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.
Mathew's family
access_time 1 month ago
Mathew received a $455 second payment.
"Few months ago, I was employed as a motorcycle rider where I used to earn a commission of KES 300 daily. This money was only enough to feed my family so I couldn't save towards bettering my life. Since I wanted to make big bets in life and give my family the best by being self employed, I bought a motorcycle on credit at KES 185,000 and I was supposed to be paying a monthly installments of KES 5,000. I spend all my second transfer to offset part of the loan and I am hopeful that I will be managing to pay the monthly installment and provide for my family. It would have really taken a longer time for me to pay back and I'm happy I was able to shorten the payment period by eleven months. All this would not have been possible if it was not for cash transfer and I am super grateful to GiveDirectly for the support." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Katana's family
access_time 1 month ago
Katana enrolled.
"My mother gave birth to me outside a Wed lock. After 10 years of singleness, she decided to get married to a different person. I was 10 years old by then. Unfortunately, my stepfather did not accept me so he keeps on mistreating me. This made my mother undergo depression for a long time. Later she decided to purchase land and build a house for me so that I can live separately from them. My 2 young cousins also decided to join and live with me. Since this happened, life has not been easy because I have to work (as a taxi driver) and provide for the 3 of us. Receiving this money means a stable source of income for a family. I am planning to spend 80,000 KES building a 4 rooms semi-permanent house for business. In a month I can make an appropriate 4,000 KES which is enough for our basic needs. Other than that, I will use the remaining amount to pay school fees." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Katana's family
access_time 1 month ago
Katana enrolled.
"What a boring life! The harsh economic situation has struck me so hard to an extent that, my motorcycle taxi work does not earn me as I expect. This is because my passengers are no longer reliable since they lack money to facilitate their transportation. In a day, I am currently making 300 KES which is also not consistent. This means I forfeit meals on some days and also, my children have been frequently sent home due to lack of fees. This situation has robbed away my joy, and it has subjected me to a lot of stress."
Kadii's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kadii enrolled.
"Receiving this money means education of my first born son. He completed primary school last year and he is yet to transition to secondary school because I do not have money to cater for his education. I am planning to spend KES 40,000, an amount that will cater for his full year school fees. I will further use KES 15,000 to buy four goats for domestic rearing. By the time my son will be done with secondary school, the goats will have multiplied and I will sell them to cater for his higher education fees." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Kazungu's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kazungu enrolled.
"I depend on operating motorcycle taxis as a means of earning income. Unfortunately I do not have a motorcycle and this means that my income is not consistent. I sometimes do not get a motorcycle and when I do, I have to give 400 KES to the owner at the end of the day. Being a father of 6 children, it is very difficult satisfying the family's needs. Food, clothing and school fees are the toughest of them all." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Everline's family
access_time 2 months ago
Everline enrolled.
"Receiving money from GiveDirecty means a better living standard for the family. I have two children in college and secondary school whose school fees amount to KES 81,000 per year. They have been in and out of school due to lack of school fees , I depend on my husband who works as a motorcycle rider within a nearby center. He earns little income which cannot nurture all of us especially with the high cost of living in the country. I will consequently use all my first transfers and some from second transfer to clear there school fees balance. From the remaining amount I will plan to obtain food to sustain the family for the next 2 months. This will allow us focus on the next academic year school fees." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Micah's family
access_time 2 months ago
Micah enrolled.
"To buy because we do not have land where we can farm. We have to have a daily source of income. I will spend about KES 50,000 to take on higher purchase. I willmake daily payment of KES 300 a day and conplet it in 18 months after wivh the bod a is mine. I expect to be making anouy KES 300 PER DAY, UNLIKE NOW WHEN I AM DOING THE TACI FOR SOMEONE ELESE." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Rotich's family
access_time 2 months ago
Rotich enrolled.
"I am newly married with a family of 3 and trying to make ends meet through a motorcycle taxi. My wife is a housewife and I have been aspiring to own a dairy cow which she will be looking after while I do the motorcycle taxi. This will improve our sources of income which will lessen the burden on the family. With an approximate cost of KES 35,000 for the first transfer, I intend to purchase a dairy cow which will be used as an additional source of income. I am happy that soon my life will be transformed through the funds from Give Directly." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Anderson's family
access_time 2 months ago
Anderson enrolled.
"I am a freelance motorcycle driver, on a good day I make a profit of 500 KES, and on other days I come back home penniless, the latter is more. This makes it hard for me to provide for my family. I have four children and a wife, and all of them depend on me. The cost of food has gone high. A bag of flour is sold at 145 KES and in a day as a family, we consume three bags, this is draining me financially and some days I can only afford one bag which means going without one meal a day." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Masha's family
access_time 2 months ago
Masha enrolled.
"My priority when I receive the first transfer is to clear school fees balance for my children. Currently I have a debt of 1500 KES. I will be using the transfers to facilitate the education of my children. Six children are already enrolled in school. My long term plan is owning a motorcycle that will facilitate my business of selling charcoal. I currently use a bicycle which is an inefficient form of transport. A second motorcycle will cost me around 30,000 KES."
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