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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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Karisa's family
access_time 3 days ago
Karisa received a $488 initial payment.
"I had visited my cousin when I heard the neighbors celebrating receiving their transfer. At that moment my phone was with my helper, I had to return home to confirm on my phone if I had received the transfer like others. I was so happy when I was informed that I had received the transfer that GiveDirectly promised during the enrollment stages. We decided to prepare to travel to the Mpesa shop to withdraw the transfer since I had already planned on how best to spent it." (Country: Kenya)
David's family
access_time 3 days ago
David received a $488 initial payment.
"It was about 9 am when I was in the house preparing for my daily activities. I heard a message alert on my phone I was eager to know its contents since I was not suspecting any message at such a time. Upon checking, I realized that I had received my transfer from GiveDirectly. It was a happy moment of my life. Immediately, I left what I was doing to travel to the Mpesa shop to cash out the transfer. This is because my mother was sick and I had no money to take her to the hospital." (Country: Kenya)
Faith's family
access_time 3 days ago
Faith received a $488 initial payment.
"As a teacher, I spend most days with my students. I was in class one morning when I heard a beep on my phone. I became curious and when I checked, I could not believe my eyes. I had received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly. I could not wait to pursue the dreams that I had put on hold for lack of money." (Country: Kenya)
Patrick's family
access_time 3 days ago
Patrick received a $488 initial payment.
"While at home relaxing, I received a message at 9 a.m. On checking it, I saw that I had received KES 55,000. I was ecstatic because I had never received such a huge amount of money." (Country: Kenya)
Anna's family
access_time 3 days ago
Anna received a $472 second payment.
"I have new goals that I would wish to accomplish but I don't have any more money to enable me to do so. I would wish to buy another cow, build a house, and buy a water tank. All these need large sums of money which I don't know where I will get. I am getting old and I am no longer able to do so much work. I had planned to fence my land and draw water to my compound when I get the transfer. I am still going on with the fencing of my land and it seems with the money that is remaining, I will not be able to finish fencing the whole land. I usually sell milk that I get from my cows. I sell about five litres daily which go for KES 20 per litre and I get paid at the end of the month. With this money that I get from the sale of milk, I plan to use part of it in finishing the fencing of the land. I wanted to fence the land because I wanted to restrain my cows from going to other people's farms and causing disagreements. This way I can concentrate on doing other things rather than looking after the cows as they graze." (Country: Kenya)
Cyndia's family
access_time 3 days ago
Cyndia received a $488 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 9am. I was at the market selling potatoes. I heard a ringtone message from my phone. When I checked it out I couldn't believe my eyes. I have never received such amount of money before. It was the happiest day of my life. My family too were so happy and grateful. I knew I would be able to top up with my savings to buy a piece of land. This had always been my dream. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has improved our living standards." (Country: Kenya)
Prisilah's family
access_time 3 days ago
Prisilah received a $488 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 9am. I was feeling unwell. My son had the phone. He came in the morning and inform that' GiveDirectly has sent the money. I felt so happy because I have never received such amount of money before. My family members felt so happy because because of this support. I knew I would be able to buy a dairy cow." (Country: Kenya)
Wesley's family
access_time 3 days ago
Wesley enrolled.
"I separated with my wife 3 years ago after 14 years of being together. My father-in-law asked her to abandon her matrimonial home because I could not raise KES 70000 for her dowry. She left me with four children whom I struggle day and night to fend for. I feel lonely without her and I desire to have her back home. I do casual jobs such as fencing and weeding in other people's farms to earn a living. These jobs pay as low as KES 100 per day and raising my wife's dowry has been just but a dream. Receiving this money will mean a lot to me as it will get my wife home after years of being away." (Country: Kenya)
Judy's family
access_time 3 days ago
Judy enrolled.
"Lack of capital and resources to sustain my family are the challenges am currently facing.I left all my belongings in my marital home after I separated with my husband two years ago.Starting life a fresh has been a struggle especially with no source of income and with 4 children." (Country: Kenya)
Angeline's family
access_time 3 days ago
Angeline enrolled.
"Availability of quality , nutritious food and better shelter has been a dream for my family.I have a big family of 9.I own a shoe shinning shop in the nearby market and this earns me KES 300 per day.All the incomes I earn from this business are spent on the daily food stuffs such as flour and milk.Receiving this transfers means I will be able to establish a permanent structure to run the shoeshine business .I shall use KES 10000 to buy shoe soles,shoe laces and shoe repairs to sell will increase my revenue.This means I can comfortably afford quality and adequate food for my family. I shall also expand this house in order to fully accommodate all my family members .With KES 20000 I will be able to do this." (Country: Kenya)