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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access_time 1 day ago
Amina received a $519 initial payment.
"Before the coming of GiveDirectly, I have been living in a small house that could not accommodate all my family members besides we could lack privacy. I have been having the desire to construct a spacious one but I did not have any money to buy the materials needed and the labour charge. I am so happy now because I have a new house to live in with my family through the financial assistance. Besides this, I will be harvesting rainwater which will be an added advantage."
access_time 8 days ago
Sharon received a $515 initial payment.
"My life is different in that I no longer walk for long distance to fetch water and I can now have all the time to work on my farm. I also have water for irrigating my garden and for livestock. I am happy that Give Directly has enabled me to make all this advancement in life."
access_time 9 days ago
Christen received a $514 initial payment.
"It was early in the morning when I was awoken by a message notification from Mpesa that I had received money from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy as I knew that the money would enable me to accomplish lots of plans which I had. I had always wished to have a water tank but due to limited resources I wasn't able but when I got my transfers that was my first priority."
access_time 10 days ago
David received a $514 initial payment.
"I spent the money I received on buying a heifer. The heifer is approaching calving stage and this makes me very happy. I had sold all the cattle which I had to raise money for paying school fees for my children. I then bought a water tank to store rain water inside my house. With the remaining amount,I needed to pay school fees for my child in a secondary school. I finally bought some clothes for my children and myself."
access_time 13 days ago
Majeri received a $456 initial payment.
"The moment I received my money. I felt very happy because I was going to buy a cow and a bicycle for collecting water."
access_time 18 days ago
Cherono received a $515 initial payment.
"Among all of the things that we purchased with the money, the tank has brought the biggest difference in my daily life as it helps me harvest and store rainwater for domestic use. This means that I don't have to travel a long distance to get water from the river and it also provides clean water that reduces the health risks that we faced while using contaminated river water."
access_time 18 days ago
Chepkirui received a $515 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my life is that now I got tap water at my doorstep. Nowadays, I do not waste much time going to the river to fetch water for domestic use. Also the food which I bought is enough to take us until the next harvest season. I am happy that I got all these as a result of Give Directly's transfers as I had no finances to implement it before."
access_time 19 days ago
Betty received a $515 initial payment.
"When I received the message that early morning, I checked its content and when I saw that I had received my first transfers I felt so happy. I knew that my dream of owning a cow would come true. Again I knew that I would actualize my dream of having tap water on my door step."
access_time 26 days ago
Christina received a $516 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my life since I receive these transfers is that now i got to harvest rain water from the roof of my house. Now I I have access to clean drinking water."
access_time 30 days ago
Beatrice received a $519 initial payment.
"Purchasing a water tank has saved my family from spending a lot of money on water that is being sold at a very expensive price by the water vendors within our community. It has also saved us from walking long distances to fetch the water which was very hectic. This tank has also made it possible for my family to start a water vending business because now that we have a place to store the water, we can finally have piped water in our compound."