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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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Mercy's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Mercy enrolled.
"I am struggling financially and to provide food to my family, I don't have job and rely on subsistence farming. We also depend on what my husband gets from the enterprise which is not sufficient for us. We at times skip meals a day as a coping strategy."
Stanley's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Stanley enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is lack of money to meet my family's basic needs such as proper healthcare, School fee's and foodstuffs. Since I depend only in buying and selling of livestock, when COVID-19 cases ware reported and livestock auction was stopped, life has been hard for me, getting daily meals has been a bigger challenge."
Risper's family
access_time 7 hours ago
Risper enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a better housing for me and my family. My current house is small and doubles up as kitchen and bedroom. It also gets smoky and really hot especially when making meals which is uncomfortable for all of us. I would like to build an iron sheet house that will act as the Main house and will accommodate visitors when they visit. This will cost me about Ksh50,000. The remaining amount I'll purchase a dairy cow, furniture and beddings for the new house."
Benard's family
access_time 8 hours ago
Benard enrolled.
"I want to build a better and bigger kitchen in my homestead. The one we currently use is small and it rains inside making it difficult to cook there on rainy seasons. Receiving this money will mean a lot to me, because I will be able to build a bigger iron roofed kitchen amounting to $300 that will serve as an extra room for when we have guests. The remaining transfer will be used as follows: $300 for a dairy cow,$200 for food and clothing and $100 as savings."
James's family
access_time 8 hours ago
James enrolled.
"My family struggles in buying milk each day. We use about $1.5 on milk per month, my wife is a stay at home mum and quite old, so she can not support in working and bringing extra income to the household. That is why when I receive this transfer I will use most of it amounting to $1000 in purchasing 4 dairy cows.Milk produced will be for home consumption and we can sell the remaining milk to generate extra income. The remaining $100 will be used in buying farm seeds, clothes and food for the family."
Jackline's family
access_time 1 day ago
Jackline received a $491 second payment.
"My life is far much better than it would have been if I had never received the transfers. Through the transfers, I was able to apply for the Teachers Service Commission number, a requirement for one to be employed as a teacher. I finished school two years ago but I have not been employed since I did not have that number. When I received the first transfer I used part of it for the application. I am optimistic that I will secure a job as soon as I receive the number. I also bought a dairy cow and ten hens, a dream that I was sure it have taken so long to achieve. This has been keeping me busy at home as I believe that one day it will be a source of income for my family. I will be in a position of catering to the needs of the family and also paying school fees for my siblings who are still in school."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kadzo received a $491 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I had never received the transfer in that I am now having a reliable source of income to supplement my husband's earnings from his motorbike taxi. Through the transfer, I was able to start a second-hand clothes business a job that earns me an income of $50 within 2 weeks. I am now empowered since I no longer depend on my husband for every need of the family. In addition, I was able to acquire a motorbike for my husband with my second transfer. Back in the days, he uses to hire one from my neighbour where he had to pay a fee every day. Furthermore, I was able to acquire livestock with my first transfer a long-term investment for the family."
Jumwa's family
access_time 1 day ago
Jumwa received a $508 initial payment.
"I was preparing breakfast for my children when I heard my phone ringing. Since I am illiterate I asked one of my children to check the co9ntnet of the message notification. Upon checking, he realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I had finally received my first transfer as promised. I felt so happy because I was certain I will achieve a lot through the money."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kadzo received a $508 initial payment.
"I learned that I had received my first transfers at around 9 in the morning when I was at the farm together with my grandchildren. I was extremely happy on receiving such great news and I even couldn't concentrate. While at the farm we even started dancing and praising God for the blessings. I remember telling my grandchildren to return home and extended the celebration since it was like a miracle to all of us in the entire household."
Dama's family
access_time 1 day ago
Dama received a $508 initial payment.
"I can still remember just like the other day at exactly 9 AM when I was from the dam then my phone started ringing continuously. Since I couldn't read on my own, I asked my helper who was my spouse to confirm what it could be. Upon cheinng he realizd that it wa an Mpesa mesage from the Segivai Techinology. I felt wow and I wish you could see how I reacted at that particular moment since it felt like a miracle to me. I will forever be thankful to GiveDirectly for this significant help in my life."