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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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Elizabeth's family
access_time 1 day ago
Elizabeth enrolled.
"Hunger is the biggest challenge I have ever faced .2017 for instance, was a year where we slept hungry for several days because of drought.My cattle could not produce enough milk and hence we could just live on a cup of tea for lunch and may be at super have a cup of tea and a sweet potato."
Joyce's family
access_time 1 day ago
Joyce received a $508 second payment.
"My life is different than how it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I have been able to rent a piece of land and planted maize and potatoes. Our area is semi arid and sometimes planting is done once per year. I always rent farms at different places where planting is done twice per year. I have been doing this horticulture farming before GiveDirectly came to our area. The big challenge that I had was lack of enough capital. I was not in a position to get good harvest because I was not in a position to plant on time and the piece of land I could afford to pay was small. When I received the second transfer I was in a position to rent a much bigger piece of land. I was also in a position to buy seeds and fertilizer on time. I did did planting the the right time. I am so much grateful for the support because I know I will have the good harvest this coming season and my family will have enough to eat. I will sell the surplus to earn an income to pay the school fees for my children. I will also save some amount to spend on the next planting season. I am so grateful for the support."
Rebecca's family
access_time 2 days ago
Rebecca enrolled.
"Receiving this money means being self-reliable in my life. This is because am a housewife, my husband is the only breadwinner of this household. I am planning to spend $800 of my transfer to start a business of selling clothes, shoes, and cosmetics. This business will act as a source of income and am assured of getting a profit of $20 per day. For the remaining amount, I will buy 2 dairy ingenious cows to produce milk for commercial to generate an income. By having the two sources of income, I will no longer depend on my husband for everything in the house. I will be in a position of catering to the needs of the family and also paying school fees for my siblings who are still in school. This will boost my self-esteem."
Kadzo's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"Receiving this money means food security to my household, since am planning to upscale my farming. This is because I commonly farm only 1/2 acre of land producing a 50kg bag of maize which is sustain my family of 3 for one month. I am planning to expend a maximum of $400 on my first transfer to buy oxen and ox plough which will enable me to farm 4 acres of land. This will ensure I get more harvest of 8 bags of 90kg each, which will sustain my family of 3 for 10 months. The rest amount of my first transfer, I will buy iron sheets to renovate my house which is now leaking. I will spend the utmost $300 of my second transfer to buy 10 goats which will act as a long-term investment project for the household. I will use the remaining amount of my second transfer to buy food for my family."
Nyevu's family
access_time 2 days ago
Nyevu received a $491 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfer in that I living a comfortable life. Through the transfer, I was able to improve the condition of my house by constructing an additional room and purchase proper beddings. Previously, I was living in a small house and using traditional bed which was not comfortable to sleep on. In addition, I am now owning a piece of land after acquiring an acre with my transfer. I am planning to start clearing it for farming purposes, this will assure me of food security for the family. Furthermore, I was able to start livestock rearing using my transfer, a future investment for the family."
Kahaso's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kahaso received a $491 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I had never received the transfer in the I am living a better life. Through the transfer, I was able to use $120 to start a grocery and dry fish business a reliable source of income for the family, I now earn a profit of $30 from the business every 2 weeks. With this income I am able to meet my daily needs easily. Previously, I use to do charcoal burning which was very tiresome and risky since the government had restricted the use of charcoal due its negative impact on the environment. Furthermore, I was able to improve the livestock rearing through the acquiring of more livestock using $400 of my transfer."
Kabunda's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kabunda received a $508 initial payment.
"It was around 9 AM when I was from the dam with my daughter then my phone started vibrating. I opted to ignore it since I had a jerrican on my back which was tiring. However, after arriving home, I asked one of my children, to confirm what the notification was all about. On checking, he realized that it was the Mpesa message that I had anxiously been waiting for. I honestly couldn't contain my joy becasue I knew at long last I will sleep in a better shelter."
Jackson's family
access_time 2 days ago
Jackson enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced in life is unfavorable climatic conditions in our region. Over the past 10 years, we have been unable to harvest enough crops on our farms due to unknown diseases. Initially, we used to rely on maize to cater to both education and domestic expenses. This has become something of the past due to unknown diseases which affect our maize. We used to harvest 22 bags of maize on our 1.5 acres of land unlike today, we harvest only 8 bags which is not enough to sustain a family of 5. Life has become intolerable and this has led to sleepless nights. Thanks to Give Directly for their timely entry into our village."
Kache's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kache received a $508 initial payment.
"It was around 9 in the morning when I was at my farm fetching firewood when my cell phone started ringing so loudly. I definitely there was a new message. Without wasting even a second, I decided to check its content since I wasn't expecting to hear from anyone. Upon checking, I realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly, I felt so happy and blessing for receiving such a precious gift."
Riziki's family
access_time 2 days ago
Riziki received a $491 second payment.
"With these transfers, my family basic needs have been well catered for. We no longer lack food or any other basic need."