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.
Zedy's family
access_time 2 years ago
Zedy enrolled.
"Receiving this money means that my children will be able to have a conducive environment to do evening studies at home. I would like to build a 2 roomed house adjacent to the one I currently have where it will serve as a study room and also a bedroom for the kids. I will also have to install solar lighting in the house because we are not yet connected to the national electricity grid. This will ensure that the kids study without any problems. At the moment they do not get enough time to study because I think we disturb them a lot in the main house and they cannot concentrate. The lighting we have also is not bright enough and the battery depletes so fast. I believe that they could do better in school if good study conditions are provided at home."
Margaret's family
access_time 2 years ago
Margaret received a $468 second payment.
"I spent KES 7000 of my second transfer to construct to a small mad structure to start a shop. In addition, I used KES 35,000 to stock my shop as well as the food outlet. Furthermore, I spent KES 4500 to purchase a solar light system to light my house, previously, I was using small spotlight to light my house. Lastly, I used KES 3500 to purchase a new mattress for my children who were using sacks as bedding . For the remaining amount, I bought food for the family."
Edwin's family
access_time 2 years ago
Edwin received a $484 initial payment.
"I spent KES10500 on a solar lighting system and charging battery. This has helped in lighting my house unlike before when I used to rely on the small Dlight which was lighting dimly. I also spent KES6000 on purchase of new sofa cushions and a table. The rest was spent majorly on food and clothing."
Maitha's family
access_time 2 years ago
Maitha enrolled.
"Three years back I was living in a dark house with no light. one day a sales agent for D.light solar lighting was passing by so I decided to take one which I am now paying on credit. I am happy that my house is lightened every night and I don't struggle with charging my phone as before."
Juddy's family
access_time 2 years ago
Juddy received a $484 initial payment.
"I spent KES 20000 on payment of school fees for my sons in high school and college.I also spent KES25000 on purchase of a solar lighting system to help my kids while studying because I didn't have a good lighting source before.I spent the rest on clothing and food and cushions for my seats. Initially, I relied on dairy and maize farming in order to pay school fees and feed my family."
Baraka's family
access_time 2 years ago
Baraka received a $484 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my life since I began receiving my transfer is owning a goat and a sunking solar. Owning a goat is a sign of wealth in my village and from the flock, I shall be able to begin keeping cows. Consequently, having clearing paying for my solar, I find it easy to charge my phones. I also do not incur any cost in buying kerosene since the solar lighting is sufficient for my household. I am so grateful to GiveDirectly."
Lily's family
access_time 2 years ago
Lily received a $484 initial payment.
"I spent KES25000 on payment of school fees for my kids in college and high school. I usually depend on dairy and maize farming in order to pay school fees. I also spent KES 10000 on a solar lighting system, KES 5000 on food and clothing, KES 5000 on two sofa set seaters and KES 2000 on funeral expenses."
Regina's family
access_time 2 years ago
Regina received a $484 initial payment.
"Since I started receiving my transfers, the biggest difference in my life is owning a better house. In the past, I had been living in a small house that could not accommodate all my family members comfortably. In addition, as result of my irregular source of income, I could not reinovate it despite the fact that it was weak and had signs that it could fall when subjected to strong winds and heavy rainfall. In addition, I currently own a solar lighting system which provides adequate lights for my school going children. As a result, my children's evening studies is made easier."
Stephen's family
access_time 2 years ago
Stephen received a $11 initial payment.
"I was at home on my normal errands at around 10am when I had a beep on my phone.I immediately checked and I was so happy to see that I had received kes1200 from GiveDirectly. I shared the good news with my family and we agreed to have the solar lights because it was something have wanted to buy for more than a year."
Kazungu's family
access_time 2 years ago
Kazungu received a $468 second payment.
"I had an aim of making a better house for my family. We were living in a house that was falling apart. Our roof used to leak and it would be so cold in the house since the house had holes all over the walls. My children would constantly get colds because of the state of our house and they would constantly complain of mosquitoes at night. I had really hoped to provide better living conditions for my family and this was something I was really focused on. I was able to achieve this goal using my first transfer. I had also used 5000 shillings to pay for Dlight solar. This was a goal I had after getting the transfers. I knew that my children needed to be able to read at night. Now my children can comfortably do their homework as well as read and I am also not a bother to my neighbours since I can now charge my phone at home. They wake up to prepare for school at six and this solar lights have made school preparations so easy. I also had a goal of acquiring some livestock to raise for economic purposes. I had goats as my only livestock and I wanted to expand this. This was a goal that I equally achieved with this transfers and I am now a proud owner of five cows."
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