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.
Margaret's family
access_time 13 hours ago
Margaret received a $417 initial payment.
"I was on my farm preparing the land for planting when a message popped up on my phone. Upon reading it, I realized that an amount of $550 had been sent to my phone, but at that time, I was not quite certain it was from GiveDirectly. Later that evening, when I got home, my sister-in-law and two other people confirmed that they had received a similar amount. This is when I knew that GiveDirectly had sent the first cash transfer. I was very happy because I had never owned such an amount of money before. I began thinking about how I could build a new house, something I had always wished for."
Baraka's family
access_time 14 hours ago
Baraka received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"Looking forward to the upcoming year and beyond, my main priority is to acquire land. Growing up in a polygamous family, suitable land is scarce, which has fueled my determination to secure a plot for my family's future settlement. Establishing a stable home for my loved ones is of utmost importance to me, and owning land would offer the stability and security necessary for our future endeavors. Therefore, my objective is to diligently save and invest my income towards purchasing land, ensuring a strong foundation for my family's well-being and prosperity in the years ahead."
Saumu's family
access_time 14 hours ago
Saumu received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"In the upcoming year and beyond, my primary goal is to build a house for my children. Currently, they reside at a relative's house, where they often face criticism. To realize this aspiration, I've begun setting aside a portion of my transfers towards this objective. Considering my resources, I plan to construct a single-room dwelling, as that's within my means. My target is to accumulate approximately $300 to achieve this goal. By diligently saving and focusing on this endeavor, I aim to provide my children with a secure and comfortable home of their own."
Kadzo's family
access_time 14 hours ago
Kadzo received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"Being the sole provider for my family of six children since my spouse passed away, life hasn't been easy. Looking ahead, my main focus for the coming year and beyond is to kickstart a goat rearing project to help sustain us. I've already begun saving within our community savings group for this endeavor. As I have school-going children, I plan to sell some of the goats once they multiply, using the proceeds to cover my children's school fees. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for their financial support, which has been instrumental in helping me navigate these challenging times and work towards securing a better future for my family."
Pauline's family
access_time 15 hours ago
Pauline received a $341 third payment.
"My husband and I are both farmers, and our main economic activity is farming. We rely entirely on it for everything. After receiving my third transfer, I used $370 to plant tomatoes because they grow well here and have a ready market. From their harvest, I expect to earn enough to pay for my children's school fees and cover our family's basic needs.We have eight children in school, so I decided to use the remaining $80 to buy a television for them. During school holidays, they can keep themselves entertained by watching TV. This was a dream come true because my kids used to ask for a TV so the neighbor's children wouldn't tease them anymore. Our life has greatly improved; we now live comfortably like others, and my children are very happy to have a TV like their friends. I always wondered how I could achieve this, but financial instability was a major obstacle. Thanks to GiveDirectly, I am very grateful for the support."
Miriam's family
access_time 15 hours ago
Miriam received a $341 third payment.
"GiveDirectly has brought so many amazing things into my life, and I am very appreciative because I have obtained things I could not have afforded on my own. I am very happy with the way you include everyone in this program without discrimination. If you have anything more to offer, we would still welcome it gratefully. As you continue with your projects, please maintain your unique and wonderful approach."
Lilian's family
access_time 16 hours ago
Lilian received a $26 fourteenth payment.
"In the next few months, I'm determined to make a significant change in our lives. My plan is straightforward: I aim to purchase a full set of equipment for a barber shop, all for my son. Currently, he's struggling with unemployment, and I see this as a way to provide him with a solid foundation. It's not just about giving him a job; it's about giving him something he can rely on, something that will empower him to take charge of his own future. I firmly believe that by investing in his potential, not only will he gain financial independence, but he'll also be in a position to support me and the family. This isn't just a goal; it's a step towards creating a brighter, more stable future for us all."
Dama's family
access_time 16 hours ago
Dama received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"In the coming months, my main aim is to keep investing in livestock, particularly goats. They're like a safety net for me, especially when faced with any financial challenges on my homestead. I've learned that goats thrive in my compound, and they offer significant support in various ways. With their ability to adapt to different environments and their resilience, I trust they'll serve me well in the long run. By continuing to expand my goat herd, I'm not just securing a source of income but also ensuring a level of stability for myself and my family. With each goat I acquire, I'm one step closer to achieving a sense of financial security and peace of mind for the future."
Rukia's family
access_time 17 hours ago
Rukia received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, my main goal is to buy another ox to complete the pair since, for now, I only have one. This is something I've been planning for a while, and I hope to achieve it in the next few months. Having a pair of oxen will significantly enhance my agricultural activities, making tasks like ploughing the farm much more efficient and less time-consuming. Currently, with just one ox, the workload is heavy, and progress is slow. But with two, I believe I can double my productivity and possibly even expand my farming operations. This change will not only improve my farming but also bring more stability and income to my household. I am dedicated to saving up from my current earnings to make this purchase, as I know it will be a pivotal step toward a more prosperous future for my family and me. The addition of another ox will transform our agricultural practices, increase our yield, and ultimately lead to better living conditions for all of us."
Belvin's family
access_time 17 hours ago
Belvin received a $151 initial payment.
"When I received my first transfer, I had gone to my farm at home to clear the land. I had left my phone at home, and when I returned that evening, I checked my phone and saw a message confirming the receipt of $200 from GiveDirectly. I was so happy that I smiled immediately. I notified my husband, but he was in denial until I showed him the message. We had many unfulfilled plans, and we knew that it was our chance to make them happen."