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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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Caren's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Caren received a $545 initial payment.
"It was around 7 am in the morning when I received a message that money had been credited to my Mpesa account. I was very happy because I knew all my financial problems would finally be solved. I was overwhelmed by the good news since it was my first time to receive such a huge sum of money. I couldn't keep calm. I remember canceling all the plans of that day because I couldn't concentrate. I kept planning and strategizing how I would use the money to change my life"
Lenshar's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Lenshar received a $527 second payment.
"My life has totally changed after receiving my transfer from GiveDirectly. When I look back thirteen or so years ago just after my husband passed away it was very challenging to meet my primary and secondary needs. I was living in an old rusty roof that had holes. This would leak when it rained and it was sad that my children who were still young would be rained on mostly when it rained at night. With the responsibility that I had every single day and an income that could barely support my family, it reached a point in life that I was almost losing hope because my hand-tied with limited resources. I will always be grateful to GiveDirectly for gifting me with a shelter that brightens my family and decent life that we have always dreamt of."
Koskei's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Koskei received a $527 second payment.
"I secured tenders of supplying fruits to different schools in my area like Kaplosero primary school with part of GiveDirectly's transfer. Through the profits, I have been able to pay school fees for my children which has guaranteed their consistency in school. I have noted an improvement in their performance unlike before when they would be sent home most often due to lack of money. I could feel embraced as a parent seeing my children staying at home because I was not able to pay their fees on time. Today, I am at peace and happy seeing them going to school like other children. Thanks to GiveDirectly for financial support."
Faith's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Faith received a $527 second payment.
"I am happy that I do pay school fees for my two children on time. Seeing them very happy and motivated to quench the thirst for education which every child envy is the change that GiveDirectly has given to me and my children. This is something that I would have never received without this transfer. I actually managed to buy a dairy cow which gives me three litters of milk in a day. I have been taking them to a cool plant and thereafter get paid every month. I will be forever grateful for the support that GiveDirectly gave me."
Chepngetich's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Chepngetich received a $527 second payment.
"For the last three years, it has been hard to depend on farming because of the prolonged drought in our area. As a farmer it was a loss on my side because of a reduction in farm output, meaning that my income wasn't much to support my child's education and other needs too. At times, my child would be sent home to fetch for school fees but ended up staying one to two weeks due to lack of money. I appreciate GiveDirectly's assistance since I was able to offset the pending fee arrears for my son. He has enrolled in college after completing his secondary education. Although it is still a challenge, it's not that much unlike before because I supplement my income with the milk I sell out of the dairy cow I bought with the transfer."
Maneni's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Maneni received a $545 initial payment.
"The fact that I renovated my house has made my life to be totally different. This is because initially, I used to sleep in a grass-thatched house that was leaking during the winter season and it was also small. I never had peace whenever it rained since my children used to sleep at their grandfather's house which was also small but for me, I had no option but to stay awake till the rain stops. I was always attacked by pneumonia due to cold nights. I was almost losing hope of living because I have never enjoyed my marriage life. Today the story is different. I am sleeping under a semi-permanent house that is well plastered and iron-roofed. I no longer have to worry about the winter seasons or even the harmful insects that were always attacking me. GiveDirectly has brought joy in my life that I never expected anytime soon."
Nyevu's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Nyevu received a $545 initial payment.
"Initially, I did not have access to a good shelter. I was living in a grass-thatched hut that would leak whenever it rained. Although my desire was to upgrade to a better house, I did not have the means to buy all the required materials. I thank GiveDirectly because their financial support has enabled me to build a decent iron-roofed house. I managed to buy enough building materials which includes iron sheets, building poles and also paid the mason for his job. Having a decent shelter makes it the biggest difference in my daily life."
Tabu's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Tabu received a $545 initial payment.
"I remember vividly it was around 8 am when I was preparing breakfast for my children then I heard my phone ringing. I decided to take the phone and gave it to my spouse to confirm who might have sent the message very early in the morning. Upon checking, he realized it was an Mpesa message from GD. I was overwhelmed with joy and remember saying " wow! thank you GiveDirectly""
Chepkorir's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Chepkorir received a $527 second payment.
"The biggest difference in my life is that I have a dairy cow. Previously, I couldn't afford to own one and I was only left to admire my neighbor's. Although this dairy cow has not yet started to give out milk, I appreciate that I have livestock since in my culture it signifies wealth. I have also cemented my main house and kitchen's floor which makes it easier for me to clean. I am glad that I stay in a clean environment. Thank you GiveDirectly."
Nathan's family
access_time 20 hours ago
Nathan received a $545 initial payment.
"I received a message indicating GiveDirectly had sent me money which it stated. I felt very happy and blessed at unexpected time. This was my point of breakthrough and thank so much GiveDirectly ."