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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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Tapletgodi's family
access_time 2 days ago
Tapletgodi received a $500 initial payment.
"I felt so happy the moment I was informed that I had received money from GiveDirectly. Receiving this money made me know that my life wil not be the same again."
Tabnyobii's family
access_time 4 days ago
Tabnyobii received a $499 initial payment.
"My daughter who's a business lady came home at around 1pm while taking lunch. She informed me that GiveDirectly had sent me my transfers as promised and she had even withdrawn because she had my phone with her. On hearing the good news and seeing the GiveDirectly transfers I was overwhelmed with joy and thanked God for GiveDirectly because I had never received such a lump sum before."
Evalin's family
access_time 4 days ago
Evalin received a $499 initial payment.
"It was around 2pm while taking lunch when I heard my phone ring.On checking my phone, I found out that GiveDirectly transfers had sent me the transfers as promised. I was overwhelmed with joy and I ate my lunch that day joyfully."
Betty's family
access_time 4 days ago
Betty received a $499 initial payment.
"It was around 2pm just after lunch while relaxing outside my house under a shed when I heard my phone ring. On checking it, I confirmed to have received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly transfers. I was very happy and relayed good news to my kids who were very happy too.I withdrew the money two weeks later after planning with my family."
Mercy's family
access_time 4 days ago
Mercy received a $499 initial payment.
"It was around 1pm while preparing lunch for my house construction laborers and had left my phone charging.Thats when a friend called to confirm if had received the transfers and on checking I confirmed to have received and I was very excited."
Marietar's family
access_time 4 days ago
Marietar enrolled.
"Receiving this money will help me start goat farming which has always been my wish. Goats multiply very fast. This will enable me buy a dairy cow in future when I sell the some of the goats. My budget for this is 150 USD. I also have an unfinished house. Construction stalled due to lack of money. With 220 USD I will be able to finish my two roomed house."
Dama's family
access_time 4 days ago
Dama enrolled.
"Receiving this money means building a better house for my family. This is because my current house is so small that it cannot accommodate us. Besides it is made of grass which is scarce due to the dry nature of this region. It is this this same house that serves as a kitchen and it tends to get smoky at night making it hard to breath. In addition to this, I will use part of the money to enroll my son in college."
Sidi's family
access_time 5 days ago
Sidi received a $499 initial payment.
"It was around 8 o'clock in the morning when I was preparing breakfast when my phone started ringing loudly. Without wasting time I decided to check who it could be. Upon checking, I confirmed that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy for the financial support because I had almost lost hope in life and I definitely knew that my life would transform positively."
Joyce's family
access_time 6 days ago
Joyce received a $499 initial payment.
"I was at home busy preparing lunch for my family when I heard my phone ringing notifying me of an incoming SMS. I decided to check it and to my surprise, it was an M-Pesa message saying that we had received the lump sum transfer of 55000/= from GiveDirectly. I became so happy on seeing this that I jumped up with joy. A neighbor called me at the time and she asked me if I had received the good news. I told her that I had received it, and I rejoiced giving thanks to God. I immediately called my husband and he was so happy to learn the great news. He asked me to immediately pay the person that we owed some money."
Fathuma's family
access_time 7 days ago
Fathuma received a $499 initial payment.
"I was at home at around 1200Hrs when I heard a message come into my phone. I checked my phone and it was the Mpesa message for the transfers. I was very very happy and excited to see the money in my phone."