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.
Grace's family
access_time 29 days ago
Grace received a $454 second payment.
"I spent my entire transfer money on buying a piece of land. I bought three points of an acre which was being sold at KES 35000 per point. The piece of land that I have been living in is small and not enough to do farming or to graze the cows. I have been hoping for a long time to buy more land but I didn't have the money needed to do so. The only income-generating activities that I usually do to get money is growing vegetables and selling them. I also usually collect the eggs from my chickens and sell them. The money that I get from the sales is not much, most of it usually goes to the purchase of food and buying the essential household items such as sugar, soap, etc. I am thus so much glad and grateful to GiveDirectly because they enabled me to achieve my dream."
Kahindi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kahindi enrolled.
"Receiving this money from GiveDirectly means I will fulfill my dream of owning a chicken business in the village. I am planning to start this business with an initial capital of KES 30,000. The demand for chicken is high in the village and towns beyond especially during the festive seasons meaning I will have a ready market. I will use the profits from the sale of chicken to buy goats for domestic rearing. The sale of the goats means I will be able to educate my children well."
Francis's family
access_time 1 month ago
Francis enrolled.
"We usually come together as a family every December where we celebrate by slaughtering a goat and chicken. I was worried that last year will not be the same because I did not have enough money but my children surprised me. They came together and contributed enough money to take care of all the expenses and the remaining money after the budget helped with some small repairs in the house. This brought joy and happiness into my life because I never knew that all will happen."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"Receiving this money means investing in poultry farming because this is the only project that I can maximize my time on it. In addition, this project does not require more energy as compared to other livestock like goats or cows. With these transfers, it will enable me to buy some chicken and also construct a cage for them. Since there is a good market in our nearby town, Mariakani, I am so confident in reaping a huge profit. The profit from this project will directly help me to meet my very basic needs like food and clothing."
Juliet's family
access_time 1 month ago
Juliet enrolled.
"I have experience of 1 year in operating a poultry project but it collapsed due to inadequate capital. This has equipped me with favorable skills and confidence and I desire to restart the project once I receive this money. Considering the local breeds are disease resistant, I prefer to buy 10 chickens at 200 KES every month, especially in the first 7 months of transfers. This will be a good start and since there is the availability of a ready market at my workplace, I will be supplying them. This will earn me an extra income to cater to my family's needs. Hence, this is generally what receiving this money means to me."
Khadija's family
access_time 1 month ago
Khadija enrolled.
"I have been walking long distances with a bag of charcoal on my head while barefoot. My biggest joy was when I sold two of my chicken to buy sandals. I am now walking in the comfort of my shoes and no longer prey to thorns along the way."
Chome's family
access_time 1 month ago
Chome enrolled.
"Receiving this money means diversification of my financial sources by starting a chicken rearing business in the village. This will cost me an initial capital of KES 30,000 and with the ready market in the village, I believe I will make handsome profits. I will use the profits from this business to educate my children and grandchildren. I will later use the balance to start goats rearing business in the village."
Mary's family
access_time 1 month ago
Mary enrolled.
"My family of seven is struggling in terms of basic needs. This is because I do not have a reliable source of income as I am only doing subsistence farming which of late has been affected by the drought experienced in the area. Receiving this money would mean a new hope for the family because I will be in a good position to provide for their basic needs such as food and school fees. I will be paying 3,500 KES per term. 2500 KES will be spent on school uniforms and books. This would boost their morale and definitely make them perform well in school. I also have plans to start chicken rearing business at home whereby I will be buying 9 chickens in 4 months time. I believe through this business it will be a source of income in future for the family. The rest of the money will be spent on food and medical care."
Naomi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Naomi enrolled.
"The main target that I am aiming to achieve once I receive the transfers is to start poultry farming. This is going to be an asset for the household that I can use to cater to the needs of my family. I am planning to spend KES 50,000 to build a chicken coop as well as to buy 20 chicks. As they reproduce, I will sell at a profit and use the proceeds to meet the daily necessities of my household. The remaining amount will help me to buy a photocopying machine for my husband so that he can start his own business. This will help us to diversify our sources of income."
Shida's family
access_time 1 month ago
Shida enrolled.
"The education for my lastborn is my current priority. I have a 17 years old son who is still in school. Being a widow with no formal employment, I sometimes find myself struggling in paying his school fees. I work as a charcoal burner in the village and I make roughly 500 KES in a week. Having other needs such as food and health care to be sorted with this same income, very little remains to be sufficient for the tuition fees. Absenteeism has dominated my son's education journey, affecting his academic performance. My objective is to set up a poultry business. I want to start by building a chicken house that will cost 20,000 KES. 10,000 KES will go into buying 50 chicks and chicken feed. The goal is to sell at least 30 birds at 800 KES each after every 5 months. This business is a guarantee of financial security for me. The income will enable my son to realize his academic dream."