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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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Chirchir's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Chirchir received a $496 initial payment.
"The moment I received my transfer, I was preparing to step out to the fields when I heard my phone ringing and vibrating loudly, Upon checking I saw a Mpesa notification message showing that I had received money from GiveDirectly, I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness, I knew that I would be able to buy a dairy which I was unable to all these years, I am grateful to have received the support from GiveDirectly."
Sharon's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Sharon received a $496 initial payment.
"words cannot express the immense joy that I felt when I received my transfer, it was like a dream come true, I was busy with my house chores when I heard my phone vibrating loudly, upon checking I saw a Mpesa notification showing that I had received a sum of KES 55,000, I am so happy for the support that brought so much happiness in our lives, I knew that with the transfer I will be able to accomplish the plans that I had, I am grateful for the support that gave us hope in life."
Robert's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Robert received a $496 initial payment.
"I was at my house relaxing when at 8 a.m, I heard a message notification come in. I got curious and when I checked my phone, I realised that I had received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly. I was so happy and could not wait to start building a new house for my family."
Joyce's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Joyce received a $496 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember vividly like yesterday that it was around 10 am. I had taken my cows to the field. When I came back home as I was checking my phone I got a message indicating that I have received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy because I have never received such amount of money before. I inform my family members and they were so happy. I knew I would be able to buy a heifer and goats. This has been always my wish. I went to withdrew the money and planned on how to spend time with my family."
Joice's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Joice received a $496 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 9:15 am when I heard message tone from my phone. I was doing my daily morning chores. When I checked it I could not believe my eyes. It was a message confirming that I have received money from GiveDirectly. I have never received such amount of money before. I immediately inform my spouse and children and they really celebrated with joy. I knew I would be able to buy a piece of land. We had always wished to purchase but we didn't had the money. We are so grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has changed our living standards."
Sidi's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Sidi received a $496 initial payment.
"I vividly remember it was around 8.30am when I heard my phone vibrating. On seeing the envelop icon on the screen I suspected maybe I have also been remembered by GiveDirectly because I was not used to seeing that icon on my phone screen and also some neighbors had already received their transfers. On opening the envelop, I was overwhelmed seeing the money which had been sent by GiveDirectly. This was an amount that I had never received at once before. Without telling anyone, I went straight to the trading center and withdrew. Thereafter is then I sat down and planned on how I was going to spend the money on."
Kadzo's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Kadzo received a $496 initial payment.
"At around 10am in one of the fine days of September 2021, involuntarily I found myself ululating due to joy that filled my heart the moment I received the transfer message that GiveDirectly had honored their words of promise. I remember it was sweeping my home compound after arriving from fetching some water. I felt so happy because I have never received such an amount of money before and this made me to start believing that GiveDirectly is real after having some doubts thinking that their exercise of registering people had other agendas relating to 2022 politics rather than assisting the citizens."
Kahindi's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Kahindi received a $496 initial payment.
"It was around 9.05am when I received the transfer message. I jumped out of bed filled with joy for I was still in bed trying to figure out where I could get something to work on so as to earn a living. As a bachelor, I have been struggling to define my life so as to have my own family but the ends were pulling apart. I felt so relieved knowing that some of my plans were going to kick off."
Sidi's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Sidi enrolled.
"When my spouse and I started livestock farming, we hoped that it will supplement what we got from our retail shop business. This however has not been the case since the current drought situation is threatening to wipe out the herd. I have so far lost 11 cattle out of the 17 that I had a few months ago due to lack of water and pasture. The situation is getting worse since I see no hope when I look at the skies. There is a big possibility of the drought going on and on. Paying school fees is now a problem since I have nowhere to turn to. The little I get from my shop is only enough to buy food for my six children."
Christine's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Christine enrolled.
"Receiving this money will be a big boost financially. This is because I am a tailor but due to financial problems, I have not been able to fully utilize my skill. First of all I plan to buy another sewing machine which is of good quality since the current one is not the best model and is not in a good condition as well. This will cost me around KES 20,000. I also plan to build three rental rooms on my small piece of land which is adjacent to the shopping center. I will use one as my shop and rent out the other two. This will save me the cost of paying KES 2,000 monthly as shop rent. KES 80,000 will be enough to build the three rooms."