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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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Dama's family
access_time 16 days ago
Dama enrolled.
"I was blessed with 9 beautiful children, 3 of them did their K.C.P.E ( Kenya certificate of primary education) back in the year 2019, but due to financial instability, I could not take them to secondary school. Though they passed exams, they did not get any scholarships because competition was very high. Receiving this money means good education to my children. I am planning to spend 80,000 shillings to pay school fees for the 3 of them, this is for a whole year so that they can start learning. I will invest the remaining amount on business (buying and selling goats) in our rural areas. In each goat I can make a profit of 1000 which I can save 70% of it for my children future education. I hope that they will pass with flying colours and later be employed and support the rest of the family in future."
Summary's family
access_time 16 days ago
Summary enrolled.
"When I had a severe headache 8 years ago, my life has since taken a sorry trajectory. What began as a headache has resulted in incessant dizziness and occasional partial blindness so much so that I cannot undertake my household chores and daily routine as comfortable as I would. This has also affected my working on my farm as I cannot bend nor strain to cultivate for a long time, leaving me to over depend on my 62 year- old husband who for food a care –against my wish as I would love to have the freedom and ability to run my own affairs. This is not the life of dignity I would envisage as I grow old. This has been the biggest hardship I have faced in my life."
Hellen's family
access_time 16 days ago
Hellen enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced in life is deteriorating health. I have been seeking medication for my throat which is worsening each passing day yet there has been no solution coming from it. I have used all my savings at the expense of my medication. This is something that has given me sleepless nights and I hope to get medication soon. I am grateful for Give Directly for coming in at the time of need."
Alice's family
access_time 16 days ago
Alice received a $490 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I have build a better house for my children. I do small scale farming and the amount of money that I get through the sell of the surplus maize is so small. I was not in a position to buy building materials to build a better house for them. My children could sleep in a small house. They were not comfortable and because I had no more to build a another house they no option but to live in that house. When I receive the second transfer I bought the building material and started building a better house for them. Currently they are so happy because their living condition have improved. They have a good place to sleep and even do their homework comfortably. I have piece of mind now, I no longer get stress up because I know they my children are happy. I have devoted much of my time on my farm which I could have used in doing other casual jobs. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has changed our living standard."
Angela's family
access_time 16 days ago
Angela received a $490 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I have build a better house for my family. I do sell tea and snacks at the town Center. The amount of profit that I get from this business is so small and cannot meet all the basic household items and be in a position to save some amount. I was not in a position to build a better house for my family. We used to live in a small house which cannot host all the family comfortably. Whenever I have visitors I could feel so bad because there was no place to host them. I could talk with my mother to allow me host any visitor at her house. When I receive the transfer from GiveDirectly I was in a position to buy building materials and started building a better and spacious house for my family. I am so happy because I no longer feel stressed whenever I have visitors around. My children are also happy because the have a good place to sleep. We also have privacy now as a family because all our personal stuff are kept in the right place. I am so grateful because GiveDirectly has changed my living standard."
Leonard's family
access_time 16 days ago
Leonard received a $490 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I have bought building materials and started building a shop. I operate a motorcycle taxi business and the money that I get through this business is so small and cannot meet all the basic needs of my family. I was not in a position to save some money to buy the materials for building. I have always had an idea of building a shop. When I received the second transfer from GiveDirectly I felt so happy because this was my dream come true. I have bought the materials and already work is on progress. I am also in a position to pay workers who are doing the construction. I have a plan of starting a business of selling good and services soon when the construction is done. This will earn me an extra income to meet those basic household needs and the extra profit I will save to build more houses in the future. I am so grateful for the support from GiveDirectly because it has enable my dream to come true."
Paul's family
access_time 16 days ago
Paul received a $490 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfers. I have a small business of selling maize at market. This business used to give me small profits. When I receive the second transfer from GiveDirectly I bought more stock. The business now is good, I nowadays get a good profit and I am able to meet all the basic needs of the family including paying school fees for my children in various schools. This season I was in a position to buy seeds and fertilizer. I also cultivated my farm and planted on time. When I had not received the transfers I could delay in planting because the money from my business could not meet all the household expenditure and including paying the farm workers. I am so grateful because I am sure of good harvest this coming season. My children Also will be in a position to study well without being sent home to collect the school fees like before. GiveDirectly had also enabled me to start a saving plan. I save the the money in my Mpesa for any emergency and also for future use."
Shauri's family
access_time 16 days ago
Shauri received a $492 second payment.
"My life is currently different from how it would have been had I not received the transfer because of the pride I feel for having constructed a good decent house. It is always the pride and joy of every man to have his family stay in a decent place."
Eunice's family
access_time 16 days ago
Eunice received a $492 second payment.
"Had I not received the money my life would still have not improved. My children would still be walking and sleeping in rags because I could not afford other decent clothing and bedding. In a ddition if it was not for the money I would not be having ox plough. I am glad and l will forever be grateful to GD for the big steps I made."
Emily's family
access_time 16 days ago
Emily enrolled.
"The one-roomed house I live in with my two children is in terrible condition. It leaks in water during rainy seasons thus a hazard to my children. I end up spending a lot of money on hospital visits seeking pneumonia treatment for my children which makes me feel like a disappointment to them. Lack of a sustainable source of income has made It hard for me to build up savings that would enable me to construct better shelter for my family, which is the biggest hardship I face."