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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.
Chirchir's family
access_time over 3 years ago
Chirchir received a $23 fifteenth payment.
"The biggest difference in my life in the last four months is that I got to save the money which I would have spent to purchase kerosene for lighting in our home. The money which I save I spend to repay for the solar lighting system which I had obtained on credit. I am happy that my children got enough light and ample time studying unlike before when they would converge near a dim kerosene lamp which couldn't produce enough light."
Coleta's family
access_time over 3 years ago
Coleta received a $23 eleventh payment.
"I have the freedom to make plans well in advance when it comes to the payment of my solar lighting system bills and buying food for the family. Since I have the trust that GD will always send me some cash at the beginning of every month, I am able to make financial projections well in advance and plan what I will buy and how much I will spend on every item that I intend to purchase during that month."
Pauline's family
access_time over 3 years ago
Pauline received a $22 fifteenth payment.
"I have managed to use these transfers to buy a solar lighting system in the past few months which has greatly improved my daily life as my house is now properly lit and my children can read and do their homework night with much more ease. Before I bought the solar lighting system, I was using a kerosene-lantern which was very dim and very costly because I had to budget for kerosene on a daily basis."
Pamela's family
access_time over 3 years ago
Pamela received a $22 eleventh payment.
"Within the last four months, I have managed to use these transfers to buy items that have improved my general life such as a Solar lighting system and new seats. My life changed because now,I don't have to live with the embarrassment of having old chairs in my house and also bear the burden of always buying kerosene which has increased in price in the recent past."
Mohamad's family
access_time over 3 years ago
Mohamad received a $462 initial payment.
"My life is better now because I ride my own motorcycle which I bought with the transfer. It has eased transportation for both my family members and merchandise to the market on market days. I have also plastered my house and I am using solar light. My home is beautiful and it looks like a town. Before I received the transfer, transportation was not easy. I could hire a motorcycle for me to go any where and also transport the merchandise to the market which was expensive."
John's family
access_time over 3 years ago
John received a $22 eleventh payment.
"I was struggling a lot to provide for my family as I mostly depended on casual jobs for money. In the last four months, I have managed to use GD transfers to put up a chicken project that has proven to be a very lucrative business. However small it is, I have made much more money from it than I ever had in a month in the last month. This has made it easier for my family, especially my daughter who has been the biggest beneficiary having her school fees paid in time to avoid her staying out of school. In the last four months, I was also able to buy a solar lighting system to replace the dim kerosene lamp that we used before. This has improved the security within my compound as it is now well lit."
Chepkemoi's family
access_time over 3 years ago
Chepkemoi received a $545 initial payment.
"I spent the money I received from GD in giving out 10% to the church, bought solar lighting system and furniturebought 3 goats with the thought that after regeneration i will sell the offsprings to pay school fees, paid 20000 as school fees and also bought foodstuff"
Penina's family
access_time over 3 years ago
Penina received a $546 initial payment.
"Before we received the transfer, we were using a kerosene lantern for lighting which produced a lot of smoke yet very little light. The kerosene used was also costly and not readily available as we had to walk a long distance to get it at a fair price. With the money that I received, I was able to buy a solar lighting system which came with five bulbs, enough to light all the rooms in the house and outside the house to enhance security. I am happy that I now save a lot of money that I initially spent on kerosene and I don't have to deal with a dimly-lit house at night as the solar lights are bright enough."
Hellen's family
access_time over 3 years ago
Hellen received a $446 second payment.
"My life is better now because I constructed a spacious iron roofed house. With the bicycle I bought transportation is now easy. I now use solar light and my children dress well. Previously, I slept in a grass thatched house which could leak whenever it rained heavily. I moved on foot for longer distances and some times while carrying the children especially if am talking them to hospital. I also spent more on buying dry cells for my torch or enter my house in darkeness when I could not afford."
Wilson's family
access_time over 3 years ago
Wilson received a $527 second payment.
"As a widower whose partner died and left behind with five children to care for, providing for them has best a great challenges since I have no proper income but depends on casual labor that is unpredictable and tedious with meager earnings. I lived in a traditional house of one room that served as sitting room ,bedroom, kitchen and a store. It was old with leaky roof and tilted walls. I was forced to sleep in it with my children as begging for sleeping spaces in the neighborhood was prohibited by our tradition in that a widower must not sleep in other people's houses. Today I have build a better house with enough rooms for to accommodate us comfortably. I stocked enough food that will push us though to the next season of harvest. I have also invested enough in sugarcane farming which is the main economic activity in this region. This gives me hope for the future as in the next one and a half years, they will mature for harvesting and this will boost my financial security. I will be able to pays school fees for my children with ease to the level of their wish. I also intend to buy a dairy cow with earnings from sugarcane harvest. A dairy cow will eventually provided me with milk that will improve on the nutrition of my family. I shall sell the surplus of milk and save the money to buy a solar light system and chairs. I feel happy and satisfied with what I have done with the opportunity that GiveDirectly gave me. "
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