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.
Kang'ombe's family
access_time almost 2 years ago
Kang'ombe received a $10 initial payment.
"Initially, I did not have any source of light hence I resorted to us a kerosene lantern. Although it had not been convenient and economical, I could not acquire an alternative source of lighting because I did not have money. However, since I received my transfer, I now have a better source of light after buying a solar lighting system. As a result, my children can study well without the struggle of getting a complementary lighting system. To me, this is the biggest difference GiveDirectly transfers have created in my life."
Kadzo's family
access_time almost 2 years ago
Kadzo received a $462 initial payment.
"I had desired to start livestock rearing like others in the village since the crop farming that I was depending on was unsustainable. This was brought about by the constant drought conditions for over 5 years now. I spent my transfer to start the goat keeping by purchasing 3 goats for KES 12,000. This is a long-term investment for the family which helps us whenever I encounter a financial challenge. In addition, I used KES 12,500 to purchase a modern bed and mattress since I was using a small, old bed which was not enough to serve the 2 grandchildren and me. In addition, I spent half of the remaining amount to repair my house which was collapsing on one side. Also, I used KES 7,900 to purchase a solar lighting system for the house. Before, I was using a small lamp to light the house which could not give ample light."
Esther's family
access_time almost 2 years ago
Esther enrolled.
"What has really brought me joy is when the solar lights were planted in the community, before now leaving my house to the road or anywhere else at night i had to walk in obsure darkness but not thst ther is light in the tow i no more walk in the dark."
Kahindi's family
access_time 2 years ago
Kahindi received a $465 initial payment.
"For several years, I had been sleeping on a mat on the floor since I did not have a bed. On getting the money I opted to end this situation completely thus, I bought a bed and a mattress for KES 9000.00. I also bought solar lights for light provision because buying paraffin every day was very expensive for me which forced me to be in the dark at night. Thereafter, I decided to get a helper because I had no wife. I got married and used KES 20000.00 to pay part of the dowry to mark the start of a long journey. For the remaining amount, I reserved for the family upkeep."
Kadzo's family
access_time 2 years ago
Kadzo received a $467 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am currently own a proper source of light for my house after purchasing solar light systems. Previously, I was sleeping in the dark because the kerosene lamp could not provide enough light and always require kerosene that is expensive. In addition, I am currently sleeping on proper beddings something that has made my nights enjoyable."
Victor's family
access_time 2 years ago
Victor received a $468 initial payment.
"Since I started my family last year we have been relying on my parent's cows for milk. So when the transfers arrived I saw the need to buy my cow. Therefore KES 30,000 was used on a dairy cow which will be a source of milk for the healthy growth of our baby. Secondly, KES 20,000 was used in the building of a 16 Iron roofed and timber walled Kitchen. This is because we have been. cooking in our parent's house. Lastly, KES 12,000 was spent on a solar lighting system. This will have helped in lighting my house and charging my phone."
Mwenda's family
access_time 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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."
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