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!

Newsfeed > Katoi's Profile
Katoi's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Kenya
Upcoming Stage
Preparing Payments
Follow to be updated on Katoi's next check-in.
access_time 12 days ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a stable livestock business that will act as my reliable source of income. At the moment, I do this business but its capital is a loan of $200 that I borrowed from my potential neighbor. The entire profit that I usually get is shared equally with the lender leaving me with very little that cannot sustain my family's basic needs. I rarely save even a penny for future expenses and therefore, I always feel a big challenge in meeting other urgent family issues. My best plan is to spend the first transfer as a capital for this business and it will mean a steady income to the family. On the other hand, I plan to spend $200 and $300 of my second disbursement on house construction for my children and buying of oxen respectively. This will brightten up my life and hence, a better future.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I find evening being the happiest part of my day because, it is at this time when I get ample time to story with my children as we wait for our dinner. Their happiness gives me comfort and build up my confidence of facing the next day's work.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have always thought of a happy life and I am always determined to achieve this goal but due to financial constraints, I have never realized this. Despite all my struggles, I fell short in meeting some of the family needs like paying school fees and better housing for my children. At the moment, I owe my neighbor a loan of $200 that I borrowed to start my livestock business but the income is very low since we usually share any profit that is earned. Therefore, I consider the lack of a reliable source of income as my biggest hardship.