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.
Dama's family
access_time 10 hours ago
Dama received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"I aspire to build a new house as our current one is in a dilapidated condition. The iron sheet roof has corroded over time, and the mud walls have started to collapse, particularly due to recent rains. When it rains, it leaks water, making the space damp. My husband, as the breadwinner, is facing challenges in raising money to build a new house because his casual household chores cannot provide beyond the basics like food. Therefore, I have been saving through a merry-go-round club to accumulate funds for buying building materials such as iron sheets and building poles. In the coming year, I wish to have completed this exercise and am relying on the transfers to make it possible."
Tarkok's family
access_time 3 days ago
Tarkok received a $309 third payment.
"I wholeheartedly agree that GiveDirectly has the power to transform lives for the better. Personally, I have experienced the profound impact of their assistance firsthand. With the support provided, I have been able to acquire assets such as a water tank and fence my farm, laying the groundwork for a sustainable future. Now, with my farm fenced, I am eager to sow mangoes as a means to earn a living for myself and my family. This opportunity would not have been possible without the assistance from GiveDirectly, and for that, I am truly grateful. As for their approach, I believe it is effective as it is. In my opinion, there is no need for any changes. Everything is working well, and I am optimistic about the future thanks to the support I have received from GiveDirectly."
Festus's family
access_time 3 days ago
Festus received a $309 second payment.
"In the next year, my goal is to embark on extensive horticulture farming to not only provide income but also ensure food security for my family of four. To initiate this project, I estimate that I will need a capital investment of $120. My plan is to save the profits from the watermelon business to accumulate the necessary funds for this new venture. By reinvesting the profits from the watermelon business, I aim to gradually save up enough capital to kickstart the horticulture farming project. This approach allows me to leverage the success of my current business to create opportunities for growth and diversification in the future. Horticulture farming presents a promising opportunity to generate income and provide nutritious food for my family. I am optimistic about the prospects of this venture and remain committed to working diligently to achieve our goals. "
Naitoti's family
access_time 4 days ago
Naitoti enrolled.
"Since we depend mostly on irrigation farming as the main source of livelihood, we intend to invest 60% of our transfers on our farm. Water has been the biggest challenge during prolonged dry season as we have had to hire a water pump on such occasion. This has proven to be very expensive for us. As such, we intend to buy a water pump at a cost of $400, increase acreage by clearing the extended part of the land at a cost of $50 and the remainder, to buy farm inputs. We project that by doing this, our proceeds will double hence increasing our profits."
Kalume's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kalume received a $24 twenty-second payment.
"I am dedicated to ensuring that my children's education continues smoothly and without interruptions. As I don't have a job, I take care of livestock and do subsistence farming. The transfers have been essential in paying for my seven children's education fees. Without the transfers, it would have been a challenge to raise enough money to cover their fees. My goal is to pay their fees on time and support them as they progress through their academic journey. I also plan to invest more in farming by planting watermelons in the upcoming season. This will help me generate some income through farming, which will enable me to effectively provide for my family."
Brendah's family
access_time 6 days ago
Brendah received a $309 third payment.
"Life was really tough before we received assistance from GiveDirectly. My husband and I depended on casual jobs that paid just $2 a day to support our family of seven, including our five daughters. With the help I got, I invested in a 5,000-litre water tank for $330, which was crucial due to the severe water shortages we face. Normally, in the dry season, the river dries up, and I have to walk 2 kilometers to a borehole, the community's main water source. I'd go early in the morning, between 4 and 5 am, to fetch water and avoid the long queues. The cost of hiring a motorbike to transport the water was $2, way beyond our means. Now, I plan to buy 10,000 liters of water for $50 in bulk and share it with a neighbor, cutting the cost to $25 each, which is a big saving for us. Further, I used $50 to add more food items to my small hotel business, which I started with my first transfer from GiveDirectly. At my hotel, I sell food and fresh milk, earning about $15 a day. As I run the hotel, my husband looks after our tomato farm, which we started with my second transfer. To ensure we have enough food, I bought a 90kg bag of maize for $42. With the remaining money, I bought school uniforms for three of my children in primary school for $15 and paid $13 for school fees to the teachers under the Board of Management. This support has truly transformed our lives, making a positive impact and allowing us to afford a living."
Florence's family
access_time 7 days ago
Florence received a $364 second payment.
"In the next few years, my goal is to have water taps installed in my house. Right now, I have to walk quite a distance to fetch water, which isn't good for my health, and sometimes I don't even get enough. To make this happen, I'm saving money through a merry-go-round savings group. Eventually, I plan to take out a loan to install the taps, and I'll repay the loan using the little money I earn from selling charcoal. This will make life much easier and healthier for me and my family."
Lilian's family
access_time 9 days ago
Lilian received a $310 second payment.
"I am delighted to share that I've made a significant investment of $400 in purchasing pipes to draw water from Lake Baringo, enhancing irrigation practices on my farm. This decision was prompted by the necessity to improve water management and boost overall irrigation efficiency. Previously, my farm suffered from low productivity due to limited access to water, leading to frequent disruptions and reduced yields as I struggled to borrow equipment. There were instances when the equipment would be taken back before we could complete our work, resulting in negative impacts on our crop yields. However, the installation of the pipes has effectively addressed these challenges, allowing me to irrigate my crops more efficiently. Already, I am seeing promising results, particularly with the thriving tomatoes I recently planted under the improved irrigation system. This investment fills me with happiness and optimism for a bountiful harvest, which, combined with the income from my village kiosk business, will enable me to provide more comfortably for my family of three. With the remaining amount, I purchased food to sustain my family, and I am truly grateful for the support provided by the transfer."
Kauchi's family
access_time 11 days ago
Kauchi received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"Even though I recently built a new house, the roof was constructed with iron sheets salvaged from the wreckage of my old house. Unfortunately, these sheets are not in the best condition, showing signs of rust and developing perforations over the years, causing water leaks during rainy periods. This doesn't look ideal for a new house, does it? I have a plan to address this issue by saving money from the cash transfers until I have enough to replace the iron sheets. The cash transfers have given me the confidence to take on projects like these without relying on my nephew for financial support. He already bears a significant burden of school fees for his six children, and I wouldn't want to add another financial strain. "
Kadzitu's family
access_time 11 days ago
Kadzitu received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"My dwelling is in a state of disrepair, with the iron roofing extensively rusted and riddled with numerous holes, allowing rainwater to seep through during downpours. My objective is to accumulate sufficient funds to procure new iron sheets and overhaul the aging roof. The financial assistance provided through transfers fills me with gratitude, as it brings tangible improvement to my life, despite my advanced age preventing me from working independently."