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.
Kahindi's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kahindi received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"I allocated $68 from the cash transfers to purchase two goats, to raise them to accumulate funds for my five children's education. Rearing livestock is a reliable means of financial provision, especially considering that my primary source of income, fishing, is often insufficient to cover all their tuition fees. Aside from that, I invested $20 in acquiring a new phone, as my previous one was faulty and impeding communication. This purchase not only ensures I can stay in touch with Give Directly but also enables me to maintain contact with my loved ones. I am now relieved! The remaining $14 was used to supplement my savings and settle a school debt accrued by one of my children for that particular term."
Silvia's family
access_time 10 days ago
Silvia enrolled.
"Being a farmer in a drought prone area, I intend to buy a water pump to assist me in irrigating my land. This will cost us $450 including piping costs. By doing this, I will be able to irrigate my crops with ease and even grow crops that are very sensitive to drought. I also plan to revive my husband's fishing job by purchasing fishing nets so that he can be able to capture on large scale and sale them at higher profit margin. This will mean that all of us will be actively contributing in our family's livelihood sustainability."
Karisa's family
access_time 1 month ago
Karisa received a $24 twenty-sixth payment.
"I have 5 children in school which I primarily rely on these transfer to pay their fees and buy their school supplies. Each of the 5 is required to pay a fee of $8 per term which totals to $40 for the five of them. Due to my low income which is from casual jobs, charcoal making and sometimes fishing, I am unable to provide for their basic needs as well as their school needs. For this reason, I always ensure that I clear their fees whenever I receive the transfers, mostly setting aside approximately $24 of the transfers and spending the remaining amount on other school supplies or household requirements. Whenever possible, I also try to expand my already large herd of livestock by buying either chicken or goats as they are more affordable. An example is in the month of February when I managed to purchase a young goat at $32. The livestock are an investment I am hoping will help once my children join high school as I will easily be able to sell them and raise the required fees."
Chengo's family
access_time 2 months ago
Chengo received a $24 twenty-sixth payment.
"I am a fisherman who occasionally does motorcycle rides to make ends meet. I have two children and a wife. My wife is a stay at home mother and is a seasonal farmer. Givedrectly transfers have provided a lifeline for my family and I. I do not make much from the work I do, my income weekly is between $5 to $10 depending on how frequently I am hired to help with motorcycle rides or go fishing. my family would have had many days of sleeping hungry had it not been for transfers, I have recently spent $48 0n food from my transfers, $16 monthly, I have bought four chicken each at $5 all together costing $20. I also use my transfers to get essential toiletries such as soap and body oil at $25 cumulatively. I saved $10 to a village savings group. I always leave something unused to cater for any emergencies."
Nolaram's family
access_time 4 months ago
Nolaram received a $117 initial payment.
"Receiving money from GiveDirectly has made great difference in our lives. One of the most significant changes has been the ability to finally cultivate our neglected 2-acre land, which lay barren for six years due to a lack of resources. We had been reliant on unstable income from casual jobs and fishing, which was not sustainable in the long run. What truly amazed us was the opportunity to plow the land with machinery, something entirely new to us. In the past, when we attempted to plant crops, it was always through manual labor. This newfound blessing fills us with hope and belief that our future will be different. With this support, we're optimistic about the prospects ahead."
Kadzo's family
access_time 5 months ago
Kadzo received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"Using part of my recent cash transfer, I decided to invest in the productivity of my one-acre farm. I hired a close neighbor to assist with the early preparation of the land, spending nearly $20 on this project. The physical strain of working the entire farm alone had limited my yield in the past, and I am hopeful that with this additional help, my harvest will significantly increase. The ongoing rains have further boosted my optimism, as they bode well for a successful farming season, alleviating the specter of famine that has often loomed over my family. With the remaining $14.7, I prioritized securing food for my eleven family members. As a casual laborer, I earn around $25 a week, and with my spouse working as a fisherman, our combined income is modest. This allocation is aimed at ensuring our immediate sustenance, especially during times when jobs might be scarce or the fishing haul is less abundant. The unconditional cash transfer has been a welcome relief, not just addressing our current needs but also providing an opportunity to break the cycle of limited harvests and financial insecurity that has persistently plagued us."
Foleni's family
access_time 5 months ago
Foleni received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"Looking ahead to the coming year and beyond, I aspire to acquire my fishing equipment. Despite relying on fishing as my main source of income, I have been sharing equipment with my father, creating inconveniences and limiting our fish yield. To purchase new equipment, I estimate that I will need at least $90. Despite the financial constraints and significant responsibilities of providing for my eight children, I remain hopeful that I can save and accumulate this amount in the near future."
Hussein's family
access_time 5 months ago
Hussein enrolled.
"I'm a fisherman and with the current rains, life has been very difficult for me. The coming of the rains has greatly affected my fishing activities since there are fewer fish. This has led to a lack of income on my side which affects me so much since sometimes I don't have food to eat. This has forced me to depend on casual work which is not also enough to meet my daily needs."
Jackson's family
access_time 6 months ago
Jackson enrolled.
"Receiving the cash transfers means so much to me and my family. The first aspect I intend to do with the transfers is to purchase 5 goats which will cost me about $180 of the first transfers. For the second and third transfers, I intend to improve our livelihood. Firstly I intend to purchase fishing equipment such as fishing nets. This will make my work easier and also will boost my productivity. Secondly, I intend to expand my wife's business by giving her cash to buy stock. This will increase her capacity which will bring more money to our family. I'm happy to receive the transfers since it will assist us greatly."
Zawadi's family
access_time 6 months ago
Zawadi received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"I have a total of nine children, with six of them currently attending school, while the remaining three are still at home because they haven't reached the school-going age. I'm determined to provide them with education so as to enhance their future opportunities. And so I spent $50 from the transfers to cover their school fees. My husband and I manage a small business where we burn and sell charcoal. Additionally, we have another venture where he engages in fishing, and I handle the sale of the fish upon his return. However, the income from these businesses has consistently fallen short of meeting our household expenses.Prior to receiving assistance from GiveDirectly, we often struggled to put food on the table. Using a portion of the transfers, I spent $22 to buy both food and other essential household items. I then invested $30 in acquiring a goat for income generation. My plan is to raise the goat and have it reproduce, utilizing the proceeds from selling them to support our children's education. I'm so grateful GiveDirectly has brought meaning into our lives."