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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.
Alice's family
access_time 2 years ago
Alice received a $485 initial payment.
"With the long to-do list I had, my priority was to purchase sheep. With the first transfer, I spent Kshs.30,000 in six buying sheep. The sheep will serve both for domestic purposes and can sell whenever I have an emergency. I also spent Ksh 12,500 on buying furniture since I didn't have one. Am happy that I have decent furniture and where my visitors can sit comfortably. With Kshs.5,000, I purchased solar lights, a wet battery, and connection cables with bulbs. Am happy that now I no longer struggle with lantern lamps because they brought me health issues because of a lot of smoke. In addition, I also spent Kshs.1500 in tilling my land and planted maize seedlings which are now waiting for the harvest season. With the remaining amount, I used to buy food."
Jumwa's family
access_time 2 years ago
Jumwa enrolled.
"My desire has always been to live in a comfortable house. I am a widow, my husband passed ten years ago. The house I inherited is now falling apart. The roof licks every time it rains and it gets chilly at night. I have no bed to sleep on, I have to sleep on the floor. I plan to get new iron sheets for my house, buy a bed and a mattress. A solar light will also come in handy especially at night when I have to go to the bushes to ease myself and I have to walk in the dark."
Philimon's family
access_time 2 years ago
Philimon received a $485 initial payment.
"I spent KES30000 on a heifer because I didn't have one before and had been buying milk for the past three years.I also spent KES6000 on two bags of maize and KES12000 on a hoofer and a solar lighting system for news entertainment purposes because we only had a local radio.I also spent KES5000 on my daughters school fees because initially I relied on casual labor as a herdsboy in order to pay school fees."
Taptechoo's family
access_time 2 years ago
Taptechoo received a $486 initial payment.
"On receiving the first transfer, I spent Ksh.25,000 on purchasing a heifer.Though I had two,I decided to add another one so that I can have enough milk supply for both domestic purposes and also sell so that I can get an extra income.I also spent Ksh.4,000 in tilling my land and planting maize seedlings.I am grateful that the maize is doing great and looking forward for a good harvest.I spent Kshs.6,000 in purchasing a Sunking solar which has a good lighting compared to other solar lights.I also spent Ksh.2,500 in fencing a piece of land I had bought but did not have money to put up a nice fence .This has enabled me rear my animals in well partitioned farm.With the remaining amount I used to purchase clothes and food for my household members."
Elvinah's family
access_time 2 years ago
Elvinah received a $486 initial payment.
"With the first Ksh.20,000 of my transfer, I bought three sheep. These were going to be an addition to the ones I had since I had always thought of investing in livestock so that it can cater to my future expenses. I also purchased Iron sheets and timber worth Ksh.7,700 which I used to build a place to keep the sheep since I do not have enough land where they can graze freely. With Ksh.3,000 of my transfer, I used to till my land and bought seeds for planting. Am now happy that will be having enough maize for consumption. I also spent Ksh.1,700 in buying a knapsack which I used to spray domestic animals. I am happy that I own one compared to before when I used to move around borrowing from neighbors. I also bought a Sunking solar light worth Ksh.6,000.This has been of great help since I can be able to use it as a source of power and also charge my phone at the same time. With the remaining amount, I saved to cater for the daily purchase of foodstuff."
Collins's family
access_time 2 years ago
Collins received a $486 initial payment.
"I spent most of my transfer on a two young bulls because they grow fast and can be sold for a dairy cow and can also be sold to revive my hawking business. I also bought iron sheets , fence, rented a piece of land for two years and solar lighting system for charging and lightning."
Jackline's family
access_time 2 years ago
Jackline enrolled.
"The moment my husband got solar light for the family, it's something I had dreamt of for a while now, and he surely kept his promise and surprised us , so at the moment it is helping my children and my young inlaws to study at night.and this will help them excel in their studies."
James's family
access_time 2 years ago
James received a $299 second payment.
"I bought three bundles of zinc along with two big packs of nails. I paid two of my children's fees and I also bought assorted food items including two bags of rice. I bought one radio to listen to news, three bulbs of solar lights to see at night."
Joan's family
access_time 2 years ago
Joan received a $488 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is building a house that will enable my children to study in the evening when back from school since before they didn't have a conducive environment. This gives me much joy because the well-lit house with solar lights creates ample environment for them to study hard with no disruptions."
Gilbert's family
access_time 2 years ago
Gilbert received a $489 initial payment.
"I was going about my daily duty of delivering and connecting solar lights to my customers when I received a message confirming receipt of cash transfer from Give directly. I was so excited and immediately informed my wife about the same who was equally excited and requested me to withdraw the money the following day so that we could start purchasing what we had discussed before."
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