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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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Ruth's family
access_time 4 days ago
Ruth received a $195 initial payment.
"I was a housewife before the money came which meant I totally depended on my husband who also relies on casual jobs. Life was quite hard because his income was not enough to take care of our needs, most of the time we would be locked out of our rental house due to delayed payments. Now that I have my own business, I can support my family with the profits that I make and I am happy that I can even help with the family responsibilities including rent payments. It is such a great feeling to be useful."
Margaret's family
access_time 4 days ago
Margaret received a $195 initial payment.
"I sold candy along the roadside as a source of income before I received money from GD. This earned me very little money and that is why I decided to upgrade to something more profitable by starting a cloth business. I majored in male trousers because most people in my area sell female clothes meaning there's is less competition. After purchasing the stock, I used the remaining amount to pay my rent and purchased foodstuff."
Denis's family
access_time 4 days ago
Denis received a $195 initial payment.
"Kenyan Economy has really deteriorated and for a hustler like me, coming across such an amount is like a dream. My wife and I were very excited when I received the money because it was the first time I ever received such an amount in my entire life."
Stiven's family
access_time 4 days ago
Stiven received a $537 initial payment.
"I have never received such amount of money in my life. This was was first so I had to try buying credit from my Mpesa account just to confirm if it was real and yes it was. I quickly prepared and left the house to go and purchase the items I needed for my barnershop I was extremly happy you could tell by the biug smile on my face."
Margaret's family
access_time 4 days ago
Margaret received a $195 initial payment.
"When I saw the text messages, I knew I had received money from GD but still did not believe that it was real. I decided to go to the nearest M-pesa shop to withdraw a small amount after which my balance would show me what exactly was in my account. When the balance read an amount I didn't have before,I was now sure this money was real."
Rhoda's family
access_time 4 days ago
Rhoda received a $195 initial payment.
"I am planning to start a second-hand clothes business with my next transfer which will help me in the purchase of stock and renting a business premise. I would love to be self employed and quit my current job which is very demanding but pays quite less."
Brian's family
access_time 6 days ago
Brian received a $537 initial payment.
"When I received this money. I was very happy. I had to kiss my phone. For a moment I remembered how I have always struggled to make ends meet through casual work when I was not given a motorcycle and I thanked God for this miracle. I then called the owner of the motorcycle I wanted to buy, just to inform him that I have the deposit so that he should not commit selling the motorcycle to someone else."
Pascalina's family
access_time 6 days ago
Pascalina received a $537 initial payment.
"The biggest difference I have in my life since I received this transfer from Give Directly is that I have money to take my son to secondary school next year. This has been my biggest worry because I was very sure my son will do well in his examinations. He has been performing well and I was sure he will pass his final examinations. I had promised to take him to a school of his choice. Time was running fast and casual work alone could not provide the amount of money needed to take him to school. I am feeling relieved because I have the money to take him to school. He did his part and I am happy I am going to do my part too. I really appreciate GD for this."
Changawa's family
access_time 6 days ago
Changawa enrolled.
"Receiving this money means that, my life will change for the better. Currently, my husband's job is to sell poles and constructing other people's houses within the village.This job is not reliable at all. I plan to use my transfers to buy three dairy cows so that I can start supplying milk to the nearby town (Bamba). The income from this business will be spent on paying school fees for my children. I will also use part of my earned profit to construct a spacious house for myself because the one I am living in is small to accommodate my family."
Joseph's family
access_time 6 days ago
Joseph received a $537 initial payment.
"The biggest difference since I started receiving this transfer is that I now have a bigger, better and iron roofed house. Prior to receiving this transfer, I have been living in a grass thatched house with a leaking roof. As a result, I have always felt life is unfair because I have tried going for casual work and doing other odd jobs in the village to raise money to buy building materials, but it has not been possible. The little income I have always received has not even been enough for feeding my family leave alone paying school fees for my children. When I received this transfer, I thought of nothing else but a new house which I have been talking about with my wife for a year. The following morning after receiving the money, I went and bought building materials so that I could not get distracted again. I really thank GD for their financial. GD is the reason I have a new house which I could not build on my own."