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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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Hellen's family
access_time almost 2 years ago
Hellen received a $536 initial payment.
"On receiving the first transfer from GiveDirectly, I spent that first part of it on buying barbed wire worth 5000 KES which has now changed the face of our compound after fencing. I paid school fees for my son who is currently in the university with part of the remaining amount, bought and installed the solar lighting system and used the remaining on buying household goods which includes foodstuff and clothing."
Joyce's family
access_time almost 2 years ago
Joyce received a $536 initial payment.
"I spent the first transfer I received from GiveDirectly on purchasing a cow worth 23000 KEs. This was top in priorities since it has been our wish to cut the expensive cost of buying milk from the neighborhood. I spent the remaining amount on obtaining construction materials for our new house which included nails, 100 timber and also iron sheets. I also went ahead to purchase a battery and a solar lighting system which have been useful so far in aiding the illumination of the study room of my children."
Joseph's family
access_time almost 2 years ago
Joseph received a $450 second payment.
"My life has been transformed for the best. I acquired tangible items that I did not own my entire life. I feel much happier and composed because I now own basic household items such as a solar lighting system. Previously, we had to use a small torch for lighting at night. This was inadequate and costly to maintain."
Rebecca's family
access_time almost 2 years ago
Rebecca received a $22 twentieth payment.
"With my next transfer, I am thinking of wiring our house and connect the electricity to it so that we would have good lighting. Currently, we are using solar lighting which when it doesn't charge due to lack of enough sunshine during rainy times it would stop functioning as it doesn't charge. I intend to connect electricity to our home so that we would have a reliable source of energy."
Mildred's family
access_time 2 years ago
Mildred received a $22 seventeenth payment.
"I bought a solar lighting kit months back which has brought a very huge difference in my life withing the months that I have had it. Our house is now well lit and my children who will sit for their national examinations this term can now read for longer hours and with a lot of ease. I also bought chickens that I can later benefit from when they reproduce well enough to be sold."
Peter's family
access_time 2 years ago
Peter received a $471 initial payment.
"I am no longer stressed because I got some money to deposit for the piece of land that I had started paying for. Secondly, I now have solar light in my home. My children feel happy and they thanked me for buying the solar because even when it becomes dark they can still continue playing. Prior to receiving the transfer, the land seller was giving me pressure to pay more money which I did not have. I was also using a torch for light yet dry cells we expensive to buy."
Fredrick's family
access_time 2 years ago
Fredrick received a $22 nineteenth payment.
"So far, I pride myself in having invested part of my transfers on important things such as livestock, education and even a solar lighting kit that has made it easy for my children to read at night. Even though these are good enough to show the impact of the transfers in my life, I would like to add more goats with some of my remaining transfers because they will eventually reproduce and I will have a bigger change in years to come after the program."
Beatrice's family
access_time 2 years ago
Beatrice received a $22 twentieth payment.
"Comparing my life with how it was four months ago, I can attest that it has really changed. From the solar lighting system that never existed before and is now in place to the relief that I got by reducing the amount of casual labor that I engage in as I struggled to get income to meet my daily needs. My farming has really improved since I have improved my farming methods by resorting to machinery unlike in the past when I relied on hand tools to practice farming. This has led to increased food production where I get surplus food for sale."
Sarah's family
access_time 2 years ago
Sarah received a $22 eighteenth payment.
"After clearing the payment on a solar lighting kit I had purchased on credit last year, I was finally able to save some of my transfers which I combined to some of my savings and bought a seat. I had only two chairs in my house because we had been unable to buy more due to low income. It was always tough because whenever there was a visitor I had to borrow more chairs from my in-law or one of us would have to sit on a jerrycan. The joy I feel after buying the chair is unexplainable because my house is no longer as empty as it looked before and I do not feel ashamed to invite anyone in anymore. I am so grateful to Give Directly for totally changing my life because all that I have managed to do so far courtesy of the transfers would have been impossible."
Pauline's family
access_time 2 years ago
Pauline received a $22 nineteenth payment.
"At the beginning of this year, after saving my transfers for a while, I was finally able to buy a solar lighting kit that we now use in our house for lighting. This has brought a great difference in our daily lives as we no longer use the kerosene lanterns that produced lots of smoke yet were very dim. My entire house is now well lit and my children can now comfortably and clearly read at night. My daily budget has also gone down because do not have to buy kerosene on a daily basis as I did before."
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