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.
Kahindi's family
access_time 17 days ago
Kahindi received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"My house is in dire need of repair, with mud walls exhibiting extensive cracks and erosion, allowing cold air to seep in at night. Additionally, the aging iron sheet roofing is riddled with holes, leading to rainwater leakage. To address these issues, I invested $25 in purchasing a new iron sheet and building poles, laying the groundwork for the construction of a safer dwelling. Enhancing my personal comfort, I acquired a wooden bed for $35, replacing the uncomfortable sisal twine bed. This upgrade has significantly improved my quality of sleep. In anticipation of future financial security, I acquired a young goat for $19, recognizing its potential for multiplying my initial investment through breeding. Amidst personal expenses, I allocated $8 towards my grandson's medical treatment and $6 for family sustenance. Reflecting on my financial journey, I've gained valuable insights into the importance of savings and prudent investment. As a peasant farmer heavily reliant on livestock sales for income, this newfound financial literacy will undoubtedly prove beneficial in the years to come."
Guyathe's family
access_time 17 days ago
Guyathe received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"The aging iron sheets on my roof have developed significant holes, causing water to leak into the house during rainfall. This has led to various challenges, including damage to my furniture. To put an end to this ongoing problem, I have decided to save a portion of my upcoming transfers to purchase new iron sheets and replace the entire roof. I am optimistic that with the assistance of the transfers, I will be able to accomplish this goal and ensure a safer and more comfortable living environment for myself and my family."
Rusia's family
access_time 18 days ago
Rusia received a $341 third payment.
"Now that I am unable to do heavy tasks due to my health condition, my wish was to invest heavily in farming. Unfortunately, I cannot do that because it requires a lot of energy. So, my plan is just to focus on and invest in my mangoes and papayas because they only need to be watered, and I have plenty of water at home. From their harvest, I will be able to meet my basic needs."
Gloria's family
access_time 18 days ago
Gloria received a $341 third payment.
"Our current home is a small, one-room grass-thatched house which makes it vulnerable to floods. Recently, it rained through the grass roof, and the muddy walls did not help either. This setup also means we can't host visitors due to the limited space. Despite these challenges, I am looking forward to building a better, more spacious home with two rooms and an iron sheet roof, which will be much more decent. Unfortunately, I was counting on the maize I had planted on an acre of land to fund this project, but it was washed away by the water. However, I remain hopeful and trust that, God willing, I will be able to build the new house."
Sidi's family
access_time 24 days ago
Sidi received a twenty-sixth payment.
"My top priorities for this year are still to buy livestock and build a house. I put up with my house's rusty iron sheets being in bad shape the entire previous year. Every time it rained, I would spend the entire night shifting furniture around the house to keep it from being ruined by the rain water seeping in through the roof. This year, I intend to purchase two new iron sheets each month until I have enough to fix the roof completely. I'll feel better once the roof is fixed, and I can then concentrate on getting more livestock to add to the few I already have."
Jumwa's family
access_time 24 days ago
Jumwa received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"I aim to build a floor in my house. Right now, the floor is made of mud. When it rains, the place sometimes becomes flooded with water, which dampens the space. Also, I fear that the mud walls may disintegrate from continuous rain. My wish is to have the walls plastered with concrete and install a concrete floor by the time the cash transfers end. I believe that this will protect the walls and the floor from water damage and, at the same time, shield my family from cold-related infections during the rains."
Sally's family
access_time 25 days ago
Sally received a $340 third payment.
"The timing of the third transfer could not have been better, as it coincided with the planting season when I had not yet prepared my land. I felt anxious because the Kenya Seed Company, which had subcontracted us to farm maize seeds, had strict timelines to follow. I was on the verge of borrowing a loan when the money from GiveDirectly arrived. I used $75 to till the land and plant the seeds. This opportunity is close to my heart because the Kenya Seed Company provides a ready market for our harvest. This income helps me pay for my child's secondary school education, which costs around $600 yearly. This direct payment ensures that my child can focus on their studies without any disruptions. I allocated $175 to purchase a 2500L water tank, which has been a significant relief for our household. It means we no longer have to walk for more than two kilometres or wake up in the early hours to fetch water before it runs dry as the water source was not sufficient for the whole community. Additionally, I spent $50 on buying extra clothes for my children, ensuring they have enough to wear and feel good about themselves. Seeing them well-dressed makes me proud as a parent. I used the remaining amount to support my spouse, who does irregular jobs at a nearby spa resort. His monthly pay is only $70, which is not enough to support our family of five. By providing enough food for the family, I aim to relieve him from the stress of seeking additional sources of income."
Kahonzi's family
access_time 25 days ago
Kahonzi enrolled.
"I am a widow of two children and I do casual jobs for survival. I make little money which caters for food . I have had the desire to have fresh tap water at home but due to lack of money I have not done it. I will use $1500 to install fresh tap water at my home for home use and for business as well. I will also use $11000 to buy solar panels for home use. I currently stay in dark rooms during night hours and it is a risk especially at times when there is a lot of grass around."
Naomi's family
access_time 29 days ago
Naomi received a $333 third payment.
"After learning about GiveDirectly, I found it really easy to understand. We're actually really happy about their culture of helping people willingly and changing the lives of poor people. Because of them, my life has gotten a lot better. Now, I have a water tank, something I've always wanted but couldn't afford. I hope wherever they go, they're welcomed warmly."
Jackson's family
access_time 30 days ago
Jackson received a $335 third payment.
"When the third transfer came through, my spouse and I sat down to plan how to use it wisely. We agreed to allocate $200 towards paying the school fees for our son, who is currently in Form 2 for this coming term, to make his secondary education journey smoother without interruption. This brought us a sense of relief, knowing that we could have enough time to look for money to cover the fees for the other terms through maize farming on our two-acre plot and from my wife's food hawking business savings. Another $30 went towards restocking food supplies for my wife's business, which is crucial in meeting the daily needs of our family of eleven. She prepares and delivers cooked food to farm workers at the Perkerra irrigation scheme. Additionally, we decided to invest $120 in purchasing two sheep. We expect them to multiply and provide us with offspring that we can sell to support our children's education down the line. We aim to ensure that all our nine children complete their education. I allocated $50 to facilitate irrigation on our two-acre maize farm, ensuring it remains well-watered for optimal growth. Lastly, I used the remaining to purchase a sack of maize. This ensures that we have enough food, especially during this April holiday when all our children are at home because their schools are closed."