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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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Chelangat's family
access_time 15 days ago
Chelangat enrolled.
"Receiving this money will mean a lot to me, will mean a lot to me, I recently graduated with a diploma in secretarial studies but I haven't been able to get my dream job of being a secretary. I had to resort to business and my parents saved some cash and helped me start a small business of vending fast food in the village. On a good day I make about 1200 shillings which is not enough to cater for my toddler. I will use the transfer to expand my business,that way I am guaranteed an increased income and I can later on build my own house and save for my child's education."
Rehema's family
access_time 15 days ago
Rehema enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a healthy family. This is because I plan to build a better house with an iron roof to prevent rain from falling in. This project will cost about 400 dollars. I will also use part of my transfer to facilitate transport to and from Mombasa so I can get medication for my daughter who lost one of her eyes to cancer. The remaining amount, roughly 600 dollars will go into buying indigenous goats for domestic rearing. This will act as financial security for future needs."
Eunice's family
access_time 15 days ago
Eunice enrolled.
"I couldn't wait for GiveDirectly to work in my village and I am so grateful and excited now that I have been enrolled. My third born son completed his secondary school education 2 years ago and I haven't had money to take him to college since. Thanks to GD, receiving this money will see him join college to peruse a course of his dreams as a teacher."
Wesley's family
access_time 15 days ago
Wesley enrolled.
"I have been a house constructor for the last 6 years. Money I receive from this work at the end of the day is barely Kshs 500. For all this time, I have been yearning to open up a timber yard as well as a furniture workshop in a nearby town. This dream has not been able to see the light of day as the amount I receive from my daily hustle cannot be saved up due to myriad of challenges: I have to buy food at the end of the day as well as support my two aging parents with money for food and occasionally, medication. Receiving this money from GiveDirectly is an unbelievable door opener. A possibility to realize my dream has come closer than I ever thought. With Kshs 80,000 from the transfer, I am able to open up a furniture workshop with a woodwork machine and timber in it. Setting up such an investment will boost my self esteem, do away with stress and accord me an opportunity to even get married."
Kache's family
access_time 16 days ago
Kache enrolled.
"I have desired to invest in livestock because this is the only way I can save my money to earn me profit when I sell them after they multiply. I, therefore, intend to start with 10 goats that will cost me $300 of my first transfer. The remaining amount of the first disbursement will cater to food expenses and other household needs. With the second transfer, I plan to extend my house with 2 rooms because the one I have is not spacious enough to accommodate my grandchildren with whom I share a room. I will spend $400 to ensure the house is complete. I will use the remaining amount to buy a new bed and a mattress to replace the old ones which do not give me nice sleep, and hence, this will guarantee me a better livelihood."
Kanoti's family
access_time 16 days ago
Kanoti received a $507 second payment.
"The biggest in my life is that I managed to send my son to college and cleared the school fees for my other children who are still in primary school. Previously they used to stay home for weeks becasue I only depended on the casual jobs and sometimes the money that I was earning was not enough for food leave alone the fees. Therefore sometimes I depended on the well-wishers and most of the time it was difficult to get help. This forced my children to stay home and moss important exams. I am now a happy parent because it has been my wish to see my children getting good education like the rest. I am now optimistic that they will have a bright future together with their generation courtesy of GiveDirectly."
Dama's family
access_time 16 days ago
Dama received a $490 second payment.
"A lot has happened ever since I started receiving the transfer but there are some assets that I would like to single out that brought the biggest difference in my daily life. I am now a proud owner of a spacious iron-roofed house that is well plastered. Previously, I used to shelter under a small house that was grass thatched and it was always leaking especially during the winter season. I used to seek shelter from neighbors which were frustrating. Also, I now have a pair of oxen and a dairy cow. I will no longer have to worry during the planting seasons in hiring my neighbor's oxen instead I will be using my own in ploughing. With the dairy cow, I will soon be getting milk for free which will be for my family's consumption and for commercial purposes. For that, I will be earning cash from the sale of the milk and thus will be a source of income which will help me in meeting my family's needs without straining."
Allan's family
access_time 16 days ago
Allan received a $490 second payment.
"My life has really improved compared to how it would have been had I not received the transfer. If it was not for the money my living standards would still be down because I did not have a reliable source of income. I am grateful to Give Directly because through the transfers I managed to achieve much."
Purity's family
access_time 16 days ago
Purity received a $490 second payment.
"I am currently busy, I do not iddle around anymore because I was able to start up a business with the Give Directly transfers. Besides that, the income I earn from the business has enabled me to be independent. I nolonger rely on spouse for everything."
Dama's family
access_time 16 days ago
Dama enrolled.
"Lack of a good source of income is my biggest hardship. I work as a casual labourer. This job earns me 500 shillings per day but it is not guaranteed. Due to this reason, it is hard for me to sustain all my family needs such as food."