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.
Changawa's family
access_time 2 hours ago
Changawa enrolled.
"I have a family of eight members with six being children. My husband and I do casual jobs earning little income which caters for food and school fees. Most of the time the family goes without food because a larger amount goes to school fees and it is even not enough.My children have been missing classes and infact one daughter has dropped school due to lack of school fees. I will use $ 400 to pay school fees for the two children in high school and $300 will be used to enroll my daughter who dropped school at a hair dressing college. She has the passion to work as a salonist. I will also use $300 to buy a mattress and a door for the house."
Zawadi's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Zawadi received a $24 twenty-sixth payment.
"As a member of a local savings group comprised of fellow Givedirectly beneficiaries, I diligently set aside $10 from my transfers each month. This proactive measure reflects my commitment to leveraging the transfers for larger investments beyond meeting immediate needs. Following this savings allocation, I allocate the remaining funds across my household's most pressing expenses, which is mostly school fees and essential provisions such as food supplies. With a total of 10 children, eight of whom are currently enrolled in school, the financial demand for their education is substantial. Each term requires approximately $100 in fee payments for all of them being that they are all in primary school. Prioritizing these educational expenses is paramount, as failure to do so could jeopardize their continued enrollment in school. After accounting for savings and school fees, there is often little remaining from the transfers. Any surplus funds are typically allocated towards purchasing food supplies and meeting other essential household needs. Given our reliance on income from charcoal making, it is evident that meeting the needs of our large family remains a constant challenge. Despite the financial constraints, I remain committed to maximizing the impact of the transfers by diligently saving and prioritizing essential expenses."
Ngumbao's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Ngumbao received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"For the past two decades, my livelihood has been sustained through the sale of local toothbrushes and medicinal herbs in Mombasa town. However, the income derived from this occupation barely covers the essential needs of my family, comprising six members. Fortunately, following a bountiful harvest last year, our food supplies are plentiful, alleviating one of our concerns. Consequently, the primary use of the transfers I receive from Give Directly is to finance my children's education. I directed $52 towards clearing a school fee debt for my eldest daughter, currently in her final year of secondary school. Additionally, a $10 fee was allocated for her accommodation expenses, as she attends a day secondary school. The remaining $40 was utilized to cover the school fees of my three children enrolled at Ikanga Primary School. Despite my eldest daughter accumulating over $60 in school fee arrears, I remain hopeful that the assistance provided through the transfers will enable me to settle this debt. My priority is to ensure that she can continue her education without significant interruptions. I am grateful for the financial support extended by the organization."
Kenga's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Kenga received a $24 fourteenth payment.
"The transfers have played a crucial role in addressing the educational needs of my children, particularly my son who attends secondary school. Given the considerable distance to the nearest school which also lacks boarding facilities, it was necessary to secure accommodation by renting him a house near the school premises, as daily commuting was impractical. This additional renting expense, combined with the ongoing financial responsibilities for his basic needs and school fees, places a significant strain on my modest income as a charcoal maker. Managing these costs while also providing for my other children's educational requirements presents a considerable challenge. To mitigate this financial burden and ensure timely fulfillment of my son's school obligations, I allocate approximately $25 from the transfers directly to him for his fees and basic necessities. The remaining funds are then allocated towards addressing the educational and essential needs of my other children, such as school fees, food, and clothing. Despite the financial constraints, I am committed to prioritizing my children's education and well-being. The support provided by the transfers enables me to navigate these challenges and ensure that each child receives the necessary support to thrive academically and personally."
Rehema's family
access_time 7 hours ago
Rehema received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"Next month, my goal is to launch a food-selling kiosk. This venture presents an opportunity for me to generate income, enabling me to support various needs within my family. These needs encompass covering school fees, purchasing food, and acquiring essential household items. Currently, my husband, Rama, struggles to generate sufficient income through the sale of locally sourced toothbrushes crafted from medicinal tree twigs. I am optimistic about the prospects of this business endeavor and its potential to positively impact my family's financial situation. The assistance provided through transfers thus far has been invaluable, and I am sincerely grateful for it."
