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.
Salama's family
access_time 1 month ago
Salama received a $336 second payment.
"The cash transfer I received from GiveDirectly was a game changer .On receiving the second transfer, I used $300 to clear the debt of a shamba that I had already started using the first transfer in Shtaki, securing one acre of land where my father's shamba is located. This new plot is a ray of hope for my son's future, as I plan to build a home for him there. Being the sole breadwinner after my husband left in search of better opportunities and never returned, my previous income of $12 a week was barely enough for food, but now, I invest in burning charcoal for a living. I allocated $180 to buy construction materials for our new home, addressing the need for a stable living space. Recognizing the unreliable water supply, I also purchased a tank to ensure a consistent water flow. Additionally, a portion of the money went towards circumcising my son, something I couldn't afford before. The remaining funds were joyfully spent on celebrating Christmas, bringing warmth and festivity to our lives in a way we hadn't experienced in a long time."
Alice's family
access_time 2 months ago
Alice received a $285 second payment.
"I have a strong desire to pivot towards farming, particularly focusing on cultivating perishable vegetables such as tomatoes. I plan to rent land near the river, recognizing its fertile soil and proximity to a water source—crucial for successful farming. To ensure consistent irrigation, I intend to hire a generator, a vital resource for this endeavor. The appeal of cultivating tomatoes lies in their high demand and ready market availability. I believe that by strategically positioning myself to produce these perishable vegetables, I can generate a sustainable income to support my family. This shift towards farming offers an exciting opportunity. My vision is not just about farming tomatoes; it's about fostering a sustainable livelihood for my family."
Zawadi's family
access_time 2 months ago
Zawadi received a $336 second payment.
"In the upcoming years and beyond, I want to work even harder at my current business, growing it by stocking more groceries and increasing the community's gasoline supply. This way, we can at least make more money and eventually live a comfortable life instead of having to sell water to cover our basic needs."
Johnson's family
access_time 2 months ago
Johnson received a $22 twenty-second payment.
"I wish to continue supporting my son's education as he is set to complete university in the next nine months. He is required to pay at least $300 every semester, and the cash transfers, coupled with the income from selling livestock and my small pensions post-retirement, have proven instrumental in keeping him in school. Another aspiration is to replace the roof of my house. The current iron sheets have corroded and developed perforations over time, allowing water to leak in when it rains. Replacing the roof would address this issue and I hope to channel the cash transfers towards the exercise."
Hamisi's family
access_time 2 months ago
Hamisi received a $22 twenty-first payment.
"I was a charcoal seller but I have not sold charcoal for a while now, I have some land in the bush where I would collect stamps and burn them for charcoal but recently Elephants came from the forest in search of water and I was forced to abandon my work and move back to the village. I still need to make an income as my family is still young and my child will need to one day go to school. My plan is to get into the business of chicken rearing and grow the numbers of this chicken to large flocks that I can sell and buy goats which I can later sell and buy cows or even land."
Kahindi's family
access_time 2 months ago
Kahindi received a $22 twenty-second payment.
"I intend to purchase new construction materials such as poles, iron sheets, nails, and sisal twine ropes. With these materials in hand, I will begin constructing the new house on elevated ground, away from the waterway. I am delighted that the support from the transfer will assist me in reaching this goal, especially considering my modest income from raising livestock."
Zawadi's family
access_time 2 months ago
Zawadi received a $22 twenty-second payment.
"We are currently in the process of completely renovating our house's roof as the existing iron sheets are old, rusty, and permeated with holes, causing rainwater to seep in during wet weather. Replacing the roof will alleviate the challenges of safeguarding our belongings from rain damage. Our primary aim is to ensure the successful completion of the roof repairs. Additionally, we intend to allocate funds toward covering our children's upcoming school fees, ensuring their uninterrupted and effective learning when school resumes next week. The financial support from the transfers has been instrumental in achieving most of our goals, for which we are genuinely grateful."
Kazungu's family
access_time 2 months ago
Kazungu received a $22 twenty-second payment.
"I am undertaking a complete renovation of my old, deteriorating roof, riddled with numerous holes. Whenever it rains, I grapple with water seeping into the house and causing damage to my property. Using a significant portion of my previous transfer, I purchased 19 iron sheets, with additional contributions from my wife. Subsequently, I acquired 18 more sheets and a few, less than 10, to fulfill the required quantity. The total expenditure on iron sheets from my transfers amounted to $68. During the festive season, I allocated $34 for food purchases and celebrated with my family, including my grandchildren. This family gathering was delightful and served to strengthen our familial bonds. I am sincerely grateful for the financial support provided through the transfers."
Paulina's family
access_time 2 months ago
Paulina received a $287 second payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, I have a new goal to finalize the construction of a fence around my piece of land. This serves the vital purpose of safeguarding my property from potential damage caused by stray livestock and other wild animals. Considering the prevalent drought in our region, my plan also involves acquiring a water tank to efficiently collect rainwater, reducing the need to purchase water from vendors and cutting costs. Reflecting on the past, I had raised goats, but I had to sell them to settle school fee arrears. Looking forward, I aim to purchase at least four sheep in the future. Recognizing their fast growth and reproductive capabilities, I anticipate that they will provide a sustainable source of income through breeding and multiplication."
Guyathe's family
access_time 2 months ago
Guyathe received a $22 twenty-second payment.
"I allocated a significant portion of $38 from my transfers to procure food and partake in festivities with my family of six during the holiday season, fostering joy and unity within our household. The moments spent together were truly gratifying. In addition, I invested nearly $54 in replenishing my business stock, focusing on the sale of silver cyprinid. I am delighted by the success of my business, as it enables me to provide for my family's requirements. Furthermore, I set aside $10 within the savings group "Chama." The primary purpose of this saving is to acquire new iron sheets and repair the deteriorating roof of my residence. The current iron sheets are old, rusted, and riddled with holes, allowing water to seep into the house during rainfall. As the sole provider for my family, given my elderly husband's inability to work, I am immensely grateful for the financial assistance, which greatly aids me in meeting our needs."