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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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Sidi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Sidi received a $489 initial payment.
"Early one morning, I left home for the water point and I didn’t carry my phone with me. When I returned home at around 8am, I saw an envelope like on the screen of my phone and I was wondering what it might be thinking that someone has tampered with the settings of my phone. I contacted my helper to see what it may be and to my surprise, it was a message that was received at around 6am from GiveDirectly stating that I have received a transfer of KES 55000.00. I was over excited since this was my 1st huge amount of money to receive from any source."
Thabnu's family
access_time 4 days ago
Thabnu received a $489 initial payment.
"It was around 9am when my helper and I were in the field making some charcoals for sale when I received a message in my phone. Since I do not know how to read, I gave the phone to my helper so that I may know what kind of a message had been sent to me. My helper jumped in happiness and told me that the KES 55000.00 transfer from GiveDirectly had been sent. I also jumped up and down and forgot that I was extremely tired due to the exhaustive work I was doing. I felt energized and carried on with the charcoal making process in full strength."
Samwel's family
access_time 4 days ago
Samwel received a $489 second payment.
"I don't have any new goals at the moment. I have been able to achieve the ones that I had set before. I was able to buy a water tank, a cow, pay school fees for my two grandchildren, and repay a loan of KES 10000 that I had taken from someone. Apart from the above, I was also able to buy food and clothes for my children. My grandchildren are still studying and hence I have to struggle to get money to pay for their school fees. I am casually employed at a school as a watchman where I am paid KES 5000 per month. I plan to use most of the money that I get from my job on paying for their school fees."
Margaret's family
access_time 4 days ago
Margaret received a $472 second payment.
"I have new goals that I would wish to accomplish. I wish to build my kitchen since the one that I am using is for my home. I also wish to buy more land where I can graze the cow that I just bought. Apart from the two, I also wish to start a business that can enable me to earn more income. All these are going to need a lot of money which I do not have at the moment. I am however intending to borrow a loan from a self-help group that I am in. I plan to start with the construction of the kitchen once I get the loan. My mother passed on and I am a single mother of two. I live at home with my father and my children. I was able to build my own house which is the main house with the transfer that I got. I was however not able to build a kitchen of my own because the money was not enough. I want to build the kitchen because I want to move out of my home with my children and be independent. This way, I will be able to make my own decisions unlike when I am at home."
Daisy's family
access_time 5 days ago
Daisy received a $472 second payment.
"On receiving the two transfers, I had all the plans in place that I was hopeful to see accomplished before exhausting the total amount received. I am happy that I managed to deliver on most of them but it was unfortunate that I could not initiate one of them as I needed a piece of land to purchase which I could not find at all. I had to divert the allocated amount and invest in a lactating cow that was KES35000. I am currently rearing it now to sell later with the hope of initiating that initial goal once I secured a place to buy."
Scholar's family
access_time 5 days ago
Scholar received a $472 second payment.
"The plans I had with the first and the second transfer were huge and so satisfying to me that I have not thought of any other new goal at the moment. I had been working on a construction project where I have assembled all the construction materials. I am looking forward to initiating the demolition of the old structure that we had been using since I will be erecting a new one on the same spot."
Lorine's family
access_time 5 days ago
Lorine received a $489 initial payment.
"I spend most of my mornings working on the farm. On this day, I was interrupted at about 10 a.m, by a message notification. I became curious and when I checked my phone, I realised I received KES 55,000. I was so excited to finally buy a piece of land I had been planning for, for a while now."
Chelangat's family
access_time 5 days ago
Chelangat received a $489 initial payment.
"I was at home making breakfast. At 9 a.m, I heard a message notification come in. I checked my phone and was pleasantly surprised to see that I had received KES 55,000. I can not put into words how happy I felt after receiving this donation."
Gilbert's family
access_time 5 days ago
Gilbert received a $489 initial payment.
"I was just about to leave my house for my place of work when at 9.10 a.m, I received a message. It indicated that I had received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly. I was so surprised because receiving such a huge amount of money is a blessing. A few minutes later, I heard songs of celebration from my neighbours as they also received their transfers, and we all joined in to mark the special moment."
Chana's family
access_time 5 days ago
Chana received a $489 initial payment.
"While in the field at around 7am cutting some logs to prepare charcoals for sale, I received a message in my phone. I didn’t bother to know what the message was all about since I do not know how to read, thus preceded with my work till noon when I returned home. On reaching home, I asked one of the family members to check what the message was all about. The news I received was good news, I jumped up and down in happiness after the GiveDirectly transfer news was broken to my ears."