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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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Kenneth's family
access_time 11 days ago
Kenneth received a $502 initial payment.
"I was in the shamba with my wife weeding maize and had left my phone to charge. My brother told me that the transfer had arrived and I went to check and on seeing the transfer message, I was very happy and I went back to tell my wife who was also very happy."
Kadzo's family
access_time 13 days ago
Kadzo received a $485 second payment.
"A lot has happened ever since I received the transfer but the fact that I managed to pay school fees for my grandchildren makes the biggest difference in my life. Before the coming of GiveDirectly, they used to be sent home and stay for weeks. This is because their mother who is my daughter was a single parent and jobless. Therefore they have been depending on well-wishers for school fees and sometimes they lacked. This made them miss important exams which lead to poor performance. I am now a happy soul because they now at school without any interference."
Gilbert's family
access_time 14 days ago
Gilbert received a $502 initial payment.
"It was around 10 am when I received a message alert on my phone. I decided to read the message to know who the sender was. To my amazement, I realized that GiveDirectly had finally sent us the promised money. I felt so happy knowing that I would finally achieve my long-time plans."
Naomi's family
access_time 14 days ago
Naomi received a $502 initial payment.
"It was in the midmorning when I received the good news that shade lights on my dream of building a bigger house. I got a new message on my phone and upon checking I was overjoyed with the news that I had received the money I knew from then that I would soon live in a bigger house."
Gladys's family
access_time 14 days ago
Gladys received a $502 initial payment.
"With my daily busy schedules, I remember I had left my phone in my small business premises when I heard from neighbors that GD's transfers had been sent. I went to my premises took my phone and checked if the stories around were really true and to my surprise, I had received money from GiveDirectly. I was left overjoyed and thankful for the gift."
Lorna's family
access_time 15 days ago
Lorna received a $502 initial payment.
"It was around mid-morning when I received a new message on my phone and upon confirming it was a Mpesa message confirming that I had received money from GD. I felt so happy since this gave me a sign of completing the house extension that I had wished to for a long."
Richard's family
access_time 15 days ago
Richard received a $502 initial payment.
"It was around 10 AM when and I was engaged in my farming activities as always when I got a new message. I decided to check it and to my surprise, It was a Mpesa message confirming that I had received money from GD. I felt so happy knowing that I will be able to construct a decent house and move in with my family."
Faith's family
access_time 15 days ago
Faith received a $502 initial payment.
"My daily life has been under pressure of family needs and with little resources, I had my life has been so hard. It was around mid-morning when I received a new message and on checking it was a confirmation that I had received money from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy knowing that I was relieved of the daily pressure I had carried for quite long."
Wilson's family
access_time 22 days ago
Wilson received a $503 initial payment.
"The transfer came in at around noontime when I was weeding Napier grass on my farm. Immediately, I knelt and thank God for the blessing. I then got out of the farm to inform my family about the funds. We were all happy and grateful. I thought that I should take some time to relax and organize how we shall build our new house."
Kadzo's family
access_time 23 days ago
Kadzo received a $502 initial payment.
"It was around 6 Am when I was still asleep then I heard my phone ringing continuously which was so unusual. I was so curious and decided to check who might have sent that message early that morning. I felt so happy after reading that it was the long-awaited Mpesa message from GiveDirectly."