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.
William's family
access_time 4 days ago
William received a $338 second payment.
"Living in a small, grass-thatched house with muddy walls has been tough, especially when it leaks during the rainy season. After being displaced by floods, my family and I had to relocate and settle in a temporary house because we didn't own the land. However, through hard work and determination, I managed to buy a quarter-acre of land with the dream of building our own home. Now, I am planning to use my final transfer from GiveDirectly, I am excited to begin constructing a better, more secure house for my family. This new home will provide us with a more comfortable living environment."
Grace's family
access_time 4 days ago
Grace received a $398 second payment.
"My husband works as a house contractor, and sometimes his work isn't steady. But with the recent cash transfer, I was able to do a lot for my family. First, I spent $80 to buy a mattress for my four kids. They used to sleep on the floor, which hurt their backs. They were so happy to finally have a real bed. Then, I used $100 to get a door for our house because It's important for our safety. I also used$100 of the money to pay for my kids' school fees. I don't want them missing out on their education. With a bit left over, I bought food so we wouldn't go hungry. But the best part? I used some of the money to start my own bakery. I've always loved baking, and now I can sell my goods in a shop and even go door-to-door. It's not easy, but on a good day, I can make $12. My bakery helps support my family, especially when my husband's job isn't reliable. I'm grateful for the chance to provide for my loved ones."
Ali's family
access_time 4 days ago
Ali received a $26 fourteenth payment.
"This year, my main objective is to expand my house, as it is currently too small to accommodate all of us comfortably. To begin the construction process, my plan is to first purchase iron roofing sheets and cement. I intend to utilize both my transfers and savings to finance this endeavor. By expanding our house, I aim to provide my children with ample space to live in, ensuring their comfort and well-being. Being able to do this for my family will fill me with a deep sense of accomplishment, and I cant wait to see what the future holds."
Saidi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Saidi received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"My top priority is to secure quality education for my children. Before the coming of this project, they often faced numerous interruptions in their schooling due to my inability to pay school fees. However, with the transfers, these interruptions have significantly decreased, and my children can now attend school regularly. I am genuinely pleased with these positive changes, and I am committed to allocating both my forthcoming transfers and savings to ensure that my children continue their education smoothly. I firmly believe that education will equip them with the essential skills needed to secure a better future. I will always be grateful to GiveDirectly for the support they have provided to me and my community."
Jumwa's family
access_time 4 days ago
Jumwa received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"My aim is to ensure that my son enrolls in secondary school. I firmly believe that education is crucial for securing a better future, and I am eager to equip him with the skills necessary to achieve his goals. To fulfill this objective, I have decided to invest in poultry farming. By raising chickens and selling them for profit once they multiply, I will be able to generate enough income to cover his educational expenses. For me, educating my son means providing him with the opportunity to secure a good job in the future and become self-sufficient. This thought fills me with a lot of pride."
Dama's family
access_time 4 days ago
Dama received a $26 eighteenth payment.
"My primary goal is to provide quality education for my son, who will be starting secondary school next year. I plan to achieve this objective by combining the earnings from my firewood business with the monthly transfers I receive. Despite the challenges I face, I maintain a sense of optimism and hope. With the financial assistance provided by GiveDirectly, I am confident that I will be able to fulfill this goal."
Nasibu's family
access_time 4 days ago
Nasibu received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"My objective is to purchase a cow, which I view as a valuable investment. I plan to accomplish this by utilizing the profits from my vegetable business. Owning a cow will not only allow me to cultivate my land but also provide additional income, especially if it reproduces and I sell the offspring. Moreover, the supplementary income will enable me to meet the educational expenses of my children. I am deeply grateful to this organization for enhancing my living standards through their financial support."
Tumaini's family
access_time 4 days ago
Tumaini received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"My aim is to construct a house with brick walls to replace our current structure, which is built with mud walls. The present walls are vulnerable to damage during heavy rainfall and are displaying signs of weakening. Additionally, I intend to invest in a dairy cow, considering it a valuable asset that can generate additional income, particularly when they reproduce and can be sold. To achieve these goals, I will utilize a portion of the cash transfers along with my savings. Accomplishing these objectives will not only provide us with a better living space but also offer an additional source of income, bringing me a deep sense of fulfillment."
Katana's family
access_time 4 days ago
Katana received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"This year, my focus is on expanding my goat-rearing business. It's a lucrative venture, as goats require minimal maintenance and yield high profits. I plan to utilize my upcoming transfers to invest in this endeavor. With sufficient food from the previous harvest, the additional income from goat-rearing will allow me to cover my children's school fees. I am happy with the progress I have made this far."
Charo's family
access_time 4 days ago
Charo received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"My main goal is to send my son to college. Having just completed secondary school, he is set to begin college this year. I am dedicated to financing his education, including covering his tuition fees and providing all the required books. To facilitate this plan, I intend to invest in livestock and also utilize the upcoming transfers. As the livestock herd expands and I sell them for profit, it will create supplementary income, which I will use to fund his education. Providing him with a college education will bring me immense pride and joy, marking a significant accomplishment for our family."