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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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Doris's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Doris received a $544 initial payment.
"It was in the morning at 7.30am when I was taking breakfast with my family and I heard a text message notification from my phone. I told my son to check it, and he told that I had received 55000KES from GiveDirectly. I felt very happy because I have neer received that kind of money in my life. I want to thank GiveDirectly for this financial support."
Dhahabu's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Dhahabu enrolled.
"Financial crisis remains to be a big hurdle in my family. My husband's salary as a security guard at a local primary school cannot meet all our food, education, medication and other basic needs of our family. I also do odd jobs at times such as ploghing for my neighbors but still the income can not sustain us."
Anna's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Anna received a $543 initial payment.
"It was in the morning as I was going on with my daily activities when I received the money. At that instant, I became so happy since it seemed to me like GD knew that I was in dire need of help at that time. I then whispered a word of prayer to thank God for His blessings and I promised myself to give tithe as part of thanks giving."
Effine's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Effine received a $524 second payment.
"The difference in my life since I received my transfer from GiveDirectly is that I am often peaceful and greatly relieved from the stress of raising money to pay school fee for my children. Secondly, through GiveDirectly transfers, I managed to buy a cow and now I am counted among those who own a cow in my village. This has not only boosted my esteem, but is also a fulfillment of my long time dream since I had never owned a cow in my entire life."
Peter's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Peter received a $22 eighth payment.
"In the next six months, I expect to have doubled my income through the joint savings with my mother from the monthly payments and buy a second-hand motorcycle which I will be using to generate some income as well as means of transporting my mother to the hospital who is aged and unabled to walk on her own ."
Wiliter's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Wiliter received a $543 initial payment.
"It was around 8 am when I received my transfers. At that instant, I became so happy and since I was not at home, I decided to leave my brother's house on that same day and headed directly home so that my husband and I could plan on how to use them. Since I was extremely happy, I called my spouse while on my way to inform him about the good news since I could not wait any longer before breaking the news to him."
Leonida's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Leonida received a $22 twelfth payment.
"I expect my life to change in the next six months in that I will have started a Mpesa business. The income from the business will support me in paying school fees for my daughter in secondary school and also to expand the poultry project that I will have started."
Maurice's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Maurice received a $524 second payment.
"The difference in my life is that I have established my own home where I currently live peacefully unlike before when my wife used to bother me that shed needed her own home. I am also assured that my sons will be able to get places to build their houses when they grow up. I also bought a piece of land from the first transfer and now my life has changed in that I can do a lot of things at home such as farming my own piece of land, raising my poultry and looking after my cattle. Before GiveDirectly gave me money, all these were but mere dreams to me."
Sidi's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Sidi received a $543 initial payment.
"It's always the joy of a parent to help their children reach their goals but this was not the case with me. I felt guilty and I never had peace because I felt I failed in my role as a parent because I couldn't clear the school fee arrears for my children thus they couldn't further their studies. Currently, I'm happy and I feel proud because I was able to pay a larger portion of the school arrears only leaving a small portion which I can easily clear. This is the biggest difference in my daily life."
Geofrey's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Geofrey received a $524 second payment.
"My life has totally changed for the better. I am now raising a happier and healthier family than it was before i received the transfer. The whole family is happy and I am a proud father."