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.
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kadzo received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"As I lay my head down each night in the small, cramped house that doubles as my granary, I can't help but dream of a safer, more secure future. The rainy season is a constant source of anxiety, as the very structure that's supposed to shelter me becomes a magnet for water. But I refuse to be defined by my circumstances. That's why I took matters into my own hands and started building a new house on higher ground, away from the constant threat of flooding. With the perimeter now complete, my focus shifts to the next crucial step which is the roof. With the support from GiveDirectly, I see a path forward, a way to turn this half-built dream into a reality. Over the coming year and beyond, I aim to use every transfer wisely, investing in the materials needed to finish the roof and transform this house into a true home."
Rehema's family
access_time 1 month ago
Rehema enrolled.
"Receiving the funds will have a significant impact on my life and the lives of my family members. The opportunity to receive these funds for our project is truly a dream come true and a remarkable milestone for our village. The funds will serve as the beginning of our family's progress and prosperity. Given the diverse needs of our family, the funds will play a crucial role in ensuring that we can meet these needs. We have carefully planned the allocation of the funds. Specifically, we plan to allocate $250 to construct a new, durable iron-roofed structure for our family, which will provide us with a safe and comfortable living space. Additionally, we intend to use $150 to purchase two calves, representing a valuable future investment for our family. Furthermore, we aim to allocate $100 towards purchasing essential bedding items, and the remaining amount will be utilized for various household needs, ensuring that our family's overall well-being is taken care of."
Kavumbi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kavumbi received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"When I received my most recent transfer, I spent $30 to buy food for our family consumption to ensure we have enough to last us for at least several days. With the remaining $68, I bought roofing materials and replaced the old roof. A heavy wind partially blew off my house roof, and I had to replace it urgently for safety reasons. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for the financial support as it has enabled me to meet my immediate need of repairing the roof of my house."
Sadaka's family
access_time 1 month ago
Sadaka received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My son, who was the breadwinner of our family, passed away, leaving behind four children under my care. As old age quickly catches up with me, my primary work is raising the few livestock that I have. My enrollment in the cash program has been of great importance because the money from the transfers helps me take care of my needs and those of my four grandchildren. I spent $15 to pay school fees for my grandchildren, ensuring they stay in school and continue their education. When strong winds partially blew away the roof of my house, I had to purchase two pieces of iron sheets for $20, 2 kg of nails for $10, and paid a mason $15 to repair the house. I am glad my house is now back in good condition and safe to live in. Additionally, I spent $95 to purchase a bed and a mattress. Previously, I was sleeping on sacks, but now I have a much better place to sleep, which greatly improves my comfort and well-being. I am very happy with the financial support and the strides I have made in improving my life."
Javier's family
access_time 1 month ago
Javier enrolled.
"Natural disasters are indeed unpredictable, and their impact can be devastating. One month ago, our village experienced flash floods after the River Perkerra and Molo broke their banks. The floods destroyed my house beyond repair, and the sight of the devastation is a stark reminder of the power of nature. The floods struck at 11 pm when most villagers were asleep. I am grateful that my family of two was rescued from this disaster when we called out for help. The love and unity displayed by my village, especially during times of need, fills me with gratitude. It is a proof to the strength of our community and the bonds we share."
Mapenzi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Mapenzi received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"I really appreciate GiveDirectly for the financial support. I have been longing to change the leaking roof of my house, but due to financial constraints, I have not been able to do it. I depend on casual jobs to support my family, and thus the little I get is not even enough to support my family. Therefore, when I received my most recent transfer, I decided to allocate $30 to buy three iron sheets for preparing to repair the roof of my house. Additionally, I bought one goat at $ 34for future financial security. Goats multiply very fast, so keeping them is a plus as long as you take good care of them. Finally, with the remaining amount, I bought food worth $34 for family consumption because I got the money when I was financially down and we did not have food in the house. Lastly, with the remaining $4, I used it to buy a few personal clothes just to ensure that I have enough."
Michael's family
access_time 2 months ago
Michael received a $420 initial payment.
"After receiving the GiveDirectly transfers, my life has changed in ways I couldn't have imagined before. For years, whenever it rained, it was an inconvenience because the part of my house that was roofed with reeds used to leak. I had to scramble to move items to a different room to protect them from the rain. The stress was even worse when I wasn't home, knowing that there was no one else to move the seats, and they would end up getting soaked. But now, thanks to the GiveDirectly transfers, those worries are a thing of the past. I used the money to replace the reed roof with an iron roof. Now, my wife and my grandchildren can sleep well, knowing there are no more leaking roofs to disturb us. I am very grateful for the peace of mind this has brought into our lives. We no longer fear the rains; in fact, we even wish for more rain, as it no longer means dealing with leaks but rather brings a sense of happiness and contentment."
Rehema's family
access_time 2 months ago
Rehema received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My main goal for the coming year and beyond is to finally build a new permanent house. The leaks and old roofing in our current home have become unbearable, especially during rainy seasons. Every time it rains, the stress of dealing with the leaks weighs heavily on me, and I can't help but pray for a change. I know that once we have our own sturdy, leak-free house, it will bring immense relief to me and my family. We've endured a lot, particularly during harsh winter seasons, which only strengthens my resolve to see this plan through. To make this dream a reality, I've been diligently saving every penny I can through transfers and cutting back on expenses wherever possible. With each passing day, I'm getting closer to achieving this goal, and I can't wait for the day when we can finally move into our new house and leave our worries behind."
Hellen's family
access_time 2 months ago
Hellen received a $344 third payment.
"I am a mother of four children, and my husband works as a primary school teacher. I am not formally employed, and my primary responsibilities include farming and occasionally doing casual jobs. Life has been challenging for us because my husband had taken out loans in the past, resulting in a reduced salary that wasn't even enough to cover basic food necessities.After receiving my last transfer, I decided to use $50 to purchase essential items to alleviate the need for casual labor like working on other people's farms. I also invested $150 in agriculture to plant two hectares of beans. Initially, I didn't have enough capital to engage in sufficient farming, but thanks to GiveDirectly, we were able to achieve what seemed impossible.Our house had old, rusted iron sheets that leaked when it rained, making our living conditions uncomfortable. I used $150 to improve the roof and make necessary repairs. With the remaining amount, I bought new chairs since the ones we had were all broken.My heartfelt appreciation goes to GiveDirectly for their support. I am very grateful."
Nzingo's family
access_time 2 months ago
Nzingo received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"With a very small one-roomed house and worn-out roofing living with my three children which is not enough for us, I made it my mission to build another home that will comfortably accommodate all of us. With the help of the transfers, I have been gradually buying building materials for my house. I therefore spent $57 of my transfers to buy more iron sheets for my home and I am happy with the progress I am making. I further bought food for my family using $15 of the transfers so we wouldn't go hungry. Finally, with schools resuming, I needed to pay school fees for the children so that they would go to school, I spent the final $15 to pay for their school fees ensuring that their education was not interrupted."