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.
Kadenge's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kadenge received a $23 twenty-first payment.
"I have been saving a good portion of my transfers over the last three months. I save $24 monthly and spend $10 on immediate needs in my home. I spent the $10 in September to get a few clothes seeing that the state of most of my clothes is that most are worn out. I bought them at $4. I spent $2 on buying medicine for my sick child, I spent $2 on vegetables and the remaining $2 on buying breakfast items for the children as they went to school. In October the remaining $10 went into buying sugar at $2, I spent the remaining $8 buying vegetables and pastries for the children for breakfast. In November I am planning on using the $10 in getting chicken from the local market this coming friday."
Samuel's family
access_time 5 days ago
Samuel received a $23 twenty-first payment.
"A poultry project that I had been running at home had been my main source of income aside from doing any available casual work. With the heavy rains that we've been experiencing in my region lately, my poultry coop was destroyed and most of my chickens died. As a result of this, I had to look for an alternative source of income. With the little money that I had, I started a butchery shop at our nearest trading centers. I am glad that GiveDirectly transfers came in handy as it enabled me to boost it. From my recent transfer, I used $68 to purchase more stock, spent $12 in the purchase of four chicks so that my poultry project will not completely collapse and used the remaining $ 22 on clothes and some personal items that I needed."
Garama's family
access_time 5 days ago
Garama received a $23 twenty-first payment.
"Using my most recent transfer, I spent $ 72 to pay school fees for my children and $ 30 in buying chicken feeds. This year, I had two children whom I recently gave priority in paying their school fees using my transfers. This is because one was in class eight while the other is in college and their end of year examinations were fast approaching. For the other four children in different levels of their studies, I would pay their school fees once I get money from doing some casual work. Aside from this, when GiveDirectly came for enrollment, I settled on doing poultry farming as it does not need so much time hence I can always run it as I also do any available casual work. So far, I have 27 hens and I am glad that the transfer has always enabled me to purchase some feeds for them."
Hadija's family
access_time 8 days ago
Hadija received a $23 tenth payment.
"I was beyond relieved when the monthly cash transfer arrived just as my school fees were looming overhead like a storm cloud. With the weight of impending exams and the fear of missing out on my certificate due to unpaid fees, the timing couldn't have been more perfect. Thanks to the support from GiveDirectly, I managed to clear the $20 needed for my education. Finally sitting for my national exams, I found a rare sense of peace knowing that regardless of the results, my certificate was secure. My parents live in poverty, and their struggle to afford my education has always been a heavy burden. But this time, I stood on solid ground, grateful for the light and hope that came with that unconditional support. Alongside securing my education, I decided to invest part of the transfer wisely. With $10, I bought a chicken, an odd but hopeful investment for me. I see it as a start, a small security that will multiply as the chicken grows and eventually become a reliable asset. The remaining funds were dedicated to supporting my mother by providing essentials like sugar and vegetables. As I step into the world of post-secondary school job hunting with a newfound sense of optimism, I'm grateful not only for the immediate relief but also for the foundation this support has given me to build a better future for myself and my family."
Rachel's family
access_time 8 days ago
Rachel enrolled.
"The family last took a delicious food on the first of January this year. We have never had such due to lack of funds. However, yesterday we slaughtered a chicken and had a family feast. The family felt very happy."
Mwanajuma's family
access_time 8 days ago
Mwanajuma received a $23 twenty-sixth payment.
"As a housewife, my primary dependency is on my husband for family provision. While I engage in selling snacks at school sometimes, my income is limited in supporting our needs, particularly education for our two children. Therefore, my goal is to broaden my income sources through livestock rearing. Presently, I own poultry, including chickens and turkeys, acquired through the cash transfers. I aspire to sell some of these poultry to eventually purchase a dairy cow. The potential benefits of dairy cattle include covering school fees through the sale of offspring and generating income from milk sales."
Jumaa's family
access_time 9 days ago
Jumaa received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"I am engaged in the construction of mud-thatched houses to sustain myself and business has been fair as the ongoing rains have provided a welcome boost. I juggle the responsibilities of providing for my six children, three of whom are currently attending school. My family faced considerable challenges before the coming of this project as a scarcity of food and the absence of livestock added to our struggles. Fortunately, the financial assistance from these transfers has significantly supplemented my income, enabling us to acquire both goats and chickens, a marked improvement in our circumstances. Allocating $70 from these transfers, I purchased essential food for my family, addressing the shortfall we faced after depleting supplies from the previous harvest. Additionally, I utilized $14 to settle a school fees debt as my children approached the end of the school term. The remaining funds were dedicated to purchasing new clothes for my children, replacing the worn and tattered ones they had. I am grateful for the positive changes in my life and I extend my sincere appreciation to this organization for their invaluable support."
Lucy's family
access_time 10 days ago
Lucy received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"Looking forward to the beginning of next year, my goal is to initiate a defined savings project for the education of my nine children. Given that most of them are still in primary school, there is a long journey until they complete their secondary education. I aim to set aside a portion of the cash transfers to cover any outstanding school balances or unforeseen expenses. Additionally, I aspire to start a venture in poultry and goat rearing. Currently, I have only one chicken, as financial constraints, such as school fees, hindered me from acquiring more. With the school holidays underway, I see an opportunity to expand my poultry and goat holdings."
Kabibi's family
access_time 10 days ago
Kabibi received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"Currently, without the cash transfers, our situation would be exceedingly challenging. My husband, the primary breadwinner, is advanced in age and can no longer undertake strenuous activities to support our seven children. Recognizing the need for a sustainable source of income, I aim to venture into livestock keeping, particularly cattle. While I have experience with poultry like chickens and ducks, I believe that owning livestock such as cows would be a valuable asset. I hope that the cash transfers will enable me to save and eventually acquire at least one cow to contribute to our long-term financial stability."
Kazungu's family
access_time 10 days ago
Kazungu received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"My primary goal is to re-enter the business arena, driven by a deep passion for entrepreneurial endeavors. Specifically, I aspire to engage in poultry farming, with a focus on raising chickens, as it appears to be a lucrative venture. I plan to use forthcoming transfers to turn this ambition into reality. The prospect of establishing a steady income stream through this venture holds the promise of restoring a sense of normalcy and fulfillment in my life. I am content with the progress I have made so far and am optimistic about the journey ahead."