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.
Viola's family
access_time 26 days ago
Viola received a $349 third payment.
"My plan now is to sell some of my maize after harvesting and store the rest. With the money I earn, I will open a small kiosk business. This business will help me pay for my children's school fees. As the business grows, I plan to expand into raising chickens to further support and grow my business."
Jeniffer's family
access_time 26 days ago
Jeniffer enrolled.
"Receiving this money means my children will continue with their studies comfortably. I have four children, two in secondary school while.two are in grade six and seven. Due to lack of a stable income, I have school fees amounting to $900 and they are often sent home to collect the money. Since I do not have any assets that I can sell nor savings, they end up staying home hence missing on their studies. This affects their performance sometimes and am not happy about it. I plan on using the transfers to clear the balance and purchase school uniforms and books. The remaining will go into purchasing five goats to start up livestock keeping for future income generation. I am thankful to Give directly because my children will get food ,school fees and uniforms like other children."
Mercyline's family
access_time 26 days ago
Mercyline enrolled.
"My husband got employed on a permanent basis at a nearby school five months ago. I am happy because he had stayed five years without employment and life was difficult. At the moment he is able to pay school fees for our children without much strain and that gives me peace."
Maria's family
access_time 26 days ago
Maria enrolled.
"My greatest challenge right now is the lack of finances to pay school fees for my children and to start a farming venture for income. This difficulty arose after my husband and I separated, leaving me as the sole provider for my six children in primary and secondary school. It breaks my heart to witness my children being sent home from school due to unpaid fees. I had aspirations of cultivating a farm, but those plans were thwarted when floods devastated our area. The savings I had earmarked for agricultural investment had to be used for our immediate needs in the aftermath of the floods. The setbacks have been overwhelming, and I'm navigating these challenges with a heavy heart, hoping for a breakthrough to secure a better future for my family."
Kadzo's family
access_time 27 days ago
Kadzo received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"As a guardian to my two grandchildren, whose mother is away, I made the decision to allocate $10 from the transfers to purchase a new uniform for one of them. This ensured that my grandchild looks smart and can continue attending school good uniform. Seeing the joy on his face as he wears his new uniform fills me with happiness. To further support my grandchildren's education, I spent $12 to pay their school fees. This prevents them from being sent home and allows them to focus on their studies without disruption. My small business, where I sell sardines and sugar, is another priority. I allocated $54 to boost my inventory and operations, with the goal of increasing revenue and providing for my family's needs and I am happy about how it is progressing. Recognizing the importance of diversifying my income sources, I spent $30 to purchase a goat. I am hopeful that this investment will pay off in the future, as I expect the goat to multiply and increase in value. When the need arises, I can sell the livestock and use the proceeds to support my family. Ensuring my own comfort and well-being is also crucial. I spent $14 to buy a bed sheet, which has allowed me to sleep warmly and comfortably, without being exposed to the cold compared to previously when I did not have something to cover myself with hence exposed to the cold. Finally, I used the remaining $4 to supplement the food we already had, ensuring that my family has access to the nourishment they need."
Dama's family
access_time 27 days ago
Dama received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"Moving forward, my plan is to continue using the transfers I receive to simultaneously expand my thriving shop and food preparation business, while also ensuring my child's education remains uninterrupted. By consistently investing in the growth and development of my business, I can increase profitability and secure a stable income stream for my family. At the same time, allocating funds towards my child's school fees will open doors to a brighter future through the power of education. However, I also have my sights set on a long-term investment that will further diversify my family's assets and provide additional financial security. In the future, I plan to use a portion of the transfers to purchase a goat, with the hope that it will multiply and increase in number over time. When the need arises, I can then sell these livestock and utilize the proceeds to support my family in whatever way is most beneficial, whether it be covering unexpected expenses, investing in my business, or providing for my child's educational needs"
Hamisi's family
access_time 27 days ago
Hamisi received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I am deeply grateful to GiveDirectly for their support, which has been instrumental in helping me establish a successful chicken rearing project. This venture has been a valuable source of income and sustenance for my family. To ensure the continued health and growth of my chickens, I allocated $34 from the transfers to purchase high-quality feed and necessary medicines. Education is another top priority for me, as I firmly believe it is the key to a brighter future for my children. With this in mind, I spent $34 to cover the school fees for my child who is currently enrolled in secondary school. This investment will help secure her education and prevent any disruptions to her studies. Unfortunately, my wife recently fell ill and is currently hospitalized, awaiting surgery. To cover her medical expenses, I allocated $30 from the transfers, adding it to the funds we had already set aside. I am hopeful that with proper treatment, she will make a full recovery and return home to our family. Finally, I used the remaining $4 to purchase additional food for my household, supplementing what we already had. This small but crucial investment ensures that my family has access to the nourishment they need during this challenging time."
Changawa's family
access_time 27 days ago
Changawa received a $27 thirtieth payment.
"Once I have completed the construction of our new three-bedroom house, I plan to utilize the remaining transfers from GiveDirectly to further secure my family's future. My primary focus will be on ensuring my children's education remains uninterrupted by consistently paying their school fees. Additionally, I intend to start a small shop business where I will sell household consumables. This entrepreneurial venture will provide me with a sustainable financial net, allowing me to reliably take care of my family's needs in the long run. By investing in both my children's education and my own small business, I am laying the foundation for a more prosperous and secure future. The transfers from GiveDirectly have been instrumental in enabling me to take these crucial steps towards achieving my goals."
Dama's family
access_time 27 days ago
Dama received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"With the region facing a severe drought and hunger crisis, the assistance from GiveDirectly has been a lifeline for my family. I allocated $35 to purchase food, ensuring my loved ones do not go without during this difficult time. Additionally, as a parent with children in school, I prioritized spending $30 to pay their school fees. This investment in their education will help secure their future and prevent any disruptions to their studies. Recognizing the need to build long-term financial resilience, I also saved $33 through a local merry-go-round group. When my turn comes, I plan to use these pooled funds to purchase goats, which I hope will multiply and increase in value over time and trade them for cows hoping that they too will also increase and multiply in number and value. Eventually, I can sell some of the cows and use the proceeds to cover my children's school fees. Finally, I allocated the remaining $4 to buy soap for personal hygiene and grooming, allowing my family to maintain good health and appearance."
Kazungu's family
access_time 27 days ago
Kazungu received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My primary goal is to establish a successful livestock selling business, where I can purchase goats, rear them, and then sell them for a profit in the future. Currently, I have a herd of 10 goats, and I plan to expand this number using the incoming transfers I receive. By growing my goat herd, I aim to increase both the quantity and value of the livestock I can sell. The revenue generated from this business venture will be instrumental in covering my children's school fees and providing for the needs of my family. Through careful management and strategic investments, I am confident in transforming this dream into a thriving reality. The transfers I receive will be a crucial catalyst, enabling me to scale up my operations and build a sustainable source of income"
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