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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Nyole's family
access_time 6 minutes ago
Nyole enrolled.
"For a long time I've had an idle land due to financial constraints. I am planning to use my first transfer to plough it and plant Napier grass for dairy farming. I am also planning to spend $100 to build dairy shades for my 3 cows. I will also have to employ an assistant to fend for my livestock while I'm away at a cost of $40 per month "
Nicholas's family
access_time 44 minutes ago
Nicholas received a $39 twelfth payment.
"I have been planning to establish a new business on clothing for some time now, but poor planning has derailed the plan which has not yet materialised. I still depend on casual construction jobs which are mostly unavailable and usually pay very little. This makes it tough for me to pay my bills making it impossible for me to save most of my transfers as I had planned. With this month's transfers, I paid my rent for the month, paid my monthly contributions on our table banking group then spent the rest of the money on foodstuff and other household needs."
Joan's family
access_time 1 hour ago
Joan received a $541 initial payment.
"I was still sleeping at was around 4 am when I received a message notification on my phone. I decided to check and know its contents because I had never received a message at such an hour before. I became so happy after realizing that GiveDirectly had made me richer until I could not go back to sleep anymore. I started singing and praying silently thanking God for the blessings that had just come in."
Selina's family
access_time 1 hour ago
Selina enrolled.
"My biggest worry is that we sometimes go hungry because crops have been failing for the past seven years as a result of crop diseases. "
Paul's family
access_time 1 hour ago
Paul enrolled.
"Receiving this money means that my children will continue with their education come January 2020. One of my children had dropped out of school because I could not afford to pay for his fees. Thank you GiveDirectly"
Chelangat's family
access_time 1 hour ago
Chelangat enrolled.
"The land that we are occupying right now was sold to cater for the school fees of my brothers in law and as a result, we are living here temporarily. Now receiving this transfer means that I will be able to purchase a piece of land somewhere else for my family to settle in."
Jeremiah's family
access_time 2 hours ago
Jeremiah received a $251 second payment.
"In the next six months, I expect less financial burden, this is the reason why I have invested in cattle rearing and also farming to ensure I have enough money for my family. I also want to take my children to good schools where they can get the best education."
Norah's family
access_time 13 hours ago
Norah enrolled.
"My spouse and I are subsistence farmers and the crops we grow include maize and beans. However the greatest challenge we face is poor harvests attributed to soil borne diseases as well as prolonged droughts resulting to poor yields, hence supporting the needs of our family especially school fees for our two children has become an uphill task"
Cherotich's family
access_time 13 hours ago
Cherotich enrolled.
"Building a shop to install a maize grinding machine (posho mill) all at a cost of $800 is what receiving this money means to me. I am a housewife and my spouse who is a casual worker has for long been wanting to set up a business for me but lack of capital has been an hindrance to achieving this goal. I will then stock the shop with cereals such as maize and beans for sale"
Kadzo's family
access_time 13 hours ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"Lack of a reliable source of income has been the biggest hardship in life. At the moment, we struggle a lot to meet the basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, and education for the family. The only readily available source of income for everyone here is charcoal burning, and since almost everyone depends on, it is a big hustle to gain meaningfully from it. The thought of receiving transfers is the only hope we have at the moment. At least such huge money will give us a choice to better our lives in our own different ways."