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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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Kadzo's family
access_time 6 days ago
Kadzo received a $500 initial payment.
"It was around 1130hrs and I was just seated in the house when I heard a message come into my phone. I checked my phone and it was the Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I was very very happy and excited to see the message."
Naomy's family
access_time 6 days ago
Naomy received a $500 initial payment.
"It was around 1400Hrs and I was just in the house. I heard a message come into my phone and when I checked the message it was the Mpesa message. I was very happy and excited."
Nancy's family
access_time 6 days ago
Nancy received a $500 initial payment.
"I remember it was around lunchtime while livestock keeping when I heard my phone ring. Immediateky, I handed my phone to my kid who confirmed that I had received GD transfers. I was overwhelmed with joy to the extent of abandoning the cows to my kids. Immediately, accompanied by my helper we went for the money from the nearest MoMo agent because I was very cautious of swappers who are prevalent in our area."
Sharon's family
access_time 6 days ago
Sharon received a $500 initial payment.
"I was cooking lunch a few minutes to 1pm when I heard a message alert on my phone. Upon checking, I confirmed to have received the transfers and I started jubilated because I had never received such a lump sum. That day I was overwhelmed with joy until lost appetite for lunch and withdrew the same day."
Chepkwony's family
access_time 6 days ago
Chepkwony received a $500 initial payment.
"It was around 2pm while relaxing outside my house just after lunch when I heard my kids jubilating because they had received the transfers. Shortly before that, I had heard a message alert but ignored it because I am illiterate. It was until my helper came to check my phone and confirmed that I had received the transfers too and I was very happy. We slept until the following day we went for the money from the nearest MoMo agent."
Edna's family
access_time 7 days ago
Edna received a $500 initial payment.
"I was at the hospital taking care of a child that had fallen ill during the previous night. I was in a hurry to get to the hospital and I had forgotten to take my phone with me to the hospital. The good news SMS had hence come in when the phone was at home and my son was the first person to see it. I guess he became so happy about seeing this because he came to the hospital to give me the phone with so much happiness on his face. He told me the good news and I could not believe it because I had never received such a large sum of money before. I had to check the message on my own to believe it. I became so happy and I gave thanks to God and GiveDirectly for what they had done to me."
Joyce's family
access_time 7 days ago
Joyce received a $500 initial payment.
"I was at the farm with my husband working when I heard my phone ringing notifying me of an incoming SMS. I stopped to check what it was all about and I could not believe what I read in that SMS. I was so happy to learn that we had received the 55000/= that GiveDirectly had promised us. I showed my husband the message and he also became very happy about seeing this. We chatted for a while with so much happiness in us giving thanks to God at the same time before we could embark on the farm work."
Rubina's family
access_time 7 days ago
Rubina received a $500 initial payment.
"I was at home having lunch with my husband when I heard a message notification on my phone. I decided to check what the SMS was all about and to my surprise, it was an M-Pesa SMS indicating that we had received the lump sum transfer of 55000/= from GiveDirectly. I was so happy on seeing this and I immediately showed my husband the message. He could not believe it as well and he became so happy too. We then later on after having lunch prepared ourselves to go and withdraw the money."
Caren's family
access_time 7 days ago
Caren received a $500 initial payment.
"I was from the farm heading home when I met one of my friends who asked me if I had received the transfer. I told her I had not. I then went home, now with so much eagerness in me having known that people had started receiving the transfers. I kept checking my phone as I prepared lunch for my family. As I was still busy going about with the work in the kitchen, I heard my phone ringing notifying me of an incoming SMS. I immediately stopped what I was doing and rushed to my phone to check the contents of the SMS. I was filled with so much happiness when I read the message which was indicating that w had received the lump sum transfer as well. I called my husband who was away to work and informed him of the good news. He was so happy to hear this and I could hear him laughing with joy on the other end. I thanked God because I knew the plans that we had made were now going to be fulfilled."
Annah's family
access_time 7 days ago
Annah received a $500 initial payment.
"I was at home having lunch with my family when I heard the SMS notification on my phone. I decided to check it and I could not believe what I saw because I had never received such a large sum of money in my M-Pesa account before. I was so happy and I did not miss telling my family what the excitement was all about. They were so happy to hear this and they confirmed the good news for themselves. We rejoiced and even forgot for a while that we were having lunch. We then prepared ourselves and my son and I left to go and withdraw the money."