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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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Jonah's family
access_time 9 months ago
Jonah received a $493 initial payment.
"I spent KES 10,000 my transfer on piped water installation because there's scarcity of water in our place usually marked by long dry spells which normally forces us to fetch water from distant places which is quite costly and time consuming. KES 10 ,000 was spent on payment of my daughter's accommodation fee in campus because after payment of school fees I hadn't bought her basic needs. I also injected KES 12, 000 on a dairy cow debt settlement because our place is suitable for dairy farming. KES 2700 was spent as a down payment for a solar lighting system because the one I had before got spoiled and was forced to use Kerosene lamp of which is quite costly as compared to the Solar panel."
Clara's family
access_time 10 months ago
Clara received a $494 initial payment.
"I spent most of transfer on building a single room 16 Iron roofed house.This is because I used to live in an old grass thatched house with leaking roofs and worn out walls which would fall apart during rainy season. Some was spent on four 3-seater sofa sets because we used to sit on foldable locally made arm chairs which would easily break. I also bought a solar lighting system for lighting up both inside and outside of my house. Before, I used to rely on small smaller DLight system whose light would concentrate on a smaller area at one time. I also bought a heifer in order to increase dairy cows and milk production. The remainder was spent on two maize sacks for sustaining my family and three packets of maize seeds because it's planting season."
Mercy's family
access_time 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 1 year 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."
Mathew's family
access_time 1 year ago
Mathew received a $515 initial payment.
"A great step I made in my life is moving from using kerosene lantern to solar lighting. Cash transfers from Give Directly made this possible and I no longer budget for kerosene but use the money on other basic necessities. Besides, my home is now very secured at night because I now have security light. My children can also study at night without being affected by poor lighting. Apart from that, with the new kitchen, my sitting room is now comfortable for not only relaxing but also hosting visitors whenever they visit."
Rehema's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Rehema received a $515 initial payment.
"Every single part of my life has changed since we received the transfer, I say so because when I wake up I see the cows we purchased which is an assurance of a better tomorrow especially when we will have milk for own consumption and for sale which means more income. In the evening I have better lighting now that we are no longer using a kerosene lamp but solar lighting which perfectly lights up the entire house. Having a new mattress however has brought the biggest difference in my daily life at the moment as I sleep more comfortably and experiences no more back pains caused by sleeping on a hard surface."
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