GDLive Newsfeed
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.
Mercy's family
access_time 3 years ago
Mercy received a $494 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that my house is fully furnished with sofasets, a TV and a solar lighting system which I couldn't afford before. Nowadays, I can comfortably accommodate up to 25 people in one sitting without borrowing seats from neighbors like before.My house is very neat and done is required to remove shoes in order to enter my house and I am grateful to GiveDirectly for all these. Initially, I would stress up because of the many things I couldn't afford but now I am glad that my family is well taken care of."
Ruth's family
access_time 3 years ago
Ruth received a $494 initial payment.
"I spent 150USD on a heifer because I have only one dairy cow and also in order to secure my future financial security. I also spent 100USD on a solar lighting system because there is no electricity in our place and we used to rely on kerosene lamp for lighting. I spent 40USD on a wheelbarrow for to ease transportation of farm produce, firewood and water because initially I used to carry everything on my back. I spent 100USD on three 3,-seater sofa set because I before I had locally made arm chairs which could easily break."
Lydia's family
access_time 3 years ago
Lydia received a $494 initial payment.
"I spent 340 USD on a dairy cow which is now four months pregnant because we had one before but fell down and died abruptly about one and half years ago.For the past close to two years we have buying a liter of milk a day at 50 shillings which is quite costly given that we are in a rural setting.We used to rely on my husband who works as a security guard in the City because maize crop had been adveserly affected for the past five years. I spent 110USD on two 3-seater sofa sets because I didn't have any and used to depend on my neighbors for seats when I had visitors. I spent the rest on a solar lighting system battery because the one I had got spoiled about a year ago."
Esther's family
access_time 3 years ago
Esther received a $494 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily is purchase of a solar lighting system which has lit my house and compound and my house can be easily identified from far even at night this quite contrary to before. Initially, we used to rely on kerosene lamps which is costly and quite dim as compared to the solar lighting system. I had desired to buy a solar lighting system after seeing on my neighbors houses were well lit during night time but couldn't afford.There is also increased happiness in my house the floor of my house is currently being cemented and I now I won't have to smear anymore."
Annah's family
access_time 3 years ago
Annah received a $496 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is purchase of a TV which enables me to relax and watch news hence reduced stress. Earlier, I used to rely on a small radio for news. I have also bought a solar lighting system hence enhanced lighting. I used to get news from a small radio but now I get my news from a TV and now I am happier than before."
Kadii's family
access_time over 3 years ago
Kadii received a $490 second payment.
"Earnings that I started streaming in is the biggest difference in my daily life that was brought about by the transfers. I am operating a taxi business that brings in money. I have been saving ever since it kicked off. I also improved my home by building a house and bought a solar lighting system. Recharging the solar is absolutely free and this saves money that would have gone to waste buying batteries for touches to light the houses."
Sharon's family
access_time almost 4 years ago
Sharon received a $516 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the solar lighting systems that I bought some a few months ago. Lighting my home had always been a problem because a small solar lamp which I had broke down and it forced me to use my phone torch for lighting in my house. My house now is well lit and am always proud and happy to see my home is having good lighting."
Philiph's family
access_time almost 4 years ago
Philiph received a $526 initial payment.
"Upon receiving the transfer from GiveDirectly, I spent part of it obtaining materials which were meant for the construction of a new kitchen and used part of the remaining on paying school fees. I spent the remaining on buying solar lighting system, bought furniture, clothing for all the family members and also foodstuff."
Norah's family
access_time almost 4 years ago
Norah received a $22 twenty-sixth payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the solar lighting systems that I bought some a few months ago. Lighting my home had always been a problem because of the poor light from the paraffin lamp. Additionally, it was very expensive to always have enough paraffin on a daily basis. My chidlren are using this for their studies. It is very convenient as I don't have to buy paraffin like before as it was very expansive."
Tabu's family
access_time almost 4 years ago
Tabu received a $512 second payment.
"I spent my second transfer on buying a solar panel at KES 10000 to provide lighting to my household. I was using kerosene lamps incurring kerosene expenses daily but now even my children are comfortably studying using the solar lighting. In addition to this, I also purchased six goats at KES 18000 that I am currently rearing in my homestead. I also cleared fee arrears for my children so that they would be allowed to continue with their studies. I spent the remaining amount on buying foodstuffs for my family and paying for some household expenses."
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