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.
Rebecca's family
access_time 1 month ago
Rebecca enrolled.
"To maximize productivity on my 1-acre farm, I will invest $307 in purchasing essential farm inputs such as a generator, HDPE pipes for irrigation, tilling services, high-quality seeds, and watering equipment. This investment aims to address the recurring food shortages my household faces. To tackle both the food and school fees challenges, I will allocate $154 towards buying food, essential household items, and clothing for my children. A portion of this amount will also contribute to covering school fees for my grade 7 child. The remaining $385 will be dedicated to constructing a one-room house with a flat iron-sheet roof that can better withstand floodwaters compared to our current mud and pole structure. This new housing solution aims to provide safer and more stable living conditions for my family."
Kenga's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kenga received a $27 twenty-first payment.
"My grass-thatched house is currently leaking severely, posing a significant challenge for me and my wife to live comfortably. My goal for the coming year and beyond is to repair the roof of the house. Given my expertise in weaving papyrus reeds, the main cost I will incur is for labor charges. I aim to complete the roof renovation by the end of July, ensuring a comfortable sleeping environment for us. To achieve this, I plan to save a portion of my subsequent transfers to cover the labor costs. I am very grateful for the financial support I have received so far, which is helping me work towards improving our living conditions."
Amina's family
access_time 1 month ago
Amina received a $27 twenty-first payment.
"I have seven children who are all under my care. At the moment, I do farming to support my family, and I fully rely on GiveDirectly transfers for financial support. When I received my most recent transfer, I used $30 to pay fees for my school-going children. This ensured they wouldn't be sent home for fee balances. I want them to have an education to be able to support themselves and me in the future. I also spent $30 on food so that my children can have something to eat when they come home from school. With the remaining $33, I bought iron sheets because I am planning to build my house. The iron sheets in my current house roof are old and have holes. Additionally, the walls are weak and could fall at any time. Lastly, I used the remaining $3 to buy pens for my school-going children. I am very grateful to GiveDirectly for the financial support."
Kauchi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kauchi received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"When my house collapsed some time ago, it felt like my world had crumbled with it. But thanks to GiveDirectly, I was able to rebuild a new house. Although I constructed the new house, I had to use the old, rusty iron sheets from my previous home for the roofing because I needed to complete it urgently. Now, these iron sheets are leaking and deteriorating further. In the coming year, I aim to save the monthly transfers bit by bit, balancing it carefully with my family’s needs, to secure a new, sturdy iron sheet roof. This will make my home safer and more comfortable."
Charo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Charo received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"With the recent three transfers, I completed the construction of my house, which was my top priority. Before, I used to sleep in the kitchen, which was uncomfortable, especially after cooking. The soot would be all over, making it hard to breathe and rest properly. Each transfer brought me closer to my goal, as I carefully budgeted and spent the money on essential materials like mud, timber, and roofing. Gradually, the walls took shape, and the structure began to feel like a home. Now, I am happy to say that I have a one-room mud wall house where I can comfortably relax. Unlike before, I no longer have to endure the discomfort of sleeping in a smoky kitchen. The new dwelling provides a clean and cozy space where I can rest peacefully. Completing this construction has transformed my life, giving me a sense of security and satisfaction."
Kachana's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kachana received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"With the recent three transfers, I completed the construction of my one-room mud-wall house, which I started last year. I am happy that I have a safer place to call home. The initial house was at a place where water stagnates during the rainy seasons, but now I built the new one on higher ground, safe from flooding. Despite being a widow relying on my son, who does casual jobs to sustain us, I did not give up on my plans for a safer house. Thanks to GiveDirectly, they have rescued me. The journey wasn't easy, but each transfer brought me closer to my dream. With the transfers, I bought the materials needed to start the foundation, ensuring it was strong and well-placed on higher ground, they also helped me purchase building poles and roofing materials, which brought the house to life. Finally, I can sleep peacefully, knowing we are safe from floods, and I am incredibly grateful to GiveDirectly for their support."
Nyevu's family
access_time 1 month ago
Nyevu received a $27 twenty-first payment.
"The goal that I now have in mind is to build a new house, as the current one has a damaged roof and is very old, and I am worried that it might collapse anytime. Through the incoming transfers, I am sure I am going to make this dream come true. I will have a safe place that I call home, and I will not have to worry about the condition of the house for the safety of my children. Another goal is to buy many goats for the sake of my children's education once they join college. When I have the goats, I believe they will learn without any hiccups and make their future as bright as I wish. Achieving these goals will not only provide us with security but also pave the way for my children to have a prosperous future."
Kahaso's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kahaso received a $425 initial payment.
"I took my phone to a nearby shop to charge it in the evening and didn't realize that transfers would be made that day. Later in the evening, a relative stopped by and asked if I had received my transfer because he had received his. When I heard this, I went to the shop to get my phone and check if I had received mine. When I turned on my phone, I saw several messages, including one from Mpesa. I was overjoyed and couldn't wait to withdraw the money, as I was thinking of using it to build an iron-roofed house to replace my current grass-thatched one."
Salim's family
access_time 1 month ago
Salim received a $27 fourteenth payment.
"Ever since I received support from GiveDirectly, my life has been a whirlwind of hope and hard work. I currently sleep in the kitchen, but I have started building my own house. My biggest goal for the coming year is to complete this house and ensure that the roof is securely in place before the year ends. Once the house is finished, I plan to embark on a new journey of poultry farming. I am determined to see this vision through, and I know that with continued perseverance, the coming years will be filled with stability and growth."
Nyevu's family
access_time 1 month ago
Nyevu received a $426 initial payment.
"With the tranfer, I was able to buy 26 iron sheets and posts, spending $390 to build a new house. The old house I lived in was falling apart on one side because of its very old roof, and whenever I left the house and it rained, my clothes and seats would be ruined leading to a lot of discomfort. In addition to constructing a new house, I was able to pay the school fees for my three daughters in primary school, which cost about $80. Ensuring that my daughters can continue their education without interruption is very important to me, and this financial relief has made a significant difference in our lives. With the remainder of the cash transfer, I bought essential food items. This has alleviated some of the day-to-day struggles we faced, ensuring that my family has enough to eat. Overall, the cash transfer has had a huge impact on our quality of life, providing us with stability and hope for the future."