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.
Wataka's family
access_time 3 months ago
Wataka received a $616 initial payment.
Khwaka's family
access_time 3 months ago
Khwaka received a $616 initial payment.
"The recipient said she bought a cow, purchased land and a new bed."
Salim's family
access_time 3 months ago
Salim received a $23 twenty-first payment.
"My ultimate goal is to purchase a piece of land and later build some rental houses. This is an investment that my children will inherit and it will be a reminder of GiveDirectly in our lives. Currently, 50M by 100M piece of land costs $ 700 in my area and because I cannot afford it on my own, GiveDirectly transfers will come in handy. Since it will take me many years to achieve this if I decide to be saving the all of my transfers, $34 every month, I am planning to invest these transfers on assets that will fetch more money later when I sell them. Currently, I am saving my transfers in a merry go round group and when my turn comes, I will use them in the purchase of goats. This is because they increase in number quickly over a short period of time due to their short gestation period. When they will have increased in number, I will sell them and purchase some cows that I will later sell also and use the proceeds in achieving my goal of buying a piece of land."
Thomas's family
access_time 3 months ago
Thomas received a $23 twenty-first payment.
"Over the past three months I have not used my cash for any other purpose. I would receive my money and save all of it. I went and withdrew $100 of this savings. I used this cash to buy a cow whose total cost was $135. I now have 6 cows that are mine. This is how I have used my cash from Givedirectly transfers over the months of September, October and December."
Joyce's family
access_time 3 months ago
Joyce received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"My ultimate goal is to obtain a dairy cow and two bulls. With the dairy cow reproducing and growing the herd, I can increase my wealth to support my family's needs. Additionally, I can sell the milk to generate daily earnings for household needs like food. On the other hand, the two bulls will assist me with plowing activities on my farm. Currently, I mostly manually plow my farm, which is tiresome and physically demanding. This is because when it rains, plowing services are in high demand, and this may lead to conflicts with service providers balancing between clients. Owning my bulls and a plow will prevent such conflicts in the future."
Vallary's family
access_time 3 months ago
Vallary enrolled.
"When I receive the transfer, it will help us in our farming activities. I plan to spend about $200 on planting maize, beans, and green grams. They are very profitable and can support my family in the long term. The funds will help us also do irrigation with ease since it's expensive. Education plays a key role in the future of anyone. We don't want our children to be left out. Therefore, we plan to spend about $200 on their education. That's; fees, books, and uniforms among other school requirements. Cows do well here due to plenty of grass, though not enough for a large stock. I plan to spend about $300 to buy one. A cow will provide us with milk for domestic use. Hence we won't have to buy milk again, cutting our household expenses. The rest of the transfer will be used to build a toilet since we don't have one currently. It's important for proper hygiene and good sanitation. It also reduces the chances of diseases."
Namuwu's family
access_time 3 months ago
Namuwu received a $615 initial payment.
"I now have a mattress and a cow and some money saved in this old age."
Watsisi's family
access_time 3 months ago
Watsisi received a $615 initial payment.
"I was at home and I felt a lot of peace, the first thought was to buy a cow"
Mashipwe's family
access_time 3 months ago
Mashipwe received a $615 initial payment.
"Bought a cow,because of milk provision and can sell it later"
Mercy's family
access_time 3 months ago
Mercy enrolled.
"I am a mother of two children and the husband works as casual laborer at the coastal towns. I do farming and also casual jobs. The family income we get from the casual jobs is low and mainly caters for food and school fees. However I have my first born son who is yet to join college but he is stuck die to lack of school fees. I will use $350 to buy one cow and two goats as an investment. This will help me get school fees for the second born once she joins secondary school. I will also use $700 as school fees for my boy who is yet to join college next year."