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.
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Mercy's family
access_time 2 days ago
Mercy enrolled.
"Receiving this money means that I will have an opportunity of buying a piece of land which has been my priority since I seperated with my husband.Currently I live in my parent's land .Having my own piece of land will help me grow crops to feed and educate my children."
Jane's family
access_time 2 days ago
Jane enrolled.
"My biggest hardship has been inadequate finances. During the drought period of 2016/2017 I had 30 cows and only 4 survived. Being my only source of livelihood and with 10 children to look after, life became very hard and I was no longer able to sufficiently provide food, education and other basic needs for my family. To date, my husband and I are still struggling to get back on our feet. "
Samuel's family
access_time 2 days ago
Samuel received a $541 initial payment.
"The biggest difference is that I am now more peaceful than before. This is because the burdens that were weighing me down have now been settled. My sons have a place to rest at night that is my kitchen during the day. I have also managed to pay my wife's bridal price which was a headache whenever I remembered I had not paid."
Joseah's family
access_time 2 days ago
Joseah received a $522 second payment.
"I start by thanking GD for the financial boost because our family life has significantly changed. My life is indeed different than it would have been if I never received the transfer because GD cash has greatly help us resolve the otherwise regular family wrangles that revolved around matters finance. Unlike before when I could hardly meet the daily needs of my family, I am currently more confident that I can offer more support and care to the family with regards to basic needs and demands. We have adequate food for consumption and funds for running up the varied household needs and demands for instance paying school fees and purchasing clothes."
Florence's family
access_time 2 days ago
Florence enrolled.
"Receiving this money means i will be able to complete building my house as well as buy household items. The second transfer will enable me to buy two dairy cattle which will act as my source of income since i will constantly supply milk within my neighborhood meaning I will never lack money to pay school fees for my two children who are in high School as well as provide them with their daily needs."
Dama's family
access_time 2 days ago
Dama enrolled.
"Lack of finances has been my biggest struggle in life. I have been cutting down trees and burning charcoal as a way to earn a living. However, this work is too labour intensive and has also affected my health causing unending chest pains which also requires money to treat which I do not have. "
Johana's family
access_time 2 days ago
Johana received a $541 initial payment.
"The very moment I received my transfers I was very happy. I knew I was going to build a better house and no more being rained on while in the house due to having a grass-thatched house."
Irine's family
access_time 2 days ago
Irine received a $522 second payment.
"My life is different in many ways because I had no proper house, I had a leaky house that I shared with all my children meaning there was no privacy. I also managed to buy a donkey that I am currently using for transporting peoples commodities to the market for pay and I earn cash that I use in buying food and paying school fees to my children, y children no longer get sick frequently because our house is now warm and safe unlike the old one that exposed us to harsh weather of extreme cold nights and I no longer have to borrow money from friends and relatives to take my children to the hospital. My income have improved and I am able to feed my family very well unlike when I used to work long hours in peoples farms and earn too little money to meet our daily needs."
Kasiwa's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kasiwa enrolled.
"I depend on subsistence farming for a living but it is not enough to sustain my family. In most cases, I harvest around 3 bags of maize which feed the family for only 2 months. The low production is due to inconsistent rainfall and lack of better farming equipment. Therefore, I will use part of this transfer to purchase oxen and an ox plough. This will enable me to till a bigger piece of land fast enough in order to catch up with the short rains. Therefore, it will mean getting more maize that will sustain us for a longer period. Besides using the oxen in my farm, I will also rent them to my neighbours to generate money for meeting other needs such as clothing. Apart from purchasing oxen, I will also use this transfer to complete my house which is under construction since the current on is very small. Lastly, I will enroll my son in a polytechnic since I was not able to take him to secondary school."
Paulo's family
access_time 2 days ago
Paulo enrolled.
"The biggest hardship that I am faced with is lack of money to facilitate the needs of my family."