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 > Esther's Profile
Esther's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
There will be no further updates from this completed recipient.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1686157 UGX ($448 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is now different in that, I have been able to start a butcher business for my spouse which is now providing income for my family unlike before when we were too poor to the extend that we couldn't afford basic needs for our family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, Give directly has improved the living standards of many in our community hence they are looking much more healthy than they used to. And according to me there is nothing wrong Gd has done.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on paying back debts that had kept my to my two acres of land in the ownership of the creditor. I also spent the balance on food.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1754517 UGX ($473 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest differences I am experiencing in my life are; first and foremost my life is so comfortable now and relaxed because this money helped me settle all my debts that had stressed me for long. Secondly our standards of living have improved because I bought good clothes and shoes for my children.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the money I became very happy and the whole community was ululating with songs of joy.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent 1,000,000ugx to clear my pending loans that was overburdening me and clothings. I am keeping the balance of 700,000ugx that I plan to spend on buying other household items plus a motorcycle.
access_time 9 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I intend to use this transfers for buying oxen. Also part of the transfers i will use for building ironroofed house. The oxen i shall use for ploughing thus increasing on food production for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest moment is during afternoon especially when my children return from school, i chat and watch them playing.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship i face is inadequate amount of money to help buy oxen and erecting a better house.