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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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Faith's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Faith received a $499 initial payment.
"I was at home when I received the SMS indicating that I had received the lump sum amount from GiveDirectly. I could not believe my eyes and I was immediately filled with a lot of happiness, I felt a ray of hope in me because I knew all the things that I have always planned to do were going to be fulfilled. I gave thanks to God and GiveDirectly for this wonderful program that they thought of coming up with."
Stephen's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Stephen received a $499 initial payment.
"I was filled with excitement when I received the message saying that I had received the lump sum transfer from GiveDirectly. I immediately informed my family and they were too very happy to hear the good news. We started planning together on what we are going to do with it and for the first time, I felt my dreams coming true."
Alice's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Alice received a $499 initial payment.
"I was at home when I received the SMS saying that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I was filled with happiness and I immediately informed my children of the good news. They were so happy too and we all celebrated and thanked God and GiveDirectly for making it happen."
Gladys's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Gladys received a $499 initial payment.
"I felt so happy and I thanked God when I received the Mpesa SMS saying that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I informed my husband about it and he was very happy too. I felt like poverty had left my family since I was going to achieve my desires. We started planning immediately on what we are going to do with it. Thank you GiveDirectly, may God bless you so that you can continue helping others."
Kufa's family
access_time 7 hours ago
Kufa enrolled.
"Having a family under decent roofed house is any parent's desires. I had built an iron roofed house while I was still young in my marriage. This has been our shelter since then but over time it roof has rusted making it a porus roofs. To me receiving this money means a decent and conducive house for my family. I will not again be rained on again like my current condition."
Pola's family
access_time 7 hours ago
Pola enrolled.
"I have regreted having not gone to school during my days cause I have realized that my life could have been better. Having seen the fruits of education, I decided to educate my children and so far I have four who have cleared their secondary school levels and other in both primary and secondary. With the scare resources in my family, educating my children has been an uphill task. To me receiving this money means better life for my children and my family. I am planning to spend much of the money on their education since I believe once the are done they can secure jobs thus they will be in a better position to give back to us."
Loice's family
access_time 8 hours ago
Loice enrolled.
"Receiving this money means I will be able to pay school fees for my children in secondary school,I have my two sons in a local day school.last year the older son was in secondary school only but now his younger brother joined form one and the burden of paying fees doubled. The fees was sh10000 but now it is sh 20000 per year with my small scale farming it cannot support me paying all this school fees but with the help of the many from Givedirectly my children will get education"
Gilbert's family
access_time 8 hours ago
Gilbert enrolled.
"The biggest hardship in my life is when I had to abandon school at form one as a result of school fees problems because my father was poor and could not pay it. I went to look at after someone's cattle in silibwet and i was payed sh1500 Per month . The situation was not the best resort since my dream was to get good education nevertheless I quited later and joined a welding work shop and learned welding skills."
Kiprono's family
access_time 8 hours ago
Kiprono enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is when I married a brought my wife home, I did not have any investments and was not working. Live was a struggle until I had to go to Nairobi to look for a job but I was not lucky to secure one.i could not manager to support anymore so I came back home and decided to venture into subsistence family to feed the family"
Annet's family
access_time 8 hours ago
Annet received a $499 initial payment.
"I was awakened by the loud vibration from my mobile phone at around six in the morning. This was so unusual and without wasting time, I decided to check who it could be. Only to realize it was the Mpesa message from GiveDirectly that I have been anxiously been waiting for. I was overwhelmed with joy since I was positive that I would achieve a lot."