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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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Charo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Charo enrolled.
"Lately, I have been feeling very low. My family has so many unmet needs. My children do not have decent clothes, I do not have a job since Covid took a toll on us. We struggle to get food and on more than one occasion have gone to bed hungry. I hope things will look up soon."
Nyevu's family
access_time 1 day ago
Nyevu enrolled.
"With old age, I can only support my granddaughter using the money I get from Inua Jamii Cash transfer, a programme that supports the elderly and vulnerable. I have since accumulated fee areas amounting to 5000 KES. Getting a certificate means clearing all the fee balance in school. This is a hindrance to getting her certificates now that she is in her last year in primary school."
Jumwa's family
access_time 1 day ago
Jumwa enrolled.
"I used to be in small businesses of charcoal and firewood but I had to stop. My daughter gave birth. I am the one who takes care of her child as she works as a house help in Likoni. She makes KES4,000 and this is not enough to cater to our needs. I hope to get back into business soon to improve this situation."
Marathi's family
access_time 1 day ago
Marathi enrolled.
"I live in a house that is not hospitable. The roof was blown off by strong winds. Every time it rains, I have to seek refuge in my neighbor's house, together with my wife and children. I feel humiliated to pass the night on the floor but I have no other option. I will talk to my two wives. I think if we can all agree to put our transfers together, we can build a big house that will accommodate all nine of us comfortably. This project would cost approximately KES 80,000. In a year, we should be able to build and move in if all goes well."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"My family depends on charcoal for survival. This business does not make us enough money. We make about KES 2,500 per week. That money is only enough to feed us and pay a small amount of school fees per term. We have arrears and I honestly do not know how we will offset them."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"This money will mean freedom and restored dignity. Currently, I live in my son's house. He works in Nairobi but comes home occasionally. Whenever he is around I am happy to see him but he has no privacy in his own house. Every month, I will save KES 2,000 towards building my own house. I intend to save up to KES 50,000. I know this will take well over two years but patience pays. The remaining one thousand will be used to buy food. I am very excited about it."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"When the time to sleep nears, my heart beats a little faster. Not because I am excited, but because it means I'll pass it on the floor, on a mat then wake up with terrible body aches, and I sneeze a lot from all the dust I inhale all night. I look forward to sleeping comfortably soon. I cannot wait for the experience."
Karisa's family
access_time 1 day ago
Karisa received a $484 initial payment.
"I was in the firm weeding my crop when I heard my mobile phone ringing. Being illiterate and with short sight, I took my phone to the helper to interpret the message for me. He disclosed the good news that I had received the transfer. I was so happy and I started the planning of traveling to the Mpesa to withdraw the transfer."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kadzo received a $484 initial payment.
"I was busy preparing breakfast for my children who were getting ready to go to school. It was around 7 am when I decided to check my mobile phone. I did not believe my eyes when I saw the Mpesa message from Givedirectly indicating that I had received my transfer. I was with my husband at home and I informed him about that great news we were very happy for receiving the transfer that mark a great change in our life for the better."
Hadija's family
access_time 1 day ago
Hadija received a $484 initial payment.
"I was at home washing my kids before they could go to bed. I heard my mobile phone ringing an indication that I had received a new message. After checking it, I was extremely happy to see that I had received the transfer as I was promised. I called my spouse to come home to assist me in withdrawing the aid."