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.
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Sarah's family
access_time 2 days ago
Sarah enrolled.
"Having a big family and not being able to provide a good shelter and fees for them has been the biggest hardship I have faced for a long time.I have grown up children in Secondary school-two sons and a daughter.In our culture,It is considered inappropriate for grown up sons to sleep under the same roof as the parents.I have not been able to build them a separate house and have to sleep at a neighbour's house while the girls sleep at their grandmother's.This is mostly unsafe because they have to go there after their evening meals at night.Aside from that,there is the burden of school fees for the three of them totalling to sh 30000 per year.My spouse and I do not have a guaranteed source of income and the little we get from casual jobs also has to cater for their food."
Mary's family
access_time 2 days ago
Mary received a $22 eighteenth payment.
"In the next six months, I expect to have met my goal of clearing the payment of the wall unit. Once I am done with this goal I will now start thinking of what next I should pursue. Starting another project without finishing the previous one would only lead to many debts and make me a failure."
Margaret's family
access_time 2 days ago
Margaret received a $22 eighteenth payment.
"My current goal is to save some money so that I can use it later to construct a kitchen because I do not have one at the moment. In the next six months, I believe I shall have constructed a kitchen already."
Halima's family
access_time 2 days ago
Halima enrolled.
"Financial constraint is the biggest hardship that I face. Initially when I used to operate a small business of baking and selling doughnuts round the village, the situation was a bit manageable. Presently that is not the case since I am in my last trimester of pregnancy and I lack the strength to operate the business. Currently we have only my husband's income from harvesting coconut wine to rely on but it is hardly enough. So extreme is the situation such that even in my pregnant state,when food is little, I have to sacrifice my share in order for my children to eat and this affects me so much."
Jane's family
access_time 2 days ago
Jane received a $530 initial payment.
"I felt so happy the moment I received my first transfer. It was very early in the morning when I heard a message from my phone. When I checked it I could not believe my eyes because I have never received such amount of money before in my entire life. I immediately inform my children about the good news and they were all happy. I knew I would be able to buy a water tank because getting water was a bigger challenge for us."
Amisi's family
access_time 2 days ago
Amisi received a $454 second payment.
"There is a big difference in my life now, I and my wife started small businesses which are generating income to support the family. We also got back the land that was given out as security after paying a loan. We no longer offer casual labour and this makes us feel good."
Margret's family
access_time 2 days ago
Margret received a $454 second payment.
"My life is better now, I am sleeping in an iron roofed house which I constructed with the transfers and on a comfortable bed. I am no longer in the stress of looking for thatch yearly for renovating the hut."
Nuru's family
access_time 2 days ago
Nuru received a $454 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I did not get the money because I have constructed an Iron roofed house and I own a cow. I will be relieved from sleeping in a hut with a leaky roof as soon as I move into my new house."
Grace's family
access_time 2 days ago
Grace enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I face is lack of income generating activity. My house does not have items like utensils and proper beddings since I do not have money for purchasing. The family livingstandards are to ashaming within neighbourhood and this made us feel out of place."
Jennifer's family
access_time 2 days ago
Jennifer received a $454 second payment.
"My life has improved in that, I built an iron roofed house and renovated my old one as well. Before, I slep in a dusty house which couldn't accomodate my family. But I'm glad that I managed to construct another which has improved my living standards."