to pay. I ended up having so many debts which I could not pay back with my income. I was overwhelmed with responsibilities until I started receiving these transfers. At first, the amount was very insignificant because of the responsibilities but as I used it on a monthly basis, I have managed to clear all the debts and I do not struggle anymore as I used to. The far I have come makes me have confidence the future will be better because of the transfers."
Katsele's family
access_time 1 day ago
Katsele received a $545 initial payment.
"The moment I received my money , I felt very happy and blessed since I knew I have a chance of acquiring livestock therefore , I will own an appreciating assets like most of my neighbors."
Benard's family
access_time 1 day ago
Benard received a $545 initial payment.
"The moment I received my first , I was doubtful and I decided to buy airtime for 50 KES to confirm if its was true . It went through and this was a clear confirmation that Givedirectly had sent money . I was very happy since my childhood I have never even benefited from my government donations hence it was a great surprise . Thumb up GiveDirectly ."
Nyole's family
access_time 1 day ago
Nyole received a $545 initial payment.
"The moment I received my money, I was very happy since the way I was instructed by the GiveDirectly's staffs happened .Secondly,I knew I would acquire most of my pressing needs like buying a water tank to facilitate easy access to water in my household."
Lucy's family
access_time 1 day ago
Lucy received a $545 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is how GiveDirectly has opened up the success of my family's future and mine too. I have been able to buy three goats which I believe shall increase in number after a while. This will allow me to meet some of my goals such as paying school fees for my children through selling the young ones. I believe that quality education is the key to my children's success which I will always strive to give them. GiveDirectly is a prayer answered because it has helped me support my mission using the transfer that I received."
Herine's family
access_time 2 days ago
Herine received a $526 second payment.
"If I could not have received the transfer I could not have managed to invest in a lager scale farming as i did by hiring tractor to till my land using give directly's money, I could have just used my own hand and till a very small portion and this could have lead to law yield . But now I am very happy I have managed to invest in a larger scale farming and sure of getting enough produce that will sustain me with my family for the next season. "
Nancy's family
access_time 2 days ago
Nancy received a $526 second payment.
"If I could not have received the money from give directly I could not have managed to construct a water point. I am glad I now have a source of income where I get money for my daily up keep and at the same time I am able to get water with ease. I do not need to walk along distance in search of water as used to do before, like wise to the community I have really changed their lives from walking a long distance in search of water. I also no longer depend on my spouse fully for everything as used to do before."