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.
Mwenda's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Mwenda received a $471 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that I was able to acquire a solar lighting system for my house. I am no longer staying in the dark like previously when I had to use a small lamp that could not provide enough light. In addition, I can comfortably charge my phone whenever I like without having to walk to the neighbors for assistance. Nowadays. I can also meet most of my small basic needs like food without much effort."
Everline's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Everline enrolled.
"The major challenges iam facing is finance. I do casual labour to get money to feed my family and send my children to school. Right now we have solar light in our community but i am unable to subscribe due to lack of finance. When my wife was pregnant, i couldn't send her the health facility for prenatal care due to lack of finance."
Margaret's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Margaret received a $473 initial payment.
"I am a mother of four, a community health worker, and my husband works as a police officer. I normally rely on maize and dairy farming for food to reduce household costs. When GiveDirectly transfers arrived my major challenge was the lack of electricity in my house and yet it was in our locality already. I, therefore, spent KES 17,000 on the installation of electricity in my house. As a result, my house is well lit and my kids can study well. Earlier, I used a solar lighting system but was not reliable because of the faulty battery. Secondly, I spent KES 5,000 on a bag of maize of which the remaining will sustain us for the next week. This is because our maize crop was affected by the maize pandemic in the last season. Thirdly, I also spent KES 22,500 on school fees payment for my kids in high school and primary school. This is because my firstborn just joined the high school. Lastly, I spent KES 3,000 on the latest clothing fashion for my kids which are more decent compared to the ones they normally wear."
Steven's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Steven enrolled.
"Our house is leaking and during the heavy rains we have to shift to the neighbor's house to sleep. Getting food is also a challenge and I am currently at home because of school fees. We are very lonely because our father comes home once awhile and our mother divorced and never thought of coming back to see us. Our hut has no solar light and during the night, we are afraid because its too dark.I dont have shoes to wear and I am walking bear foot. Lucking school fees has made me remain at home while my classmates are at School and this is the greatest challenge I am passing through."
Wesley's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Wesley received a $475 initial payment.
"With a better share of my first transfer, I constructed a new kitchen that has so far served us well with an extra room that has provided a bed space for my children. I spent KES 25000 on sourcing all the materials including 15 iron sheets, building poles, timber, and nails. I also met the cost of delivery to the construction site and in addition, I paid the labor charges on the construction worth KES 5000. I later obtained a bed and other pieces of furniture worth KES 10000, new pairs of clothes for my family of seven at KES 9000, and also a large water container worth KES 2000. After a long time of using a lantern lamp that would exude a lot of fumes, I spent the remaining amount on obtaining solar lighting equipment that has enhanced the general lighting of my house and is also useful in the evening studies for my children."
Brenda's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Brenda received a $475 initial payment.
"I am a mother of four and to feed my family I have been relying on my husband. He works as a quarry worker where he gets KES 1,500 per month. This normally helps in household consumption and school fees payment. When I received my transfers I spent KES 38,000 on the construction of a spacious and 20 Iron roofed modern house. This is because earlier on I used to live in a tiny 5 Iron roofed house with my husband and two young kids. My elder kids used to sleep in their grandma's. But through the transfers, the latest house can now accommodate all my family. Secondly, I spent KES 3,000 on a dairy goat and KES 800 on two chicken layers. These will help me during financial emergencies. Thirdly, I also bought a bag of maize at KES 3,500. Before GiveDirectly transfers, I used to buy two kilos of maize at KES 150. But since the arrival of the transfers, there are no more of these. Further, I spent KES 500 as a down payment for the solar lighting system. The daily repayment is KES 20 per day for one year. This has three lighting bulbs which help light the whole house, unlike the single light bulb I had before. Lastly, I spent KES 6,000 on the latest clothing fashion for my family majorly for special occasions. This is because earlier we could only afford second-hand clothes which would go for KES 100."
Mudhengi's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Mudhengi received a $10 initial payment.
"Solar Light have been of great importance in my home.I have children who prefer reading at night and with the kerosene going up ,it is expensive to use lamps.I had taken solar lights on credit and in small daily instalments am expected to pay KES 20,500.I used my transfer of KES 840 to pay for solar lights payment instalment of KES 60 for the next 14 days.I took the KES 300 which remained and bought food for my family of 9 members."
Juliana's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Juliana received a $479 second payment.
"When the transfers arrived, my priority was to purchase a good lighting system. This is because earlier I used the small D-light torch as a form of light for my family. This only lit a small area. I, therefore, spent KES 22,000 on a solar lighting system that lights the whole house. This helps my kids in their studies. Secondly, I spent KES 21,000 on a heifer. This is because the current one produces only produces 2 to 3 liters of milk a day therefore low income. But as soon as the heifer reproduces there will be increased milk production hence increased income for my family. Thirdly, I spent KES 15,000 on 20 Ironsheets for building my younger son a house. This is because currently my two sons are of marriageable age and still share a house. Therefore there is a need for each to have their own house. Fourthly, I spent KES 6,000 on a barbed wire fence to prevent my cows from straying into the farm. I also spent KES 4,500 on a wheelbarrow and a cattle spraying pump. This will help my husband in managing livestock easily. In addition, I spent KES 6,000 on three sofa seats and this has my house more comfortable. This is because before we used to seat on the locally made armchairs. Lastly, I spent KES 6,400 on two bags of maize and KES 4,000 on clothing. This has helped reduce my household expenditure. This is because earlier on I used to work as a vegetable and beans vendor to feed my family."
Joseph's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Joseph received a $481 initial payment.
"I have worked as a livestock broking agent for the past five years. The income from this is majorly used for household consumption. Additionally, I have been doing small-scale farming of maize and beans also for food purposes. During enrollment, my priority was building a modern and more spacious Kitchen. Therefore on the arrival of the transfers. I spent KES 30,000 on building a 24 Iron roofed two-roomed house. Of this KES 15,000 was used on 24 Iron sheets, KES 8000 was used on construction trees, and KES 7000 on labor costs. This is because the kitchen I had was old, tiny with rusty Iron roofed, and was built in 2005. In addition, I also acquired a solar lighting system at KES 8000. This is cheaper as compared to the costly kerosene lantern lamps we normally use for lighting. Lastly, I used KES 7,000 on the partitioning of my land for crop farming. The rest I have saved for medical purposes because I normally do monthly medical checks for my blood pressure and blood sugar conditions."
Mary's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Mary received a $481 initial payment.
"I have worked as a fresh and sour milk vendor for the past 30 years. This has helped me to invest in savings groups from which I have bought goats which I later can be sold for a dairy cow. I am also a farmer of sukuma wiki and maize which I normally supply to school to act as fees for my kids. My major issue before GiveDirectly was the lack of clean drinking water. Therefore, when I received my transfers I spent KES 23,000 on the purchase and installation of a 2,300 liters water tank. This has helped in the storage of clean rainy water which is fit for consumption. Earlier on we used to travel long distances to get clean drinking water. This is because the water from the nearby rivers is unfit for consumption and the rivers are seasonal and dry up during long dry seasons. Additionally, I bought a solar lighting system at KES 8,000. This has helped light my house, especially during night hours. It has also helped my children do their studies comfortably at night without straining. Furthermore, I bought two mattresses and two blankets at KES 6,000. As a result, I sleep nowadays comfortably and I am grateful. Lastly, after repaying a maize debt of KES 6,000, I bought a bag of maize at KES 3,600. Though the bag is almost exhausted the remainder will help sustain my family for the next two weeks."
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