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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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Zephenia's family
access_time 7 days ago
Zephenia received a $500 initial payment.
"I was going about with my motorbike business and I had stopped for a while at a hotel to have lunch. I heard my phone ringing notifying me of an incoming message. I pulled my phone from the pockets to check what the SMS was all about. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the contents of the SMS. I became so happy on seeing this that I could no longer continue having lunch. I called my wife and I informed her of the good news. She was so happy to hear this and she kept saying thank you to God. I also thanked God because He had opened a way for us."
Faith's family
access_time 7 days ago
Faith received a $500 initial payment.
"I was at home and I didn’t have my phone with me at the time the money was being sent to the people. My husband was the one who had the phone and he had gone to the nearby town. He was hence the first person to receive the M-Pesa SMS. He was so happy on seeing this that he decided to come back home immediately so as to inform me of the good news. He came back home happy and he showed me the message that he had received. I became so happy too on seeing it and I now believed that what GiveDirectly had promised us was real. We rejoiced together because we knew that with this transfer, we were going to move a step forward and most of the problems that we had will go away. We then prepared ourselves and we went to withdraw the money."
David's family
access_time 7 days ago
David received a $500 initial payment.
"I was at home alone and I wanted to take my lunch when my brother-in-law came in and told me that the transfers had been sent. I had not checked my phone and hence I had no idea what was going on. I looked for it where I had kept it and to my surprise, there was the SMS saying that I had received the lump sum transfer of 55000/= from GiveDirectly. I was filled with so much happiness on seeing this that I did not take my lunch anymore. I then prepared myself and I went to withdraw the fortune."
Okwena's family
access_time 7 days ago
Okwena received a $500 initial payment.
"I was in hospital and was in labour just about to give birth when I saw the message. I was very excited and a few hours later, I gave birth to a beautiful girl. I got double blessings on that day and I will never forget that day."
Reuben's family
access_time 7 days ago
Reuben received a $500 initial payment.
"I was at work when I heard a message notification on my phone and on seeing the message, it was the transfer that had been eagerly waiting for and I was very happy."
Joice's family
access_time 7 days ago
Joice received a $500 initial payment.
"It was at 1pm when I was preparing lunch and I heard a message notification on my phone. I was very excited on seeing that it was the transfer, I rushed out and I called my neighbour over the fence to ask her if she had received the same message. She dashed out of her house holding her phone, and yes, she had also received it. We were so happy and we thanked God."
Lilian's family
access_time 7 days ago
Lilian received a $500 initial payment.
"It was at 1pm when I was taking lunch and someone called me and we talked. After the call I saw a message and It was the transfer message from GiveDirectly and I was very happy. I told everyone at home and they were all very happy."
Natasha's family
access_time 7 days ago
Natasha received a $500 initial payment.
"It was at 1pm when I saw a message pop up on my phone and on checking, it was GiveDirectly transfer and I immediately told my sister who was there with me and she was very happy too. Immediately, she also received her transfer. Joy them filled the air and we could not hide how happy we were."
Michael's family
access_time 7 days ago
Michael received a $500 initial payment.
"It was on 17th December at 1pm when I was looking after my cows and I heard a message notification on my phone. On checking that it was GiveDirectly transfer, I was very excited since we had been eagerly waiting for it. My heart warmed up since I knew good things lay ahead of me."
Gladys's family
access_time 7 days ago
Gladys received a $500 initial payment.
"It was on 17th December and I had gone to visit a friend of mine. I heard a message notification on my phone and on seeing that it was the GiveDirectly transfer. With a lot of excitement, I told my friend about it and at that same time, also received the transfer. The happiness that filled the room could not be measured."