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.
Jane's family
access_time 15 days ago
Jane received a $26 sixth payment.
"I manage a small shop where I sell household utensils and clothing. However, running this business is difficult due to the weight of responsibilities that follow me. I am sometimes forced to turn to the stock money to provide food and other necessities for my family, which has resulted in serious financial constraints. As a result, when I received the transfer, I decided to spend the entire amount on additional shop items. This will allow me to generate more profits in the future to meet my needs without having to use the capital." (Occupation: Small business)
Petroniller's family
access_time 15 days ago
Petroniller received a $468 second payment.
"My new goal was to buy a cow because I come from a humble background where we don’t own any livestock. I married my wife without paying a dowry because I had nothing. I have since hoped to own livestock, which will enable me to pay her dowry someday. Getting these funds has enabled me to at least buy a cow, which is the beginning of my plan to have livestock." (Occupation: Small business)
Gilbert's family
access_time 1 month ago
Gilbert received a $455 second payment.
"Yes, my new goal is to buy a grass cutting machine for my two dairy cows. I have already started saving towards the same and I hope I will be able to achieve my new goal soon." (Occupation: Small business)
Alii's family
access_time 1 month ago
Alii received a $471 second payment.
"Using these funds from give directly, I have managed to accomplish most of the things I had desired to. However, my new goal of building rentals has not yet been fulfilled. I need KES 300,000 to be able to accomplish this. since I used up most of my savings, I plan on continuing with my job as a motorcyclist so I could start saving up. Although the harsh economic times have made it hard to do so." (Occupation: Small business)
Jumwa's family
access_time 1 month ago
Jumwa received a $471 initial payment.
"Before GiveDirectly graced our village with this amazing unconditional transfer, my life was full of struggles. I was relying on making and selling charcoal which was a hand-to-mouth business. This job was very tiresome. I appreciate the help I received from GiveDirectly because it gave me a break from the charcoal business. As of now, I am resting and things are moving on well. This could not be possible if it were not for GiveDirectly." (Occupation: Small business)
Jemima's family
access_time 1 month ago
Jemima received a $455 second payment.
"My new goal is to open my business because I have been employed in a grocery store for so many years, earning as little as KES 150 per day. My passion is the cosmetic shop and hairdressing. It is my plan and I could not open the business because of financial constraints." (Occupation: Small business)
Dama's family
access_time 1 month ago
Dama enrolled.
"I have 1 year of experience in doing small businesses within the village and the current one is hawking some coconuts. This has given me the skills and confidence to operate a more challenging business. Since I desire to invest more in this venture, I intend to open up a kiosk at home where I can incorporate other foodstuff including green vegetables and some maize flour. With these transfers, I plan to save and raise an amount of 20000 KES which will be enough to start with. This will assure me of a reliable source of income because I am so confident of reaping good profit since at the moment, there is no other kiosk around. Therefore, starting a reliable source of income is generally what receiving this money means to me." (Occupation: Small business)
Sidi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Receiving this money means restoring dignity and safety for my family. I have a family of seven children whom we share the same single roomed house. Three are above eighteen years and according to the African culture, we are not supposed to share the same room. People in the village especially my neighbors see me as a failure because I cannot afford better shelter for my children. However, due to lack of enough money, building a bigger one has remained to be a dream. I work in quarry where I earn a daily stipend of KES 400. This is not enough to meet some of the basic needs because all I get is solely used for food. My number one goal is to build a two bedroom house which will cost KES 60000. I will then use the remaining amount to start a business."
Kazungu's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kazungu received a $455 second payment.
"I had two plots of land in the nearby market that I had bought but I couldn't afford to build stalls. With part of my first and second transfer, I was able to build a stall which I'm looking forward to rent it out. My new goal is to build the other one and since I don't have capital, I'm looking forward to save towards the same." (Occupation: Small business)
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"My son and I decided to build another house and move away from the rest of the extended family. The cost of building is very high and we are stuck at the finishing stage. I pray for some financial breakthrough so that we can live comfortably." (Occupation: Small business)