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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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Kadii's family
access_time 2 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."
Mathew's family
access_time 4 months ago
Mathew received a $515 initial payment.
"A great step I made in my life is moving from using kerosene lantern to solar lighting. Cash transfers from Give Directly made this possible and I no longer budget for kerosene but use the money on other basic necessities. Besides, my home is now very secured at night because I now have security light. My children can also study at night without being affected by poor lighting. Apart from that, with the new kitchen, my sitting room is now comfortable for not only relaxing but also hosting visitors whenever they visit."
Rehema's family
access_time 5 months ago
Rehema received a $515 initial payment.
"Every single part of my life has changed since we received the transfer, I say so because when I wake up I see the cows we purchased which is an assurance of a better tomorrow especially when we will have milk for own consumption and for sale which means more income. In the evening I have better lighting now that we are no longer using a kerosene lamp but solar lighting which perfectly lights up the entire house. Having a new mattress however has brought the biggest difference in my daily life at the moment as I sleep more comfortably and experiences no more back pains caused by sleeping on a hard surface."
Sharon's family
access_time 5 months 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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."
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