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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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Alice's family
access_time 24 hours ago
Alice enrolled.
"The only challenge I have right now is inadequacy of financial resources. If you look at this homestead, we do not even have a pit latrine! There are also some other unseen financial difficulties like the number of times I have had to go hungry with my two children, or even when I have to stay at home with my daughter when others are at school learning."
Kazungu's family
access_time 24 hours ago
Kazungu enrolled.
"I do not have a reliable source of income and this is where all my problems stem from. I still have to depend on charcoal production and selling alongside subsistence farming. This is not so viable all the time because there are no forests here. It's hard to get enough tree logs for effective production. Most of the time we just use the available shrubs giving us low production hence low income. Lack of trees also slows down my speed to an extent that I can only get two bags a week."
Katsozi's family
access_time 24 hours ago
Katsozi enrolled.
"When I get this money, I will building another house. The one I live in doesn't have a good design for an old person like me. I would prefer a heaped roofing style than a gabled one which I currently have. I will also have that opportunity to expand it and create more space to comfortably accommodate my family. This might cost about 50000 KES and so I will have to either save up or buy materials in bits."
Rehema's family
access_time 1 day ago
Rehema enrolled.
"I am operating a small food kiosk near a neighboring primary school. It always gives me good profit which I mostly spend to provide for my family's basic needs. There is a high demand but due to lack of enough capital I cannot expand it. Receiving this money would mean I expand my business so that it can serve many customers at ago and I believe through this I will have a reliable source of income which will go along way in sustaining the family needs as well as paying my two daughters who are in pre primary school."
Kachimbi's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kachimbi enrolled.
"Food insecurity is a major challenge as of now since the drought started last month. I am a peasant farmer and hardly did we get enough rains in our area which resulted to no harvests at all. My family can at times run out of food for 2 days in a week and this has greatly affected our health as a family."
Sidi's family
access_time 1 day ago
Sidi enrolled.
"My husband died last year and ever since I have to bear the burden of responsibilities. Through my palm wine business which I get peanuts a day, I can not afford to provide for the family of four all the basic needs. The two children in primary school are sometimes out of school due to lack of school fees. Therefore receiving this money would mean I buy two cattle and 5 goats so that I can start livestock rearing which I believe would generate some income for the family in due course. I will spend 20000 KES on starting this investment. I will also spend 6000 KES on paying school fees to my children and the rest on food as we are experiencing hunger in our family."
Dama's family
access_time 1 day ago
Dama enrolled.
"We are experiencing a drought now and this is because we received very little rains and this has resulted to no farm harvest which is our main occupation. My family of four are most of the time going to bed hungry and the two children in primary school lack fees. This has affected their academic performance as most of the time they are out of school."
Thabu's family
access_time 1 day ago
Thabu enrolled.
"Imagine sleeping on the floor for over 5 five years. This is my situation now as the bed I used to sleep on sometimes back got damaged. It has been a hell of an experience as the floor is dusty and I always feel not safe spending the nights on the floor. Therefore receiving this money would mean I buy a new bed and a mattress so that I can start enjoying my nights as well as have that comfort after the day's charcoal burning activities which are very tiresome. Through this I believe it will bring the joy and dignity I have been missing all along."
Sidi's family
access_time 1 day ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Hunger is a big challenge in my family due to the drought we are experiencing in the region. My main occupation as a peasant farmer is now unreliable since it rained very little last two month. I now depend on burning charcoal which I only get 400 KES weekly which is not enough to provide my family of four members the basic needs such as food and clothing."
Nelly's family
access_time 1 day ago
Nelly received a $484 initial payment.
"I had left my phone on charging while I continued with my household chores. I remember that it was at 6 pm when I took it from charging and realized that I had an unread message. My heart was filled with joy on reading the Mpesa message and I even forgot to call one of my friends who had requested me to call her as she had something to inform. I then rushed to where my spouse and children were, shared with them the news and they became so happy and suggested that we should celebrate the entry of GiveDirectly to our village."