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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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Mercy's family
access_time 8 days ago
Mercy received a $498 initial payment.
"I was at the farm with my sister-in-law doing some work when I heard a message notification on my phone. I decided to check what the message was all about. I could not believe what I read when I opened the SMS. It was an M-Pesa message saying that we had received the 55000/= transfer that GiveDirectly had promised us. I was filled with so much happiness on seeing this and I told my sister-in-law the good news. She was so happy for us. I then immediately called my husband who had gone off to work and I informed him about the fortune that we had received. He was so happy to hear this and we thanked God because of blessing us."
Joseph's family
access_time 8 days ago
Joseph received a $498 initial payment.
"I was at home having lunch when I heard my phone ringing notifying me of an incoming SMS. I decided to stop and check what the message was all about. I could not believe it when I saw that it was an SMS telling me that I had received the first transfer of 55000/= from GiveDirectly. I was so happy on seeing this and I rejoiced giving thanks to God for the fortune. I then prepared myself and I went to withdraw the money."
Ambrose's family
access_time 8 days ago
Ambrose received a $498 initial payment.
"I was driving my cows to go drink water at the river when I heard my phone ringing notifying me of an incoming message. I stopped to check the content and to my surprise, it was an M-Pesa message saying that we had received the promised amount from GiveDirectly. I was so happy having read the SMS and I could not wait to get home to let my wife know of the good news. I therefore hurriedly drove the cows to the river and back home. My wife was so happy to learn the good news and we said a lot of thanks to God and GiveDirectly because they had opened a way for us."
Joyce's family
access_time 8 days ago
Joyce received a $498 initial payment.
"I had gone to school which is my place of work to ask for maternity leave to be granted to me when I heard an SMS alert on my phone. I pulled out my phone from the bag to check it because I thought that it might be something or someone needing my attention. I could not believe what I saw in the SMS, it was reading that we had received the lump sum amount of 55000/= from GiveDirectly. I was so happy about seeing this and I immediately called my husband to inform him of the good news. He was so happy to hear this and we said thank you because we were now going to be able to achieve what we had planned to do."
David's family
access_time 8 days ago
David received a $498 initial payment.
"I was at the farm with some people planting maize when the M-pesa messages were being sent. Suddenly, I heard some people in the neighborhood shouting and celebrating and I wondered what was going on. I then started hearing the people that I was with saying that they have received the transfers. I became curious about hearing this and I immediately went to take out my phone that I had left in the pocket of my coat. I checked it and I could not believe my eyes when I saw that I had also received the M-pesa message of the transfer. I became so happy on seeing this and we celebrated with the people at the farm. We could not continue with the farm work because of the too much excitement and hence we left for our homes. I went to inform my wife about it and she was so happy about receiving the good news. We gave lots of thanks to God and GiveDirectly for the help that they had given us."
Stela's family
access_time 8 days ago
Stela received a $498 initial payment.
"It was around 1 pm and I was at the farm working when I heard an SMS alert on my phone. I decided to check what it was all about and I could not believe what I read in the message. The message was indicating that we had received the 55000/= that GiveDirectly had promised us. I became so happy and I left what I was doing for a while to rejoice. I told my children who had accompanied me to the farm and they were so happy that they started making requests for new clothes and shoes. Seeing their excited faces, I could not say no to them. This made them very happy and they jumped up with joy."
Joan's family
access_time 8 days ago
Joan received a $498 initial payment.
"I realized that GiveDirectly had sent me money in the afternoon after reading the unread messages on my phone. I felt so happy knowing that financial support will fulfill my dreams of bringing more assets to my family."
Recho's family
access_time 8 days ago
Recho received a $498 initial payment.
"It was on a Thursday afternoon when I was heading home from my farm when I heard a message notification on my phone. I checked and it was the promised transfer from GiveDirectly. I was over joyed, I pictured an added cow in my farm and this was my happiness."
Leonard's family
access_time 8 days ago
Leonard received a $498 initial payment.
"I was already up for my day's tasks and I decided to check my phone's message inbox for any new message. As I went through, I came across a Mpesa message confirming that I had received KES55000 from GiveDirectly. I could not hold the joy that instantly filled my heart. Even as I went on with my daily chores, I couldn't stop thanking GiveDirectly for the fortune."
Vincent's family
access_time 8 days ago
Vincent received a $498 initial payment.
"This was the day I went without lunch after receiving a confirmation message that I had received money from GiveDirectly. As soon as I read it, I was overwhelmed with joy and I went out celebrating with the good news. I was so thankful for the financial assistance I had just received."