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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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Caren's family
access_time 4 days ago
Caren enrolled.
"Quality food contributes to the welfare and education of the child. When there is little or no food in the family, children are demotivated when they leave for school hungry. I depend a lot on my 5 chicken and one cow to get money for food. With an egg going for as low as Kshs 10, the most I can get from them on a good day is 50 shillings. Adding to 30 shillings I get from my cow's milk, 80 shillings is not sufficient to buy enough food for my 3 children. I am often worried that my children will one day drop out of school with the push to look for their own sources of income, usually casual labour."
Gilbert's family
access_time 4 days ago
Gilbert enrolled.
"In our culture, paying dowry after marrying someone's daughter is a customary exercise. This obligation needs cash as well as livestock in exchange of the woman. My wife and I have lived together for the past one year. All this time, my shoulders have been heavy with the burden of shame and guilt having not paid my parents in-law. With the GiveDirectly money, I will spend $400 from the first transfer to buy 4 young bulls worth $100 each. My plan is to look after them until they are grown enough to grace my father in law's compound in the next one year, thus regain my pride. This is what receiving this money mean to new."
Katana's family
access_time 4 days ago
Katana received a $493 second payment.
"My life is now different than how it would have been because I am now hopeful and happier. Through the transfers, I managed to purchase 2 pairs of oxen and three dairy cows. These have been the well thoughtful living assets that I have been yearning to keep in my compound but becasue of my low income, I couldn't afford them. Currently, I hired one of the pair of oxen to my neighbors ata a fee and generate an income. With the other pair, it has been of great help to me becasue I no longer use my hands in ploughing my farm. Also, I am now preparing the farm in time and this assures me if harvesting a lot Apart from that, the oxen have been of great support in fetching water from the dam, I non longer use my hands to carry the jerricans like before. To add to that, the dairy cows are now providing me with milk that is for my family's consumption and commercial purposes."
Kenneth's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kenneth received a $493 second payment.
"A lot has happened ever since GiveDirectly came into my life and I will forever be grateful to this organization for that. First, I was able to clear the fees balances for my children which have accumulated and even paid for the remaining term in advance. I had to give it a priority becasue since I never got the chance to go to school my wish was to see my children getting good education which is a promising to a brighter future together with their generation. I am happy though the organization I see it happening. Also managed t renovate my house, it was leaking excessively and during the winter seasons never had peace. I am glad this also settled."
Bendera's family
access_time 4 days ago
Bendera received a $493 second payment.
"My life is different than how it would have been because, through financial help, I was able to build a new house. Previously I used to shelter under a very small house and it could not accommodate some of my children, therefore they had to sleep at their grandmother's house. To add to that, managed to take my daughter to the hospital, she has been complaining of some stomach pains for quite some time but I did not have the required money to seek the medication. However, all I could afford was to buy painkillers which were not helpful at all. After receiving the money, we had to see a doctor and she was admitted for a whole month. Currently, she is in the process of healing though she still complains but not like before. Also since my spouse abandoned me for months now, the money has been helping me in catering for the family's daily bread becasue I am jobless. If were not for this organization I had no idea how life would have been"
Zawadi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Zawadi received a $493 second payment.
"My life is totally different than how it would have been becasue, the money, empowered me to own a beautiful spacious house. Initially, I used to shelter in a very small poor condition house which I was even scared someday it might collapse. Therefore after receiving the money, I had to sort this issue first since it has really been frustrating me. To add to that, I now sleep comfortably in a bid wooden bed, this is to replace the old beddings that I have been using for years. Lately paying school fees for my children has made my life so easy because io a longer strain than before since I cleared all the areas."
Sidi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Sidi received a $493 second payment.
"My life is different from how it would have been in such a way that, I am now a proud owner of a good iro roofed house. Back in the days, I have been living in an unconducive environment and perhaps someday my house would collapse. Also, it would very small, I couldn't even host a single visitor which was so embarrassing. However, I am very proud and confident becasue I now live with all my family members under one roof and there is an extra roof for my visitors. To add to that, I was also able to purchase a dairy cow that is now proving us with milk. I have been able to use few liters for my family and sell the remaining g liter to the dairy shops and generate an income. Therefore providing for my family's needs has been made easier unlike when I used to struggle."
Selina's family
access_time 4 days ago
Selina received a $493 second payment.
"My life is so different from how it would have been becaus of the many miracles that have happened lately. First of all, I was able to send my daughter to college without struggling. After completing her secondary education, things were not good at all because the little I used to earn couldn't be enough for her college fees and her siblings' needs. She had even opted to start a small business and maybe save for her fees. Having received the money, I did not hesitate and decided to take her to school. Also, the goats that I am now rearing in my compound make me hopeful becasue very soon I will have many of them and accomplish my other goals. Honestly, would not have achieved all these if twee not for the support"
Kitsao's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kitsao enrolled.
"It's 8 years now since I tied the knot. I have never been successful to get a child since my wife has reproductive complications. This has really affected our marriage to the extent that her parents want her back home. This has led to psychological toture for me because I have always admired to have children. To add insult to injury the community including my relatives have always looked down upon me for not siring children. My spouse has also gone through hate from other family members."
Sidi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Sidi received a $493 second payment.
"My life is now different from how it would have been becasue for the dairy cows that I acquired from the transfers I am now able to get milk for free. This is purely for my family consumption with is a supply to their daily meals making them healthier and glowing. Previously I have been buying to my neighbors which were relatively expensive and sometimes I could not afford. Also with the remaining liters, I am planning t sell to the nearby town center and earn a living. Also, the fact that I managed to complete my house makes the biggest change in my life. I am now sleeping under a decent permanent house without any stress like before."