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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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Richard's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Richard received a $507 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember well that it was 9am, when I heard a ringtone message from my phone. I didn't bother much to check it. At that very moment I heard my neighbor celebrating, I overheard them saying it was the transfer from GiveDirectly. Then I remember getting the message, When I checked my phone I couldn't hide the job. It was message that indicate that I have received 550 dollars from GiveDirectly. I inform my family members and they also really celebrate. We immediately align on how to spent the transfer."
Chepkorir's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Chepkorir received a $507 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember vividly like yesterday. It was around 9 am in the morning when I heard a ringtone message from my phone. I didn't expected any messages from anyone and I thought it was just a mere alert messages. Little did I know it was from GiveDirectly. When I checked the message I was so happy. I immediately inform my family members, they were also happy. We immediately plan on how to spent the money and the first priority was a dairy cow I am so grateful for the support because GiveDirectly enabled us to own assets which could have taken quite some time."
Dama's family
access_time 3 days ago
Dama received a $489 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received my transfer in that I am living a comfortable life with my family. Through the aid, I was able to construct a spacious house for the family. Previously, I use to reside in a small house with the grown up children which I lack privacy with my husband. In addition, I was able to start a goat rearing activity a future investment for the family which will help us in case of an emergency."
Thabu's family
access_time 3 days ago
Thabu received a $489 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfer in that I am now assured of my children's education after paying their school fees in full. Previously, I did not have any money to support their educational need. In addition, I was able to construct a decent shelter, Back in the days, I use to reside in my small kitchen after my house collapsed and my kids us to be sheltered in my neighbour's house. Furthermore, I was able to start a reliable source of income by purchasing a dairy cow which will give a daily income once I start selling milk."
Nelly's family
access_time 3 days ago
Nelly received a $489 second payment.
"My life is different than how it would have been had I not received the transfer. This is because I have been able to build a more spacious iron-roofed house for my family. Due to this, I will be harvesting rain water for domestic use and for drinking. Also, I will no longer be worrying on where to get new grass to use in replacing the old ones to avoid my roof from leaking."
Kahindi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kahindi received a $489 second payment.
"The accomplishments I managed after receiving the first and the second transfer are so great that my household looks quite different from how it would have been if I had never received the transfer. I am glad that I managed to complete the construction of a new and spacious house for the whole family. It would have been so hard for me to accumulate a huge amount of money that would have been enough to put up such a descent structure but GiveDirectly made it possible for me through the transfers."
Dama's family
access_time 4 days ago
Dama received a $489 second payment.
"Having added two cows on my farm that cost over 40000KES has really changed my life a great deal. I count myself as one of the luckiest beneficiaries as the transfer I received came when needed the most. I also managed to clear school fees payment for my children who are fully in school currently. This would not have been possible if I had never received the money. I am much grateful and hoping that the progress I have made will be sustainable even in years to come."
Kache's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kache received a $506 initial payment.
"It was exactly 9 am when I received the message of the transfer. I was in my house chatting with the grandchildren after completing morning chores. I felt very happy for receiving the transfer since I had never received such a huge amount of money before."
Tabu's family
access_time 4 days ago
Tabu received a $506 initial payment.
"I was travelling to neighbour's home when I received the Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. Being illiterate, I had to wait until l reached home for the helper to confirm the receipt of my transfer. I was filled with joy after realizing that I have received the transfer which will transform my life for the better."
Nelly's family
access_time 4 days ago
Nelly received a $489 second payment.
"The biggest difference is that I no longer worry about my children's school fees simply because I cleared them with the transfer that I had received, In addition, I bought five goats which I am hopeful that with proper care and feeding, the business will flourish and I will be able to earn a livelihood. I feel relaxed, and happy because I don't need to strain myself in the sand harvesting work. I am so thankful and humbled by the good gesture that we had received."