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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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Paulina's family
access_time 12 days ago
Paulina received a $501 initial payment.
"I spent KES 40,000 on building a modern house and more spacious kitchen because initially I had an old, tiny and grass thatched leaking grass thatched roof. I also spent KES 10,000 and the rest on a solar lighting system and radio because I used to use a smaller lighting system."
Geoffrey's family
access_time 13 days ago
Geoffrey received a $502 initial payment.
"I spent KES 20,000 of my transfer on purchase of additional stock for my shop business because it's my main income source.Initially,I started with a stock of KES 5000 but now my stock has increased hence increased income. I spent KES 15,000 on cementing my house which was under construction when the transfers came. I also spent KES 18,000 on a solar lighting battey and hoofer system to help my kids in provision of lightning for their homework and studies. Initially, I used to have a single solar lighting system which would cater for only one house. I also spent KES 5000 on settlement of house paint debts."
Jonah's family
access_time 1 month ago
Jonah received a $493 initial payment.
"I spent KES 10,000 my transfer on piped water installation because there's scarcity of water in our place usually marked by long dry spells which normally forces us to fetch water from distant places which is quite costly and time consuming. KES 10 ,000 was spent on payment of my daughter's accommodation fee in campus because after payment of school fees I hadn't bought her basic needs. I also injected KES 12, 000 on a dairy cow debt settlement because our place is suitable for dairy farming. KES 2700 was spent as a down payment for a solar lighting system because the one I had before got spoiled and was forced to use Kerosene lamp of which is quite costly as compared to the Solar panel."
Clara's family
access_time 2 months ago
Clara received a $494 initial payment.
"I spent most of transfer on building a single room 16 Iron roofed house.This is because I used to live in an old grass thatched house with leaking roofs and worn out walls which would fall apart during rainy season. Some was spent on four 3-seater sofa sets because we used to sit on foldable locally made arm chairs which would easily break. I also bought a solar lighting system for lighting up both inside and outside of my house. Before, I used to rely on small smaller DLight system whose light would concentrate on a smaller area at one time. I also bought a heifer in order to increase dairy cows and milk production. The remainder was spent on two maize sacks for sustaining my family and three packets of maize seeds because it's planting season."
Mercy's family
access_time 2 months ago
Mercy received a $494 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that my house is fully furnished with sofasets, a TV and a solar lighting system which I couldn't afford before. Nowadays, I can comfortably accommodate up to 25 people in one sitting without borrowing seats from neighbors like before.My house is very neat and done is required to remove shoes in order to enter my house and I am grateful to GiveDirectly for all these. Initially, I would stress up because of the many things I couldn't afford but now I am glad that my family is well taken care of."
Ruth's family
access_time 2 months ago
Ruth received a $494 initial payment.
"I spent 150USD on a heifer because I have only one dairy cow and also in order to secure my future financial security. I also spent 100USD on a solar lighting system because there is no electricity in our place and we used to rely on kerosene lamp for lighting. I spent 40USD on a wheelbarrow for to ease transportation of farm produce, firewood and water because initially I used to carry everything on my back. I spent 100USD on three 3,-seater sofa set because I before I had locally made arm chairs which could easily break."
Lydia's family
access_time 2 months ago
Lydia received a $494 initial payment.
"I spent 340 USD on a dairy cow which is now four months pregnant because we had one before but fell down and died abruptly about one and half years ago.For the past close to two years we have buying a liter of milk a day at 50 shillings which is quite costly given that we are in a rural setting.We used to rely on my husband who works as a security guard in the City because maize crop had been adveserly affected for the past five years. I spent 110USD on two 3-seater sofa sets because I didn't have any and used to depend on my neighbors for seats when I had visitors. I spent the rest on a solar lighting system battery because the one I had got spoiled about a year ago."
Esther's family
access_time 2 months ago
Esther received a $494 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily is purchase of a solar lighting system which has lit my house and compound and my house can be easily identified from far even at night this quite contrary to before. Initially, we used to rely on kerosene lamps which is costly and quite dim as compared to the solar lighting system. I had desired to buy a solar lighting system after seeing on my neighbors houses were well lit during night time but couldn't afford.There is also increased happiness in my house the floor of my house is currently being cemented and I now I won't have to smear anymore."
Annah's family
access_time 2 months ago
Annah received a $496 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is purchase of a TV which enables me to relax and watch news hence reduced stress. Earlier, I used to rely on a small radio for news. I have also bought a solar lighting system hence enhanced lighting. I used to get news from a small radio but now I get my news from a TV and now I am happier than before."
Kadii's family
access_time 5 months ago
Kadii received a $490 second payment.
"Earnings that I started streaming in is the biggest difference in my daily life that was brought about by the transfers. I am operating a taxi business that brings in money. I have been saving ever since it kicked off. I also improved my home by building a house and bought a solar lighting system. Recharging the solar is absolutely free and this saves money that would have gone to waste buying batteries for touches to light the houses."
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