chat
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.
Stages:
 
Enrollment
attach_money
 
Transfers
check
Completed
to follow someone and stay updated on their journey with GiveDirectly.

Want to hear more updates from recipients? Click below to follow 10!

Newsfeed > Caren's Profile
Caren's family
Caren
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Other
faceAge:
20
workCampaign
UBI
Upcoming Stage
Next Payment
attach_money
 
Follow to be updated on Caren's next check-in.
 
26th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 20 days ago
attach_money
 
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I used to rear some poultry before and strange disease wiped them out. My new goal is to restart that activity and hopefully take the necessary measures to protect them. This will be an additional source of income.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am no longer worried about how I will manage my child's school fees. I am glad that I am able to pay the school fees comfortably and pay for her transport to and from school without any pressure. I am happy that I no longer depend on one source of income like I used to do which is quite risky that if there's a problem, then there would be no money for all these needs.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I have thought of buying a piece of land, whether alone or with a partner. my expectation in the next six months, therefore, is to have bought or to be somewhere close to achieving this dream. i hope I will have put aside some money towards this project. This will allow me to improve my scope of farming and thus an improved income.
 
24th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
attach_money
 
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My only aim at the moment is to concentrate on paying school fees for my son and niece. This is because I do not want them to be sent back home for school fees at any given moment. Also, I am planning to engage myself in farming practices. I am planning to plant some vegetables that I will be able to sell and use the money to pay school fees for them. By doing so, I will be able to channel my transfers on other income-generating activities.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have been able to pay most of the school fees for my son and my niece who are both in the academy. I am thrilled with this since they get a quality education and a good foundation compared to a child who is in a public school. This is because the teachers are always dedicated to their work. Paying most of their school fees has enabled them to concentrate on their studies since they have never been sent back home ever since the schools reopened. Due to this, I am optimistic that they will have good grades this year compared to last year's grades.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, my life will have changed because I will have cleared paying school fees for my son and niece. I will be able to fulfill this using the income that I will get from farming. I am planning to use my next transfers to buy vegetable seeds that I will plant on a section of the farm that my parents gave me recently. I will later sell these vegetables at our nearest town after harvesting them and use the money to clear the remaining fee arrears. This will enable me to invest my transfers in other income-generating activities so that I will not be solely depending on the transfers.
 
19th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
attach_money
 
How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different from how it was four months ago in that I no longer overwork my self. Because of the financial support I receive, I now do the casual work during morning hours only. I usually take a rest in the afternoons after doing some cleaning. In addition to this, I was able to plant some vegetables in a small portion of land I was given by my father. When I sell them, I will use the money to buy some chicken feeds and use some of it to expand the poultry project.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I do not have any new goal at the moment as my main aim is to clear paying this year's school fees for my son and siblings. This is because I do not want an instance where they will be sent back home. Clearing their school fees will enable them to focus on their studies and their performance will improve since they will not be sent back home frequently.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer is that I have been able to pay school fees for my son and my siblings comfortably. Even though I enrolled them in a private school recently, paying their school fees has not been a problem for me as I use my transfers to facilitate this.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect that my life will have changed in the next six months in that I will have expanded my poultry project. I will use the money I will get from selling my vegetables. Expanding this project will enable me to cater to my personal needs easily and also pay school fees for my son and siblings on time.
 
16th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
attach_money
 
How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is currently different from how it was four months ago in that I now have peace and feel happy in life. The peace of mind allows me to concentrate on other activities and achieve my other goals. The fact that my child studies in a good school and will probably get the best grades in the future makes me a proud and responsible parent. Paying school fees was my biggest worry but since it is sorted out I feel relieved
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new additional goal in the next four month is to save some money to start poultry keeping project and horticulture farming. It is the most lucrative business in this era, therefore, I can't go wrong with these two choices. I already have enough capital to start. I don't have to start big, as long as I have already started it, I know it will grow and earn huge profits. These two projects will enable me to support my family by meeting their basic needs and future goals.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer is that I was able to take my child to a good private school where she is able to study well. I used to do casual jobs in the village and the small wages that I got was not enough to enable me to take her to a good school. Her performance was not good initially but it has improved now. I usually combine the small amount I get from the casual jobs with the transfer I receive from GiveDirectly to pay school fees on time. This has resulted in good performance of my child. I am a proud parent who believes that my child's future will be bright because she is getting quality education
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six months in that I will have started the poultry keeping project and horticulture farming activities. Although it will not have picked I believe it will generate income that will enable me to provide most of the basic needs for my family on time.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
attach_money
 
How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Four months a go I used to work as a casual laborer in and outside the village and I was only able to raise money enough to keep my child in school. I am now able to take my child to school, meet the average daily expenditure for the household and even save up to start other income generating activities.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
In the next four months, my desire is to run a poultry keeping business. This am sure will increase my income base and make me more self reliant going forward.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have been able to take my child to school while i do some other side hustles that gives me some little more income to keep my family going. In the past I used to do casual jobs to raise money just enough to pay school fees for my son. With GIveDirectly transfers, I have been able to divert all the funds towards payment of school fees while I use my wages to meet other household needs and make other income for the family. I am proud I no longer depend on my parents for other basic needs which I used to do in the past.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I expect to have an established poultry unit. The poultry unit, am sure will give me an extra income to meet all the family's needs and raise a self sufficient family.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
attach_money
 
How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Currently, I know that I have a monthly income which can help me to plan on how to spend.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
Currently, I do not have any plans as I am planning to support my brother who is in school with the money which I do get from GD, so that in future he will help us in our family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference in my life is that I no longer seek casual jobs to do to get money. Before I use to spend almost half day in the farm.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I would expect in the next six months I would have started poultry farming then later put up a business.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
attach_money
 
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goal now is that I want to start a poultry keeping business for income generation.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently is different from before since am now happy and able to overcome challenges such as lack of money to buy even shoes but now I am able to plan for them.Now with GD transfers My child is able to attend school with a good uniform and shoes unlike before they old and torn.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six month to be very good since I will be having a poultry business to manage and earning more income.My family will also be very comfortable since all needs will be covered.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life now is that I don't have a lot of challenges when it comes to taking care of my family especially schooling of my child which was a bit difficult.We are now happy and not struggling much.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced was shortage of Money
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is midday when I am working on my shamba
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I want to use my transfer to plant beans
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The greatest achievement I am proud of was when I harvested 50kgs of beans