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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.
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Joyline's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Joyline received a $525 second payment.
"In my opinion GiveDirectly did an amazing work by giving us unconditional transfers which enabled us to change our living standards. Now when I look around my home I got good furniture and solar lighting which has made my life much better. According to me,there is nothing which I can point out that GD never did right since there procedures are transparent."
Naomi's family
access_time 10 days ago
Naomi received a $528 second payment.
"I spent most of the money I received on a heifer hoping to be able to have milk for family use in future to reduce the daily budget by cutting off the money spent on milk. I also purchased a solar lighting kit as we still have no access to electricity in our area hence mostly use kerosene lamps which are not only toxic but also costly due to the high kerosene prices. While I was still planning on how to spend the rest of the transfer, I got sick and was admitted in the hospital for a while, which forced me to use part of the money to clear my hospital bills. The rest of the money was spent on furniture, clothing and foodstuff."
Jonathan's family
access_time 13 days ago
Jonathan received a $23 twenty-third payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months is that I managed to buy a solar lighting system which we use for lighting in our home. Before, I used to spend approximately KES 50 a day on buying kerosene which was so costly. Now I am happy that I got to save that which I would have spent on buying kerosene and spent it on other basic items for the family. Again, my children now have access to a clean source of light for studying at home."
Rael's family
access_time 1 month ago
Rael received a $39 fourteenth payment.
"Last year, I purchased a solar lighting system on credit which I left back home where we still do not have access to electricity. I am required to pay off the rest of the money on the solar in monthly instalments which I mostly do using my monthly transfers. At the moment, I do not have any new plans other than to keep paying for the solar so that by the time the project ends, I will have completed the entire payment because I know that it will be tough to raise the money from my small doughnuts business."
Hellen's family
access_time 3 months ago
Hellen received a $536 initial payment.
"On receiving the first transfer from GiveDirectly, I spent that first part of it on buying barbed wire worth 5000 KES which has now changed the face of our compound after fencing. I paid school fees for my son who is currently in the university with part of the remaining amount, bought and installed the solar lighting system and used the remaining on buying household goods which includes foodstuff and clothing."
Joyce's family
access_time 3 months ago
Joyce received a $536 initial payment.
"I spent the first transfer I received from GiveDirectly on purchasing a cow worth 23000 KEs. This was top in priorities since it has been our wish to cut the expensive cost of buying milk from the neighborhood. I spent the remaining amount on obtaining construction materials for our new house which included nails, 100 timber and also iron sheets. I also went ahead to purchase a battery and a solar lighting system which have been useful so far in aiding the illumination of the study room of my children."
Joseph's family
access_time 3 months ago
Joseph received a $450 second payment.
"My life has been transformed for the best. I acquired tangible items that I did not own my entire life. I feel much happier and composed because I now own basic household items such as a solar lighting system. Previously, we had to use a small torch for lighting at night. This was inadequate and costly to maintain."
Rebecca's family
access_time 4 months ago
Rebecca received a $22 twentieth payment.
"With my next transfer, I am thinking of wiring our house and connect the electricity to it so that we would have good lighting. Currently, we are using solar lighting which when it doesn't charge due to lack of enough sunshine during rainy times it would stop functioning as it doesn't charge. I intend to connect electricity to our home so that we would have a reliable source of energy."
Mildred's family
access_time 5 months ago
Mildred received a $22 seventeenth payment.
"I bought a solar lighting kit months back which has brought a very huge difference in my life withing the months that I have had it. Our house is now well lit and my children who will sit for their national examinations this term can now read for longer hours and with a lot of ease. I also bought chickens that I can later benefit from when they reproduce well enough to be sold."
Peter's family
access_time 5 months ago
Peter received a $471 initial payment.
"I am no longer stressed because I got some money to deposit for the piece of land that I had started paying for. Secondly, I now have solar light in my home. My children feel happy and they thanked me for buying the solar because even when it becomes dark they can still continue playing. Prior to receiving the transfer, the land seller was giving me pressure to pay more money which I did not have. I was also using a torch for light yet dry cells we expensive to buy."
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