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access_time 3 days 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."
access_time 4 days 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."
access_time 8 days 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."
access_time 9 days 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."
access_time 10 days 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."
access_time 10 days ago
"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."
access_time 10 days 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."
access_time 19 days 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."
access_time 19 days 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."
access_time 25 days 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."