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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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Sidi's family
access_time 2 days ago
Sidi received a $498 initial payment.
"I was in my house washing my clothes, I remember it was about 9 o'clock when I heard my phone vibration. I was busy with my household chores so I decided not to bother myself with the phone. Likewise, I am illiterate and I had not operated a mobile phone before. I waited until 12noon when my spouse returned home to check my phone and informed me that I have received my transfer. I felt very happy for receiving my transfer."
Kirao's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kirao received a $498 initial payment.
"It was around 11 am when I was on my farm preparing it for the next planting season. I heard a message alert on my phone, I stopped working to check the content of the message because it was around that date when GiveDirectly promised to send us the transfer. I was surprised to discover that I had received my transfer. I felt relieved of all the stress due to the many problems which I was facing. I left what I was doing and return home to inform the rest of my family members of the good news."
Juliana's family
access_time 2 days ago
Juliana received a $482 second payment.
"The biggest difference in my life is that I have managed to accomplish so much that I never thought that I would have achieved in a short period, in that, I bought a dairy cow meaning that I would be able to save up on the milk expenses which is costly. I then managed to pay school fees, which meant that my children could comfortably study without any fear or worries of been sent home. I am so grateful for the support that I was given."
Chelangat's family
access_time 2 days ago
Chelangat received a $482 second payment.
"The moment I received my transfer I was optimistic about the future, my life is different now than it would have been if I never received the transfer, in that I was able to start a goat rearing project that would be sustainable, this would mean that I would be able to earn an income, I also boosted my business which I am glad that my shop is fully stocked, meaning that it will attract more buyers. I am so glad and thankful that I was able to accomplish a lot in a short time."
Cynthia's family
access_time 2 days ago
Cynthia received a $482 second payment.
"I have managed to accomplish so much that I never thought that I would have achieved in a short period, for instance, I bought a dairy cow that to save up on the cost of milk, though the first cow that I bought died, I never gave up on the journey of owning one. I then managed to pay school fees, which meant that my children could comfortably study without any fear or worries of been sent home. I am so grateful for the support that I was given."
Philemon's family
access_time 2 days ago
Philemon received a $482 second payment.
"The biggest change in my life is that I have a piece of land that I bought with my transfer so that I can start planting tomatoes, I am certain that with the water pump that I bought I will be able to irrigate my tomato farm which I am hopeful that the yields would be attractive, I am grateful for the support that I got because this would mean that I will no longer go for the casual jobs, instead, I will employ my self"
Mercy's family
access_time 2 days ago
Mercy received a $482 second payment.
"The future looks bright and promising with the transfer that I received from GiveDirectly, my life is different now than it would have been if I never received the transfer, in that I was able to start a goat rearing project which I am hopeful that I would be able to earn an income, I can also sell some to offset few whenever the need arises. In addition to that, I was able to buy a donkey that will assist me in carrying water from the stream. I am grateful for the support that gave me a reason to be happy, my life has been lifted to a higher level in society."
Summary's family
access_time 2 days ago
Summary received a $482 second payment.
"My life is different now because I have managed to build a decent kitchen house for my family using my transfer, unlike before where we were forced to cook outside the house. I then bought other household items which I didn't have like furniture, clothes, and foodstuffs. My health too has improved because I went for specialized treatment, I am so happy and thankful that I was able to accomplish my goal within a short period, I am grateful that GiveDirectly has lifted my living standard to a better and higher level in my society."
Sylvia's family
access_time 2 days ago
Sylvia received a $498 initial payment.
"It was around 9 a.m. and I was in my house. My husband and I had just finished having our breakfast when I heard the message notification on my phone. I checked it and to my amazement, I had received KES 55,000. I felt so excited because I could finally make my dreams of going back to school come true."
Kangombe's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kangombe received a $498 second payment.
"Before receiving the transfer, we lived in sad, poor conditions. Our house was old and falling apart. My children slept on the floor since we could not afford to buy a bed. We constantly worried about our safety because of the living circumstances. We also could not afford to meet some of my family's basic needs, especially education. I only earn KES 200 a day from selling charcoal and most of it is spent on buying food for the family. Thankfully, this changed once we received this transfer. We were able to build a spacious, comfortable house that can accommodate all seven family members. We no longer have anxiety about our safety. We also acquired goats that provide us with a steady supply of milk for use at home. Finally, we have paid school fees for our children. They can now learn without the disruption caused by a lack of school fees. It makes me happy that our lives have transformed for the better."