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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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Sharon's family
access_time 24 days ago
Sharon received a $516 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the solar lighting systems that I bought some a few months ago. Lighting my home had always been a problem because a small solar lamp which I had broke down and it forced me to use my phone torch for lighting in my house. My house now is well lit and am always proud and happy to see my home is having good lighting."
Philiph's family
access_time 2 months ago
Philiph received a $526 initial payment.
"Upon receiving the transfer from GiveDirectly, I spent part of it obtaining materials which were meant for the construction of a new kitchen and used part of the remaining on paying school fees. I spent the remaining on buying solar lighting system, bought furniture, clothing for all the family members and also foodstuff."
Norah's family
access_time 3 months ago
Norah received a $22 twenty-sixth payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the solar lighting systems that I bought some a few months ago. Lighting my home had always been a problem because of the poor light from the paraffin lamp. Additionally, it was very expensive to always have enough paraffin on a daily basis. My chidlren are using this for their studies. It is very convenient as I don't have to buy paraffin like before as it was very expansive."
Tabu's family
access_time 3 months ago
Tabu received a $512 second payment.
"I spent my second transfer on buying a solar panel at KES 10000 to provide lighting to my household. I was using kerosene lamps incurring kerosene expenses daily but now even my children are comfortably studying using the solar lighting. In addition to this, I also purchased six goats at KES 18000 that I am currently rearing in my homestead. I also cleared fee arrears for my children so that they would be allowed to continue with their studies. I spent the remaining amount on buying foodstuffs for my family and paying for some household expenses."
Tonui's family
access_time 3 months ago
Tonui received a $525 second payment.
"I spend part of the second transfer on buying radio, solar light system and a battery. I then spent the other portion on buying a dairy cow, some maize for consumption and the rest to prepare land for planting."
Joice's family
access_time 3 months ago
Joice received a $527 second payment.
"The second transfer who Give Directly sent to me, I spent to buy building materials for constructing a kitchen. I bought solar lighting system, food and one goat. The remaining portion I spent on fixing windows and doors to the newly built house which was halfway done. "
Joyline's family
access_time 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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."
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