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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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Leonard's family
access_time 9 days ago
Leonard received a $500 initial payment.
"I was hanging around looking for customers along my operating routes at about 2 PM when I received a message confirming to me that I received money from GiveDirecly. I was overjoyed, felt thankful when my dream of owning a motorcycle rang in mind. I saw it real and immediately started my journey to Bomet town to withdraw the money." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Gilbert's family
access_time 9 days ago
Gilbert received a $500 initial payment.
"I remember it was around noon when I got a text confirming that I had received money from GiveDirectly. This has been the happiest moment in my life, I took the message and started reflecting on the hardship I had faced having no asset on my farm to call mine. I immediately thought of having a cow of my own that I will always rely on for milk and calves but to take pride in." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Tonui's family
access_time 10 days ago
Tonui received a $500 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is owning a motorcycle. This has helped me reduced my work load like taking kids to school early, fetching water and grass for my livestock.The motorcycle has also enabled to reach my work station early and reduced cost of transport. Nowadays, we sleep comfortably and peacefully because I bought new beds for my family and I am stress free. My kids no longer remember the loss we experienced during the fire incident because some of the things burnt have been replaced by the GiveDirectly transfers. The transfers also enabled me buy a sewing machine for wife and this has helped in household expenditure."
Mercy's family
access_time 10 days ago
Mercy received a $500 initial payment.
"As a young family we are ambitious to see that we better our living standards and for us to realize this we work hard to earn extra income to enable us realize our dream. The biggest difference in my daily life is the motorcycle that we currently own courtesy of GiveDirectly. We use it for taxi business and the little we earn makes me feel good since it can repay our loan we got from our table banking at the same time remain with something to save for our future. I am confident that with this motorcycle our lives is going to improve."
Harusi's family
access_time 11 days ago
Harusi received a $500 initial payment.
"It was around 1200Hrs and I was in the kitchen preparing a meal. I heard a message come into my phone and when I checked the message, it was the Mpesa message for the transfers. I was very very happy and excited." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Cosmas's family
access_time 11 days ago
Cosmas received a $500 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is buying a heifer which I had desired for the past two years but couldn't afford. This will help reduce milk buying costs while one is on it's dry spells.The transfers have also enabled me buy adequate materials for fencing my compound which I had desired for the past six years but couldn't. This is because my job as a diver and motorcycle taxi rider were quite unreliable.There is also increased happiness in my house because we now have adequate food which we couldn't afford before." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Winny's family
access_time 11 days ago
Winny received a $500 initial payment.
"I bought more things for a business that I have where I sell motorcycle spares and bought clothes, mattress and a few utensils for my household."
Gilbert's family
access_time 12 days ago
Gilbert received a $501 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is happiness in my house.The transfers have enabled me buy household utensils that I didn't have before. Initially, my house was like a big hall with a borrowed bed, two sufurias and one table which acted as a utensils stand. I had married but due to high rate of poverty we parted ways with my wife that was two years ago. I used to work as a casual motorcycle rider and it was quite frustrating because the pay was meagre." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Simon's family
access_time 12 days ago
Simon received a $501 initial payment.
"It was around 1400Hrs when I was on my way home from Bamba. I heard a message come into my phone and when I checked, it was the Mpesa message. I was very very happy and I thanked God at heart." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Walter's family
access_time 12 days ago
Walter received a $501 initial payment.
"It was around 1500Hrs on that day and I was by the roadside at work waiting for passengers to transport. I heard a message come into my phone and when I checked it was the transfers. I was very very happy." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
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