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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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Leah's family
access_time 3 days ago
Leah enrolled.
"Receiving this money will increase my sources of income. I plan to purchase two dairy cows purposely for commercial milk production and sale. This will cost me approximately KES 60,000. For the rest of the amount, I will purchase a water tank to be collecting clean rainwater for domestic use. Getting clean drinking water is a challenge as the main river source is far. We are forced to use borehole water as an alternative."
Kibet's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kibet enrolled.
"Even though I'm often able to find construction work, I don't get picked to do the well paying tasks because I have not attained any formal training in masonry. I get paid KES 250-300 on the days I work and someone with experience and training doing the same work gets about KES 800. The difference in our income is a lot because I am not guaranteed that everyday I will be called for a job and paid and so it is not easy to sustain myself."
Furaha's family
access_time 3 days ago
Furaha received a $488 initial payment.
"I felt so happy the moment I received the money because I had received an amount that I wasn't expecting expecting to hold in my hands anytime soon. It was a moment of pure joy and happiness, and I felt so grateful as well."
Alice's family
access_time 3 days ago
Alice enrolled.
"Receiving this money means quality education for my children. I have 3 children, one in college and two in secondary school. Yearly, I part with KES 21000 as their school's fees. I lost my husband in 2019 and life has been an up hill task for the family. My children have been sent out of school several times because I cannot raise school fees on time. I depend mainly on selling eggs in kipsuter Centre and with little profit to make, it has been so hard to raise school fees. I plan to use KES 70,000 on school fees till they complete their studies, the remaining I will use to buy a dairy cow worth KES 30,000."
Weldon's family
access_time 3 days ago
Weldon received a $489 second payment.
"I have plans to till the land and grow maize. I also have plans to buy another cow. I had planned to do the above when I got the transfer but unfortunately, I was not able to because the money was not enough. I, therefore, plan to get the money from the casual jobs that I usually do. Apart from the casual jobs, there are self-help groups that I have joined. We usually make merry-go-round contributions in the groups and hence there is some money that I am expecting to get. I plan to use the money from the groups on buying another cow to add to the ones I have. I want to till the land and grow maize because when it ripens, my family will have something to eat, and hence I will no longer have to incur the cost of buying maize. I can hence save some money that I usually make from casual jobs and use it on other developments. The cow will be of great benefit to me in the future when my child joins school because, with the milk that the cow will produce, I will sell some and use the money in paying for her school fees."
Caren's family
access_time 3 days ago
Caren enrolled.
"Currently my major challenge is lack of an income. I would like to be self dependent since my children are now looking at me to provide for them. I sometimes feel inferior when I cannot meet there needs. It has been a prayer to me that I start a business that will be an income generating in our family."
Mabil's family
access_time 3 days ago
Mabil received a $472 second payment.
"I have new goals of building my teenage boys another house where they can sleep and one that is much more modern. I also plan to buy another cow to add to the ones that I have. I don't have money to do the above but I plan to borrow a loan from money-lending SACCOs such as Imarisha SACCO. I want to build the boys another house where they can sleep because the one that they sleep in has become old and is mud-walled. Getting mud for smearing on the walls is a challenge and hence we have to buy it. However, with the modern house that we plan to build for the boys, we will no longer have to incur the cost of buying mud. The cows that I have, have low milk production and hence the milk is only enough for our consumption. I want to buy another cow with higher milk production. I plan to sell the milk and use the money that I will get from the sales on doing other developments."
Chemutai's family
access_time 4 days ago
Chemutai received a $489 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy I remember it was around 9:15 am. I was cleaning the utensils. When I was done,I decided to check my phone. I didn't know there was mesage from GiveDirectly. When I saw the confirmation message I felt so happy because I have never received such amount of money before. My family members felt so happy too. I knew I would be able to buy goats and chickens as an investment. I also grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has changed our living standards."
Esther's family
access_time 4 days ago
Esther received a $489 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 9am. When I heard a message tone from my phone. I called my child to check it for me. I felt so happy when she said that it was a message confirming that I have received money from GiveDirectly. I have never received such amount of money before. I knew I would be able to buy building materials and build a better house for my family. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has changed our living standards."
Esther's family
access_time 4 days ago
Esther received a $489 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 9am. When I heard a ringtone message from my phone. I called my child to check it out for me. I felt so happy when she said that it was a message confirming that I have received money from GiveDirectly. I have never received such amount of money before. My family members felt so happy too. I knew I would be able to buy a heifer which was always my wish. I am so happy because now I have fulfilled this."