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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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Benard's family
access_time 3 days ago
Benard enrolled.
"Three years ago, I was employed to do motorcycle taxi by my neighbor. I was impressed by the earning I would get at the end of the day given that at close of business I would earn 700 and my salary was 300 per day. When he finally sold the motorbike, I prayed that I would get the opportunity to purchase mine one day. Thanks GiveDirectly, my dream is about to come true because receiving this money is a big boost for me because I will be able to buy a second hand motorbike and venture into the motorcycle business. My life will change because I will be able to comfortably provide basic needs for my family."
Janeth's family
access_time 3 days ago
Janeth enrolled.
"I have wished to purchase a 10,000 litre water storage tank costing approximately KSH 20000 to 30000 Shillings. This is because I have to travel about 2 kilometres everyday to fetch drinking water from a community school tank. Receiving this money therefore is a big boost for me because I will not only buy a water storage tank but I will also be able to buy a barbed wire so that I can fence my farm."
Nyevu's family
access_time 3 days ago
Nyevu enrolled.
"Receiving this money from GiveDirectly means a better house. I'm planning to use the transfer to construct a spacious house for my visitors and I. I have had frequent visits from my relatives but the biggest problem has been lack of a better place to accommodate them. Most of the relatives who've been paying me some visits are forced to come and leave the same day, something am not happy about. I will use the balance to buy two indigenous dairy cows for milk production. The milk will serve two purposes; for domestic consumption and for sale."
Nzingo's family
access_time 3 days ago
Nzingo enrolled.
"Receiving this money means education for my child. I'm planning to use the transfers from GiveDirectly to clear my child's college school fees. My child is undertaking a Diploma in Accounting and has been on and off from school due to lack of school fees. Sometimes he has been forced to miss some exams and retake some of them later after making some payments. With the transfer am expecting from GiveDirectly, I'm planning to clear all his pending fee balances so that he can study in peace."
Kache's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kache enrolled.
"I have been engaging in the silver cyprinid selling business for the fifth year now. However due to lack of enough money, my business has been struggling because am unable to buy enough stock. Receiving this money means my business will thrive because am planning to use half of the transfer as capital for my business. Moreover, I'm currently constructing a three bedroom house in the compound. I'm planning to use the balance to complete my house so that my family can have a descent place to live."
Sadaka's family
access_time 3 days ago
Sadaka enrolled.
"Receiving this money means food security for my household and eventually a better living standard. Currently, when it comes to land preparation, I am still using the traditional methods like the use of a hoe. This is very time-consuming and in most cases, I get late in planting. To ensure this problem is sorted, I plan to spend $400 of the first transfer to buy oxen and an ox-plough to help me in upscaling my farming. This will mean early planting and hence, better harvests. On the other hand, I will use the remaining amount to support my children in school and also cater to other needs like better housing since the one I currently have is not spacious."
Kadzo's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"I am a housewife and I entirely depend on my husband to provide for our basic needs. Considering that he works as a casual laborer and his daily income is usually for food. We lack even to save some coins for the future of our children. This stresses me most since I am worried about how I can support my children's education especially the one who is in form 3. Hence, financial instability is the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life."
Hillary's family
access_time 3 days ago
Hillary enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced in life is the inadequacy of funds. I am a motorbike taxi rider. I get an average of approximately Ksh 300 a day. We equally share that money with my parents who are at the sunset age of their life. This money is hardly enough to cater to a family of 3. Apart from the meager income I get, the job itself is tedious because it requires one to wake up early and work tirelessly in searching for clients. Something that I have never dreamt of doing in my life."
Emily's family
access_time 3 days ago
Emily received a $510 second payment.
"We enjoy a higher style of living after receiving the transfer. The money enabled us have a bigger house with more rooms than the one we had before. Initially, we had a single-roomed house but we have built a new one with two additional rooms. Thus, we have some private rooms unlike before. Besides, my son enjoyed ample study time, something that could attract better performance. I wish God blesses GiveDirectly to continue improving more lives."
Rehema's family
access_time 3 days ago
Rehema enrolled.
"Being the only breadwinner in a family of 6 after my parent died has not been easy, because I have failed to fulfill the basic needs like school fees for my siblings. This is due to the little coins earnings from my casual jobs. Receiving this money means education to our family. I am planning to spend 50,000 Kenya shillings to take my brother to a vocational college where he is going to be trained on the mechanical course, believing that he is going to secure a job in the future and support us. Other than that, I will invest the remaining amount in business and clear the school fees balance for the other siblings."