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.
Kirui's family
access_time 3 months ago
Kirui enrolled.
"Financial instability is the top most challenge that I face. I depend on dairy farming to make ends meet and sometimes there is a sharp decline in the production of milk from my two cows. This is occasioned by diseases like East Coast Fever which cause instant drop in production. I always struggle to provide during these times and the only available option is to borrow"
Joan's family
access_time 3 months ago
Joan enrolled.
"For 8 years now, maize cultivation in my area has not been thriving due to the harsh climatic conditions and diseases. This has prompted me to take up dairy farming and crop diversification as an alternative source of income for my family of 6. At the moment, I own a dairy cow and my wish is to add another one as a backup for milk production once it runs dry. Unfortunately, finances have been a shortcoming since the income I earn from the sale of sweet potatoes caters for the household food and education for my children in primary school. When I receive these transfers, I intend to use KES 35000 to purchase an exotic dairy cow for milk production. I will be excited that my family will be both food secure as well as financially stable."
Tereseah's family
access_time 3 months ago
Tereseah enrolled.
"I am about 90 years old and I am unable to fend for myself even though my grandchild helps me around with home chores. I fully depend on my children to provide for me my basic needs such as food and this makes me feel I am a burden to them. Receiving this money will mean financial independence and also living a descent life in my old age. I am happy because I will build a two roomed house and purchase household items that will enable me to live comfortably. Also I will buy a dairy cow since I do not own one at the moment. This will earn me money from sale of milk in a years time and I can meet my needs without relying on my children and grandchildren."
Rotich's family
access_time 3 months ago
Rotich enrolled.
"I am newly married with a family of 3 and trying to make ends meet through a motorcycle taxi. My wife is a housewife and I have been aspiring to own a dairy cow which she will be looking after while I do the motorcycle taxi. This will improve our sources of income which will lessen the burden on the family. With an approximate cost of KES 35,000 for the first transfer, I intend to purchase a dairy cow which will be used as an additional source of income. I am happy that soon my life will be transformed through the funds from Give Directly."
Wesley's family
access_time 3 months ago
Wesley enrolled.
"We are a family of 3 children, 2 boys, and a girl. We are people of little means majorly depending on casual jobs of weeding other people's farms to earn a living. Our living standard is so poor because these casual jobs pay meager wages which are hardly sufficient to meet our daily needs. Every day is hard for us, there is no easy day and it worries us a lot since we live from hand to mouth. We are never certain of what the next day has for us. Receiving this money, therefore, will be a major boost for us since it will enable us to buy a dairy cow that we have always wanted to own. At the moment we buy a liter from the neighbor at KES 60 per liter which is unaffordable sometimes. It pains us a lot when our young children cry for milk which we are not able to provide them with. We plan to buy a dairy cow worth KES 30000 for milk productivity for consumption and to sell the surplus. We will use the rest of the money to build an iron sheet roofed house."
Anderson's family
access_time 3 months ago
Anderson enrolled.
"I will have aid in plowing my farm. I wish to have three cows to help with my farm work. I have a two-acre farm where I plant maize, vegetables, and beans. It is efficient to plow with cows and easy. Since I can not buy a cow, I will have to begin with a goat each month. For the next ten months, I will buy ten goats (30000 KES) and later exchange them for two cows. Later I will invest in myself and enroll in a driving school to get some skills. I would want to be a public service driver, this job will help increase my earnings."
Furaha's family
access_time 3 months ago
Furaha enrolled.
"I think of this money, and see myself as a landlady. My goal is to buy a piece of land and build rentals. To achieve this I will begin by acquiring a few goats, if possible for the next 10 months I will be using these transfers to acquire one every month. I will raise them and swap them for cows. A piece of land may cost about 50000 KES, this translates to two cows. I want by the end of this program I have something substantial to call my own and to improve my living standards. It will make me very proud."
Zawadi's family
access_time 3 months ago
Zawadi enrolled.
"I am a farmer and I would like to own at least two cows to plow my land. At the moment I cannot acquire a cow at once, consequently, I will have to buy goats and exchange them for cows. My target is to acquire about 14 goats (a goat every month for 2500 KES) and trade them for two cows. The remaining 500 KES I will spend on school fees. I have five children in primary school with the eldest in grade seven and the youngest in grade two. In a term, I pay about 4000 KES for the five of them, I am so happy that this money will aid in their education for the next five years."
Evaline's family
access_time 3 months ago
Evaline enrolled.
"For the past 5 years I have been depending on milk supply from my mother in law's house.I do not own a dairy cow and hence having access to milk has been a challenge especially when visitors are around. Being a mother of 4 I feel embarrassed and stressed during this time because I get a half a liter of milk or none therefore my children are subjected to nutritional problem. Receiving this money means I will be able to buy my cow at a co of KES 40000. I am joyous that this will relieve me of family conflict in terms of milking and sharing of milk."
Sheila's family
access_time 3 months ago
Sheila enrolled.
"Receiving this money means enough capital for my small business. Six months ago, we started providing Mobile money services in the nearby shopping center. This business is much more profitable when there is enough capital. Currently, I am running with a capital of KES 25000 which has assisted me to meet my family's needs though it is minimal. I am planning to use the first transfer of KES 55000 as capital to boost my daily income. The rest I will use to purchase a dairy cow so as not to depend on business only as a source of livelihood. I am happy because this will help me achieve my dream of being financially independent."