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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.
Safari's family
access_time 2 years ago
Safari received a $489 initial payment.
"The major difference that is vivid is the lighting system at my home. Initially, I was having a difficult time as far as the paraffin bill is concerned. It was very expensive for me thus some other days we had to stay in darkness. Currently my home has five powerful solar lights that provide light throughout the whole nights."
Paul's family
access_time over 2 years ago
Paul enrolled.
"I purchased solar lighting for my household and since I bought it my daughter has improved academically. she now has light to do her revision in the evening. This has brought joy and happiness to me because she has improved and I am hoping to perform well in her final exams."
Zawadi's family
access_time over 2 years ago
Zawadi enrolled.
"I had dreamt of having lights in my home and fortunately my husband struggled to secure a loan and pay for the solar lights and I feel I live in my dream world and am hopeful together we will have sunny days."
Lydia's family
access_time over 2 years ago
Lydia received a $477 second payment.
"Yes, I have many goals some of which I have already achieved and others I know will be possible through these funds. One of my goals has always been to have proper lighting in the house. This is because the children at home have been straining when it comes to doing their homework. With this money, I was able to buy solar lighting and am happy to say my children's future is bright. Another one of my goals is to build myself a home that is a security and I have started the journey by buying galvanized roofing sheets and wooden poles which would be used in the construction."
Zawadi's family
access_time over 2 years ago
Zawadi received a $496 initial payment.
"I spent KES 5100 to start poultry farming by purchasing 50 chicks. I had a good experience in this job since I use to do it in our women's group project. In addition, I spent KES 5000 to boost my goat rearing by purchasing 2 goats a future investment for the family. I also spent KES 3000 to pay part of the fees arrears for my firstborn who is in secondary school. Furthermore, I used KES 18,250 to purchase a solar lighting system for my house. I will use it as a source of light at night as well as charging my phone. Similarly, my secondary school kid will be using it in his night studies. I saved KES 10,000 which I am planning to purchase oxen to assist me in ploughing my farm. The remaining amount assisted me in purchasing enough food for the family."
Bendera's family
access_time over 2 years ago
Bendera received a $497 initial payment.
"I spent KES 34,000 to purchase 2 local dairy cows. This is a reliable source of income for the family from the sale of milk. Similarly, it will assist me whoever they reproduce, I will be able to sell them to cater for any emergency. I also bought proper beddings since I was using sacks as beddings that were not comfortable to sleep on. In addition, I bought 2 pairs of clothes for every member of my family we were repeating the same clothes every day was the order of the day which was an unbearable situation. Furthermore, I bought a small solar lighting system for my daughter for KES 2000 previously she was using a paraffin lamp which was costly and risky. The remaining amount I invested in a small business selling flour in my house. I currently earn a profit of 150 per day which helps me to cater for other needs like food and water."
Mwenda's family
access_time over 2 years ago
Mwenda received a $497 initial payment.
"I spent KES 24,000 to support my husband in pay part of the motorbike loan that he had bought on hire purchase sometime back. He is using it in the taxi business a job that has been sustaining our family. I also used KES 10,000 to start a small boutique business in the house currently I am earning a living that supplements my spouse's earnings. I also KES 13,500 to purchase proper beddings for my family previously we were using small and worn-out beddings which were not enough for my family. In addition, I spent KES 5,000 to clear part of the solar light system debt. I used the remaining amount to support my kid's educational needs."
Zainab's family
access_time over 2 years ago
Zainab received a $497 initial payment.
"I spent KES 13,800 to purchase a solar light system for my house. This is because my children were struggling to do their homework at night. I was using a paraffin lamp which is costly since I had to purchase the paraffin every day. I also bought a bed and mattress for KES 10,500 for myself. This is because I was sharing a single bed with my 3 children and sometimes I had to sleep on the floor with my husband when he is around. This was the worst situation in my life since I could feel body pain all over my body after sleep. In addition, I used KES. 4500 to support my 3 children's education by paying a school fee of KES.1000 each and purchase a pair of school uniforms for each of the children. For the remaining amount, I bought 2 sacks of maize floor and one goat for rearing."
Boniface's family
access_time over 2 years ago
Boniface enrolled.
"All my life, I have never been privileged enough to use electricity as a source of light. In the month of June, 2021, I was lucky enough to get solar lighting installed in my house. I am happy that I no longer have to put up with kerosene lamps that had begun to take a toll on my health as I had started developing breathing problems from the fumes. I feel like my quality of life has improved and I am very grateful."
Picoty's family
access_time over 2 years ago
Picoty received a $491 second payment.
"My husband is a bus conductor(tout), He used part of the transfer to enrol in a driving school so as he can get a better working opportunity, I also bought a cow worth KES 20,000 and a solar light of KES 15,000."
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