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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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Sarah's family
access_time 1 day ago
Sarah received a $488 initial payment.
"I was at my garden wedding with my vegetables when I heard a vibration from my phone. Upon checking, it was a message confirming a receipt of promised funds from Give directly. I was so happy and this gave me an assurance of initiating what we had planned." (Country: Kenya)
Joan's family
access_time 1 day ago
Joan received a $488 initial payment.
"It was around 9.00 a.m and was tilling my land just next to my homestead when I had a notification message from my phone. When I checked, it was a confirmation of receipt of the Give directly transfer. I was so excited and immediately I called my husband informing him about the same and he was super excited and asked me to go withdraw the money since we already had planned on how to spend it." (Country: Kenya)
Bahati's family
access_time 1 day ago
Bahati received a $488 initial payment.
"I felt so grateful the moment I received the money because it gave me the ability to address and meet the needs that were so pressing, which I had little or no ability at all to address. We could hardly afford a meal a day, and school fees for my children was a constant nightmare with the accumulation of arrears. Therefore, I was very grateful when I received the money because I really needed it and I didn't know where I was going to get it from." (Country: Kenya)
Charo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Charo received a $488 initial payment.
"I was in the field grazing goats, my phone was with the trustee. When I returned home, I heard my neighbors claiming to have received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I requested my trustee to verify if there is a message on phone from GiveDirectly. I was so excited when I was informed that I had received my transfer. I could not hold the joy that filled my heart, I start celebrating and thanking God for such an opportunity to change my life for the better." (Country: Kenya)
Liner's family
access_time 2 days ago
Liner received a $472 second payment.
"I have plans to buy more chickens to add to the ones that I have. I have been rearing a few chickens and they have been of great benefit to me. I have a chicken house that I had already constructed before. I hence do not have many expenses to incur. I will only have to look for money for buying the chickens. I am a farmer where I grow maize and keep livestock. I usually sell some of the maize when I harvest them and I also usually sell five litres of milk every day where I get paid at the end of the month. I plan to use the money that I get from these activities on buying more chickens. The chickens are going to help me because when I sell the eggs, I will be able to get money for buying the household necessities such as sugar, soap, etc." (Country: Kenya)
Zaddy's family
access_time 2 days ago
Zaddy received a $472 second payment.
"I have a plan to buy a water tank and to construct another kitchen. I had planned to construct the kitchen after I was done with the main house but I was not able to since the money was not enough. I wish to build another kitchen because the one that I have is old and grass-thatched. Also, with having constructed a permanent main house, I would like to have a nice kitchen too that is also roofed with iron sheets hence bringing a good picture of the compound. Having constructed a new house that is roofed with iron sheets, I would like to have a water tank for collecting the rain water. This way I will no longer have to make long trips to the river to fetch water. I plan to get money from my grocery business and the self-help groups that I have joined to accomplish these plans." (Country: Kenya)
Stephen's family
access_time 2 days ago
Stephen received a $472 second payment.
"I have a goal of building two houses, the main house and one which the boys can sleep in. I had planned before receiving the transfer that I will build the houses but I was not able to because I decided to prioritize the payment of school fees for my five children. I had not paid their school fees and I didn't want them to be sent home. I do not have the large sum of money that is needed to build the houses but I plan to save little by little part of the money that I make from doing casual jobs. I usually engage in casual jobs such as farming and construction work and I am usually paid approximately KES 2500 when I am done with the work. With the savings I can buy the building materials bit by bit. I want to build another main house because the one that we live in has become small and the family size has grown. The house where my boys sleep in is also small and it has grown old. I have not been in a position to build other houses because most of the money that I make usually goes to the payment of school fees for my children." (Country: Kenya)
Janeth's family
access_time 2 days ago
Janeth received a $488 initial payment.
"I was home with my daughter-in-law when I received a message notification that confirmed the receipt of my first transfer. I was so excited and thankful as well to know that the start of my projects was soon coming to pass. Since I had all the plans in the book, I had not much hurry withdrawing but had to wait to the appropriate date that I had set to start my work." (Country: Kenya)
Rejina's family
access_time 2 days ago
Rejina received a $488 initial payment.
"It wasn't a surprise for me when I received a message from GiveDirectly that confirmed the receipt of the first transfer since I had been anticipating and it came within the range of dates given during enrollment. I felt good as we had been making plans on how best we will spend with my family, and had to immediately inform other family members. We had all plans in place and had to just finalize the arrangements and withdraw the money on the following day before making my first purchase." (Country: Kenya)
Santa's family
access_time 2 days ago
Santa received a $488 initial payment.
"It was around 9 in the morning when I was just relaxing, having good times with my family when my phone started vibrating. Since my souse was using the phone, I asked him to check who it could be. On checking, he realized that it was an Mpesa message from Segovia Technology. I had anxiously been waiting for this and I couldn't hold my joy at all. I finally knew that I would achieve a lot through the cash and without wasting time we started planning on how best we could utilize the cash appropriately." (Country: Kenya)
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