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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 25 days ago
Sidi received a $485 second payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now have a big better house and decent beddings. This is because my previous house was in poor condition and it could accommodate us all. Therefore this was really affecting my children in their academic performance since they could not study or do their assignments since there was no space. I am now a happy parent because this is sorted courtesy of GiveDirectly. In addition, to that, the financial support empowered me to purchase good beddings which I I'm now using. Previously I was using some old mats I was always complaining of back pains and body joints. I feel lucky and blessed after acquiring all these because I would not have achieved it if were not for the support."
Dama's family
access_time 25 days ago
Dama received a $485 second payment.
"A lot has happened in my life ever since I received the transfers but the fact that I now own dairy cows and good beddings make the biggest difference in my daily life. With the cows, I will be getting milk which I have been buying from my neighbors at a high cost, and sometimes I could not afford it at all. Apart from that, I will start selling the milk and getting some money in return. This will be my source of income and I am hoping it will uplift my living standard. I will be able to cater to meet my family's basic needs. Also with the beddings, I am now sleeping comfortably and I no longer complain about back pains like I used to do. I would not have achieved all these if it were not for the financial support."
Grace's family
access_time 26 days ago
Grace received a $502 initial payment.
"It was around 2 PM when I saw the Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. At first, I could not believe it but when I looked closely, I realized that the message was genuine. I felt so happy because I knew my life will never be the same again. I really thank God for bringing this organization to this village and for choosing me to be among the beneficiaries."
Dama's family
access_time 29 days ago
Dama received a $501 initial payment.
"It was around 4 PM when I heard a loud vibration from my mobile phone. I decided to check what the message was all about, then realized it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I was very happy and grateful. I was so sure I will achieve a lot from financial support and may God bless this organization so that they can empower other people in this world."
Thuheni's family
access_time 29 days ago
Thuheni received a $501 initial payment.
"I can still remember vividly just like the other day and 1 PM when I received a message notification. Since I am illiterate I decided to ask one relative to check who has sent the message. On checking, he realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I was overexcited because I knew all my goals are now achiveble."
Kenga's family
access_time 29 days ago
Kenga received a $501 initial payment.
"It was around 2 PM when I saw the Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. At first, I could not believe it but when I looked closely, I realized that the message was genuine. I felt so happy because I knew my life will never be the same again. I really thank God for bringing this organization to this village and for choosing me to be among the beneficiaries."
Raphael's family
access_time 29 days ago
Raphael received a $501 initial payment.
"It was around 12 noon I was from my daily hustle as usual then my phone started vibrating continuously. This was an indication of a new message. I decided to check the content of the text, only to realize it was from GiveDirectly informing me they had sent me my first transfers. I felt so happy because I was so sure that my life would change positively."
Selina's family
access_time 30 days ago
Selina received a $500 initial payment.
"It was around 12 noon when I was chatting with my family then my phone started vibrating. I decided to check who might have sent a message at such an hour. Upon checking I realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly, they had finally debited the first transfers as promised during the enrolment. I felt so happy and started rejoicing for the blessings."
Dama's family
access_time 30 days ago
Dama received a $500 initial payment.
"I was from my daily hustle at exactly 3 in the afternoon when my mobile phone started ringing continuously. Thus was so unusual and I was so curious to know who it could be. On checking, I confirmed that it was the long awaited Mpesa message from GD. I was overwhelmed with joy and shared the good news with the rest of my family members."
Nzingo's family
access_time 30 days ago
Nzingo received a $500 initial payment.
"I was still on my bed at around 10 in the morning when I heard my phone ringing. Since I am illiterate I decided to ask for assistance from my son. On checking, he realized that it was an Mpesa message from GveDirectly. They had debited my first transfer as promised earlier on. I felt so happy and thanked God for bringing GD into my village."