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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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Sidi's family
access_time 2 days ago
Sidi received a $488 initial payment.
"It was around 10 AM when we taking breakfast when my mobile phone started ringing so loudly. I didn't bother to check since I was used to the Safaricom messages every morning. Before we could finish what we were doing, another message popped in and I was so curious. I decided to check who it could be. I didn't believe what I saw, it was an Mpesa message from Segovia Technology they had finally debited my first transfers as promised earlier on. I was so excited and we had to celebrate as a family for we knew that we would finally sleep in a better shelter through the financial support." (Country: Kenya)
Dama's family
access_time 2 days ago
Dama received a $488 initial payment.
"I felt so good the moment I received the money because I had gotten the assistance I needed for so long to address the challenges I was facing. I desired to have a bed and mattress to be sleeping comfortably like anyone else but I didn't have the ability. Therefore, I felt very happy and grateful when I received the money." (Country: Kenya)
Vivian's family
access_time 3 days ago
Vivian enrolled.
"I differed my college education two years ago because of lack of school fees and decided to get married. Life has been difficult since I cannot secure any job due to lack of enough education documents. I am currently a housewife carrying out household chores. Living with the reality of not being able to finish my studies pains me off." (Country: Kenya)
Diana's family
access_time 3 days ago
Diana received a $472 second payment.
"We have plans that we would like to accomplish. We would wish to cement the floor of the house that we just built. We used the first transfer and part of the second transfer to build another house. We however were not in a position to cement the floor and hence we decided to smear it with mud. We want to cement the floor because when there is too much rain in our area, water usually oozes out of the ground. Apart from cementing the floor, I also have plans to buy more utensils. The utensils that I have are not enough especially when I have guests in my household. I also wish to buy a cow. We usually buy two cups of milk every day at KES 40. This is costly to us and also our child lacks enough milk for consumption. We can only achieve all these steps by step because we do not have much money. We plan to start with cementing the floor and we plan to use the money that my husband makes as a mason. We will thus no longer have to worry about water oozing out of the floor when it rains." (Country: Kenya)
Chepkoech's family
access_time 3 days ago
Chepkoech received a $472 second payment.
"I have new goals that I would wish to accomplish. I plan to build a store for storing maize, livestock feeds, and farm tools. I also plan to construct a chicken house. I do not have the money to do the above at the moment but I am going to find a way. I am in a self-help group where we each usually contribute KES 200 per month. I plan to use the money that I will receive when it is my turn to buy some materials such as iron sheets for constructing the chicken house. I am casually employed at a school as a librarian where I am paid KES 7000 per month. I plan to spare part of my salary for the developments. I also plan to sell some of the chickens to raise the money needed. I wish to have a store because my houses are small in size and hence the space is not usually enough to store things such as maize and the livestock feeds. I also wish to construct the chicken house because my chickens do not have a place to stay. They usually sleep in the kitchen. In the morning when we wake up, they are forced to go out and this is not safe for them since they are exposed to the risk of being eaten by stray dogs or the bird preys. So with the store and chicken house, I will have somewhere to keep some of my things and the chickens will have a nice place that is safe for them to stay." (Country: Kenya)
Jumwa's family
access_time 3 days ago
Jumwa received a $488 initial payment.
"I was busy packaging charcoal for sale in the forest when I received the message alert on my phone. Being illiterate, I could not understand its content. I had to leave what I was doing to go home to inform my helper to check my phone. I was so happy when the helper informed me that I had received the transfer. I had to inform my husband who was in the house resting on the bed. It was very happy for my family and jointly we celebrated receiving our transfer that would transform our life for the better." (Country: Kenya)
Mike's family
access_time 3 days ago
Mike enrolled.
"Receiving this money will bring a great impact in my family. I am now a family man and currently I work as a casual in Bomet county and earn an average of KES.10,000 per month. After paying the expenses like food and rental services fee, I only remain with KES.5000. This amount is not enough to meet other basic needs at home. Today i am so enthusiastic about this transfers from Givedirectly. I therefore intend to be residing from home and this means I will buy a brand new motorcyle to ease my transport cost at KES.104,000.This means I will be saving my whole salary and continue to do other developments in my home." (Country: Kenya)
Kahaso's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kahaso received a $488 initial payment.
"My phone was with my helper when I received the transfer from givedirectly. I vividly remember I was on the bed resting because I was very sick. My helper informed me that I had received my transfer. I was very excited about receiving the transfer. I had to wait until I felt well before I could cash out the transfer." (Country: Kenya)
Joan's family
access_time 3 days ago
Joan received a $488 initial payment.
"It was the third day after I had given birth when I received the great news from GiveDirectly through a short message that came to my phone. This was great news to me amidst the bundle of joy we had as a family after receiving a newborn baby. I was alone in the house at that moment since it was still early and my spouse was already out to vend for the family as he had always done. I could not initiate any withdrawal plan since I was sure that the money was safe in the account to the day when the plans will be picked." (Country: Kenya)
Jonah's family
access_time 3 days ago
Jonah received a $488 initial payment.
"I was out on my farm when I heard ululations from the neighborhood that I could not tell what they were meant for. I could not react to them that fast since they stopped after some minutes and had to keep working. It was until a friend of mine from the village came asking me whether I had received the good news from GiveDirectly. At that moment I had left my phone charging in the house and had to rush back, check it up, and was excited that the promised amount was already in my account. We shared the joy with the family members and later planned to withdraw from the nearby shopping center." (Country: Kenya)