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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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David's family
access_time 2 days ago
David enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is limited financial resources to enable us have a stable income. I have owned a retail shop for the past 8 years and I can not count the number of times my business has failed due to increased financial needs such as food, education,medical and shelter etc. In such cases, I have had to find numerous ways including getting into debt to revive it. With GiveDirectly transfers, am hopeful this situation will change."
Mwenda's family
access_time 3 days ago
Mwenda enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a transformed life for me in terms of living a better life. This is because as of now, I live in a one-roomed house that at the same time is used as a kitchen as well as a chicken coop. Most of the time, the room is infested with lice from the chicken and this does not give me peaceful nights. To prevent this, I plan to spend the first transfer on constructing an extra room for $400 to shift from the old one and also to purchase new beddings for $100. On the other hand, I will spend the remaining amount to purchase 2 indigenous dairy cows and 1 bull for $300 and $200 respectively. These will be of help to me since I will be able to get milk for both domestic use and also to sell."
Mariam's family
access_time 3 days ago
Mariam enrolled.
"Receiving this money means good shelter for my family. Since, I came from my matrimonial home I have been staying in a mud-walled house with a roof that leaks during the rainy season, but due to financial challenges, I was not able to construct a good one. I am planning to spend 80,000 Kenya shillings to build a semi-permanent house so that my family can leave a comfortable life and enjoy it. Also, I will use the remaining part to purchase 1 indigenous dairy cow. The milk will be used for commercial and consumption use."
Kathumu's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kathumu enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a descent and a spacious house for my two boys. My children have been sleeping under a leaking roof for 2 years now. This is really disturbing. Getting this money means I'll construct a two-bedroom house for them. They will have a descent place to sleep and this will make me happy. I'll use the balance to buy goats for domestic rearing. I will later sell the goats to take my children to secondary school."
Sidi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a happy and healthy family to me. This is because my current house is just braving the heavy rains and strong wind that we are experiencing during this rainy season. My family has lost happiness and most of the time my children are suffering from flu-like diseases that often occur due to cold. My plan once I receive this money is to spend a better portion of my transfers ($700) to construct a better and smooth finished house that will guarantee me a happy life. The remaining amount approximately $300 will help me to buy 5 goats and also to start vending vegetables that will act as my long-term investment projects. Through these projects, I will be able to sustain the needs of my family."
Kadzo's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"I used to sell palm wine for a living and it could earn me around 300 shillings a day. This amount could atleast meet my basic needs such as food with much ease. However, I stopped the business when the government ordered the closure of public gatherings, as a way of containing the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently I depend on my children who have their families to care for. Life is so difficult that sometimes I can go without food. All this is attributed to financial instability which is my biggest hardship."
Patricia's family
access_time 4 days ago
Patricia enrolled.
"Receiving this money means following up on my reproductive health which has been an issue for 4 years. Ever since I got married I have never been able to conceive. I visited different hospitals and at some point I got confused because each doctor had his own diagnosis. This drained our financial resources and I had completely given up. I was advised to start clinics afresh and go for surgery which requires around 45000 Kenya Shillings. I am planning to spend part of the transfer for the same and I hope it will bear fruits."
Kitsao's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kitsao enrolled.
"Lack of a reliable source of income is my biggest hardship I am a casual labourer at our nearby center. This job earns me 150 shillings which is not guaranteed, making it difficult for me to sustain all our needs such as food and shelter."
Alfonce's family
access_time 8 days ago
Alfonce received a $493 second payment.
"Since Covid pandemic was reported in the country, life took a new turn. I moved from the city to my rural home where life was much cheaper. I was lucky to have saved some amount, I bought a motorcycle and would operate myself, I then opened a barber shop for my wife so that she would make se income. The challenge was about power where I had only one battery which when I had no charge she wouldn't work. When we received second transfers we bought a new battery so that we would have power throughout and generate income. Now we can make between 2 USD and 4 USD per day which is enough to cater for our family needs."
Faith's family
access_time 8 days ago
Faith received a $493 second payment.
"My life is now different in that, I have a new house which I built with the transfers received. I couldn't imagine that I would build one anytime soon but thanks to whoever came with the idea of cash transfers. I also paid school fees for my child for the whole year. This was something which had never happened before. I would struggle with little income from farming and pay in small amounts."