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.
Furaha's family
access_time 3 months ago
Furaha enrolled.
"My husband and I do casual jobs making little income that caters for food and school fees. I have eight children at school and most of the time miss classes due to lack of school fees. That affects their performances. I have no investment here at home and this makes me stranded whenever I have an emergency that requires money. I will use $400 to buy one cow and two goats as an investment. This will bring sustainable income for my family in future. I will also use $550 to build a house for the children. Currently both boys and girls sleep in the same room and they are now grown up. Culturally it is not acceptable."
Omar's family
access_time 3 months ago
Omar received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My daughter recently completed high school, but there was a debt at the school that prevented her from receiving her certificates. I contributed $30 towards covering the debt, ensuring she obtained her credentials and is now ready to embark on the next academic journey. Also, I paid $24 in school fees for another child in Form Two to reduce the outstanding fees, as secondary school tuition is considerably more expensive than primary school. I rely on making and selling charcoal to provide for my family's needs. Sometimes, it can be challenging to raise enough funds to cover all these expenses, which is where the transfers come in to supplement. Since I started receiving transfers, I have seen a significant improvement in the hardships I was facing. I couldn't be more grateful. I also bought a goat for $34, bringing my total to seven goats from the transfers, some of whom have already given birth. My goal is to continue rearing them and eventually exchange them for cows in the future, which can assist with plowing activities and provide milk for domestic consumption."
Safari's family
access_time 3 months ago
Safari received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"I aim to start rearing livestock like goats and chickens before the transfers end. Despite having some livestock before I started receiving cash aid, I haven't been able to increase their numbers due to financial constraints, including providing food and paying school fees for my three children. Besides, the money I raised from making charcoal barely allowed me to invest in more livestock. My goal is to expand my herd, particularly goats and cows, which I can sell in the future to generate school fees for my school-going children."
Bendera's family
access_time 3 months ago
Bendera received a $27 eighteenth payment.
"Looking ahead to the next year and beyond, I aim to invest in livestock such as cows and goats. Since I currently have no other income stream apart from the cash transfers, I see livestock investment as a way to multiply my wealth, as they reproduce. As a young family still growing, my husband and I see the importance of establishing a strong financial foundation to provide for our family's future needs, including food, clothing, and their educational requirements. Alongside this, I also plan to extend one room in our house. We now have an infant whom we share a room with, but as he grows, he will need his own space."
Kiptek's family
access_time 4 months ago
Kiptek received a $341 third payment.
"After getting $450 from GiveDirectly, I made a choice to invest it wisely. I decided to put some of it into buying a cow. This decision was important because it means I'll have a sustainable source of milk, which I usually buy every day. Milk can be expensive, and sometimes I struggle to afford it, especially since I only do casual jobs. With some of the money, I also started a poultry venture. I used $40 to get started and bought 40 chicks. This was a big step for me. I know that taking care of these chicks can lead to a good income in the future. But to make sure they are safe and easy to manage, I used $70 to build a proper space for them. I'm focusing on this poultry venture because it offers stability. By selling eggs and eventually chicken, I won't have to worry about where my next dollar will come from. It's not just about the money; it's about being prepared for emergencies in the future. Now, I feel like I'm on the right track. These investments give me hope for a better tomorrow. With hard work and dedication, I believe I can build a brighter future for myself and my family."
Furaha's family
access_time 4 months ago
Furaha received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"I want to continue with the momentum of raising livestock until I can acquire cows. I know that I cannot raise funds to buy a cow, which costs at least $300. It will be challenging to save this amount because of financial constraints like school fees. So I plan to start rearing goats and sheep because, after they reproduce, I can sell some of them and raise funds to get cattle. Having cows will fulfill many needs. One of them is helping me with farming activities like plowing. Also, they will produce milk for domestic consumption and for selling to gain profits. This will help my child particularly, who has been underweight for a long time and require milk. I am excited that I will not have to buy as I do now."
Kadenge's family
access_time 4 months ago
Kadenge received a $26 eighteenth payment.
"I earn a living as a motorcycle taxi rider. The amount I earn from my job is enough to take care of the daily needs of my family of five members. To explore more avenues of earning income, I decided to spend my transfers to purchase livestock. Purchasing livestock is a wise investment due to their ability to multiply. After they multiply, the herd will grow big, and I will have an opportunity to sell some for a good profit. My ultimate goal is to own a dairy goat. To ensure that I achieve this goal, I have embarked on a journey to purchase more goats. I can exchange 12 goats for one dairy cow. The dairy cow has many benefits to me because I can sell milk and earn income from that. If it gives birth, then I will have a calf that I can sell later on and use the money to take care of my needs. I spent all $102 to purchase three goats. I currently have seven goats, and I am very grateful for the progress I am making towards ensuring I achieve my target of owning the dairy cow. The money from the transfers is helping me achieve my goal, and I am grateful."
Mwanajuma's family
access_time 4 months ago
Mwanajuma received a $26 thirtieth payment.
"I am planning to purchase more livestock, particularly chickens, goats, and a dairy cow, in the upcoming year and beyond. As I don't have a stable source of income to provide for my family's needs, I view these livestock as valuable assets that can help me during financial difficulties. Currently, I own 24 chickens, a turkey, and two guinea fowl that I acquired through transfers. I believe that owning these animals is the best alternative source of income to supplement my earnings from selling snacks. My plan is to breed them and let them multiply so that I can eventually sell them at a profit and settle my financial needs."
Eunice's family
access_time 4 months ago
Eunice enrolled.
"It is fulfilling being a farmer, especially when I cultivated animal feeds on my 3-acre plot to not only sell the seeds but also provide for my family of seven. Four months back, I had a good harvest, yielding 50 bales of hay and 20 bags of seeds. Selling 16 bags brought in $640, a significant contribution to our finances. Additionally, storing the bales as feed for our two cows ensured their nourishment. This cycle of harvesting and selling not only generates income but also secures seeds for the next season, making it a reliable source of support for my family's financial and food security needs. I was excited about the financial breakthrough that this venture brought to my life."
Mariam's family
access_time 4 months ago
Mariam received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"As a single parent of five children, I have been raising them alone while doing some menial jobs as well as doing subsistence farming to make ends meet. However, raising enough money for school fees has been a constant struggle as I don't have a stable source of income. I am grateful for GiveDirectly's monthly transfers, which have allowed me to keep my children in school. With my most recent transfer, I was able to pay $10 towards their school fees and reduce the outstanding arrears. This has given me peace of mind and allowed me to easily plan for the next term's fees. Furthermore, I have always wanted to keep livestock, especially goats and cows, to secure my children's education. I am worried that I may not be able to save enough money when they join high school; hence, the livestock will help me with this. Thus from the recent transfer, I am glad that I was able to buy three goats for $90, increasing my herd to seven. I plan to let them multiply and sell them in case of financial need, and also exchange them for a cow, hence increasing my living assets. Finally, I spent the remaining amount on buying foodstuffs such as sugar and vegetables, as well as some toiletries that were needed in my household."