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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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Mwenda's family
access_time 2 days ago
Mwenda received a $508 initial payment.
"It was around 9 AM when I was at the grazing land when my mobile phone started ringing continuously. I was a bit nervous and decided to read the notification of the message. Upon checking, I realized that it was an Mpesa message from Segovia Technology. I had finally received the long-awaited gift from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy for I knew I will finally sleep under a good shelter."
Faith's family
access_time 2 days ago
Faith received a $508 initial payment.
"The moment I received my transfer I was at home relaxing together with my family, when I saw the message I was so excited and happy."
Caroline's family
access_time 2 days ago
Caroline received a $508 initial payment.
"I was at home relaxing when I saw a Mpesa message notification from GiveDirectly, I was so excited and happy because this meant that I would expand my business just the way I had planned, I called my mother-in-law who was also in high spirit and happy because he too had received the transfer."
Borther's family
access_time 2 days ago
Borther received a $508 initial payment.
"It was around 10 am when I was milking, I saw my neighbour jumping up and down, on asking I was told that they had already received their transfer, I rushed to the house to look for my phone, I was so happy when I saw a message alert that I had received my transfer, my son too was equally happy because he was sure that with the transfer he was certain that he will join his dream school to pursue his secondary education."
Faith's family
access_time 2 days ago
Faith received a $491 second payment.
"My life is different than how it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I have bought my own land. I used to live with my parents, I was not happy about it because every time there was misunderstanding on small issues. I has always wished to own my own farm and build a house. When I received the second transfer I found it wise to invest on buying a land I had some savings from the first transfer which I used to building a better house. Buy my own land. Currently I live peacefully with my children without any disturbance. I am so happy because I plan my work alone and do at a convenient time. My children do there homework and studying without any disturbance . I am so much grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has enabled us live a better life than before."
David's family
access_time 2 days ago
David received a $508 initial payment.
"I cant still remember just like the other day when I was heading to my daily hustle when I heard a loud vibration from my cell phone. That was an alert that there was a new message. Without hesitating I decided to check its content. I was overwhelmed with joy after realizing that it was an Mpesa messge from GiveDirectly. I still recall having returned home and shared the news with the rest of my family members."
Richard's family
access_time 2 days ago
Richard enrolled.
"I am a peasant farmer, I also do casual work to fend for my family. The biggest challenge I have been facing is paying school fees for my children,I struggle alot .I have sold three of my cows to cater for their school fees. I intend to use this money to pay for college fee and high school fees. This will cost me approximately USD 700. The rest of the money I will use to purchase a dairy cow since I sold the ones I had ."
Raelly's family
access_time 2 days ago
Raelly enrolled.
"This house I occupy at the moment is singled room .I cook and sleep in the same house .The smoke has affected my eyes,with my old age I feel it might affect me more. To add on that,the clothes picks the smell of the smoke which is not good. My desire has always been to have a better house,I want to build a iron sheet roofed house. It will cost approximately USD 45000, the extra money will go towards building a poultry house for my chicken,I don't have one at the moment."
Charles's family
access_time 2 days ago
Charles enrolled.
"We are engaging in the business of tailoring, dealing mostly school in uniforms. There is a high demand for the commodity especially during opening of schools. Furthermore there are few people around here who are doing this business. It has really assisted our family to pay school fees. As such our plans is to expand the business ,we had had the challenge of inadequate capital and receiving this money could not have come at a better time since we will expand and realize more returns. We are planning to inject USD 500 to the business ,the rest of the money will go towards cementing the floor of our business premise."
Jackson's family
access_time 2 days ago
Jackson enrolled.
"Where i live is a semi-arid area it hardly rains and even if it does we do not harvest enough maize that can last for a year. This has been a great challenge as we are forced to buy majority of the food stuff which is costly because i do not have a stable source of income."