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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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Chepkoech's family
access_time 2 days ago
Chepkoech received a $472 second payment.
"I have new goals that I would wish to accomplish. I plan to build a store for storing maize, livestock feeds, and farm tools. I also plan to construct a chicken house. I do not have the money to do the above at the moment but I am going to find a way. I am in a self-help group where we each usually contribute KES 200 per month. I plan to use the money that I will receive when it is my turn to buy some materials such as iron sheets for constructing the chicken house. I am casually employed at a school as a librarian where I am paid KES 7000 per month. I plan to spare part of my salary for the developments. I also plan to sell some of the chickens to raise the money needed. I wish to have a store because my houses are small in size and hence the space is not usually enough to store things such as maize and the livestock feeds. I also wish to construct the chicken house because my chickens do not have a place to stay. They usually sleep in the kitchen. In the morning when we wake up, they are forced to go out and this is not safe for them since they are exposed to the risk of being eaten by stray dogs or the bird preys. So with the store and chicken house, I will have somewhere to keep some of my things and the chickens will have a nice place that is safe for them to stay."
Jumwa's family
access_time 2 days ago
Jumwa received a $488 initial payment.
"I was busy packaging charcoal for sale in the forest when I received the message alert on my phone. Being illiterate, I could not understand its content. I had to leave what I was doing to go home to inform my helper to check my phone. I was so happy when the helper informed me that I had received the transfer. I had to inform my husband who was in the house resting on the bed. It was very happy for my family and jointly we celebrated receiving our transfer that would transform our life for the better."
Mike's family
access_time 3 days ago
Mike enrolled.
"One of challenge that I currently face is lack of finance. Being a father in my house and whereby all the responsibilities has to be on my shoulder. Considering what I earn from the casual is not enough to cater for the basic needs of my family. The average amount of KES. 5000 in a month for me is not enough. I need to do other developments in my home but this has been a tall order to me."
Kahaso's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kahaso received a $488 initial payment.
"My phone was with my helper when I received the transfer from givedirectly. I vividly remember I was on the bed resting because I was very sick. My helper informed me that I had received my transfer. I was very excited about receiving the transfer. I had to wait until I felt well before I could cash out the transfer."
Joan's family
access_time 3 days ago
Joan received a $488 initial payment.
"It was the third day after I had given birth when I received the great news from GiveDirectly through a short message that came to my phone. This was great news to me amidst the bundle of joy we had as a family after receiving a newborn baby. I was alone in the house at that moment since it was still early and my spouse was already out to vend for the family as he had always done. I could not initiate any withdrawal plan since I was sure that the money was safe in the account to the day when the plans will be picked."
Jonah's family
access_time 3 days ago
Jonah received a $488 initial payment.
"I was out on my farm when I heard ululations from the neighborhood that I could not tell what they were meant for. I could not react to them that fast since they stopped after some minutes and had to keep working. It was until a friend of mine from the village came asking me whether I had received the good news from GiveDirectly. At that moment I had left my phone charging in the house and had to rush back, check it up, and was excited that the promised amount was already in my account. We shared the joy with the family members and later planned to withdraw from the nearby shopping center."
Karisa's family
access_time 3 days ago
Karisa received a $488 initial payment.
"I had visited my cousin when I heard the neighbors celebrating receiving their transfer. At that moment my phone was with my helper, I had to return home to confirm on my phone if I had received the transfer like others. I was so happy when I was informed that I had received the transfer that GiveDirectly promised during the enrollment stages. We decided to prepare to travel to the Mpesa shop to withdraw the transfer since I had already planned on how best to spent it."
David's family
access_time 3 days ago
David received a $488 initial payment.
"It was about 9 am when I was in the house preparing for my daily activities. I heard a message alert on my phone I was eager to know its contents since I was not suspecting any message at such a time. Upon checking, I realized that I had received my transfer from GiveDirectly. It was a happy moment of my life. Immediately, I left what I was doing to travel to the Mpesa shop to cash out the transfer. This is because my mother was sick and I had no money to take her to the hospital."
Faith's family
access_time 3 days ago
Faith received a $488 initial payment.
"As a teacher, I spend most days with my students. I was in class one morning when I heard a beep on my phone. I became curious and when I checked, I could not believe my eyes. I had received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly. I could not wait to pursue the dreams that I had put on hold for lack of money."
Patrick's family
access_time 3 days ago
Patrick received a $488 initial payment.
"While at home relaxing, I received a message at 9 a.m. On checking it, I saw that I had received KES 55,000. I was ecstatic because I had never received such a huge amount of money."