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.
Emily's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Emily received a $549 second payment.
"I built a new modern house that is spacious with plastered floor and installed with solar lighting system. I used to live in a single room house with leaky roof and dusty floor prone of jiggers and the lighting system was tin lamp that emitted dangerous smoke to the eyes and the respiratory track. My children find a nice environment to play, study and sleep. I no longer beg sleeping spaces when it rains that could eventually turn to be the gossip of the village. I count myself blessed among those who needed the help most. Thanks to GiveDirectly."
Rose's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Rose received a $550 second payment.
"GiveDirectly has liberated people from stressful life full of worries and fear for the unknown. The unconditional cash transfer has made the voiceless to be heard for the first time. Those who were thought to be cast generation can nowadays be called blessed. Children are going to school with full arrears settled, there is good stock of food in almost every household that were known as professional beggars, decent chairs can be seen in most houses, solar lighting system is the order of the day and our community has been nicknamed as a small town with lights all over. Theft cases have reduced and we are very peaceful. However, GiveDirectly would have added more transfers to widows, orphaned children, the elderly and sick."
Emanwel's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Emanwel received a $531 second payment.
"GiveDirectly has changed the stories of many people in this community, from shame to fame. People have built houses that have improved on their security. They do harvest and store rain water which they initially budgeted for. Many also bought food, clothes, mattresses, solar lighting system, paid school fees for their children and settled medical bill bills. We feel happy and life is worth living. Thanks for GiveDirectly transfers that came at the time of most needs."
Kevin's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Kevin received a $531 second payment.
"I managed to take my daughter to a private school where there is quality education and she has really improved on her academic performance. I never had an opportunity to get better education and therefore would not like that my children go through the mistake again. Education is light and I feel ashamed that I lack any skills to compete for the job opportunities that has made life very challenging to me. I bought a water pump that I intend to use for horticultural farming. I have a piece of land that borders a permanent river that I would like to irrigate during dry season when there is scarcity of vegetables, onions and tomatoes. There are two schools and a local market neaby that I am targeting as potential consumers. As a young, vibrant and self driven man, this will be my self-employment and also other villagers that I shall contract for casual labor. I bought a solar lighting system, this has saved me a lot from the daily budget of paraffin which at times was never enough. My children can nowardays have their studies and do homework without any worries of lamps going off like before when I used tin lamps. "
Roselyne's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Roselyne received a $23 twelfth payment.
"I recently used my transfers to buy a solar lighting system and we no longer have to use a smoky lantern for lighting. This is quite exciting for my children who can now do their homework with ease."
Jennifer's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Jennifer received a $451 second payment.
"My life is different in that I now sleep comfortably under an iron roofed house with solar lighting .Unlike before I had to pay Kerosene to light at night."
Jenifer's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Jenifer received a $461 second payment.
"My life is different in that I now own apiece of land, paid my school fees for my children and my children can now read at night because there is solar lighting which was not the case before I received unconditional cash transfers from GD."
Jesca's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Jesca received a $454 second payment.
"My life is now different in that my house looks good and able since I was able repair it and solar lighting I bought helps my in their night revision. Unlike before, my house was almost collapsing and my children had no lighting for night reading."
Davies's family
access_time over 4 years ago
Davies received a $528 second payment.
"GiveDirectly has lit the candle of hope in the lives of many people in this community. The organization does not discriminate people and works with high level of transparency, integrity and confidentiality. The mode of transfer is very safe and accurate. I have not heard of complaints from recipients about theft or any other misfortunes. GiveDirectly has enabled people to afford more meals in a day. In this community, people thought that breakfast could only be taken in towns, but nowadays, everyone takes it. We walk strong and healthier than before. People have built good houses, cleared fee arrears, bought livestock, mattresses and solar lightning system. The village looks like a small town at night since most people have bought a solar lighting system. People are happy. I have no observation on what GiveDirectly never did well."
David's family
access_time over 4 years ago
David received a $522 second payment.
"My life is different in that my children no longer miss to do their homework for lack of kerosene because of the reliable solar light that I bought using the cash transfer. There is a lot of peace in my marriage because I do not leave the house in the evening to watch the news in the local center because we can now watch the news together with my family at home. There is also my two cows that I bought, the joy that in few months time I shall start milking is great. I would have not been able to buy such quality grade cattle without the Givedirectly transfer since all the cash I earned from the casual work in the sugarcane farms always ended up in buying food for the family."
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