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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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Nyevu's family
access_time 4 days ago
Nyevu received a $542 initial payment.
"It was around 7 am when I had gone to prepare my farm then I heard my phone ringing. I decided to check who it could be. Upon checking, I confirm it was an mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I was very happy since I knew I would achieve a lot."
Jane's family
access_time 4 days ago
Jane received a $22 twenty-first payment.
"In the next six months, I know I will have plastered my house. I plan to save part of my transfer to use in buying building materials such as cement and sand which I will use in plastering my house. Just the same way I used the transfers to clear fees arrears for my children, I know I will manage to raise enough money to buy the materials needed and the amount I will use in paying the masons."
Susan's family
access_time 4 days ago
Susan received a $89 tenth payment.
"The business I currently have does not provide enough and sometimes, I am forced to leave behind my two-months-old baby with my neighbour to go hunting for casual jobs for a supplementary income. I have an additional goal of starting a new business on second-hand clothes which I know does not require a lot of money to set up. I will have the clothes on the same stall that I am using for the current business so that I do not have to incur extra costs on renting a stall. I hope the business that I am planning to start will be able to provide enough money for my family needs so that I can completely quit the casual jobs that I still do occasionally."
Humphrey's family
access_time 4 days ago
Humphrey received a $22 twenty-second payment.
"My life will be different in the next six months is that I will be having my own goat or sheep. I know with these transfers. I can easily get a goat which can reproduce and help me reduce my poverty level. Taking care of a goat or a sheep is much easier because water and grass are easily available in my area. I do not need to get money to feed them unless it is sickness which requires vaccination once in a while. According to what I have seen in my area, rarely do livestock get sick so I am sure it is a wise investment to help me do away with poverty in my family."
Bahati's family
access_time 4 days ago
Bahati received a $542 initial payment.
"It was around 5:30 am when I heard my phone vibrating so loudly. I decided to check who had sent the message early that morning. After checking, I realised it was an mpesa message from GiveDirectly. They had debited my first transfer as they had promised. I was overwhelmed with joy."
Geoffrey's family
access_time 4 days ago
Geoffrey received a $493 third payment.
"I was so happy that the transfers enabled me to build back my business that had collapsed after being demolished by the Government claiming that the structure had been constructed on illegal land. This business has been my source of income for a long time and my goal is to ensure that it grows to employ more jobless youth to give them an opportunity to be independent."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 4 days ago
Elizabeth received a $22 twenty-second payment.
"In the next six months, I am hoping I will have bought more materials and God willingly I will be producing and selling more doormats than ever before."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 4 days ago
Elizabeth received a $524 second payment.
"My life is different in that I now have two dairy cows that I think I would not have had anytime soon. This has brought a lot of changes in my life. I now have enough milk supply for the household as I sell the surplus produced to meet other basic household needs. This has led to reduced levels of stress on my side and better living standards in the long run. This has been the greatest difference in my daily life."
Brian's family
access_time 4 days ago
Brian received a $22 twenty-second payment.
"In the next six months, I am planning to buy another motorbike for business purposes. I feel happy because through the help of Give Directly I am going to create new employment for one person who will be riding it. I have hope that is is going to succeed now that u I have one too."
Joseph's family
access_time 4 days ago
Joseph received a $22 twenty-second payment.
"In the next six months, I am certain that I will have bought a goat and my children will be having school fees. This will make me a happy man."