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.
Rama's family
access_time 25 days ago
Rama received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I currently reside in my brother's house, but I desire to have my own comfortable living space. Living with my brother and his wife can sometimes make me feel uncomfortable, so I have decided to build my own two-room house. I support myself by selling apple fruits, and with the income from these sales combined with the financial support I receive from GiveDirectly, I plan to pay the house constructors to begin building my new home. Once my house is completed, I look forward to exploring new business opportunities to further improve my livelihood and secure a stable future." (Occupation: Small business)
Riziki's family
access_time 25 days ago
Riziki received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I currently produce and sell charcoal, but my goal is to save up enough money to transition into selling vegetables. I want to start my own business, where I can sell tomatoes, kales, carrots, and other groceries. As a widow solely responsible for caring for my children, this venture into vegetable sales is not just about business but about securing a stable income to support my family. Selling vegetables will not only diversify my income sources but also provide nutritious food options for my community.I am determined to make this business successfully, as it represents an opportunity to improve our quality of life and create a sustainable future for my children."
Agnes's family
access_time 25 days ago
Agnes received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"Since I don't have any other source of income and rely entirely on GiveDirectly transfers, my aspiration is to start my own business and provide for my family. I envision opening a shop that offers a variety of products, such as vegetables and charcoal. I am currently saving a portion of my monthly transfers to help me launch this business. My ultimate goal is to not only generate enough profit to support my family but also to save for future endeavors, such as paying school fees, buying food, and purchasing clothing for my children and myself. This business venture is crucial for securing our future and improving our quality of life." (Occupation: Small business)
Philister's family
access_time 25 days ago
Philister received a $428 initial payment.
"The most significant difference has been the ability to pay off the debt I owed on my sewing machine. I had to use my sewing machine as collateral to borrow money to pay for my child's school fees. Without the machine, I couldn't continue my sewing business, which was my primary source of income. It has been a year since I lost the machine, and those were some of the toughest months I've ever faced. Not being able to sew meant no income and constantly worrying about how to make ends meet. But now, thanks to GiveDirectly, I have my sewing machine back and can continue with my business. The sense of relief and the steady, though small, income I earn from sewing clothes has brought stability back to my life. I feel hopeful and more secure about the future, something I hadn’t felt in a long time."
Elisabeth's family
access_time 25 days ago
Elisabeth received a $428 initial payment.
"Before the support, I was struggling to keep my small potato chips business afloat. I had borrowed the capital to start it, and the repayment obligations meant that my profit margins were very small. Most of the money I made went straight back into paying off that debt, leaving very little for anything else. But now, thanks to the transfers from GiveDirectly, I was able to inject new, debt-free capital into my business. With the money I make from selling potato chips, I can finally afford to buy school requirements for my children. In the past, when they came home and asked for something, I often had to tell them we couldn't afford it. The guilt and frustration of not being able to provide for their needs weighed heavily on me. I can now buy them what they need, and it's such a relief to see their happiness and to know that their education and well-being are no longer compromised because of our financial struggles."
Rehema's family
access_time 25 days ago
Rehema received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"Initially, my goal was to start a food selling business. However, because this required a lot of movement, I had to abandon it after developing health issues due to the cold. So, I shifted my focus to buying a cow for rearing instead. I'm already saving part of my transfer towards this project and I have hope that I will achieve it. This new venture presents an opportunity for me to generate income, which will enable me to support various needs within my family, including covering school fees, buying food, and acquiring essential household items. Currently, my husband struggles to generate sufficient income through selling locally sourced toothbrushes made from medicinal tree twigs. Therefore, through this new initiative with the cow, I hope to contribute in some way to our household finances as well." (Occupation: Small business)
Lebana's family
access_time 25 days ago
Lebana enrolled.
"To enhance productivity on my farm, I plan to invest $385 in agricultural farming. This will cover expenses for HDPE pipes, seeds, fuel for irrigation, and fencing for security measures. Additionally, I aim to expand my poultry farming business by allocating $154 towards purchasing more chicks, feeds, and expanding their housing. This will generate income through the sale of eggs and chickens. To address food shortages, I will allocate $77 towards purchasing food for my family. Furthermore, $115 will be used to purchase essential furniture and household items to improve comfort at home. Lastly, I will allocate $115 to partially cover my college fees, ensuring uninterrupted continuation of my studies."
Philemon's family
access_time 25 days ago
Philemon enrolled.
"To safeguard my family from the effects of the floods in future, I plan to allocate KES 15,000 towards relocating and reconstructing our house in a higher, safer location within our compound. To make my land productive, I intend to invest KES 30,000 in purchasing necessary farm inputs such as tilling services, seeds, fertilizer, chemicals, and fuel. Furthermore, to ensure sustainable income for my family, I will use KES 65,000 to expand my business. This investment will include constructing a small structure and purchasing sufficient stock. The increased profitability from the business will provide essential food and funds for purchasing other necessities for my family."
Sadaka's family
access_time 25 days ago
Sadaka received a $27 thirtieth payment.
"This year, my primary goal is to establish a thriving goat-rearing business. To achieve this, I plan to strategically utilize the GiveDirectly cash transfers to acquire and grow my livestock holdings. I intend to use a portion of the transfers to purchase more chickens and goats. My plan is to allow these animals to multiply and increase in number and value over time. As the chicken flock grows, I will trade them for additional goats. This will allow me to steadily build up a substantial herd of goats, which will serve as the foundation of my livestock farming enterprise. The goats will provide a reliable source of income, as I plan to sell them when needed. This revenue will be used to fund my children's education and support the overall well-being of my family. I am deeply grateful to GiveDirectly for providing me with this transformative opportunity. The cash transfers have empowered me to break the cycle of poverty and create a better future for my family. By prioritizing my children's education and building a sustainable livestock business, I am confident that I can equip them with the tools they need to thrive in the years to come. Through this strategic approach to livestock farming, I am excited about the prospects that lie ahead. The GiveDirectly support has given me the means to turn my aspirations into a reality, paving the way for a more prosperous and secure future for my family." (Occupation: Small business)
Kadii's family
access_time 25 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"
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