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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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Cosmas's family
access_time 11 days ago
Cosmas received a $500 initial payment.
"It was around 17th Dec, at around 1pm while ferrying customers to their destination when I heard a message alert on my phone. On checking my phone it was GiveDirectly transfers and I was overwhelmed with joy and wanted to ferry the customers on board for free but I held my peace."
Augustine's family
access_time 11 days ago
Augustine received a $500 initial payment.
"It was around 11am while in my maize selling business when I heard a message alert on my phone. On checking my phone it was GiveDirectly transfers, I was very happy and this motivated me to work harder that day."
Mercy's family
access_time 11 days ago
Mercy received a $500 initial payment.
"It was around 1.18pm while cooking lunch when my kid arrived from school. Because she normally uses my phone to study, upon checking it she found out that I had received GiveDirectly transfers and she gladly relayed the good news to me. I was very happy and even lost appetite for lunch. I in turn relayed the good news to my husband who was still in the farm and we celebrated for joy."
Benard's family
access_time 11 days ago
Benard received a $500 initial payment.
"It was around 1pm while driving when one of my friends called to confirm if I had received the transfers. Immediately, I relayed the good news to my wife who was equally excited and we planned for the money before withdrawal."
Caroline's family
access_time 11 days ago
Caroline received a $500 initial payment.
"It was around 2pm that beautiful afternoon when I heard a message alert on my phone.On checking it, it was the GiveDirectly tranfser I had eagerly waited for. I relayed the good news to my kids who were very happy because there dreams of school completion had come true."
Raeli's family
access_time 11 days ago
Raeli received a $500 initial payment.
"It was around 1pm while eating lunch when my kids informed me that they had received the transfers and inquired if I had. On checking my phone, there was the KES 55000 from GiveDirectly I had eagerly waited for. I was very happy and grateful because I hadn't received such a lump sum before."
Anna's family
access_time 11 days ago
Anna received a $500 initial payment.
"That beautiful afternoon, I had left my phone charging inside the house. It's when I was sure my phone was fully charged when I went for it. When I switched my phone at around 3pm, Lo and behold, there was GiveDirectly transfers I had eagerly waited for until I lost hope. I was overwhelmed with joy and the financial stress I had immediately left."
Livingstone's family
access_time 11 days ago
Livingstone received a $500 initial payment.
"It was almost 2pm while taking lunch when I heard my phone ring. On checking my phone, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw KES 55000 from GiveDirectly and I was overwhelmed with joy until I lost appetite for food. I immediately called my wife who was far away and relayed good news and she was very happy too. I then went to the nearest MoMo agent and withdrew the money. That day, we ate meat because it had been a long time and because we only eat special meals during special occasions because we couldn't afford."
Janet's family
access_time 11 days ago
Janet received a $500 initial payment.
"It was around five minutes past 1pm while relaxing outside my house when shouts of joy and laughter filled the atmosphere of our village an indication that my neighbors had received the GiveDirectly transfers. On checking my phone there was no Mpesa SMS yet but I waited for a fewer more minutes and there it came. I was very happy and was grateful to GiveDirectly and withdrew the money the following day."
Grace's family
access_time 11 days ago
Grace received a $500 initial payment.
"It was around 1pm while weeding my garden maize is when I heard my phone ring. I gave to my kids to check for me and I was very happy and started celebrating."