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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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Sharon's family
access_time 1 day ago
Sharon received a $508 initial payment.
"I was at home cleaning when I saw a message on my phone, it was an Mpesa message,I decided to open it and to my surprise it was the promised transfer from GiveDirectly,I called my husband and gave him the good news that we had received, we all prayed together and started planning on how to spend our money, everyone in my household was happy and excited."
Norah's family
access_time 1 day ago
Norah received a $508 initial payment.
"The moment I received my transfer, I was at home executing my normal duties when I heard of a message notification, when I checked I confirmed to have received a KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly,I shared the good news with my family,they too were happy and grateful."
Dorothy's family
access_time 1 day ago
Dorothy received a $508 initial payment.
"I was at home enjoying a cup of tea when I heard of a Message alert, on checking, it was a Mpesa message showing that I had received a sum of KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly, I was so grateful and happy, I immediately informed my husband who was also delighted."
Richard's family
access_time 1 day ago
Richard received a $508 initial payment.
"I was at home relaxing when I saw a message alert from GiveDirectly, I was so happy that I called my wife to witness the same, we all thanked God for the good news that came our way that morning"
Stanley's family
access_time 1 day ago
Stanley enrolled.
"The biggest hardship has been a lack of finances. I'm a casual laborer earning at most Ksh 2400 per month. This can barely meet the needs of my family. It goes to food and other basic needs leaving me with nothing to cater for other needs."
Naomy's family
access_time 1 day ago
Naomy enrolled.
"It's been in my plans to buy two dairy cows, that will help feed my young family and also as a source of income, selling surplus milk produced. Being subsistence farmers, crops cannot be depended on since we don't produce much hence the dairy cows will come in handy being an alternative source of income. This will cost me ksh 60000. For the remaining amount, I plan to build a bigger house that will act as a sitting room and bedrooms. I will convert the current sitting room to be the kitchen. The current kitchen is quite small and it floods inside during rainy seasons making it not conducive for my family."
Esther's family
access_time 1 day ago
Esther enrolled.
"Long ago I used to own several cows which came handy in milk production and selling them to pay school fees for my 12 children. With time they began dying of mysterious disease with lack of proper treatment, due to finances, until I was left with none. It's been years now living without a cow, forcing me to purchase milk which is quite costly. This also meant I lost a source of income. I, therefore, have to work extra hard or just survive. The biggest hardship is getting finances to start up again and being able to take care of them well."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 1 day ago
Elizabeth enrolled.
"Lack of a stable source of income is what has been my biggest hardship. I depend on farming and my hair dressing business which has not been doing well especially during this time of the COVID 19 pandemic. Farming has also not been doing well due to long dry spells. My spouse is unemployed and therefore our income is not enough to fully cater for our needs which include buying food and educating my two youngest children."
Joyce's family
access_time 1 day ago
Joyce enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I am facing in my life is lack of a consistent income-generating activity. I do casual work that occurs periodically and this gives me headache because my family basic needs should be met. I really struggle a lot to get food, clothes and school fees for my children, given the little that I earn from the casual jobs."
Mohamad's family
access_time 1 day ago
Mohamad enrolled.
"Lack of employment is my biggest hardship in life. I do casual jobs such as weeding farms and construction so as to earn a living. The jobs pay me as little as 300 Kenyan shillings per day which makes it difficult for me to satisfy all the needs for my family of four."