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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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Vicoty's family
access_time 12 days ago
Vicoty received a $536 initial payment.
"I usually switch off my phone at night so that I sleep peacefully. When I switched it on one morning I got a call from my brother-in-law who informed me about the good news about the money which was sent by Give Directly. I decided to also check mine and I was shocked to find KES 55000 from Give Directly. I was so happy, I remember kneeling down and thanking God for bringing Give Directly to my life."
Paul's family
access_time 12 days ago
Paul received a $536 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my life is that I now have a kitchen. Kitchens are very essential in a village and they serve several purposes. One can use them as a grocery store or a sleeping area for children or visitors. I was glad to build one since we now do not have to worry about how we will cook during the rainy season. The previous structure used to leak and we were at times forced not to cook during such seasons."
Joyce's family
access_time 12 days ago
Joyce received a $449 second payment.
"In the next 2 days my life will change because I will be sleeping in my permanent house. Currently, I'm still occupying my leaking thatched house."
Rose's family
access_time 12 days ago
Rose received a $449 second payment.
"My life has changed because through these cash transfer, I have built commercial house which is now at finishing level. This will generate for me income to pay schools for my six children. Previously, I had nothing which could generate income for my family. Thanks to GiveDirectly for enabling me achieve my dream."
Florence's family
access_time 12 days ago
Florence received a $449 second payment.
"Although I have not yet started building my commercial house, I see a great change in my life as I will be having a reliable source of income when I start renting it off. This will help me to supplement my existing restaurant income to see to it that my children get a better life, and education. In addition to this, my life has changed in that I was able to renovate my already existing house. It now looks very beautiful. Before, the house was very unpleasant as it was not plastered, cemented, had no windows and no proper door."
Jeniffer's family
access_time 12 days ago
Jeniffer received a $449 second payment.
"My life is different now in that I was able to build a house that together with my children, we shall have a safe and spacious place to stay. Despite the fact that I am still staying in my grass thatched house that leaks and conjested, I am a happy that soon my permanent house will be completed. "
Dorothy's family
access_time 12 days ago
Dorothy received a $22 twelfth payment.
"I expect my life to change in the next six months in that I will have bought a dairy cow. Being able to get the dairy cow will make me very optimistic that very soon, I will stop buying milk from my neighbors. In addition to this, I will also be able to earn an income through the sale of surplus milk when it reproduces."
Mary's family
access_time 12 days ago
Mary received a $488 third payment.
"I have seen some changes in my life because so far I have been able to start up a small scale business which of course was never an easy thing for me to do in the past. I had only had a vision that one day I would start a business but then launching the program could never materialize due to lack of enough resources."
Alice's family
access_time 12 days ago
Alice received a $249 second payment.
"I expect to start up a business that would generate more income for the family. I have been having the idea of having a business for a long time but that was a far away dream. I pray that by the end of the next few months, I will have this business up and running so that I get to salvage the situation my family is in. For once, I believe I will have an easy flow of income in my house."
Mary's family
access_time 12 days ago
Mary received a $49 eighth payment.
"I used the money to pay my rent which was worth 2000 KES. I also spent approximately 500 KES which I invested in my business by buying materials which I already used to process the finished cooked goods which I sell out to my customers. I then used the rest as my transport fee to my rural place where I had gone to attend to some urgent issues."