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.
Dama's family
access_time 22 days ago
Dama received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I have always dreamed of owning cows for milk production and to help plow my farm. To turn this aspiration into reality, I plan to strategically allocate a portion of my GiveDirectly cash transfers. My first step is to use some of the funds to purchase additional chickens. I will allow these chickens to multiply, increasing their number and value over time. When the flock has grown sufficiently, I intend to trade the chickens for goats. Similarly, I will use transfers to buy more goats, let them multiply, further expanding my livestock holdings. Once I have accumulated a substantial number of goats, I will trade them for cows. Owning cows is crucial to my long-term goals. Not only will I have cows that provide milk to support my family's nutrition and generate income when sold, but also have cows that will help plow my farm. This will greatly improve my agricultural productivity and food security. After acquiring the cows, I plan to save a portion of my future transfers to purchase an ox-drawn plough, which typically costs around $80. This investment will further enhance my ability to cultivate my land efficiently. Achieving this livestock farming dream will be a significant milestone, filling me with immense joy and pride."
Kadii's family
access_time 22 days ago
Kadii received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"As a small business owner, I previously operated a kiosk selling sugar and sardines. However, when I fell ill, the business suffered due to a lack of responsible management in my absence. Upon my return, I found the kiosk on the verge of collapse. While I am still running the kiosk, my focus has now shifted towards a new goal - becoming a livestock farmer. To achieve this, I plan to strategically use my GiveDirectly cash transfers to purchase goats. My strategy is to allow the goats to multiply and increase in number and value over time. Once I have built up a substantial herd, I will then trade the goats for cows. These cows, in turn, will be able to multiply, providing me with a reliable source of milk, offspring, and income when sold. By transitioning towards livestock farming, I am diversifying my income streams and building a more sustainable livelihood. The cows, in particular, will serve as a valuable asset that can be leveraged when needed, offering a safety net for my family"
Kadzo's family
access_time 22 days ago
Kadzo received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My initial priority was to complete the construction of a safe and comfortable home for my family. I am overjoyed that my house is now fully built. This provides my loved ones and me with a warm, secure place to reside. Having a stable living situation is a crucial foundation for my family's well-being. Now that this crucial task has been accomplished, I am shifting my focus to a new goal - acquiring a cow. As a first step, I intend to use a portion of my GiveDirectly cash transfers to buy goats. I am hopeful that these goats will multiply and increase in value over time. Once I have accumulated a sufficient number of goats, I will then trade them to acquire a cow. Owning a cow is a significant milestone, as it will provide milk, potential offspring, and the ability to sell the animal when needed. Obtaining a cow holds deep personal meaning for me. It represents a transition towards a more self-reliant and resilient future for my family. I am excited to embark on this new phase of building my livestock farming aspirations."
Tabu's family
access_time 22 days ago
Tabu received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My primary goal is to have cows that I can use to plow my farmland. To achieve this, I plan to strategically allocate my GiveDirectly cash transfers towards acquiring livestock. I will use a portion of the transfers to buy goats. My strategy is to allow these goats to multiply and increase in both number and value over time. Once I have accumulated a substantial herd of goats, I will then trade them for cows. This gradual approach will allow me to work towards my ultimate objective of owning animals to assist with plowing my farm. By investing in livestock, I am taking a proactive step towards establishing a more sustainable and resilient farming operation. The cows will not only help with plowing but can also be sold when needed to support my family."
Safari's family
access_time 22 days ago
Safari received a $27 thirtieth payment.
"My wife, children, and I live with my parents in the same homestead. Initially, my plan was to focus solely on using my income to educate my children. However, now I aim to buy land and build a home where my family can live independently. Having our own space will give me peace of mind and the motivation to invest in various projects, like livestock farming, more easily than when we share so many resources. Currently, I am raising goats to accumulate enough money to buy land. Once I have enough goats, I plan to sell some to invest in cows. A large cow costs around 45,000 KES, so my goal is to have as many cows as possible to fund the purchase of land for our home. I also intend to use part of my financial transfer to pay school fees and buy goats to help achieve this dream. In addition, I run a charcoal business and engage in farming to support my family. This transfers has been greatly beneficial to me and has significantly improved our situation."
Kahunda's family
access_time 22 days ago
Kahunda received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I have a solid plan to invest in livestock to secure a better future for my family. Currently, I own four goats and three cows, and my strategy is to allow them to multiply so that I can sell them if financial challenges arise. Additionally, I have eight ducks, and as they multiply, I can exchange some for more goats, further diversifying my livestock. While I'm eager to expand my livestock holdings, my first priority remains fulfilling my family responsibilities. I am committed to saving diligently to continue investing in livestock, as this aligns with my dream of providing a better life for my family. This approach ensures that I can steadily build a stable and prosperous future for us all."
Furaha's family
access_time 22 days ago
Furaha received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My primary focus is caring for my family, and I am planning to expand into raising livestock. Currently, I have four goats; starting with two, they have multiplied, which brings me great joy. Investing in goats is advantageous because they can reproduce quickly, offering a straightforward path to expansion. My goal is for their numbers to multiply, enabling me to eventually exchange them for cows and sell some to generate income for my family's needs. Thank you so much GiveDirectly for your support."
Fatuma's family
access_time 22 days ago
Fatuma received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I produce and sell charcoal. Right now, I own twenty chickens, four goats, two cows, and four sheep. Seeing my business struggle, I took time to think and concluded that investing more in poultry and livestock is the best move. I see it as a smarter choice than holding onto cash, which could easily be spent on ongoing expenses. Animals can easily multiply and I can sell them when I encounter difficulties, providing a more stable finance for my family."
Jackson's family
access_time 22 days ago
Jackson enrolled.
"To address the issue of food scarcity at home, I plan to allocate KES 20,000 specifically for purchasing food. Additionally, I intend to use a portion of this amount to acquire essential household items such as utensils, a bed, a mattress, plastic chairs, beddings, and mosquito nets. These items are crucial for ensuring comfort and security for my family, protecting them from cold and insect bites. Another priority is securing land for irrigation, which has been a persistent challenge. Therefore, I will allocate KES 30,000 towards leasing land and purchasing necessary farm inputs. This investment aims to establish a sustainable income source through agriculture for my family. Furthermore, KES 15,000 will be dedicated to paying secondary school fees for my sibling, ensuring his education continues uninterrupted. To diversify our income streams, the remaining KES 45,000 will be utilized to purchase a cow and add two goats to our livestock. This strategic investment is aimed at enhancing our food security in the future."
Kache's family
access_time 22 days ago
Kache received a $413 second payment.
"I'm glad that I was able to acquire two cows through GiveDirectly's financial assistance. Currently, I'm raising them in my compound. This was a major achievement for me since I previously didn't own any livestock and couldn't afford to buy any on my own. Livestock are valuable assets to me, as I can sell them and earn money as they multiply. With these two cows, I plan to breed them for more cows and also use the milk for my family's consumption, selling any surplus for extra income. Additionally, I hope to use the available financial resources to educate my five children and help them achieve their educational goals. The support allowed me to clear their school fee arrears, ensuring that their studies were uninterrupted. With the income from my casual jobs, I'm hopeful that I will be able to fund my children's education and ensure that they achieve their academic goals."