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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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Benjamin's family
access_time 10 hours ago
Benjamin enrolled.
"I have been married for the last two years and I and my wife have not been able to bear a child. Every time she gets pregnant a miscarriage occurs towards the end of the pregnancy. With that, we have lost two pregnancies in the last two years. We really desire to have a child and be happy like other couples because the ridicule and stigma we have gone through in this community is too much to bear. There's a time I even wished to relocate from this place and go to a place where we can be accepted. The medical care that we have been receiving in a local government dispensary is not comprehensive and the nurses have been advising us to find a specialist which is way too expensive for us to pay. I am now happy that Give Directly will bring these transfers to this household so that we can seek advanced special healthcare for us."
Joan's family
access_time 10 hours ago
Joan enrolled.
"I am a single mother of 3 children and my nature of work doesn't cannot allow me to save for their education and elder son is soon joining high school and therefore I will use major portion of this money for school fees."
Esther's family
access_time 10 hours ago
Esther received a $499 initial payment.
"It was around eight in the morning when I was heading to the farm then I heard my neighbors celebrating as well as praising the Lord. I automatically knew that there was some good news since it was unusual. Within a blink of an eye I heard my phone ringing so loudly, on checking I realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and I even joined the rest in celebrating."
Gilbert's family
access_time 10 hours ago
Gilbert enrolled.
"Lack of a reliable source of income that can support the needs of my family has been my biggest hardship. I purely depend on motorcycle taxis but this income is hardly enough to sustain our needs. I only earn 200 shillings on a day which is not even enough to cater for foodstuff."
Kadhengi's family
access_time 10 hours ago
Kadhengi received a $499 initial payment.
"I saw the transfer notification early in the morning as I was going for my daily work. On reading the contents, I realised it was a message from GiveDirectly informing me that I had received my first transfer. I felt happy and began to plan for it."
Leonard's family
access_time 10 hours ago
Leonard enrolled.
"My current work that I can consider as a source of income is working as a motorcycle taxi. Usually 200 shillings on a day when luck is on my side. This situation as rendered me in active on my farm and consequently no harvest from my 0.25 acre. Therefore food insecurity has been my biggest hardship that I have faced in my life."
Emily's family
access_time 10 hours ago
Emily enrolled.
"I have six kids in total. One thing that I thank God for is that He has blessed me with bright kids and they are all on course to reaching tertiary level. As we speak, three of my kids have finished their University education, one is still in University, one in secondary level while the last is in in primary level. My husband is the only one working as I carryout some farming activities to chip in where possible. So the toiling associated with getting their school fees on time is the biggest hardship I have ever faced."
Caroline's family
access_time 11 hours ago
Caroline enrolled.
"Since I don't have any source of income I depend on my husband. From his carpenter work, he can earn around 250 shillings per day. This supposes now to cater to all the basic needs of around 300 shillings. Lack of a stable source of income has been our biggest hardship because what we get cannot march to cater our basic needs."
Caroline's family
access_time 14 hours ago
Caroline received a $500 initial payment.
"I was very very delighted and felt at peace in my heart. I told my husband and children and everyone was excited and mentioned what they wanted to be bought."
Joyce's family
access_time 1 day ago
Joyce received a $500 initial payment.
"We felt very happy when we received the money from GiveDirectly. We could not believe that we will ever be able to get such a huge sum of money that we will not have to repay. This was a dream come true for us because we were going to get what we have always wanted."