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.
Zawadi's family
access_time 20 hours ago
Zawadi received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"I am considering investing in chickens. Currently, I have six chickens and forty chicks. My strategy is to nurture them until they mature, then sell them to purchase goats. Raising chickens is relatively simple, and providing them with feed is easy. I aim to save a significant portion of the proceeds from selling the chickens to improve my family's quality of life."
Tusufu's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Tusufu received a $24 twenty-second payment.
"Looking ahead, my focus is on establishing a thriving vegetable-selling kiosk in my community. This venture will be a lasting legacy that will endure beyond the conclusion of the project. I am committed to financing this initiative through the proceeds from my chicken business and the transfers I receive, ensuring its sustainability and long-term success. The positive transformation that these transfers have brought to my life fills me with happiness and gratitude."
Herbert's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Herbert received a $24 twenty-second payment.
"In the coming year, my main goal is to expand my business for increased growth and profit. This expansion will support me in covering school fees for my remaining eight children, who are currently in primary and secondary schools. Presently, I possess a total of twenty-one goats, sheep, and chickens, and I aim to double this number by the end of the year. I plan to achieve this goal by saving and utilizing the transfers I receive. Expanding my business not only secures my income even after the project concludes but also ensures a better future for my family. I am sincerely grateful to this organization for positively transforming my life."
Kadzo's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kadzo received a $24 twenty-second payment.
"As a widow, my reliance on my son, Rajab, a motorcycle rider, has been crucial for meeting the basic needs of our family, including food and school fees for his two younger siblings. Reflecting on the past three months, the cash transfers have significantly eased his burden, enabling me to contribute to our family's needs. I allocated $34 towards purchasing food for Christmas celebrations during the holiday season. Our family had memorable gatherings with delicious meals that brought us closer together. When schools resumed, I spent $15 to cover the school fees for my primary school son and invested $6 in buying him new school uniforms, as he had outgrown his old attire, which was also tattered. Also, I set aside $30 from the funds to acquire building materials for constructing a new house. This decision stemmed from the unfortunate collapse of my previous dwelling due to recent rains, leaving me houseless. I moved into the kitchen structure, where I currently reside. I then used $4 to purchase a hen and revive my flock of chickens, which had succumbed to coccidiosis disease. As the chickens multiply, I plan to sell them to generate funds for the family's needs. The remaining funds were allocated for household expenses, including toiletries and food."
Dama's family
access_time 2 days ago
Dama received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"A few years ago, I separated from my husband after our child suffered a minor leg injury that led to a disability, leaving him unable to walk. Currently living with my parents, I do not have any source of income and fully rely on their support. I am happy to say that GiveDirectly has been a source of hope for me and my son, and the transfers have facilitated his treatment since he requires frequent physiotherapy sessions. For this reason, I allocated $34 for transportation to Portreitz Hospital in Mombasa, where we attend regular clinics. Additionally, I used $38 to purchase a goat and a chicken, which I plan to sell in case of urgent needs. The remaining funds were used to buy clothes, shoes, and food for our Christmas celebrations. I am immensely grateful for the assistance, as it has granted me the freedom to allocate the transfers according to our needs."
Furaha's family
access_time 5 days ago
Furaha received a $24 twenty-sixth payment.
"I do not want to go back to lying to the local chief because my children were out of school. My life is now easier to run because the children can now go to school. My plan is very simple, educate my children, and build an investment. I have lost animas to sickness and weather but now I am more aware of the changes and happenings around me. I hope to get more chicken from those I have and in turn build a herd that can be sold to take care of school fees when the program gets to an end."
Brian's family
access_time 5 days ago
Brian received a $24 twenty-sixth payment.
"I used to think of dreaming as a pursuit of the ric but now I would county myself a dreamer. I have 30 chicken which I sell and buy as well as breed. I plan on increasing this numbers by much more. I also plan on starting a shop. When the chicken are many I can sell as significant number and buy goats which I can breed and sell off to have money and start a retail shop business for general household items."
Zainab's family
access_time 6 days ago
Zainab received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"Upon receiving the transfers, I used $20 to purchase a goat, a first for me since I started receiving funds. Initially, I had focused on expanding my vegetable-selling business with most of the funds. Now that the business is making gradual progress, I saw an opportunity to venture into livestock. I believe that owning a goat will increase my wealth through reproduction, providing potential capital for future business endeavors. I allocated $10 to buy two hens and $4 for chicken feeds. This strategic move was driven by the desire to diversify my investments. With $15, I covered the school fees for my three siblings. My parents were struggling to raise the tuition fees and wanted to ensure that my siblings wouldn't miss school due to unpaid fees. Finally, I spent $53 on increasing the stock for my vegetable-selling stand. I am pleased with the progress of the business, generating at least $7 in daily profit. This not only caters to my current needs but also contributes to my savings."
Mwenda's family
access_time 6 days ago
Mwenda received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"My ultimate goal is to be able to support the education of my four children and provide daily meals for them. I am glad the cash transfers have played a crucial role in supporting these aspects over the past few years, but I am aware that they will not be here for the long run. To secure a sustainable source of income, I have set a goal for the coming year and beyond—to establish a livelihood through livestock ownership, specifically by rearing chickens and goats. As they multiply, I intend to sell them, creating a continuous source of funds that will enable me to meet the ongoing needs of my children."
Sylvia's family
access_time 6 days ago
Sylvia received a $308 third payment.
"After receiving $450 from GiveDirectly, I had to make careful choices to improve my family's life. With $55, I bought food because my four kids and I were hungry. Our rivers had dried up, and we hadn't grown any food for a while. Then, I used $150 to buy 70 chicks, their food, and feeding equipment. This helped boost my poultry farming, which was struggling. Before, I only sold 30 eggs a day, making $6. Now, after six months, I'll sell 60 eggs daily, earning $12 each day. To protect the chickens, I spent $70 on fencing the compound. Knowing my kids needed privacy as they grew, I allocated $80 to finish a room for them. And for a long-term investment, I used another $80 to buy two goats. These choices weren't just about spending money—they were about securing a better future for my family."