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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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Joan's family
access_time 2 days ago
Joan received a $240 second payment.
"I expect my life to change in the next six months in that I will have saved some money from the casual jobs in the village to buy a piece of land and build a better and spacious house for my family. I will be so happy to have my own house and do my own project without any stress."
Esther's family
access_time 2 days ago
Esther received a $501 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfer in that I would not have been in a position to build a house and buy a water tank for storing clean water for domestic use."
Winny's family
access_time 2 days ago
Winny received a $501 second payment.
"We majorly depend on the sale of farm produce more specifically maize and milk in our locality. Over the past few years, maize production has drastically gone down due to a certain disease. This has made meeting out needs quite a tough job. For lack of money to pay the school fees, I had some school fees arrears which I was still pondering on how to pay. The transfers from GiveDirectly really came in at the right time because I was able to clear the arrears and also bought some cows from rearing. From the sale of milk from these cows, I will be able to meet my family's daily needs and ensure that my children continue studying by paying their school fees. I will forever be grateful for GiveDirectly."
Edna's family
access_time 2 days ago
Edna received a $501 second payment.
"Owning my own cow, and not just one but two is one thing that I am proud that I did using the transfer. For a long time, I have had to rear someone else cow but there's is always that fear that the owner could come for it any time. This gave me the desire to get my own but I did not have the resources to do because most of what I get goes into the daily needs of my family. When I finally got the transfer, I decided to fulfil my desires. I am glad that the cow I bought using the first transfer already calved down and this signals the start of good things. I am so grateful for GiveDirectly."
Langat's family
access_time 2 days ago
Langat received a $501 second payment.
"Since I got my first transfers from Give Directly, many things have changed in my life. I managed to complete the floor of my house which was halfway done. I also painted the house and now I have moved in. Now we have a more spacious house and were it not for this organization it would have taken me long to complete it. Again, I bought a heifer which I didn't have before. with the business which I do it would have taken me a longer period to save enough money to buy one like the one, I have now. The motorbike which I bought has eased my work as a businessman and the money which I would have spent on transport I spend on buying necessities for my family. Apart from using the motorbike to ferry milk from the collection point to where I sell it, I also use it for motorcycle taxi business which earns me some income. All these changes are as a result of Give Directly transfers."
Zeddy's family
access_time 2 days ago
Zeddy received a $501 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfer in that I would not have started the construction that is ongoing now. I could not have bought the three goats. I depend on the small scale farming to earn an income by selling the produce at the market near home."
Sylvester's family
access_time 2 days ago
Sylvester received a $471 third payment.
"Comparing, my current life with how it would have been without transfers, I can boldly say that there are great positive changes that have come in. I have seen a business start and grew over time and currently, I can comfortably settle my rental fees without any assistance. I have new plans among them is getting back to school. All these would not have happened without the transfers from GiveDirectly."
Marceline's family
access_time 3 days ago
Marceline received a $518 second payment.
"Looking back at how our lives were and how it would have been now if we had not received the transfers, it is clear that we would still be undergoing great suffering. Our farming was getting worse every day since we never had enough finances to obtain the then needed types of equipment for facilitating the work. Currently, I am glad and proud of GiveDirectly since, through the transfers, I was able to purchase a water pump generator which is currently acting as a water pump meant for irrigation during the dry seasons."
Dama's family
access_time 3 days ago
Dama received a $501 second payment.
"My life is currently different because I have acquired some livestock which are a source of wealth to me. I own two dairy cows and goats which I am expecting them to reproduce and have many of them. I can sell the offsprings to cater for my future financial needs. Furthermore, I will be getting milk from the cows for my family's consumption and I will sell the surplus to generate an income. This income will help me to pay for my household basic needs. I also managed to build a toilet through this transfer. I bought enough building materials to facilitate this. Before then we couldn't access a toilet. We were mainly depending on the nearby bushes which was exposing us to the risk of waterborne diseases. I am grateful to GiveDirectly because we are safe now since we are now using a toilet unlike defecating in bushes."
Chebeth's family
access_time 3 days ago
Chebeth received a $501 second payment.
"The money which I received has brought a lot of changes in my life. The biggest difference is the house which I constructed a few months ago to help me accommodate sons. They used to live with us but after initiation, they needed their own to live in. Again, The cow which I bought has enabled me to add my stock and have more milk. I get to sell the surplus which earns me income. Thanks to Give Directly for all these differences which have happened to me."