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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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Michael's family
access_time 3 days ago
Michael enrolled.
"Receiving this money means completing building a shop and starting a business. I have been constructing it over a long period because of little income. I will start a restaurant and a shop. Spending about KES 20,000 will be enough. I will buy a cow to diversify my income sources and complete paying for the land that I occupy, I will use about KES 50,000."
Sidi's family
access_time 3 days ago
Sidi received a $488 initial payment.
"While just sitting conversing with my family members, I heard my phone’s message tone from the house. I sent my child to pick it so that I can know what message had been sent. Upon opening the message, directly my eyes saw the word Mpesa. I was curious to know where the money message was from and I felt so happy knowing that the promised transfer from GiveDirectly was successful."
Dzende's family
access_time 3 days ago
Dzende received a $488 initial payment.
"While grazing my cows in the field, I received a message at around 9am. Upon confirming what the message was all about, my legs froze and I didn’t make even a single step due to the happiness that engulfed me. I had received KES 55000.00 from GiveDirectly. I was so grateful hence didn’t proceed in the grazing work I was doing after picturing the difficulties I left at home that morning. There was no water both for us and the cows as well as no food. I tied the cows in the field and left for home to sort the issues that required quick attention like water and food."
Zosi's family
access_time 3 days ago
Zosi received a $488 initial payment.
"It was around 10am when I was on my way home from buying some maize flour from the shop when I received a message in my phone. My heart was insisting me to check on the message what is all about only that I don’t know how to read. No sooner had I reached home than I gave the phone to my husband to check what the message was all about. The content of the message made my day, after knowing that it was the 1st transfer from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy to an extent of ululating."
Zakayo's family
access_time 3 days ago
Zakayo enrolled.
"Receiving this money means financial security. My wife is a tailor and she works far from our home and she commutes daily. It has been my dream to help her relocate her business close to our home. She spend KES 50 to and from her work place. The money she uses for transportation has to come from her daily income which is also not consistent. Besides that she is expectant and she is using motorcycle as means of transport which not safe for her pregnancy.So when I get this money I would construct a kiosk selling household items and my wife can do her tailoring within the same shop at the same time be the shopkeeper to cut down costs. To construct it I will spend KES 50000 of my transfer and KES 30000 as starting capital. This business will be our source of income and I won't have to rely much on casual jobs where I work as a carpenter."
Emily's family
access_time 3 days ago
Emily enrolled.
"Receiving this money means that I will be able to walk again soon because for the last 6 months I have been nursing a serious injury from a motorcycle accident that affected my left limb. I was taken to hospital and they only fixed my leg partly this is because the amount of money which is needed to rectify the bones is too much. I cannot afford to pay KES. 200,000 even if I sell all my belongings. The initial amount of partly fixing the injury has already cost me KES. 100,000 which we got by organizing a funds drive in the village. With GiveDirectly transfers I shall be able to pay a deposit and I hope the hospital will accept to book me in for a surgery as we look with my relatives how to fundraise for the other half."
Gilbert's family
access_time 3 days ago
Gilbert enrolled.
"The income I get is too little to meet my needs. I have the fear that my newlywed wife might even leave me soon due to the poverty levels am currently in. I cannot afford necessities like cookware and furniture. The situation here is just dire and I have been so much worried even about the future that I might sink more into poverty."
Alice's family
access_time 3 days ago
Alice enrolled.
"I do not own any animal and I desire to buy a cow. Receiving this money means that I will be able to get one for dairy. I plan to build a house with KES 30000 for my son who is now a grown-up because he sleeps in my neighbor's home and also fence my compound in over to restrain animals from straying into my farm and destroying crops."
Caleb's family
access_time 3 days ago
Caleb enrolled.
"The challenge that I am facing is financial constraints. I am an evictee of Mau, I lost all my belongings and had to come and be hosted by my uncle here. Starting afresh with no money or any source of money has been a challenge to me but I am picking up slowly."
Juliana's family
access_time 3 days ago
Juliana enrolled.
"Receiving this money will mean better housing for my family. I stay in a one-room house with my daughter and her two children. The house is small and cannot accommodate all of us hence the need to building a bigger one. I plan to buy a cow with KES 30000 that will enable me to sell milk, a liter will be good because it will supplement the income that I earn from my casual jobs."