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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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Chepkirui's family
access_time 1 day ago
Chepkirui received a $541 initial payment.
"It was around 5 a.m. when I received a message notification. Since I was awake, I decided to check who the sender was and know its contents. Upon realizing that GiveDirectly had sent me the money they had promised, I was filled with joy. I whispered a word of prayer to thank God for the blessings that had just come in. With this money in my account, I felt that my dreams had finally been achieved."
Emmy's family
access_time 1 day ago
Emmy received a $541 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am now living a happier life than before. This is because my family now have access to clean water all the time. Due to this, I no longer worry about us being infected with water-borne diseases due to the consumption of unclean water fetched from the water pans. Also, I no have enough time to work on my farm as I no longer have to walk for a long distance looking for clean water to fetch."
Sarah's family
access_time 1 day ago
Sarah received a $541 initial payment.
"When I received my first transfer from GiveDirectly, I spent some of it on my family wellness. I bought a cow that is an asset to my family and I believe that it will be calving soon and I will get milk for both household consumption and sales. I am happy that this has given me a peaceful mind in that, it has reduced my thinking of what to lean on in case of a financial crisis. Also, I spent some amount to buy one sack of maize. I am at peace now since I know that my family will never sleep hungry for some time now unlike before."
Dama's family
access_time 1 day ago
Dama received a $541 initial payment.
"I am grateful to GiveDirectly for supporting me financially. This money has empowered me to build a new house. The house that was initially my shelter was in a bad state, its roof was dilapidated and leaking during rains. I have never enjoyed the peace of living in a decent house for years. I always had to seek shelter from the neighbors and relatives whenever it rained. I couldn't afford to buy any of the necessary materials just to renovate it. Having a new spacious, decent and iron-roofed house to me makes the biggest difference in my daily life. This has been my biggest dream that GiveDirectly has fulfilled and I no longer have to worry about rains."
Jumwa's family
access_time 2 days ago
Jumwa received a $541 initial payment.
"The transfer has enabled me to purchase enough building materials which include iron sheets, building poles, nails and timber for the construction of a new decent house to live in. Initially, I was living in an old traditional hut, grass-thatched which was always leaking during rains. Though I desired to upgrade to an iron-roofed house like my fellow villagers, I couldn't afford to purchase even a single item, since the money I had was little compared to the vast family needs. Having a decent house, spacious and iron-roofed is the biggest difference in my daily life. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for helping me to achieve this dream."
Caren's family
access_time 2 days ago
Caren received a $523 second payment.
"My two son were undergoing initiation and since we were living with the in the same house it was not acceptable after they had been circumcised . I built a decent timber wall house for them as a gift and it's my happiness to help through this rite of passage of their life and I felt building a house for them will show my appreciation as well . Secondly ,I am now a proud owner of a dairy cow and I can always rely on it as a future investment mostly in case of a financial crisis in my family. I am hoping that this cow will be calving soon and I will be able the save the money I would otherwise use in buying milk. All in all I am grateful to GiveDirecty for enabling me achieve this ."
Jesca's family
access_time 2 days ago
Jesca received a $523 second payment.
"My life is difference that it would have been if I never received the transfer in that I have purchased a dairy cow . This dairy cow would cater for the future education of my children . I will be able to sell the calves so as to pay their school fees for them . On the other hand , through selling milk it shall boost my income and my husband's that we get out of doing causal jobs hence meeting most of my family's needs will no longer became a challenge ."
Joseah's family
access_time 2 days ago
Joseah received a $522 second payment.
"My life is different from how it was before Give Directly came into my life in that, I managed to meet most of my goals. For instance, I now live in a decent house because of the help I received from this organization. Apart from that, I bought an additional cow. I don't think I could have achieved any of these goals without their help. The burden of paying last terms school fees was also taken out of my shoulder and I am glad that I do not have any school fees arrears as at now. I attribute all these accomplishments to GiveDirectly."
Koros's family
access_time 2 days ago
Koros received a $523 second payment.
"My life is different from how it was in that nowadays, I fit in society. I own most of the things that people have such as a decent house. Besides that, I do not have a lot of stress unlike before. Reaching my desired goals especially having a decent house was a big headache for me. Having it today means a lot to me. I am also sure that my daughter will join a high school in January next year."
Zeddy's family
access_time 2 days ago
Zeddy enrolled.
"This money from Give Directly has come as a big relief for me. I have 3 children in college and I was at the brink of giving up come next year because of the school fees that they need. Ksh 80,000(800 USD) of the money that I will receive will go into paying their school fees. I believe education is an investment and I know my children will come and help us later when they finish college and get employed. The remaining part of the money will help me buy a dairy cow. This will boost my income and even help in paying school fees in the near future. "