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.
Willyvese's family
access_time 1 hour ago
Willyvese enrolled.
"Water shortage in our area is the biggest challenge that we face as farmers in our area. Iam lucky to be living approximately 600 meters from river perkerra which supplies most farms with water. With GiveDirectly's cash transfer, I will budget $500 to buy generator and plastic water pipes so that I will be able to pump water from the river and irrigate my farm. This will help me support my family without relying on casual jobs. I will also use $250 of my transfers to relocate my family to another piece of land which is on higher grounds. I will also use the remaining money to stock food and clothing for my family"
Maureen's family
access_time 2 hours ago
Maureen enrolled.
"I face several challenges currently. I don't have enough money to pay school fees for my four children. Recent floods damaged many household items, and I lack funds to replace them. For my maize plantation, I need money to buy fuel for pumping water from the river to the farm to ensure a good harvest. Sometimes, my family cannot afford three meals a day due to financial constraints, resulting in breakfast and dinner being our main meals."
Kelvin's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Kelvin enrolled.
"Two months ago, we were displaced by floods and we had to flee our homes to a safe place. After spending a month in a school sleeping under tents, we came back to our homes when the water subsided. I am happy because life is getting back to normalcy."
Anita's family
access_time 21 hours ago
Anita enrolled.
"GiveDirectly's cash transfer program gives me a second chance of investing again in farming. I use $460 of my transfers as capital and plant maize crop on my three acre piece of land. It is through this farming that I will be able to support my family of five. I will be able to pay school fees for my children and buy them clothes. I will also plan $150 to pay school fees for my two daughters. I will use the remaining money to buy a water pump generator, this will help me irrigate my farm during dry seasons."
Mercyline's family
access_time 21 hours ago
Mercyline received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I am trained in Early Childhood Education, but unfortunately, I lost my documents, which means I am not allowed to teach without tangible proof of my qualifications. As a result, I have been saving part of my transfer towards acquiring these lost documents. This month, I spent $55 from my most recent transfer towards this effort. Occasionally, I get jobs to teach, but once the head teacher realizes that I lack the necessary documents, I am dismissed and asked to return with the certificates. This is why I am striving so hard to retrieve them. Additionally, I have a child who will be starting school soon, so I need to save up to support him. I also spent $22 to buy five chickens. In our area, we experience prolonged droughts, making poultry rearing the best option since chickens consume less water, and their feed is relatively inexpensive. I also bought chicken feed for $8.50. Investing in poultry is practical because the market is readily available, and I can sell them if I face any financial difficulties. Finally, I used the remaining $16.50 to buy personal items like soap and body oil for personal use,"
Vavine's family
access_time 21 hours ago
Vavine enrolled.
"I am grateful to have survived the recent devastating floods that struck us unexpectedly two months ago. The flooding occurred at night, catching me off guard. Despite my efforts to seek help, everyone in the village was grappling with their own survival, making it difficult to receive assistance. I had to physically carry my three children through the water to higher ground, where we endured the cold until morning. Rescue finally arrived the next day, and we were relocated to camps in another area. Following the floods, my family and I battled malaria and pneumonia. I am thankful that we received much-needed medical attention and relieved to have survived such a calamity."
Jones's family
access_time 21 hours ago
Jones enrolled.
"In the past six months, I successfully extended my house by adding an extra room. This achievement became feasible after I planted watermelons on a half-acre farm, which yielded KES 50,000 upon selling. With this additional income, my three children and I now comfortably reside in the house, providing us with the privacy we cherish so much."
Rebecca's family
access_time 1 day ago
Rebecca enrolled.
"To maximize productivity on my 1-acre farm, I will invest $307 in purchasing essential farm inputs such as a generator, HDPE pipes for irrigation, tilling services, high-quality seeds, and watering equipment. This investment aims to address the recurring food shortages my household faces. To tackle both the food and school fees challenges, I will allocate $154 towards buying food, essential household items, and clothing for my children. A portion of this amount will also contribute to covering school fees for my grade 7 child. The remaining $385 will be dedicated to constructing a one-room house with a flat iron-sheet roof that can better withstand floodwaters compared to our current mud and pole structure. This new housing solution aims to provide safer and more stable living conditions for my family."
Peninah's family
access_time 1 day ago
Peninah received a $348 second payment.
"My goal for this year and the years to come is to make my farming endeavor sustainable. Thanks to GiveDirectly's support, I am now able to cultivate a two-acre farm. Before GiveDirectly, I could only manage one acre, but now I can comfortably farm two acres. Farming is sometimes risky because of floods and droughts, but there is water in the river now, so I can irrigate when needed. I plan to use the last transfer from GiveDirectly to make this endeavor a success. My plan is to use the harvest to ensure food security at home, making sure we have enough to eat. I will sell the surplus to pay school fees for my two kids and maybe buy some more goats. The thought of this fills me with joy and gratitude."
Kachana's family
access_time 7 days ago
Kachana received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"With the recent three transfers, I completed the construction of my one-room mud-wall house, which I started last year. I am happy that I have a safer place to call home. The initial house was at a place where water stagnates during the rainy seasons, but now I built the new one on higher ground, safe from flooding. Despite being a widow relying on my son, who does casual jobs to sustain us, I did not give up on my plans for a safer house. Thanks to GiveDirectly, they have rescued me. The journey wasn't easy, but each transfer brought me closer to my dream. With the transfers, I bought the materials needed to start the foundation, ensuring it was strong and well-placed on higher ground, they also helped me purchase building poles and roofing materials, which brought the house to life. Finally, I can sleep peacefully, knowing we are safe from floods, and I am incredibly grateful to GiveDirectly for their support."