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.
Shida's family
access_time 4 days ago
Shida received a $26 twenty-first payment.
"In the upcoming years, I've decided to invest in the vegetable business. Depending solely on farming for a living hasn't been easy, especially with low produce in recent seasons. To kickstart this venture, I've joined a merry-go-round where we each contribute $10 monthly. When it's my turn and I get my share, I'll start the business. I'm confident it'll thrive quickly because there are few similar businesses in our area relative to the population they cater to. Moreover, this business will greatly assist me in meeting my family's essential needs such as school fees, food, and clothing." (Occupation: Small business)
Pendo's family
access_time 4 days ago
Pendo received a $26 twenty-first payment.
"Without GiveDirectly, college wouldn't have been an option for me. My family faces significant financial hardship, with my parents lacking steady employment. Even the income generated from our farming efforts falls short of providing for our basic needs. To ease the burden on my parents, I'm channeling my efforts into my education. By prioritizing my studies, I aim to contribute positively to our family's future. My sole focus in the upcoming year and beyond is on excelling academically. By dedicating myself to my education, I hope to maximize the opportunities it presents for personal and familial advancement." (Occupation: Small business)
Kitsao's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kitsao received a $26 twenty-first payment.
"In the coming year and beyond,I want to start a business of raising animals because I don't have a steady income. I think it will make me more money in the long run. So, I'm planning to save some of the money I get each month to reach my goal. Since my kids are in school, I can't get enough money all at once to buy a goat. But I can start by buying chickens. When I have enough of them, I'll sell them and use the money to buy a goat. I think this project will help me a lot in the future and keep me safe from any money problems." (Occupation: Small business)
Radii's family
access_time 4 days ago
Radii received a $26 twenty-first payment.
"I run a small business selling vegetables, while my husband, the breadwinner of the family, is a carpenter. Despite our combined efforts, the income we generate is often too little to meet all our family needs. This has made it difficult to plan and empower ourselves financially. Being enrolled in the Give Directly cash program has been a significant relief. The cash assistance has allowed me to address some of our family needs that were previously unmet. I spent $14 to pay school fees for my three children, ensuring they continued their education without any interruptions. Another $14 went toward food purchases, which ensured that our family had enough to eat and never went to bed hungry. Additionally, I purchased a goat for $54 and saved $20 towards purchasing another goat in the coming month. This investment in livestock is a strategic move to secure future income. I am very grateful for the financial support, which has empowered me to better take care of my family's needs. Investing in livestock is progressing well, and I am confident that as the herd grows, it will provide a sustainable income even after the financial support ends." (Occupation: Small business)
Kahindi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kahindi received a $26 twenty-first payment.
"I heavily depend on farming to earn a living. However, the unpredictable climatic conditions have made it challenging to grow crops on my farm. This has forced me to take on labor-intensive jobs at construction sites to provide for my family of eight. To supplement my income, I started a small business selling fish in the village. When I received my transfers, I spent $30 to purchase more stock and boost my business. I'm glad the profit I'm making is helping cater to the needs of my family. I also spent $29 to purchase food for my family, ensuring we had plenty to eat despite sometimes struggling to earn enough money. Additionally, I paid $9 in school fee arrears for my seven children, ensuring they all stayed in school and continued their education. I invested $34 in purchasing a goat, which is a strategic future investment. Once the goat gives birth, it will double my investment, and in times of need, I can sell it to take care of immediate needs. I am very happy and appreciative of the financial support I have received from the transfers. I am now able to take care of my family's needs, thanks to this financial support." (Occupation: Small business)
Zawadi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Zawadi received a $26 twenty-first payment.
"For a long time, the dream of owning a sizable herd of goats has fueled my aspirations. Unable to achieve this goal in one swift move, I embarked on a journey with trusted friends through a merry-go-round savings scheme. With the recent influx of cash, approximately $60 now sits patiently, earmarked for the purchase of goats that will not only symbolize wealth but also serve as lifelong assets to cherish. As the savings grow, so does my anticipation of finally realizing this dream, a testament to perseverance and patience. However, amidst these aspirations, the well-being of my family remains paramount. I allocated a portion of the funds to ensure my children's education was secured, paying their school fees without the previous worry of financial constraints. Witnessing them attend school without hindrance fills me with immense pride. Additionally, I addressed immediate household needs, alleviating some of the burden on my husband, who tirelessly provides for us through his carpentry business. The newfound stability provided by the cash transfers has not only empowered me to pursue my dreams but has also strengthened our family's foundation, fostering a sense of hope and security for the future."
Rodah's family
access_time 4 days ago
Rodah enrolled.
"Nothing beats self-reliance and comfort. Five months ago, I started a mandazi business that has been earning my family of four $1 daily. However, I have been unable to expand it due to financial constraints. With the anticipated transfers, I plan to spend $200 on expanding this business. I also intend to spend $250 on cultivating a 1-acre piece of land that I plan to lease at the Perkerra scheme. Additionally, I will venture into poultry farming with $100 and use the rest for food and clothing for the household. I am excited about the prospect of having an extra source of income from the expanded mandazi business, allowing us to depend less on my husband, who is a teacher."
Sidi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Sidi received a $26 twenty-fifth payment.
"My previous kitchen, which also served as my granary, was swept away by the heavy downpours that came through some time ago. Since then, I have had to cook in an open space outside my house, which I always felt was unhygienic and inconvenient. With the cash transfer I received, I finally started building a permanent kitchen. I bought bags of cement to lay the foundation, marking the first step toward creating a safe and clean cooking area. This improvement is not just about convenience; it's about restoring a sense of normalcy and health to our daily lives. In addition to improving our living conditions, I used some of the funds to boost my business. I expanded my clothing sales and invested in my retail shop, and I'm thrilled to see the positive results. My business is thriving, and I no longer worry as much about bringing food to the table every day. With the remaining amount, I bought a goat, viewing it as a potential asset for future financial stability. This goat represents a safety net for any tough times ahead, providing a sense of security that I hadn't felt before. Thanks to this support, our lives are gradually transforming, and the future looks brighter."
Emily's family
access_time 5 days ago
Emily received a $347 third payment.
"This year and in the years to come, I want to build a home on my ancestral land in Kabarnet. I want a nice and comfortable place for my old age. It will also provide a good place for my large family of six kids to gather during festive seasons. Currently, I live in borrowed space, which does not bring comfort, privacy, or relaxation. I'll use the savings from the tomato business that I started with GiveDirectly's first transfer to make this dream come true. The thought of building my own home fills me with joy, satisfaction, and gratitude." (Occupation: Small business)
Sadaka's family
access_time 8 days ago
Sadaka received a $26 twenty-fifth payment.
"For the next month, my plan is to give additional capital to my son to help boost his struggling business. Though my initial plan was to purchase a new bed and mattress, unforeseen urgent matters demanded attention and required immediate resolution. Despite this delay, I am determined to prioritize redirecting my savings towards acquiring these essential items. The current condition of my bedding is far from ideal, making sleeping very uncomfortable, but I am hopeful that with careful planning and perseverance, I will soon be able to improve my living conditions."