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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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Bahati's family
access_time 8 hours ago
Bahati enrolled.
"My ambition has been to start a small shop within our village because we currently have very few so it forces people to go far to buy some commondotities.Starting up a shop will attract customers thus will have an extra income. When I receive the money I will start by venturing on this project by using 80,000 Kenya shillings as a starting capital. The remaining amount I will save so that I can pay school fees for my children when school resume."
Dzendere's family
access_time 8 hours ago
Dzendere received a $499 initial payment.
"I received a message notification at around 6 am. I reached for my phone to confirm who the sender was. To my surprise, it was a Mpesa message informing me that my first transfer had been sent from GiveDirectly. I could not contain the joy I felt that morning. To me this was a blessing and I thanked them for their financial help."
Rose's family
access_time 9 hours ago
Rose received a $499 initial payment.
"I had just woken up and was opening doors to go out and I heard my phone beep. I had a warm feeling in my heart that it must have been the transfer from GiveDirectly and upon checking it, indeed it was. I thanked God for the cash and went to tell my husband who was also happy. My children were still asleep and when they heard that the transfer had come, they asked for loaves of bread which I bought for them."
Bernard's family
access_time 9 hours ago
Bernard received a $499 initial payment.
"I saw a Mpesa message on my phone at around 7 am. I was curious to know who could have sent me money early that morning. when I checked, I was overjoyed since it was from GiveDirectly. I thanked them for fulfilling their promise to us."
Gilbert's family
access_time 9 hours ago
Gilbert enrolled.
"I am a farmer and I mainly plant maize which I usually sell to help us pay school fees and other household bills. Over the past ten years on average I have been able to make between US $150-200 from farming this crop. Lots of this maize has however been going bad because I do not have proper storage for keeping them after harvesting. I have not been able to plant more also because the storage won't be enough at the time of harvesting. I would like to build a modernized, bigger store with these transfers and this will increase the income am making to an average of US$40 a year. With that I will no longer be struggling with paying school fees and other bills for this house."
Mercy's family
access_time 9 hours ago
Mercy enrolled.
"I have been working as a driver for the last 15 years and that's what has been sustaining my family. When COVID-19 struck Kenya in March 2020, my employer couldn't travel anymore because of the restrictions that came with the pandemic and therefore he didn't need a driver anymore. I lost my job just like that and to make matters worse is that two of my children are set to join high school next year. The amount of school fees that's needed is not less than US$600 for them to successfully join high school. I have been worried that they might be forced to leave school and come home to do farming with me but now that Give Directly have come am sure that come next year they'll be in school."
Benjamin's family
access_time 9 hours ago
Benjamin enrolled.
"I am currently facing the biggest hardship in my life that my wife cannot successfully carry a pregnancy. My peers have been on my neck asking me to divorce my wife, my parents too, but I am now relieved that we shall be soon going to get advanced healthcare and probably have a child in the next one year."
Joan's family
access_time 9 hours ago
Joan enrolled.
"I am a single mother of 3 children and my nature of work doesn't cannot allow me to save for their education and elder son is soon joining high school and therefore I will use major portion of this money for school fees."
Esther's family
access_time 9 hours ago
Esther received a $499 initial payment.
"It was around eight in the morning when I was heading to the farm then I heard my neighbors celebrating as well as praising the Lord. I automatically knew that there was some good news since it was unusual. Within a blink of an eye I heard my phone ringing so loudly, on checking I realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and I even joined the rest in celebrating."
Gilbert's family
access_time 9 hours ago
Gilbert enrolled.
"A decent house is generally what receiving this money means to me. As of now, my house is leaking. It is this single house that acts as a kitchen and bedroom. Most of the time I am forced to change bed position during rainy seasons. I have desired to repair it but due to lack of money, this has remained a dead dream. I am planning to build a two-roomed house, in that I will buy 30 pieces of iron sheets at the cost of 500 shillings each and 20 pieces of roofing frames at the cost of 250 shillings each. Also, I am planning to have a long-term investment project and I intend to buy 10 goats at 3,000 shillings each which will translate to 30,000 shillings. This will assure me of a stable source of income."