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.
to follow someone and stay updated on their journey with GiveDirectly.

Want to hear more updates from recipients? Click below to follow 10!

Follow 10

Christopher's family
access_time 5 days ago
Christopher received a $484 initial payment.
"I felt so happy the moment I received the transfer. It was around 4am when I heard a message notification from my phone. When I checked it out I couldn't believe my eyes. It was a message confirming that I have received money from GiveDirectly. I immediately inform my family members in the morning and they were so happy. They celebrated with lots of joy. I knew I would be able to buy a dairy cow. I went and withdrew the money the same day."
John's family
access_time 6 days ago
John received a $484 initial payment.
"We used part of the transfer received pay school fees, used part of it to buy a dairy cow as we also used a small proportion of it to buy for for family. We chose to buy a dairy cow as we had none and also paid school fees which was one of the main challenges we have always had"
Judy's family
access_time 6 days ago
Judy received a $484 second payment.
""The land of Bomet is one of the most dry areasin Kenya due to drought. I have always dreamt of buying water tank to help me stock water for the family during dry seasons. I knew that when I buy the water tank my family would no longer goes without water during dry season. In our village almost every one is keeping livestock. Livestock keeping is the main source of livelihood and income in Siongorie village. I had always dream of even one cow for the family. So the new goals that I had before receiving this transfers was buying a water tank and some cattle.""
Amina's family
access_time 6 days ago
Amina received a $484 second payment.
""For the longest time I have never touch over KES 50,000 in my hand. Receiving this transfers was a dream true. I have been surviving on small business. The income I received from my daily hustle was never enough. My heart glimpsed with joy at the confirmation of the cash receipt worth KES 53150. I knew it was time to accomplish that which I had desired to achieve in my life. I bought two cows and four goats totalling to KES 40,000. I used KES 5,000 to add more stock for my business. The remaining KES 8,000 I bought sachets of maize and food shopping for the family.""
Rose's family
access_time 6 days ago
Rose enrolled.
"We faced drought in the last season and I lost all my livestock I had heavily invested in, 4 cows worth 3000ksh and 4 goats worth 5000ksh. I recently opened a retail business, and there's less flow of customers, as my shop has less products on the shelf, so customers come in and end up disappointed."
Diana's family
access_time 7 days ago
Diana received a $468 second payment.
"Having received the transfer, I utilised it to extend my house, built a new kitchen. This was quite a progression for myself and my family, seeing as I had been trying to do the same for a while. My sights are now set at buying a cow, which goes for roughly Kes. 30, 000, which would allow me to better cater for my expenses such as the school fees of Kes. 450 per term for my child who is in PP2 at Kamenwo Primary School, which would be made by selling milk at Kes. 45 per litre. As a security guard in Nairobi, funds are always scarce, so a second source of income would be very welcome."
Janeth's family
access_time 7 days ago
Janeth received a $484 initial payment.
"Buying a heifer is the biggest difference in my daily life. This is because I always buy milk from my neighbors and it's so costly because I do not have a source of income. I depend on small scale horticute farming. This earns me a small income to meet household basic needs. I had no extra money to buy a dairy cow. When I received the transfer I felt so happy. I was able to buy a heifer. This has given me hope since I will get enough milk when it reproduce. I will be able to sell the surplus milk at the shopping center to earn an income to meet other household items. I like dairy farming and I wish to improve this breed and ensure that I save some money to purchased another cow. GiveDirectly has enabled us to fulfilled our dreams and make life simple and easy for us."
Rebecca's family
access_time 7 days ago
Rebecca received a $484 initial payment.
"It was 9 am. I was milking the cows when my son came to inform me that the money had been sent. I felt so happy I almost stop milking. I went with my son to withdrew the money the same day. My children felt so good and excited too. I knew I would be able to buy a dairy cow. This was one of my main focus. I am so grateful for the support because it was like a sunrise to me and my family."
Joice's family
access_time 7 days ago
Joice received a $484 initial payment.
"I spent KES 20,000 to buy a dairy cow. This has always been my wish and I was able to fulfilled it. I paid KES 20,000 school fees for my children in various schools. My children were able to study well without being sent home. The rest of the money I bought food and clothes. I am so grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has changed my living standard."
Julius's family
access_time 7 days ago
Julius received a $484 initial payment.
"I had been buying milk for the longest time since I didn't have a cow of my own. Upon receiving my first transfer, I spent Kshs.35,000 in purchasing a dairy cow which we currently milk a liter per day. I am happy that the money I get from the daily manual jobs I do helps me in buying other household items. I also purchased two sacs of maize at a cost of Ksh.5,000.The maize can sustain us for the better part of the year as we wait for the next season of harvest. With the remaining amount, I spent on buying clothes and other household items for my three family members."