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.
Hellen's family
access_time 1 month ago
Hellen received a $455 second payment.
"We spent most of our recent transfer, that is, approximately KES 48000 on building another house. We decided to do so because the house that we used to live in had grown old and the roof was leaking. We have always been hoping to build another house, but we were not in a position to because we have been struggling with the payment of school fees for the children. So when GiveDirectly came up with this program in our village, we saw the opportunity to finally fulfill our wish. We are thus grateful for this because we now live in a good house that is enough to even accommodate guests visiting our household. With the remaining transfer amount, we sent it to our child in the university for upkeep. We are thus so much grateful to GiveDirectly for the support."
Kahonzi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kahonzi enrolled.
"I looked at my house and I feel sad. The roof is old while the walls are weak. I am scared that it may fall on me. Receiving this money means a decent house for my household. I am planning to spend the first transfer to buy new iron sheets and materials to erect pillars so that it is strong. Part of the second transfer will help me pay school fees for my granddaughters who are orphans and solely rely on me. The remaining amount will purchase 5 indigenous goats to keep as an investment that is going to assist me in the daily needs of the family."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"I look at my house and I get frustrated with its condition. It is slowly falling apart, the roof is leaking, and the walls seem to be crumbling. All I want is to renovate it, get new iron sheets, and erect pillars to support the structure. I will be saving part of the transfer to buy the equipment needed for the renovations as I use the rest for food and any other household requirement."
Sidi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Receiving this money means self-worth through building a more spacious house. The house I currently occupy together with my 3 children is very tiny. The structure is always congested forcing my children to be housed by other family members. This negatively affects my dignity because I am sure my neighbors think I am failing as a parent. I have not been able to construct a new house because the family's basic needs consume all the income I make from charcoal burning. The 1,000 KES I get per month only buys food for the family. It grieves me to spend nights without knowing my children's safety status. I am planning to construct a house that will be capacious to comfortably accommodate my children. Approximately, the house will cost 35,000 KES. I will be very to spend my nights with children under one roof."
Agnes's family
access_time 1 month ago
Agnes enrolled.
"The house I have been staying in for 2 years is unpleasant. The roof is decaying and leaks during rains. The wooden pillars are decomposing leaving the house so weak. Such a state is very unhealthy and risky for my family. Receiving this money will enable me to build a new house for safety. I intend to construct a house that will stand against any forces of nature such as windstorms. A house that will be healthy to live in. The construction will approximately cost 40,000 KES. With a good house, my 4 children will be very safe and secure against any harm."
Nzingo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Nzingo enrolled.
"I'm a widow currently living with two relatives in my house. I had four children with my late husband but two of them have also passed away. The remaining two are a daughter married in Malindi and a son living and working in Mombasa town. He sells water alongside other casual jobs around town and that is what he supports me from. When I receive this money, I would like to construct a new house because the one I'm currently occupying is quite old with vermin all over even on the roof. Most of the time especially in the night there's soil particles sleeting from the roof because of the vermin."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"I have a family of two members. I am a widow living with my son. The husband died twenty years ago when my son was one week old. I am also total blind. After the death of my husband, I was chased from my matrimonial home by the family due to my disability. Since then, I have lived at my maternal home and mostly get help from my relatives. My son and I are all living in a one-bedroom house with a grass roof. I do not feel comfortable living with my son in the same house. I sleep on the bed and he uses sacks to sleep on the ground. My son is a casual laborer and I do subsistence farming. He earns KES 5000 per month. This money only caters for food. I will use KES 80000 to build two houses each one bedroom. One for my son and the other one will be mine. This will have privacy and also will restore my reputation in the community. I will also use KES 30000 to buy two beds and two mattresses. I am happy for Give directly organization for their program."
Mtumwa's family
access_time 1 month ago
Mtumwa enrolled.
"My son built me an iron roofed house. However the house lacks strong pillars and it is prone to falling since the walls are rained on and the mud is gradually eroded. I wish to use the transfers in renovating it by reinforcing the walls with strong concrete pillars and plastering. This will cost approximately 30 000KES. I would also wish to buy four goats as my investment plan because we have land in abundance where I can easily tether the animals. For me to realize my plans, I will save 2000KES each month while the 1000KES will help me in buying food whenever my son fails to provide and also clothes."
Pauline's family
access_time 1 month ago
Pauline enrolled.
"Receiving this money means shelter for my family. Currently, I do not have a house I am seeking accommodation from my mother-in-law because my house falls off. This has been stressing me a lot. I will use KES 40000 to build a spacious two-bed house with an iron sheet roof that will accommodate my family of 6 children. I will also use KES 20000 to buy 2 beds and mattresses to avoid the cold floor. This will give me peace of mind. I have also desired to invest in livestock farming as a long-term project. I, therefore, intend to start with 10 goats which will cost me KES 30000."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"My house roof was blown away by wind last year and since I had no money to repair it I moved to my son's house who is in boarding school. Moving into my son's house has lowered my self-esteem because people are mocking me in the village. Receiving these transfers is going to be my saving grace since they will enable me to buy new iron sheets and repair the roof and the house too because the pillar has weakened due to rains."
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