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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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Mercy's family
access_time 17 days ago
Mercy received a $492 second payment.
"My life is better now in that I have livestock which I managed to buy with the transfers which I received. I couldn't afford to buy any since I was struggling to provide food for my family. Again, I bought furniture which we put on our house which had none. Now we have comfortable seats which when we have guests they can seat on comfortably"
Sanita's family
access_time 17 days ago
Sanita received a $492 second payment.
"My life is currently different from how it would have been had I not received the transfer because if it was not for the money I would still be rained on whenever it rains. The previous house was in a worse condition, it was not different from staying in open air. The door was not lockable, had a leaking roof leaking and the a bigger part of the wall had fallen off."
Aisha's family
access_time 17 days ago
Aisha received a $492 second payment.
"My life is currently different from how it would have been had I not received the transfer in that if it was not for the money I would still be languishing in poverty. Previously it was a real challenge to afford a whole day's meal. I am glad I am currently earning daily income from the motorcycle business."
Happiness's family
access_time 17 days ago
Happiness received a $492 second payment.
"My life is currently different from how it would have been had I not received the transfer. Previously I did not have a reliable source of income yet I had a lot of responsibilities to meet. Receiving the money enabled me to make a great step in life. I now have an additional source of income from the motorcycle that I bought with the second transfer. Besides that, I was able to purchase a piece of land where we shall construct our house. We are currently staying in our father-in-laws' grandparents home. The family is big and we are running out of space. Having my place will make me independent."
Mercy's family
access_time 17 days ago
Mercy enrolled.
"Receiving this money means an increase in self-esteem. We have only one house which serves as a kitchen and at the same time for sleeping. In our culture, a grown-up son cannot sleep with their parents under one roof. My son usually looks for somewhere to sleep within the village, something that has brought a feeling of shame and has lowered my self-esteem as a parent. My ambition is to take away the shame from my family by building him a new house from the transfer. I intent to spend Ksh 20,000 of my transfer from Give Directly to build it from the start to finish. This will fulfill my duty as a caring parent to my children."
Denish's family
access_time 17 days ago
Denish enrolled.
"I am physically disabled due to a certain syndrome that paralyzed my legs and so I cannot be able to walk nor stand on my own. I depend on my kids to fend for me and so receiving this money means a lot to me in the sense that I will finally be able to create a source of income to cater for my needs. I intend to buy one dairy cattle for 30,000 shillings to supplement me with milk and sell the surplus to local customers on a regular basis. I will then keep the rest of the money to cater for my medicine( majorly antibiotics) and food."
Mutai's family
access_time 17 days ago
Mutai enrolled.
"I borrowed a cow from my employer to provide dairy products to my family. Our agreement with the owner was for me to look after the cow as I milk until calving. The duration has elapsed and very soon he is going to come for her and the calf. I will then return to buying milk for my family to use. Receiving this transfer will mean that I will be in a position to buy one dairy cattle of my own for 40,000 shillings and another additional 10,000 to purchase start-up feeds for the cattle. For the remaining amount, I intend to purchase a motorcycle to be used to transport surplus milk to the nearest market center and sometimes conduct taxi services. By doing this, I will be having a daily income of more than 300 shillings."
Kanze's family
access_time 17 days ago
Kanze enrolled.
"Receiving this money means constructing a new iron-roofed house for my family. This is because the one I currently have is leaking and it's grass-thatched. I have wished to have a new one but due to the financial crisis, this has never been possible for me. I, therefore, plan to spend $300 on my first transfer to ensure my new house is complete. I will also use the remaining amount of the first disbursement to buy a modern bed and a mattress because as of now, we sleep on the flow using rugged sacks. On the other hand, I intend to buy 10 goats that will act as my long-term investment project. This will cost me utmost $300 for the second transfer and the remaining amount will cater for food and other basic needs like buying clothes and paying school fees for my son."
Chadi's family
access_time 17 days ago
Chadi enrolled.
"After a long period of doing charcoal work, my health was affected and I now suffer from chest pains. This has forced me to remain jobless and the only option is to engage in selling ropes that earn me KES500 per 2 weeks when the customers are available. At a time when customers are not available, I become a beggar since I borrow some maize flour from my relatives. Therefore, financial instability due to lack of a reliable source of income is the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life."
Sellinah's family
access_time 17 days ago
Sellinah enrolled.
"I am a housewife who depends on my husband who is a tax driver. He does not own one so he also relies on his friends to give him tender which sometimes is not guaranteed. In a good day he makes 150 shillings which is not enough to sustain all our needs such as food."