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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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Chepkoech's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Chepkoech received a $478 second payment.
"Yes. Before receiving the transfer, it was difficult for me to pursue my profession of choice, which is teaching. This is because the college I attended had withheld my certificate, due to school fees arrears. This made me sad for a few years, as I could not afford to pay the required amount. After obtaining the certificate with the help of the funds received from GiveDirectly, my new goal is to be one of the best teachers among those employed by the Teachers Service Commission. I plan to make a positive impact on my students' lives, and I'm very excited about that."
Emily's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Emily received a $495 initial payment.
"The excitement that I had on receiving the message from GiveDirectly was immeasurable. I was with my daughter-in-law that morning who saw it first and since she was my helper, I could not doubt any information about the transfer coming from her. I don't need to see the message twice since I could not even read it, but had to celebrate receiving that confirmation from her. It was a coincidence that on the same day, iron sheet vendors moved around the village with a lorry and could deliver to the doorstep of any buyer. I had to withdraw the money, and with my helper, we managed to make our first buy with the plan of constructing a new house."
Alice's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Alice received a $478 second payment.
"After clearing school fees payment for my kids in school, obtaining a good breed and a potential milk-producing heifer, and also the construction of a new house after receiving my transfers from GiveDirectly, I feel satisfied monitoring their progress at the moment as they are all that I had been wishing for. At the moment I don't have any new goal that I can say I never had before receiving the transfer but I am grateful for all that I have done and hope that they will meet my expectations in their future productivity."
Weldon's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Weldon received a $495 initial payment.
"It was 9 am. when I received a message notification from my phone that turned out to have been a confirmation of the great news I had been anticipating since I was enrolled in the program. I was just a stone's throw away from my house with my father, constructing a fence that separated the grazing field and the farms. I could not check it immediately when I heard the tone but after barely 15 mins, I could not resist the curiosity even though I was fully engaged in the activity that was going on. I was so excited that I had to leave the day's work as I needed to inform my family of the good news."
Katsele's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Katsele received a $495 initial payment.
"I was awakened by the loud vibration from my mobile phone at exactly 7 AM. I was so curious and opted to check who had sent the message at that particular hour since it was so unusual. Upon checking, I realized it was the Mpesa messge from GiveDirectly that I had patiently been waiting for. I was extremely happy and I immediately shared the news with my family members. We started celebrating and thanking God for the financial breakthrough. It was a very joyous and emotional moment in our lives."
Rejo's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Rejo received a $495 initial payment.
"It was still early in the morning when I heard a message notification on my phone. I was washing utensils at that time and I picked my phone and took it to my helper to help me read it as it had been my norm since I was eagerly waiting for the promised transfer and had to know the contents of every SMS that I received. I became so happy when she informed me that GiveDirectly had sent the promised money and I started singing happily as I knew that the transfer would enable me to better our lives."
Kahaso's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Kahaso received a $495 initial payment.
"It was exactly 9 AM when I was preparing breakfast for my family when I heard a message tone. I decided to ignore it because my children were so hungry and I had to focus on that. However after like ten minutes, the phone started ringing again, and I became more curious. I asked my spouse to check what the notifications were all about. Upon reading the confirmed that I had finally received my first transfers as promised. I felt so happy and remember leaving what I was handling and started rejoicing with all my family members."
Sidi's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Sidi received a $495 initial payment.
"I vividly remember when I received the good news. It was exactly 9 in the morning when I had attended a meeting when I saw the message notification from my mobile phone. When I checked its content, I realized it was an Mpesa message from Segovia Technology informing me that I had finally received my first transfer as promised earlier. I was overwhelmed with joy and I remember having to leave the meeting because I could no longer concentrate. After arriving home, I shared the news with all my family members about this awesome news, and they all happily celebrated."
Joyce's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Joyce received a $495 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 8:40 am. I was cleaning the utensils. I heard my neighbors celebrating. Then immediately I heard my message tone from my phone. I knew it was from GiveDirectly. When I Check it out I couldn't believe my eyes. It was a message confirming that I have received money from GiveDirectly. I inform my family members and they all celebrated with lots of joy. I knew I would be able to buy a dairy cow. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has changed our living standards."
Alice's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Alice received a $495 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 9 am. I was taking my breakfast when I heard a message tone from my phone. I called my daughter to check it for me. She said that it was a message confirming that I have received money from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy because I have never received such amount of money before. My children were so happy and grateful for the support. I knew I would be able to build a better house for my family. I"