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.
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."
Julius's family
access_time 28 days ago
Julius received a $470 second payment.
"GiveDirectly has uplifted the living standards of our people in our society. People built houses, bought cows and educated their children. At the moment they were all empowered in so many ways. Thus we are forever grateful. In my interaction with the staff, I have witnessed anything that was not done well."
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."
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."
Hellen's family
access_time 1 month ago
Hellen received a $455 second payment.
"Our new goal is to buy new chairs for our household. We managed to build another house with the recent transfer but we were not able to buy chairs since the money was not enough. Our other goal is to get money for paying school fees for our four children. Three in secondary school and one in the university. We mainly depend on farming to earn a living where we usually grow crops such as vegetables, and beans and we supply them to the schools where our children are studying to pay school fees. We at times cut down trees and supply firewood to the schools. When our cows have calved, we also usually supply the milk."
Jumwa's family
access_time 1 month ago
Jumwa received a $471 initial payment.
"Upon withdrawing the money, I first bought a plowing cow because we were nearing the planting season and the cow would serve as a source of income for tilling peoples’ pieces of land. I also bought some building materials the likes of iron sheets, poles, and rafters aiming to build a house since the one I have is on the verge of collapsing. For the remaining amount, I bought some food for the family."
Ketwony's family
access_time 1 month ago
Ketwony received a $455 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."
Gideon's family
access_time 1 month ago
Gideon received a $471 second payment.
"Give directly has done extremely well through its cash donation programs. Many in my village, many have gotten to improve their lives. As for me, I now own a house and a cow. Before, I used to live in a small room together with my sibling that my mother built for us. I felt I needed to progress so I may be ready to start a family. I believe I will now be able to accomplish this. I have not yet noted an area where the organization has not done well."
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."
Sidi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Education forms the basis and the platform that can lead to a future successful and enjoyable life. However the hopes of my children learning is getting dimmed day by day especially after the first born dropped in the mid way in secondary school. I have been tirelessly burning and selling charcoal to pay school fees until when I got challenged by a snake bite which rendered me sick for several months. I have not full recovered though with the Givedirectly transfers, I have every reason to smile. The first five months cash received will be directed towards offsetting the current school balances. In addition, I have scheduled a five year plan where I will be buying a goat at 2000KES from every transfer and let them multiply to a point when I can exchange them for cattle. With just two dairy cows in the compound, I can be rest assured of a smooth life through the sell of milk."
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