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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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Pennina's family
access_time 2 days ago
Pennina received a $488 initial payment.
"I felt so happy the moment I received the money, so much that I felt like I could call the GiveDirectly hotline number to express my gratitude. This is because before being enrolled into the program, my retail kiosk business was on the verge of closing down due to lack of stock. Therefore, I was so happy and grateful when I got the money because it got my business back to its feet."
Daka's family
access_time 2 days ago
Daka received a $488 initial payment.
"I felt so happy when I got the money because I had gotten all that money which was going to help me get the things I had desired. I was very grateful the moment I received the money from GiveDirectly."
Dama's family
access_time 2 days ago
Dama enrolled.
"Receiving this money means food security for my family. I have been struggling to put a meal on the table for my family of five. This is because I have been relying on subsistence farming and with the recent drought experienced in my village, I have been unable to harvest anything. I am planning to use 30,000KES from the GiveDirectly transfers to buy food for my family. This will assure that my family has enough supply of food for an entire year. I will use a further 40,000KES to buy two indigenous dairy cows for milk production. The milk produced will be for domestic consumption and for sale. I will use the proceeds from the sale of milk to buy more food for my family."
Kipkorir's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kipkorir received a $488 initial payment.
"I was busy ferrying water to the school when I met with my neighbor who informed me that he had already received his transfer from GiveDirectly and was rushing to the Mpesa shop to cash it out. As I was wondering why I had not received mine, I heard a message alert on my phone and I quickly fished it out hoping that it was the Mpesa message from GD. My heart was filled with joy and I immediately knew that my life would never be the same again after confirming the receipt."
Anna's family
access_time 2 days ago
Anna received a $488 initial payment.
"It was still morning hours and I was leaving class since I teach pre-unit students when I checked my phone and realized that I had received the promised funds. My heart was filled with joy on seeing this and I immediately called to inform my spouse about the good news. He was equally overjoyed and kept on praising GiveDirectly and how they're God sent."
Viola's family
access_time 2 days ago
Viola received a $488 initial payment.
"It was a few minutes past 8 am when people in my neighborhood started shouting that GiveDirectly had sent the promised money. I immediately called my daughter and requested her to help me check if I had also received mine since my helper was not around. I became so happy when she confirmed to me that the money was already in my account and I started singing happily since I knew that my spouse would finally continue with his medication."
Kabibi's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kabibi received a $488 initial payment.
"It was around 9 AM when I was heading to my daily hustle when my mobile phone started ringing so loudly. Since I am illiterate I opted to ask my sister to check who had texted me at that particular minute. Upon checking, she confirmed that it was an Mpesa message from Segovia Technology. Wow! I had finally received my first transfer which I was promised some days back. I was so happy and I remember telling my sister we go back home and celebrate with our family. This was like a miracle to us since I have never received such a huge amount of money that was nonrefundable. I felt like that was the beginning of a new life to me because I could finally construct a decent house of my choice."
Zawadi's family
access_time 2 days ago
Zawadi received a $488 initial payment.
"It was around 9 AM when I was relaxing on my bed when I saw a message notification on my mobile phone. I was a bit curious since I wasn't expecting to hear from anyone on that particular morning. Therefore I decided to check the contents of the messages. After reading them out I confirmed that it was the Mpesa messages that I had anxiously been waiting for. I was so excited and blessed for this gift because I knew I would achieve all my long time goals. I had to call all my family friends and inform them about the great news."
Sarah's family
access_time 4 days 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."
Joan's family
access_time 4 days 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."