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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 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." (Occupation: Small business)
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." (Occupation: Small business)
Umazi's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Umazi received a $484 initial payment.
"I had desired to own a motorbike for my husband so that he may use it for taxi business. This is because he was using our neighbor's motorbike where he was required to pay back some amount of money each day. I spent KES 30,000 to purchase a second-hand motorbike for him. My husband is currently happy and we can meet our needs without much labor. Furthermore, I bought proper beddings since the one we had was very small to fully accommodate me and our kids. In addition, I bought school uniforms and new clothing for every family member. I also bought sufficient food for my family."
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." (Occupation: Small business)
Katekwa's family
access_time 18 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." (Occupation: Small business)
Lydia's family
access_time 20 hours ago
Lydia received a $484 initial payment.
"It was around 12:30 AM when I was breastfeeding my baby when my cellphone started vibrating so loudly. I was eager to know who it could be since it was so unusual to receive a message at that particular time. On checking, I realized that it they were from GiveDirectly informing me that I had received my transfers. I felt so happy and thankful for being one of the beneficiaries. I was so certain that I will finally build the permanent house that I have been longing to have." (Occupation: Small business)
Kadzo's family
access_time 20 hours ago
Kadzo received a $484 initial payment.
"Having the goats has made my life to be very different in various ways in my entire household. Being jobless, has never been easy at all, since we only depended on my spouse for the family's upkeep. He used to earn KES 100 in a day which was not enough in raising the seven children. We have been through a lot especially in catering to our children's basic needs like food. Skipping meals was the trend and the kids were always home concerning the school fees issue. I am therefore hopeful that through the goats all the troubles will come to an end. Once they multiply, I will be able to sell some and start a kiosk business which will now be my reliable source of income. I am positive that I will now be able to take good care of my family without straining any more." (Occupation: Small business)
Tabu's family
access_time 21 hours ago
Tabu received a $484 initial payment.
"It was exactly 5 AM when I was breastfeeding my son then my phone started ringing so loudly. I asked my spouse to confirm since he had the phone. After going through all the notifications, he realized that they are from Segovia Technology, I had finally received the first transfer that I was promised a few weeks ago. I was overwhelmed with joy and I remember dancing like a small baby. Without wasting time, we started planning on how we could utilize it since we had a lot to accomplish." (Occupation: Small business)
Japhet's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Japhet received a $484 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my life since I began receiving my transfer is owning a motorcycle. From the bodaboda business, I have realized an increased level of income. Previously, I could hardly make a profit of KES 300 per day. Nowadays, the least profit I make per day is KES 6,500. I am glad that currently I am able to offer adequate support to my family members. As a result of the transfer, my life has therefore become better than before."
Alice's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Alice enrolled.
"I was very in the months of November and December last year. These are the prime times for hotel businesses and my husband earned a lot of bonuses. During that time life was easy; I could afford three meals daily and also pay my bills comfortably."