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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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Josephine's family
access_time 1 day ago
Josephine received a $626 second payment.
"My life difference if l could not have gotten the money is that l could still have been staying in a very small uncomfortable house."
Katana's family
access_time 1 day ago
Katana received a $539 initial payment.
"I was woken up by the notification from my phone at around 5 am in the morning. I was reluctant to check since I was still sleepy. On checking, it was a message from MPESA indicating I had received money from GiveDirectly. For sure, I couldn't sleep any more, I was so happy that I forgot that I did not have a meal the previous night."
Paskal's family
access_time 1 day ago
Paskal enrolled.
"The biggest challenge I have is unreliable source of income. I depend on casual labor that is seasonal and I have a family of six to provide for. Most of the time it is hard to find food and other basic needs and this make me feel so sad."
Joseph's family
access_time 2 days ago
Joseph received a $196 initial payment.
"The money enabled me to purchase household items that I never had before such as a gas cooker which has made my life easier. Before I received the money, I would go to bed on an empty stomach because the charcoal stove I used before was too slow in cooking which I could not bare to wait after such a long day of hustle. Nowadays it only takes a few minutes for me to cook which is quite efficient and time-saving."
Winny's family
access_time 2 days ago
Winny received a $538 initial payment.
"At the moment, my children do not go to sleep in other peoples houses as they did before as I have been able to build a bigger house for my family. This makes me more comfortable and I am always happy unlike before as my children now have their own room."
Nicholas's family
access_time 2 days ago
Nicholas received a $538 initial payment.
"Nowadays, my family is living happily as we have been able to build a bigger house which is more secure compared to the previous one. This makes me happy as my children do not ask me when I will build them another house where they will not live in fear."
Ziphorah's family
access_time 2 days ago
Ziphorah received a $538 initial payment.
"It was around 5 am in the morning when I received my transfers. When I saw the message confirming that I had received them, I was so happy and since I did not want to make noise to my husband and children who were still sleeping, I sang silently giving praises to the almighty for his blessings upon my family. I did not go back to sleep but waited patiently for dawn to break so that I could share my joy with my family."
Jumwa's family
access_time 2 days ago
Jumwa enrolled.
"After the death of my husband, I took the responsibility of raising my children single handedly. No one in the family was willing to help and due to harsh treatment from my in laws, I had to flee from my matrimonial home. Life has never been because I do not have a stable job to feed and educate my children. The much I can give my children is primary school education, which is not enough to make one rise in the Kenyan economy. Therefore, I can say my biggest challenge is financial instability."
Emily's family
access_time 2 days ago
Emily received a $538 initial payment.
"It was around 3 am in the morning when I received two messages. Upon checking its content, I realized that GD had made me 55000 KES richer. At that moment, I was overwhelmed with happiness and I immediately woke up my husband so that I could share the good news with him. We then sang praises to the Almighty for such great blessings and instead of going back to sleep, we started planning on how to spend them."
Evans's family
access_time 2 days ago
Evans received a $538 initial payment.
"It was around 6.30 am when I woke up in order to prepare myself for the days work. I took my phone in order to call my friend and check if he could find some work for me to do on that day and that is when I realized that I had two unread messages. Upon checking them, I was overwhelmed with joy as one of the messages confirmed to me that I had received some money from GD. I called my family and shared the good news with them. We then sang some songs and prayed to thank God for His blessings on that particular day through GiveDirectly. My happiness knew no bounds on that day that I even did not even call my friend again."