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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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Rehema's family
access_time 3 days ago
Rehema received a $498 initial payment.
"It was around 9:30 am when I was in my house relaxing after completing my household chores like washing clothes and sweeping. I had prepared breakfast and I was feeding my small child. I heard a loud message notification on my phone and upon checking, I realized that I had received my transfer. I felt relieve and happy at the same time since the problem of poor shelter will finally get a permanent solution."
Mkutano's family
access_time 3 days ago
Mkutano received a $498 initial payment.
"Being a motorbike taxi driver, I was riding my motorbike coming from fetching water for my family consumption. I heard a message notification on my phone, I stopped riding and checked the message on my phone. I felt very happy after realizing that I had received my transfer from GiveDirectly. This is because my plan of refurbishing my house was finally about to be achieved."
Lesebet's family
access_time 3 days ago
Lesebet received a $498 initial payment.
"I received a message in the morning while I was still taking my breakfast, and my daughter who is also my helper was doing the household clean-up. Since I could not read the message, I had to give her the phone so that she could check and read what the message contained. The first word I heard from her was "GiveDirectly". At first, I thought it is the common message that we used to receive earlier after enrollment but this time, it came bearing great news. I was so excited on learning that I had received the promised amount that I had been anticipating with the plan to construct a new kitchen. We celebrated the support, and start planning to withdraw the following day so that the construction materials can be bought."
Stephen's family
access_time 3 days ago
Stephen received a $498 initial payment.
"On confirming the receipt of the transfer that morning from GiveDirectly, I was excited and thankful that I would initiate the projects I had been planning since I was enrolled in the program. It was a quarter past nine as I was still feeding the cows in their shed. On showing my wife who was also home at the moment, she was overjoyed as she could not look at me on the face as she was getting emotionally moved. This was such a timely blessing to my household as we had been having a lot of plans that only insufficient financing could not allow us to initiate."
Elisha's family
access_time 3 days ago
Elisha received a $482 second payment.
"My life is different now because I have managed to build a decent house for my family using my first transfer, I then used my second transfer in buying two dairy cows so that I could cut down on the cost of buying milk daily, I then fenced my land to avoid idlers and thieves intruding, I am so happy and thankful that I was able to accomplish my dream within a short period, I am grateful that GiveDirectly has lifted my living standard to a better and a higher level in my society."
Marcy's family
access_time 3 days ago
Marcy received a $482 second payment.
"My life is different now than it would have been if I never received the transfer, in that I can save up money that I used in buying milk daily, we now have enough milk for our consumption, this is going to improve the health of my children. In addition to that, I also started a goat rearing business which is a long-term and sustainable project. I am so grateful for the support that amazingly changed my life."
Dorothy's family
access_time 3 days ago
Dorothy received a $482 second payment.
"I am hopeful that in months to come I would have harvested the beans I planted, which would mean that I would be able to sell and make a profit out of it. I used to use kerosene as a lamp before, today this is a story of the past because I bought a solar lamp which is cost-effective, My life is different because I managed to accomplish so much within a short time.I am so grateful for the support that brought so much joy and happiness in our lives."
Amos's family
access_time 3 days ago
Amos received a $498 initial payment.
"we were preparing to go to the farm together with my wife when I heard my phone ringing, it was 9:30 am, upon checking the phone I saw a Mpesa notification showing that I had received KES55,000 from GiveDirectly, this was the best news that morning, we were so happy in that we never proceeded to the farm but instead we embarked on planning how we were going to spend our transfer. I knew that I would be able to restart my taxi business with the money. I am thankful for the transfer that impacted our lives greatly."
Saumu's family
access_time 4 days ago
Saumu received a $499 initial payment.
"I remember vividly it was around 9:30 am when I was in my small shop serving my customers. I heard a loud message notification on my phone and after completing attending to them, I checked my phone and realize that I have received my transfer. I felt extremely happy since I had been waiting for this aid to boost my business."
Joseph's family
access_time 4 days ago
Joseph received a $499 initial payment.
"It was an exciting moment receiving my first transfer. I was home with my wife when I received a notification message on my phone and on checking it, we were so happy that we could not control our joy but had to thank God for answering our prayers after a long spell of financial challenges. For the better part of that day, excitement overrun our daily schedule as we took most of the time confirming the plans we had in place as we make some adjustments to the budget based on the immediate costs of all that we needed."