Monica's family
access_time 8 hours ago
Monica received a $307 third payment.
"With the money I received, I decided to invest $360 in building two rooms made of iron sheets. Living in my brother's house after he moved to town in search of work, I realized that relying on someone else's home was hard; he could ask me to leave at any time. Two years ago, my husband and I separated, leaving me to care for our three children alone.With the remaining $90, I bought food supplies to ensure my family had an abundance of food. Initially, I worked on neighboring farms, earning $3 per day, which was insufficient to cover our expenses. In the mornings, I worked on the farms, and in the afternoons, I ventured into town to run my small business, blending juice and cooking chips to sell. I combined the profits from my business with the earnings from my farm work to pay my children's school fees and provide for their basic needs.I'm grateful to GiveDirectly for enabling me to have my own home, something I never imagined possible. I am filled with joy and appreciation for this opportunity."
Joyce's family
access_time 8 hours ago
Joyce received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"To advance towards larger aspirations with the transfers, I made the strategic decision to join a local savings group, committing $20 of my monthly transfers to this endeavor. This disciplined approach allows me to allocate the remaining funds towards essential expenses such as school fees, household needs, and food supplies. During this quarter, I received my share of the savings, amounting to $100. This financial boost enabled me to invest in household items, notably a new bed at a cost of $50. This wider bed accommodates my larger mattress comfortably, alleviating the discomfort of previously fitting it onto a smaller bed. Consequently, the smaller bed has been passed down to my children, affording them the opportunity to experience the comfort of a new sleeping arrangement. In addition to enhancing our living conditions, the savings also facilitated the settlement of required school fees for all my children. This alleviates concerns regarding potential interruptions to their studies due to delayed payments. With this financial burden lifted, my children can pursue their education without apprehension, ensuring their academic continuity and success."
Zawadi's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Zawadi received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"I am a mother of eight children. Upon receiving my transfers, I promptly withdrew the transfer and allocated $15 to divide among six of my children for their school fees. With the remaining transfer, I invested $4 in purchasing chicken feed for my six chickens and their offspring, totaling forty chicks. The remaining balance of $15 was utilized to purchase nutritious food for my family, ensuring their health and well-being."
Josphat's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Josphat received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"I am a father of three; with two children currently attending school. Upon receiving my transfers, I immediately allocated $20 towards paying their school fees, ensuring their education continues uninterrupted. Another $10 was used to purchase books and pens, bringing joy to their eager hearts. With the remaining $4, I secured food for my family, ensuring our basic needs are met. It brings me great satisfaction to provide for my children's education and well-being."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Elizabeth received a $375 second payment.
"Life has been a relentless struggle ever since my spouse's employment fell victim to scandal, leaving us in a state of financial uncertainty. With four people to feed, the weight of responsibility pressed heavily on me. When the unconditional cash transfer arrived, I seized the opportunity to alleviate some of our burdens. Handing over $200 to settle the debt hanging over my spouse's return to work felt like lifting a boulder off our chests. Though the amount didn't clear the entire debt, it paved the way for a fresh start, a chance to reclaim stability in our lives. With renewed hope, we looked towards the future, knowing that soon my spouse would be back on his feet, free from the shackles of past mistakes. With this weight lifted, I turned to securing our children's education, paying the school fees for my three kids in lower grades with a sense of relief. No longer would they face the threat of being sent home due to unpaid fees, promising brighter academic prospects ahead. Additionally, I ventured into livestock rearing, purchasing a goat with the belief that it would thrive in our region's favorable climate, providing a sustainable source of income in the future. And finally, venturing into the hospitality business with a new hotel in our village was a bold move empowered by GiveDirectly's support. Now, instead of relying on uncertain commission-based income, I had a stable source of profit, earning $6 and laying the foundation for a more secure future for my family."
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