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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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Sidi's family
access_time 23 days ago
Sidi received a $485 second payment.
"My life is different than how it was before because I have been able to construct a spacious permanent house. Before the coming of GiveDirectly, I have been sleeping under a small temporary house and it could not accommodate some of my family members. Therefore they were forced to sleep at my neighbor's house. Also, whenever it could rain I had to seek shelter since the house had a leaky roof. Secondly, I was able to clear the hospital bill for my son who has been unwell for so many years, and as a family, we didn't have enough to facilitate that. I am now happy because he is recovering. I would not have done all these if it were not for the financial support."
Jane's family
access_time 23 days ago
Jane received a $485 second payment.
"Depending on my self is what has made my life different. Before I used to be depending on my children to buy food for me. With the transfers, I plow my piece of land and plant maize which I know in some coming months I will have enough food."
Changawa's family
access_time 24 days ago
Changawa received a $502 initial payment.
"I was so excited the moment I received the transfers. It was around 2 PM when I saw the message. I thank God and the organization for everything because I can now accomplish my dreams which I never expected would come true."
Kahunda's family
access_time 24 days ago
Kahunda received a $502 initial payment.
"I can still remember vividly it was around 2 in the afternoon when I was taking lunch with my family then I heard a message notification on my mobile phone. I decided to check who might have sent the message at such an hour. On checking I confirmed that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. They had debited my first transfer as promised. I felt so happy together with my family and started celebrating."
Gabriel's family
access_time 24 days ago
Gabriel received a $485 second payment.
"I bought a quality cow using my transfer and few months from now I am certain that I will start earning money from the milk that I will be selling to the locals. This will give me the financial independence that I have been yearning for tears"
Winrose's family
access_time 24 days ago
Winrose received a $502 initial payment.
"I had been deeply thinking of how I would fulfill the promise I had given my child as she resumed back to university for her studies. I remember it was around 1 PM when I received a message and upon checking it was from Mpesa confirming that I had received money from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and relieved of the thoughts and borrowing of money that I had been doing to settle my child's university fee."
Esther's family
access_time 24 days ago
Esther received a $502 initial payment.
"My daughter had my phone the day the transfer was sent thus I was clueless of any news until in the afternoon when she visited me. I was overjoyed the moment she broke the good news to me. I knew this was going to change my life as I had always dreamt of."
Kadzo's family
access_time 24 days ago
Kadzo received a $502 initial payment.
"It was around 9 AM when I was from the farm then I heard my phone ringing which was notifying me of a new message. I decided to ask my son to check what the notification was all about. After checking, he realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I was overwhelmed with joy and without wasting, I decided to plan how best I could utilize it."
Furaha's family
access_time 24 days ago
Furaha received a $502 initial payment.
"It was exactly 2 PM when I was preparing lunch for my children then my phone started ringing. Since I am illiterate, I asked my spouse to check who might be. On checking, he realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. Upon hearing that, I felt so happy and even left the cookig and started celebrating."
Annah's family
access_time 25 days ago
Annah received a $502 second payment.
"I now live in a comfortable house that is warm enough for my family compared to the previous one that was leaking in almost every corner. The current house is also spacious enough to accommodate my visitors"