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.
Francis's family
access_time 1 month ago
Francis enrolled.
"The drought in my area has made life very difficult for us because nowadays we have to buy everything even water that we used to get from the streams. The pension money that I thought would help me in taking care of my family plus my sick mother is not enough because of the inflation rate in the country. It is frustrating and stressful being the breadwinner yet I cannot provide for my family. Insufficient money in the household is therefore the current challenge that I face in life."
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."
Chimbi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Chimbi enrolled.
"The biggest challange is food insecurity, sometimes we go for days without food and clean water. I depend on my charcoal business and at the moment, its not doing well and i have nothing to support me in my daily basic needs with my children."
Philister's family
access_time 1 month ago
Philister enrolled.
"Water shortage in our area has been the main challenge and I have desired to encounter this peril. The issue has been made worse by the prolonged drought. As a result, all water sources such as water pans and rivers where we draw water from are dry. Currently, we rely on which is 10% full and it may not last for the next 3 months if it does not rain soon. We share the water with livestock and in most cases, my family members complain of stomach disorders. To solve this problem, I plan to spend my first transfer to buy a storage water tank and connect gutters in order to harvest rainwater that I will use for drinking. The second transfer will help me to purchase 5-galla goats which cost around KES 30,000 to crossbreed my local ones. As they multiply, I will sell at a profit and use the proceeds to improve my living standard. The remaining amount will help me to clear school fees for my son who completed his secondary school education so that he can get his certificates."
Mtumwa's family
access_time 1 month ago
Mtumwa enrolled.
"I had been struggling with bedbugs which invested my bed making it hard to sleep. I air out the beddings on daily basis including pouring boiling water on them but this has never helped. In the last month, my son brought an acaricide which I used in spraying the beddings and the walls and was able to eradicate all the parasites. I have enjoyed my sleep since then."
Lilian's family
access_time 1 month ago
Lilian enrolled.
"Looking at how dilapidated my house is, my main objective is to build a new house for security and dignity purposes. Years ago, my house was razed down by a fire. I constructed a semi-permanent house that could shelter my 6 children, with the hope of building a new one after a few months. It is now 4 years and I have been unable to build a new one due to poverty. I work as a charcoal burner and what I earn, 2,000 KES a month, caters for the daily family necessities such as food, water, and health care. For those 4 years, life has been full of misery. I know no privacy because I share a room with 3 of my children. I intend to construct a 3 bedroom house that will approximately cost 40,000 KES. I will be a very happy soul once I start living in a house that guarantees security, privacy, and health."
Mary's family
access_time 1 month ago
Mary enrolled.
"I used to depend on casual jobs like farming or fetching water for people to earn a living. These kinds of jobs are, however, becoming scarce because of the prolonged drought in the area which affected my income. The frustration that comes with it is beyond imagination. Therefore, my current challenge is lack of jobs to earn a living so that I can provide for my family."
Evalyne's family
access_time 2 months ago
Evalyne enrolled.
"Our family land was subdivided 5 years ago but unfortunately we settled in a swampy area. Whenever it rains, we face a lot difficulty because water oozes into the house. For this reason, we have been aspiring to relocate to another land which is on a higher ground. We are glad that soon this will materialize through the transfer from Give Directly. We intent to spend the entire transfers to build and settle in a better place and live a comfortable life."
Mwanajuma's family
access_time 2 months ago
Mwanajuma received a $26 sixth payment.
"I have a daughter who had completed her secondary education and had not yet joined college due to a lack of money to pay her school fees. This made her very frustrated and started doing manual jobs such as fetching water for other people and working on other people’s farms for pay. My husband was dismissed from his job working as a shopkeeper in Mombasa after the Corvid pandemic struck the country. He currently does not have a job and I am the sole breadwinner of the family. I am engaged in a small business selling samosa and fried potatoes in a nearby school. I earn very little from my business, which is enough to feed the family, and left with nothing to save or pay school fees for the children. Therefore, when I received my transfer, I spent KES 2000 paying school fees for my daughter to join college and study a tailoring course. This course will sharpen her skills and hopefully be self-reliant by starting a business. In addition, I spent KES 1000 on buying food for my family. It was becoming a challenge to cater to all the family's needs. Sometimes we slept hungry because I lacked the money to buy food."
Ezeliel's family
access_time 2 months ago
Ezeliel enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a new start for my farming practices. I am a small scale farmer and I mostly plant vegetables for sale in the local market. In my farming I usually wish that I could integrate irrigation so that it can help me during the dry season. I usually do not make any money in my farming during the season and I wish I had a water pan to help me practice irrigation. I will therefore use the transfers to dig a water pan and develop an irrigation system in the garden. This will ensure that I can carry on with farming activities no matter the season."