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.
to follow someone and stay updated on their journey with GiveDirectly.

Want to hear more updates from recipients? Click below to follow 10!

Caren's family
access_time 1 day ago
Caren received a $545 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am happy because I managed to purchase materials for the construction of a new house. I used to live in a grass-thatched one which used to leak during heavy rain seasons. It also didn't have enough space to comfortably accommodate my family. Besides that, I currently do not incur expenses to purchase milk for my household consumption because I managed to purchase a dairy cow. I now get enough milk for my family. I am also very happy because I stocked enough maize to push us through several months."
Lenshar's family
access_time 1 day ago
Lenshar received a $527 second payment.
"My life has totally changed after receiving my transfer from GiveDirectly. When I look back thirteen or so years ago just after my husband passed away it was very challenging to meet my primary and secondary needs. I was living in an old rusty roof that had holes. This would leak when it rained and it was sad that my children who were still young would be rained on mostly when it rained at night. With the responsibility that I had every single day and an income that could barely support my family, it reached a point in life that I was almost losing hope because my hand-tied with limited resources. I will always be grateful to GiveDirectly for gifting me with a shelter that brightens my family and decent life that we have always dreamt of."
Koskei's family
access_time 1 day ago
Koskei received a $527 second payment.
"I secured tenders of supplying fruits to different schools in my area like Kaplosero primary school with part of GiveDirectly's transfer. Through the profits, I have been able to pay school fees for my children which has guaranteed their consistency in school. I have noted an improvement in their performance unlike before when they would be sent home most often due to lack of money. I could feel embraced as a parent seeing my children staying at home because I was not able to pay their fees on time. Today, I am at peace and happy seeing them going to school like other children. Thanks to GiveDirectly for financial support."
Faith's family
access_time 1 day ago
Faith received a $527 second payment.
"I am happy that I do pay school fees for my two children on time. Seeing them very happy and motivated to quench the thirst for education which every child envy is the change that GiveDirectly has given to me and my children. This is something that I would have never received without this transfer. I actually managed to buy a dairy cow which gives me three litters of milk in a day. I have been taking them to a cool plant and thereafter get paid every month. I will be forever grateful for the support that GiveDirectly gave me."
Chepngetich's family
access_time 1 day ago
Chepngetich received a $527 second payment.
"For the last three years, it has been hard to depend on farming because of the prolonged drought in our area. As a farmer it was a loss on my side because of a reduction in farm output, meaning that my income wasn't much to support my child's education and other needs too. At times, my child would be sent home to fetch for school fees but ended up staying one to two weeks due to lack of money. I appreciate GiveDirectly's assistance since I was able to offset the pending fee arrears for my son. He has enrolled in college after completing his secondary education. Although it is still a challenge, it's not that much unlike before because I supplement my income with the milk I sell out of the dairy cow I bought with the transfer."
Maneni's family
access_time 1 day ago
Maneni received a $545 initial payment.
"It was around 7 am when I was from the dam fetching water then I heard my phone vibrating continuously. I was a bit shocked but then I decided to check what the notification was all about. I was very happy when I realized that I had received my transfer from GiveDirectly and celebrated the whole day with my family."
Nyevu's family
access_time 1 day ago
Nyevu received a $545 initial payment.
"Initially, I did not have access to a good shelter. I was living in a grass-thatched hut that would leak whenever it rained. Although my desire was to upgrade to a better house, I did not have the means to buy all the required materials. I thank GiveDirectly because their financial support has enabled me to build a decent iron-roofed house. I managed to buy enough building materials which includes iron sheets, building poles and also paid the mason for his job. Having a decent shelter makes it the biggest difference in my daily life."
Tabu's family
access_time 1 day ago
Tabu received a $545 initial payment.
"Having my own pair of oxen has made my life to be very different. This is because previously I could hire the oxen to work on my farm at a fee but it was very costly. On many occasions, I could not afford to pay the money that was required hence ended up digging using my own hand which was tiresome. The other disadvantage was this ploughing only a small portion of my farm that lead to getting low harvests. I am now a happy farmer because with the pair of oxen that I bought using the transfer, I will be able to prepare my farm in good time and additionally get plenty harvests since the pair can plough so many acres in few days. To add to this, I can also hire them at a fee and get an income. I believe through this, I will no longer strain to meet my family's basic needs like before."
Chepkorir's family
access_time 1 day ago
Chepkorir received a $527 second payment.
"The biggest difference in my life is that I have a dairy cow. Previously, I couldn't afford to own one and I was only left to admire my neighbor's. Although this dairy cow has not yet started to give out milk, I appreciate that I have livestock since in my culture it signifies wealth. I have also cemented my main house and kitchen's floor which makes it easier for me to clean. I am glad that I stay in a clean environment. Thank you GiveDirectly."
Nathan's family
access_time 1 day ago
Nathan received a $545 initial payment.
"After my wife passed away, I was left to take care of the family myself. At first, it was scary and hard because I depended on manual jobs in the village. I decided to save money which took me some time and used it on starting up a business. The profits from this business have been sustaining us since then. The change that I enjoy at the moment is an increment in the stock of my business using GiveDirectly's money. With the profits from the business, I have been able to pay school fees for my children who are in secondary and college respectively with ease. I have also expanded my poultry project hence with the egg-laying chickens I get a doubled number of eggs in a day and sell to my neighbors"