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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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Leonard's family
access_time 6 days ago
Leonard received a $500 initial payment.
"I was hanging around looking for customers along my operating routes at about 2 PM when I received a message confirming to me that I received money from GiveDirecly. I was overjoyed, felt thankful when my dream of owning a motorcycle rang in mind. I saw it real and immediately started my journey to Bomet town to withdraw the money."
Irene's family
access_time 6 days ago
Irene received a $500 initial payment.
"I was at home having lunch with my family when I heard a message notification on my phone. I decide to stop and check what the SMS was all about. I could not believe my eyes when I saw that it was an M-Pesa message saying that we had received the lump-sum amount that GiveDirectly had promised us. I became so happy about this and I shared the good news with my husband. He was so happy too to hear this. We gave a lot of thanks to God because the transfer was going to help us achieve what we had planned to do."
Regina's family
access_time 6 days ago
Regina received a $500 initial payment.
"I was at home having lunch with my family when I got the message on my phone indicating that we had received the lump-sum amount of 55000/= from GiveDirectly. I was filled with so much happiness that I could not keep the joy to myself. I told my family the good news and even showed them the SMS. They were so happy to hear this and we celebrated to the extent that we forgot that we were having lunch. The children were excited and they started making requests for new clothes and shoes. I could not say no to them and I hence promised them whatever they needed. They became so happy on hearing this and they jumped up with joy."
Juliana's family
access_time 6 days ago
Juliana received a $500 initial payment.
"I had gone to visit a relative when I saw a message on my phone. I do not know how to read and therefore later, I asked a child I met there to check the contents of the message for me. He told me that I had received Ksh. 55000 and on hearing that I jumped up and down with a lot of excitement."
Tonui's family
access_time 6 days ago
Tonui received a $500 initial payment.
"It was on a Thursday at 1.30pm when I was about my daily duties when I heard a message notification on my phone. I checked and it was the promised transfer from GiveDirectly and I was very happy and thanked God and GiveDirectly. I felt really blessed."
Winny's family
access_time 6 days ago
Winny received a $500 initial payment.
"I was from the shamba when I heard neighbours saying that they were grateful. I was wondering why they were saying so until I got to the house and I saw a transfer message. It was GiveDirectly transfer and I was very happy."
Emily's family
access_time 6 days ago
Emily received a $500 initial payment.
"I remember I was it was in the afternoon when I heard an incoming message on my phone and I checked it as always it could be and to my surprise, it was a Mpesa message confirming to me that I had received money from GD. I couldn't control the joy as imagined how my children could stay in school pursue their dreams since I knew I had gotten their fee ready from the cash."
Caroline's family
access_time 6 days ago
Caroline received a $500 initial payment.
"I have lived using a small old house as a kitchen for quite a while with hopes that I will build a bigger one. The moment I received my transfers was the happiest time of my life as I immediately reflected on the small kitchen I had and I would completely change it by building another bigger and decent one to replace it."
Gilbert's family
access_time 6 days ago
Gilbert received a $500 initial payment.
"I remember it was around noon when I got a text confirming that I had received money from GiveDirectly. This has been the happiest moment in my life, I took the message and started reflecting on the hardship I had faced having no asset on my farm to call mine. I immediately thought of having a cow of my own that I will always rely on for milk and calves but to take pride in."
Riziki's family
access_time 6 days ago
Riziki received a $500 initial payment.
"I was overjoyed the moment I reliazed that I had received my transfer from GiveDirectly. This was my first time in life to receive such a huge amount of money."