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.
Tarkok's family
access_time 9 hours ago
Tarkok received a $353 third payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, my focus remains on improving our living conditions, starting with replacing the old and rusty iron sheets on our house's roof. Although there haven't been any leaks yet, I aim to preempt any potential issues by renovating it sooner rather than later. Thanks to the improved farming activities facilitated by better rains, I anticipate a good harvest in three months, providing food for my family of three and surplus proceeds to invest in the house renovation. I owe these goals to the support from GiveDirectly, which has empowered me to strive for improvements that I had not considered before receiving their cash support."
Sidi's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Sidi received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"With the help of the monthly transfers I received from Give Directly, I embarked on constructing a two-room house. Utilizing old pieces of iron sheeting salvaged from my previous collapsed house, I managed to roof one of the rooms partially. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, the other room remains unfinished as I lack the funds to purchase the necessary 12 iron sheets. However, I am determined to achieve my goal by saving enough money through a savings group, which will allow me to buy the required iron sheets and complete the construction of my house. I also wish to educate my children so that when they finish school and secure jobs they will help me."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kadzo received a $27 eighteenth payment.
"Three of my children needed new school uniforms as their old ones had become tattered from repetitive use. So, I used $18 to buy them new school attire. I also saved $60 through a merry-go-round savings club. When it is my turn to receive the lump sum, I plan to invest in livestock, like goats for rearing. These goats will serve as a financial resource during times of struggle, as I can sell them in the future, such as when paying school fees for my children. Furthermore, I will allocate some of these funds to buy three iron sheets to repair my roof. A severe wind blew off a part of it, leaving a huge hole that had been letting in cold air and rainwater. I also reduced their school fee debt by $6. The remaining amount was spent on food. The last farming season did not yield well for us, so we have been relying on buying food. My husband, as the provider, has been struggling to put food on the table due to his advanced age and inability to actively work to provide for us. Therefore, cash transfers have proved to be extremely useful in keeping our children in school and providing meals."
Margaret's family
access_time 1 day ago
Margaret received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"I have always wanted to build a new house, but school fees for my five children have constrained me. Additionally, the living I make from making charcoal is barely sufficient. The current house I have is in poor condition, with mud walls disintegrating and most of the walls falling. I pray that even as I support the education of my children through the transfers, I will be able to set aside some transfer funds to start building a house. I would be happy if I could build a two-room one, even if it is made of mud walls and an iron sheet roof. It would be a significant upgrade from the current one."
Florence's family
access_time 1 day ago
Florence enrolled.
"In December 2023, my husband started the construction of a one-roomed iron-roofed house for us. Although this house is yet to be completed, I am grateful for the efforts he has put to ensure we change the status quo of our livelihood. Considering his determination, I am confidently certain that, soon we will live in a decent house. Thus, this is basically what has brought me joy."
Mwalimu's family
access_time 2 days ago
Mwalimu received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"The final step in completing the construction of my house is to install the roof, which will require 14 pieces of iron sheets. I intend to utilize my upcoming transfers to gradually purchase these iron sheets, acquiring them bit by bit until I reach the necessary quantity. I am immensely grateful for the financial support provided by the transfers, as it plays a pivotal role in enabling me to achieve my goal of homeownership. With each step forward, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to turn my dream into a reality, and I remain determined to see this project through to its completion."
Sidi's family
access_time 2 days ago
Sidi received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I have been sleeping at my grandson's place since my house fell last year. It's been tough, especially as a widow, trying to build a new home. But thanks to the monthly transfers from GiveDirectly, things have started looking up. For the past three months, I've used the money I received to construct my house. With the burden of food eased by our maize harvest, I could focus on getting my shelter back. Right now, the perimeter walls are up, and all that's left is the roofing. According to the contractor, we need 22 pieces of iron sheets to finish it off. I'm thrilled by the progress we've made so far, and I'm determined to see this through. Having my place again will bring me peace of mind and a sense of freedom I've been missing."
Samson's family
access_time 3 days ago
Samson received a $423 initial payment.
"With the money I received, I prioritized the health and comfort of my family. Firstly, I allocated $150 towards completing the construction of our pit latrine. Hygiene is crucial for a healthy household, and having a proper toilet facility ensures that we can maintain cleanliness and prevent diseases. Additionally, I invested $120 in replacing the grass-thatched roof of our house with iron sheets. This upgrade has vastly improved our living conditions, especially during the rainy season when we used to endure leaks. Hiring a contractor to install the new roof cost $45, but it was a worthwhile expense for the safety and comfort of my family. After securing these essential improvements, I used the remaining money to address other pressing needs. With a portion of it, I purchased clothes for my family, ensuring they had decent attire. The rest went towards buying food, ensuring that we had enough to sustain us without worrying about hunger. Now, as I look around our home, I feel a deep sense of contentment knowing that we have a proper pit latrine, a well-roofed house, and the necessities to live comfortably."
Eunice's family
access_time 4 days ago
Eunice received a $424 initial payment.
"I was chilling at home, seeking refuge from the blazing sun at 3 pm when my phone buzzed with a message. Curiously, I checked and found a confirmation from GiveDirectly that the promised money had been sent to my phone. A rush of happiness flooded me, and I couldn't wait to share the news with my husband. Together, we could bask in this newfound relief, imagining a future where our family wouldn't have to endure leaky roofs and discomfort during the rainy season as in the current situation we were in."
Dama's family
access_time 4 days ago
Dama received a $424 initial payment.
"It was around 3 pm when I was out on the farm, sweat dripping down my forehead as I prepared my shamba for the upcoming planting season. Amidst the sounds of nature, I heard a faint message tone coming from my phone. Illiterate as I am, I patiently waited until evening when I returned home. With eager anticipation, I asked my daughter, Janet, currently in her second year of secondary school, to interpret the message for me. As she relayed the news, my heart swelled with joy as it was a confirmation of receiving the first transfer from GiveDirectly. Relief washed over me, knowing that I could finally afford to renovate the leaking roof of our humble home. I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude and hope for the future."