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.
Tabu's family
access_time 1 month ago
Tabu received a $27 twenty-first payment.
"My husband and I have had an improved experience sleeping since I got us a mattress last year. Ours was worn out and using the cash I was receiving I was able to ensure we got a new place to sleep. This year I have been contemplating making the same improvements for the children. Their mattress is old and worn out and cannot be used. My hope is ensure I save enough in savings group and have enough to buy a mattress for them which could go for $50. I also want a cow to cut down on the expense of buying milk and I hope to also do this from my savings."
Zawadi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Zawadi received a $27 twenty-first payment.
"Animal farming is the investment most of us in this village have. Our animals however were lost mainly during the long drought. We are trying to rebuild those animal reserves we once had. I have now gotten to seven goats thanks to Givedirectly transfers and I would like to add more. I believe that animals have the ability to multiply as my goats become many I can sell them and buy cows which can earn a living buy hiring them out for tilling jobs or even dairy cattle for milk. This will allow me educate my 8 school going children and give them a chance at life."
Maazo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Maazo received a $27 twenty-ninth payment.
"Early last year my wife gave birth to our fourth child, it was a joy to us as our family was growing. Our two eldest were already school going and my third child was already off the phase of constantly having milk. The arrival of the new born changed things as we now had to buy milk daily for the youngest. we spend $1 daily on milk which is away from our daily food budgets. My earnings vary since they fully depend on when I get construction work. At this point we were also starting to think about school fees for the older ones. We had been buying milk for the longest time but this was becoming an expensive affair. I decided in march to save my entire transfers until we could afford a nursing cow or a cow that was to soon calve to remove this budget, after saving for three months and selling some goats, I bought a cow in May at $160. This is a joy since we all now in the family, as well as the bay have access to milk. I also know once she gets off the milk we can sell it and make some cash."
Jumaa's family
access_time 1 month ago
Jumaa received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, I want to venture into a goat rearing project. This is because I have a passion for livestock keeping, and additionally, goats are easy to maintain. In my area, the climate favors them, and I see most people who have ventured into this are doing well. Prices of goats are rising, hence this is an advantage to goat keepers. To achieve this goal, I will use part of my monthly transfer to buy a goat every month. Eventually, once I have a good number, I will sell some and eventually buy a cow. The reason why I need this cow is because they provide many benefits ranging from milk to fertilizer to siblings, etc. And this will be good financial security, hence I will not live a life of worries. Since I know once I have a financial problem, I can sell and get money to sort out my issues without begging from neighbors and friends."
Janet's family
access_time 2 months ago
Janet received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I live with my three children in my grandmother's house. By the end of next year, my goal is to have completed building my own house. Once we've settled into our new home, I intend to use the transfers from GiveDirectly to purchase more goats, pay for my children's school fees, and buy food for our daily sustenance. I am hopeful that these goats will multiply and increase in number hence grow into a huge flock which will in future be traded for cows and in turn provide a financial security for emergencies in the future. If needed, I can sell them and use the proceeds to address any unexpected issues that may arise and needed attention."
Sidi's family
access_time 2 months ago
Sidi received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"Completing the renovation of my house is my immediate goal, and I'm diligently saving in my local savings group to make it happen. Once the house renovation is complete, my focus will shift to building a shed for the chickens. I hope that they will multiply and bring me additional income. Eventually, I wish to expand my livestock farming where I will sell the chicken and buy goats in hopes that they too will multiply, sell them in future and venture into cows.These steps will not only secure our financial stability but also fulfill my dreams of providing a comfortable life for my family."
Josephine's family
access_time 2 months ago
Josephine received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"With my prior transfers, I had already purchased poultry with the hopes that they would multiply and grow in number. Using the chickens that have multiplied, I plan to sell them, acquire goats in the hopes that they will also multiply, trade them for cows, and eventually start a livestock farm, specializing in cows. In order for my children to be able to support themselves and take care of me in the future, I also plan to urge them to finish their school and support them utilizing the transfers i receive from Givedirectly."
Karembo's family
access_time 2 months ago
Karembo received a $27 twenty-ninth payment.
"I am a mother of four children. I currently burn and sell charcoal. I want to invest in goats as I currently have six but by the end of this year, will make sure I get to ten and later exchange them for cows.I also have two chicken and I believe when they hatch they can easily multiply and I can also sell them when faced with financial challenge and also when my children are chased out of school, I can easily sell them as well and take them back to school. My joy is to see my children well educated and achieve their goals in life."
Stella's family
access_time 2 months ago
Stella enrolled.
"Receiving this money means means investing. My desire has been to start livestock keeping but due to financial constraints this dream has never come true. I am planning to spend $ 800 to purchase a dairy cow and few 5 goats. Approximately, the cow can produce upto 20 litres of milk in a day which I can earn upto $16 in a day. This will be a source of income to my family of 7. Other than that, I will use the remaining amount for farming for consumption use."
Safari's family
access_time 2 months ago
Safari received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"My goal in the coming year and beyond is to continue raising goats with the plan to increase their numbers significantly. As they multiply, I aim to exchange some of these goats for cows, which would be a substantial step up in terms of livestock value and utility. Having a diverse and large number of livestock in my compound would not only bring me immense pride but also provide a sense of security and accomplishment. This strategy is part of my broader vision to establish a solid foundation for starting my own family. With a stable source of income and resources from my livestock, I believe managing a family will become simpler and more manageable. This goal is not just about financial stability; it's about creating a legacy and a sustainable way of life that can support my loved ones for years to come."