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.
Julius's family
access_time 29 days ago
Julius received a $470 second payment.
"My grandson had excelled in his primary school exams. This motivated me to strive to look for funds so that I can comfortably see him through his high school education. Luckily GiveDirectly came and promised us the unconditional transfer. I used to work before but I retired, hence I depend on farming to earn a living at the moment. I am married and my children are all adults apart from the lastborn son who is still in college. Therefore, I used my transfer in paying school fees for my grandson and my son where I used KES 45,000. I then used the remaining amount on foodstuffs and clothes. I am so grateful and happy that I was able to achieve a lot in a short span."
Regina's family
access_time 1 month ago
Regina received a $471 second payment.
"For the longest time, my husband and I have desired to have livestock but this is a dream that seemed unachievable because he has been relying on casual farm jobs to provide for his family. Earning averagely KES 800 per week, he was only capable of providing two meals per day and pay school fees for our two children and therefore, he couldn't afford to buy livestock. With the first transfer, we were able to build a decent house for our family and our new goal was to buy livestock. I spend KES 34,000 of my recent transfer to buy two young bulls which hopefully, will be of great help with farm labour. I also spend KES 5,000 to fix our house door and the balance to buy food and clothing for our children. I'm so happy that I was able to achieve my long life dream, buy enough food to take us through the month and my children nolonger walk around with torn clothes."
Brian's family
access_time 1 month ago
Brian received a $26 sixth payment.
"I am an orphan, and since my father's death, I have relied primarily on my grandmother for support. This is because my mother does not have a steady source of income and must rely on casual jobs like charcoal making to provide for us. So, when I received my recent transfer, I used the entire KES 3000 to pay my school fees. I recently joined form one, and the GiveDirectly's support greatly relieved my grandmother of the burden of raising the entire school fee. I am hopeful that if I focus well on my studies, I will be able to succeed in life and be able to support my mother, who has been living in an extreme poverty for over a decade."
Hellen's family
access_time 1 month ago
Hellen received a $455 second payment.
"Our new goal is to buy new chairs for our household. We managed to build another house with the recent transfer but we were not able to buy chairs since the money was not enough. Our other goal is to get money for paying school fees for our four children. Three in secondary school and one in the university. We mainly depend on farming to earn a living where we usually grow crops such as vegetables, and beans and we supply them to the schools where our children are studying to pay school fees. We at times cut down trees and supply firewood to the schools. When our cows have calved, we also usually supply the milk."
Baraka's family
access_time 1 month ago
Baraka enrolled.
"The thought of receiving 3000 KES every month for 5 years gives me a great sense of relief because as a student, I have had many challenges in paying my primary school fees. With these transfers, I am so happy to learn that, my dream of a bright future is going to come to reality since GiveDirectly has come to offset my burden. I am now confident about settling in school and having a good learning environment because I will be paying off my fees on time. This will results in a good performance and assure me of a better future hence, this is generally what receiving this money means to me."
Sidi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Last month, my three children who are currently in college were sent back home due to lack of school fees. Fortunately I got a buyer who was willing to buy a piece of my land worth KES 40000. This was like a miracle to me because I was able to clear the debts and have some for food. This was the happiest moment ever for me."
Kazungu's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kazungu received a $455 second payment.
"I am a father of six and I am the bread winner of the family. For the longest time now, I have been burning and selling charcoal to earn living and it hasn't been easy because, it takes two weeks to get two sacks of charcoal whereby a sack goes for KES 500. The KES 2000 that I earn per month can only afford my family food and therefore, other bills like school fees are left unpaid. Since my biggest wish was to own livestock, I spend KES 34000 to buy goats and the balance to clear school fees for my children. I am now a proud owner of livestock and I have a sense of belonging to my community which strongly embraces livestock. I'm also happy that my children can finally settle in school without being send home every now and then and I'm sure this will help them recovery the time that they lost and improve on their studies."
Cherotich's family
access_time 1 month ago
Cherotich received a $455 second payment.
"I am born into a family of eight children. My parents are unemployed and mainly depend on farming to provide for our needs. Currently, because of the financial constraints, my parents have only paid my high school fees and cannot cater for my college fees. The first transfer was entirely spent enrolling me in the school of applied biology. My recent transfer is in my account to pay for my second year of college, which cost KES 53,000 per year."
Mariam's family
access_time 1 month ago
Mariam enrolled.
"I'm currently a form three student attending Mnazimwenga Mixed Secondary School. I have been having problems a lot with school fees as my father who normally pays for me doesn't do so in time regularly. This has affected my performance a lot over the time. And being a first born in a family of four, I strongly feel my father won't comfortably make it and so when I start getting these transfers I want to just relieve him a little bit off paying my school fees. He works with a particular food production company in Mombasa town focused on bakery products. I do not know how much he earns but he doesn't seem to be doing so great, and because he still has a long way to go, I want to just help him out when I can."
Ali's family
access_time 1 month ago
Ali enrolled.
"I'm a casual laborer in the village partly employed by someone as a gardener and a messenger earning 5000 KES monthly, and also taking up other casual jobs elsewhere in the village in my spare time to supplement. But still I'm always limited because I have a deformity on my small finger of the right hand that makes it quite painful to be doing these physical jobs. The finger is permanently folded so it's hard to hold a tool for long. When I get this money, it will relieve me off the school fees burden. I have one wife and three children who're all schooling paying 1000 KES each every academic term. I haven't been able to pay this regularly and still feed the family."
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