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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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Juliet's family
access_time 1 day ago
Juliet received a $530 initial payment.
"Before the coming of GiveDirectly, I had begun a project of renovating my house. When I received, this transfer, I purchased building materials which include cement, sand and blocks to make my house to be a permanent one. It was previously mudded, and my ambition was to upgrade to a better and decent house. It's through the financial support from GiveDirectly that I was able to accomplish this. To me, upgrading to a better house is the biggest difference in my daily."
Rehema's family
access_time 1 day ago
Rehema received a $530 initial payment.
"I received the transfer message early in the morning and when I checked the contents of the message, I was surprised to note that GiveDirectly had sent the first transfer. I was filled with happiness that knew no bounds as I celebrated with my family for this fortune."
Sharon's family
access_time 1 day ago
Sharon received a $530 initial payment.
"It was still early in the morning when I received a message alert on my phone. Since I was awake, I decided to read it to know who the sender was. Upon realizing that GiveDirectly had sent me the money, I became so happy as I knew that my dream of building a house for my family would soon be realized."
Hellen's family
access_time 1 day ago
Hellen enrolled.
"The biggest hardship faced in my life is losing my father at a teen age which made me fail to continue with education. "
Christine's family
access_time 1 day ago
Christine enrolled.
"The biggest hardship faced in my life is having premature births six times which is affecting my back and legs."
Jumwa's family
access_time 1 day ago
Jumwa enrolled.
"Being the sole breadwinner, providing for basic needs like food,shelter of my family has been my biggest challenge especially educating my child. Being an illiterate securing a good job is very hard the only hope is charcoal burning, considering the nature of this job being tiresome and laborious it earns me very little at most 2 dollars per day. Sometimes I am forced to sleep hungry in order to pay school fees for my kid. I have wished to return to my livestock rearing career but this dream has never materialized."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 1 day ago
Elizabeth received a $530 initial payment.
"When I heard my phone ring at order hours in the morning. I felt anxious and a little bit scared since it was quite unusual for me to receive messages at such hours. I quickly checked to confirm the content of the message. I had actually received KES 55000 from GiveDirectly. I felt very happy. This meant that I was finally going to be able to achieve most of my set goals in life."
Asha's family
access_time 1 day ago
Asha received a $530 initial payment.
"My husband has been operating business of supplying charcoal in the city. This business helped us settle some bills although the profit was not enough to fulfil most of the family basic needs and also educating our children. Our biggest ambition was to see this business expanding but the chances were minimal due to limited resources. However, when I received my transfer, I invested KES 40000 into this and I am expecting increased returns soon. This will be the biggest difference in my daily life. Through income, fulfilling our basic needs will not be a problem. In addition to that, we will be able to save and invest in other profitable projects."
Christine's family
access_time 1 day ago
Christine received a $530 initial payment.
"I was previously living in a small house that was in a pathetic situation, was nearly collapsing and its roof dilapidated. I had resolved to save so as to build a new house. I did not have adequate resources to fulfil this. However, I am happy now because when I received my first transfer, I spent a larger portion of it to buy the building materials which include 30 pieces of iron sheets, building materials and also paid the mason for his job. It would have taken me many years to accomplish this, but because of GiveDirectly, I am now in the process of constructing a new house which will soon be ready, and this makes the biggest difference in my daily life."
Benta's family
access_time 1 day ago
Benta received a $512 second payment.
"My life is different from how it was in that I am no longer stressed like I used to be before I started receiving these transfers. As a widow, I had various needs to take care of. The main burden was paying school fees for my bright children who were in high school. The money really helped me to offset their fee balance. Today when they go to school I feel at peace because I paid school fees for the whole year. When they come back for their holidays, I am also not worried because I have enough food that I planted using the transfers."