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.
Chizi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Chizi enrolled.
"My priority is to ensure I connect piped water to my home. This will give me comfort since I will be able to get water directly at my doorstep unlike at the moment when I buy from my neighbour a distance of 0.5 kilometers which I find hard for my age. To ensure this comes to a reality, I will use $300 of the transfers on this water project. On the other hand, I intend to repair my house's walls and floor to make it strong since it's so weak and during rains, the walls fall down. Also I plan to construct a decent toilet because I currently used some rugs to surround the pit, and I call it my toilet. What a shame! I estimate the cost of all these to be $600. The remaining amount will help me to buy a new bed and a mattress to replace the old ones. Hence, this is basically what receiving this money means to me."
Jumwa's family
access_time 1 month ago
Jumwa received a $25 eighteenth payment.
"As a housewife, my daily responsibilities include tending to our livestock, preparing meals for my six children, and maintaining our household, while my husband works in Mombasa to support our family. Previously, we faced significant challenges in covering school fees, often relying on my husband's income, which led to delays and uncertainties. However, with the assistance of these transfers, I have been able to make substantial improvements in our lives. These funds have empowered me to make crucial investments, including purchasing a water storage tank and installing electricity in our home. Additionally, I've utilized a portion of the transfers to ensure that all our children receive an education and even expanded our livestock holdings by acquiring three goats. From the transfers received, I allocated $20 towards paying school fees and another $14 for buying food supplies as we were running low. Furthermore, I saved $20 in our local savings club to be used in case of an emergency. Another $14 was used to purchase new uniforms for the children. The remaining $34 was invested in acquiring a bed for myself, replacing the discomfort of sleeping on the floor. Witnessing these positive transformations in my life brings me immense happiness and gratitude."
Patrick's family
access_time 1 month ago
Patrick received a $317 second payment.
"We rely on rainwater for our one-hectare farm, which I have already prepared. It is currently waiting for rain. That land is insufficient for growing both food and income crops, so I intended to rent an additional one hectare to make it sufficient. If my crops are profitable, I will use the money earned to buy cows and sheep, which will be a long-term investment because they multiply. If any money remains over, I will use it to construct a nice home for my children. The current one they reside is not in good condition."
Duncan's family
access_time 1 month ago
Duncan received a $24 twenty-second payment.
"Due to a poor harvest in the last farming season, we have depleted our stored food and are now reliant on purchasing all our food items. This situation has led me to spend approximately $20 of my monthly transfers on foodstuff in recent months, ensuring my family does not suffer from hunger. As a motorcycle taxi operator, my income is modest and barely enough to support my large family, so I have become increasingly reliant on the transfers for our basic needs. During drought seasons like now, we also have to budget for water, which can cost as much as $5 per week which sometimes I budget for using the transfers . Additionally, the transfers have also been of help whenever unexpected expenses arise, such as last month when I was involved in a minor accident while working. The entire amount of my transfers was used to cover my medical expenses. Without these funds, I likely would not have been able to afford the necessary medical care, as I had no savings at the time."
Mercyline's family
access_time 1 month ago
Mercyline received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"In the coming year, my main goal is to use the GiveDirectly cash transfers on rebuilding our house, which has become too small for our growing family. It's equally in a bad state, whenever it rains, water seeps in from the ground. If all goes well with my current business, I will open a saloon to diversify my sources of income—an endeavor I've long desired. The thought of the transfers fills me with boundless gratitude, and each time I receive the cash, my joy knows no bounds."
Jumwa's family
access_time 1 month ago
Jumwa received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"My biggest concern is building a new house. The current house is in poor condition, and it has been damaged over time. The mud walls have weakened, and the iron sheets have corroded, letting in water whenever it rains, making the space damp. I have been saving some funds from the transfers for this purpose, and I hope I will have achieved a substantial amount in a year. I have also started rearing chickens, and I hope they will have grown a bigger flock in one year so that I can sell them to support the house construction."
Dama's family
access_time 1 month ago
Dama received a $24 twenty-second payment.
"I aim to repair the roof of my house. Some of the iron sheets were blown away by strong winds leaving an opening that lets in rain water. Besides, some of the iron sheets have corroded over time. I aim to replace them one by one, as I cannot afford to collectively buy the materials at a go. I also want to start rearing goats. Come June, I wish to have started buying the goats. I believe that owning livestock is the perfect way I can raise school fees for my four children who I was left with when their father passed away. I hope to achieve these goals through the help of cash transfers."
Nazi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Nazi received a $384 second payment.
"Before, getting fresh water was a daily struggle. We had to trek long distances, and sometimes we endured water shortages for weeks on end. It was exhausting and worrying, especially during dry spells. With the support I received, I was able to purchase a water tank for $185. This investment has made a world of difference. I no longer worry about water scarcity. I also used $99 to improve the water system by setting up piping and plumbing directly to the tank. Now, fetching water is easy and convenient. I'm incredibly grateful for this change. Having access to clean water has not only improved my quality of life but also brought peace of mind knowing that I'm prepared for any shortages. Additionally, I decided to invest some of the money in the future. I used $80 to purchase two goats. This investment not only provides a potential source of income but also adds a layer of security for my family's future. Furthermore, I was able to extend a helping hand to my son when he faced difficulties with his son's education. I contributed $50 towards his son's school fees, ensuring that he could return to school without any barriers. It's fulfilling to be able to support my family and invest in our future, thanks to the assistance I received from GiveDirectly."
Sarah's family
access_time 1 month ago
Sarah received a $370 second payment.
"When I received the second transfer from GiveDirectly, I was facing a financial challenge. My son had been accepted into a water engineering course at college, and the required fees were beyond our means. With $500 from the transfer, I made the crucial decision to use it towards his college expenses. Despite the fee being $700, this contribution was invaluable as it allowed us to enroll him in the institution. My husband, a tailor by profession, simply couldn't cover the cost all at once. This financial assistance provided us with the breathing room we needed to gather additional funds to sustain his education. With the remaining amount, I prioritized ensuring our family's basic needs were met. I purchased essential food items to alleviate some of the financial strain we were facing. This act of assistance from GiveDirectly not only helped secure my son's education but also provided relief for our immediate needs."
Kadii's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kadii received a $370 second payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, I have a few goals in mind that I hope to accomplish. Firstly, I aim to install a fresh water tap at home. Currently, fetching water is quite a task as it is located far away. Having easy access to clean water would not only save time and effort but also promote better hygiene and health for my family. Additionally, I plan to continue investing in my goat farming, expanding it further to ensure a more stable source of income. With these steps, I aspire to create a more comfortable and secure future for myself and my loved ones."