GDLive Newsfeed
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.
Elijah's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Elijah received a $154 initial payment.
"After receiving my first transfer from GiveDirectly, I was finally able to address my long-standing health issues. I spent $55 on medical expenses, as I had been unwell for about six years due to financial constraints, which prevented me from affording a good hospital. Instead, I had been visiting public hospitals, but they never identified the problem. My health issues worsened, and I eventually reached a point where I couldn't even walk or stand on my own. However, the private hospital was able to provide a diagnosis, and I'm grateful to GiveDirectly for making this possible. Due to my health issues, fetching water and firewood became a problem, Especially since I lived alone after losing my wife. To address this, I bought a water tank for storage at $38 and spent $10 on firewood. I also invested $16 in two plastic chairs, as I had been sitting on stones outside my home, including when hosting visitors. Additionally, I purchased $15 worth of household items and utensils, and the remaining $66 went towards ensuring I had a balanced diet, as I had just been from the hospital. I'm thankful to GiveDirectly for this life-changing support."
Jeniffer's family
access_time 5 hours ago
Jeniffer enrolled.
"I am now counting losses after all my maize crops were swept away by flash floods in April 2024. I am feeling stressed and desperate. My life has been reduced to zero. I had invested $300 on maize farming and hoped that this could change my life. I am not expecting any harvest this season and this makes me live in fear of living a miserable life. I do not have a stable source of income, this is challenging as I am not able to provide for my family and put food on the table. I work on casual jobs earning me about $2 a day. This money is not sustainable for our family."
Amos's family
access_time 5 hours ago
Amos enrolled.
"I am not formally employed and therefore casual labour is my main source of income. We experienced flash floods in April 2024 and this came with a fair share of challenges. It is now difficult to get any casual job as all our farms were swept away by floods. I used to get employment on those farms as a farm attendant and this helped me a lot to feed our family. This has exposed my family to extreme hunger. We at times take porridge as a meal. I was forced to look for an alternative source of income and I ventured into charcoal burning. We had one house which was brought down by flash two months ago. I am struggling financially and I cannot afford to build a decent house for my family. We are now living in a tent which is not habitable."
Grace's family
access_time 5 hours ago
Grace enrolled.
"The recent floods that cause destruction in our village did not spare my household. I lost 1 acre piece of land which I just planted seeds the day before floods came and this farm was our hope because I have school going children who need school fees for their education. I lost several chicken on that day because their house was flooded most of them perished and other were swept away.iam now depending on charcoal burning to provide basic needs for my family which is the biggest challenge iam facing right now because the cost of 1 sack of charcoal is KES 600 which is not enough for our family."
Dama's family
access_time 7 hours ago
Dama received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"For now, my main goal in the coming months is to build another house for my four children. I've been strategizing how to achieve this by focusing on selling the goats I've been purchasing and using my modest savings. I am confident that with these efforts, I will make this dream a reality. Currently, our small, one-room house is a source of stress because it doesn't provide enough space for my family of six. Both my children and I crave privacy, and this has been challenging. However, I am optimistic that once the new house is built, my children will finally have peace of mind and ample space to call their own. This vision motivates me every day, and I'm determined to see it through for the well-being and comfort of my family."
Ngumbao's family
access_time 7 hours ago
Ngumbao received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"For now, my dream has been to build a house for my three children. Presently, they are relying on the hospitality of nearby relatives for accommodation, but as their parent, I am determined to provide them with a stable living situation by building them a house. It breaks my heart to see them without a permanent place to call home, and I want to change that. I trust that through the transfers that I receive every month, I will be able to save enough money to build a new house for them. I plan to diligently put aside a portion of each transfer, knowing that each saved penny brings us closer to our own home. By doing this, I hope to ensure that my children will no longer need to seek shelter from relatives and can grow up in a secure, loving environment."
Furaha's family
access_time 7 hours ago
Furaha received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"For now, my primary focus is on a significant goal I hope to accomplish by August, which is to build a new house. I plan to allocate my upcoming transfers, my savings, and the goats that I will be owning towards purchasing building poles. Building this house will not only fulfill one of my personal ambitions but will also provide a spacious living area for my seven family members and a comfortable space to host visitors. Achieving this dream will bring me immense pride as a parent, as I have long struggled with the lack of adequate housing. The thought of finally providing my family with a stable and comfortable home brings me a sense of peace that I have been missing. I am determined to see this project through and ensure that my family has a better place to live."
Zawadi's family
access_time 24 hours ago
Zawadi received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I have been investing in chicken with the hopes of selling them in the future when needed and trading some for goats. The goats are also intended to multiply, increase in value, and eventually be sold to support my family. I had around 60 chicken, but unfortunately, around 20 of them died due to illness. This setback made me very sad but did not discourage me and I am now happy with the progress that I have made. I therefore plan to buy and raise more chicken using my transfers and with the help of my husband, so that in the future, they can help me take care of my family."
Baraka's family
access_time 24 hours ago
Baraka received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My plans have always included building a new house for my family, as our current home is aged and leaking, making it uncomfortable to live in. With the help of transfers from GiveDirectly and my savings from other hustles, I have been able to erect the structure, and the construction is in progress. I aim to complete the house within the next month, and I will be very happy once it is finished. After completing the house, I plan to venture into the livestock selling business, starting with goats so that I can support my family. My goal is to save the profits, along with additional transfers, to eventually advance to selling cows. To achieve this, I need a starting capital of $500, which I plan to gather by saving the transfers from GiveDirectly. I am truly hopeful that my dreams will become a reality as this will make me very happy."
Dama's family
access_time 24 hours ago
Dama received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I currently cook with firewood and do not have a separate kitchen. With the ongoing rains, I have to cook inside the same house where we sleep, making it uncomfortable and causing us to suffocate from the smoke, which poses significant health risks. My plan is to build a separate kitchen so that during the rainy season, I have a proper place to cook, avoiding the smoke and potential health hazards. To achieve this, I intend to use some of the transfers, along with other resources, to construct a kitchen. Once this is accomplished, I will be very happy. Following this, I will focus on my initial plan of buying livestock, hoping they will multiply and increase in value. This will help me support my children's education in the future."