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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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Charo's family
access_time 17 hours ago
Charo received a $484 initial payment.
"It was around 6 in the morning when I was heading to my daily hustle when my mobile phone started to ring continuously. At first, I thought it was an alarm, but upon checking the notifications, I realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I had anxiously been waiting for this money and at first, I thought it was a dream. I couldn't hold my joy at the moment and I remember I opted to go back home and shared the news with my spouse and kids."
Dickson's family
access_time 17 hours ago
Dickson received a $484 initial payment.
"My phone was off since it was charging because of low power. At around 7 am, I decided to switch it on. I received two consecutive messages on it, after checking I noticed that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I was so happy about receiving my transfer. This is because it marked the reunion with my wife who was forced to return to her parental home after I failed to pay the dowry fee."
Karisa's family
access_time 17 hours ago
Karisa received a $484 initial payment.
"It was around 8 am when I was relaxing from my day-to-day work of charcoal burning. My phone was off so I decided to switch it on so that I may get any updates of any calls or messages. Immediately, I received a message from Mpesa indicating that I had received my transfer. I felt very happy about the transfer since I had not received such a large amount of money before in my life. I informed my wife who did not believe and I had to give him the phone to confirm the messages."
Dama's family
access_time 17 hours ago
Dama received a $484 initial payment.
"I was awakened by our son who came to our house at around 1 am to inform us that our neighbors had received their transfer. I was so worried after checking my phone and realized that I had not received my transfer like others in the village. I decided to go back to sleep until morning. I called my son to confirm if I had received the transfer and I was so happy when he informed me that I received it as well. I rejoiced with my family since I had eagerly awaited the transfer to improve my living standard."
Umazi's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Umazi received a $484 initial payment.
"It was 3 am when I had woke up to prepare my kid for school since our school is located a long distance from our home. I decided to check my mobile phone and to my surprise, I noticed Mpesa message from Segovia technology. I was so happy after realizing that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I continued with the preparation until morning when I called my spouse to inform him about the transfer. He was so excited and promised to come back home for us to plan on how to withdraw and to use the transfer."
Sophia's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Sophia received a $484 initial payment.
"I was in the house sleeping, I remember it was at midnight when I decided to check the time on my phone. I noticed a strange message indicating that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I felt very happy and leaned down to pray to thank God for the transfer which would change our lives for the better. After that, I called my husband to informed him about the transfer since he was away because of work."
Dama's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Dama received a $484 initial payment.
"It was around 11.30 pm when I was preparing to go to bed to rest. I had been assisting my kids who were doing their night studies at the house. I heard my phone message alert and my husband asked me what was the message all about at such a time. After examining it, I realized that it was the transfer from GiveDirectly. I was very happy and relieved of all the stress since my 2 secondary school children who are in a day school had been sent home due to school fees on that particular day."
Katekwa's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Katekwa received a $484 initial payment.
"I was at home taking late lunch after I had spent the better part of the day at school where I had attended a parents-teachers meeting. I remember It was around 5 pm when my phone started ringing I was with my co-wife whose phone rang as well. I was curious to know the content of the message that was on my phone. I passed over my phone to my helper who informed me that it was the transfer from GiveDirectly. I was so happy and I jumped in celebrating and thanked God for the opportunity to revive our lives for the better."
Alice's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Alice received a $484 initial payment.
"I was home that evening when I received a notification message from Give directly. Upon checking, it was a receipt of Ksh.55,000 that we had been promised in the past weeks. I couldn't hide the good news from my family. They were so happy and advised me to go and withdraw the transfer the next day early in the morning."
Rebecca's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Rebecca received a $484 initial payment.
"It was about 11 pm when I heard my phone vibrate and when I checked it was an MPESA message from Give directly. I was so happy and couldn't wait for the following day to go and withdraw. I was excited to initiate the plans I had."