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.
Fatuma's family
access_time 27 days ago
Fatuma received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I produce and sell charcoal. Right now, I own twenty chickens, four goats, two cows, and four sheep. Seeing my business struggle, I took time to think and concluded that investing more in poultry and livestock is the best move. I see it as a smarter choice than holding onto cash, which could easily be spent on ongoing expenses. Animals can easily multiply and I can sell them when I encounter difficulties, providing a more stable finance for my family."
Jackson's family
access_time 27 days ago
Jackson enrolled.
"My primary challenge lies in acquiring funds to lease land for irrigation, which is essential for agricultural productivity to secure food for my family. Income generated from farming would not only fulfill our food requirements but also enable us to address other critical expenses such as constructing a house, purchasing clothes, and acquiring necessary household items. Currently, the KES 1,500 earned weekly from charcoal production is insufficient to meet the basic needs of my family of 4. This income shortfall underscores the urgency of finding sustainable solutions to enhance our financial stability and improve our quality of life."
Mary's family
access_time 27 days ago
Mary enrolled.
"My family lacks a stable income and relies on charcoal burning which does not cover all the food expenses for my family of 7. We're struggling to afford school fees for my secondary school child and materials for my other children in primary school. Additionally, my son has been hospitalized for nearly 8 months now, and we're facing difficulties in financing his medical treatment."
Kadzo's family
access_time 27 days ago
Kadzo received a $428 second payment.
"I have spent most of my life living in a small grass-thatched hut with no hope of building a better house. Having an iron sheets house was far from reach for me since I could not afford to buy the necessary building materials, such as the iron sheets. I have endured several seasons of rain and cold weather, but I had no choice. However, I am grateful because my priority was to acquire a new piece of land and build a new iron-roofed house. The place where I have been living with my family was not my own, and for fear of potential land disputes in the future, I resolved to buy my land, an acre. I had already made a payment using my first transfer but had not cleared the full amount. When I received my second transfer, I cleared the outstanding $120, and I am now the full owner of this land. I can now build my home and use the land for agricultural practice as well. After clearing the balance, I purchased the building materials, which included 28 iron sheets, nails, timber, and building poles to construct a two-room iron-roofed house. I am at peace now because I am no longer facing the challenges I experienced while living in the grass-thatched hut. Even when it rains heavily, I feel very safe with my family. Additionally, I also replaced my bedding with new ones, as they were old and worn-out. I bought a new mattress and a bed, costing me $130, and now I am sleeping soundly on my new sleeping arrangement."
Julius's family
access_time 27 days ago
Julius received a $428 initial payment.
"I left my phone at home to charge while I was busy weeding my maize crops on the farm. Unbeknownst to me, this was the day we were supposed to receive money from GiveDirectly. After finishing work on the farm, I returned home and picked up my phone. I noticed an Mpesa message and was curious to see who could have sent me money. To my surprise, it was from GiveDirectly, and I had received my first transfer. I couldn't contain my happiness and celebrated with my children for this act of kindness."
Joseph's family
access_time 27 days ago
Joseph received a $428 initial payment.
"I was at home with a friend that evening, engaged in conversation, when I received a message on my phone. I didn't check it immediately, choosing to finish our conversation first. When I finally checked, I realised that it was an M-Pesa message informing me that I had received my first transfer from GiveDirectly. I felt happy, knowing that this was an opportunity to change my life and fulfill many of my long-held desires that were previously hindered by financial constraints. As I shared the good news with my wife, I couldn't stop smiling and expressing my gratitude to GiveDirectly for their financial support."
Kadzo's family
access_time 27 days ago
Kadzo received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My main goal is to buy new bedding, particularly mattresses. The one I currently have is worn out, causing me considerable discomfort and pain every night. My ultimate wish is to sleep comfortably and wake up refreshed without nagging pains. Therefore, my priority for the upcoming transfer is to save up and achieve this goal. I believe investing in good-quality bedding will significantly improve my quality of life and overall well-being. By prioritizing this purchase, I aim to create a more conducive environment for rest and recovery, which is essential for my health and daily productivity. I look forward to the day when I can finally enjoy a peaceful night's sleep and bid farewell to the discomfort that has plagued me for so long."
Kache's family
access_time 27 days ago
Kache received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"For now, the dream that I have been thinking of is to grow my herd by consistently acquiring more goats. As of now, I own two goats, and I intend to use my transfers to acquire additional ones. Owning goats is beneficial as they can be readily sold to cover fees or handle unexpected expenses. Once I have many of them, I will no longer have to struggle to fulfill my needs like before. I believe that by expanding my herd, I can create a more stable and secure future for myself and my family. This goal keeps me motivated, and I am determined to see it through in the coming year and beyond."
Celina's family
access_time 27 days ago
Celina received a $428 initial payment.
"I had begun constructing a spacious house for my ten children using the savings from my tailoring shop. Unfortunately, I ran out of money and couldn't afford to finish the project. As a result, the house remained without a roof for a long time. I couldn't gather enough funds to buy the remaining materials such as iron sheets, timber, and nails for the roofing. Eventually, the unfinished house collapsed during a recent rainfall. Rebuilding seemed almost impossible as it would take a long time to save up enough money for construction. Consequently, my children had to seek shelter from our neighbours when they came home from school, as my small house could only accommodate four of them. Thanks to receiving my first transfer, I am in the process of building a new house for them. With the help of the transfer, I was able to purchase 16 iron sheets, nails, and building poles to construct the new house. This means that my children will soon have their own house and won't have to rely on our neighbours for shelter. This brings me immense relief and peace of mind."
Kadzo's family
access_time 27 days ago
Kadzo received a $428 initial payment.
"My son finished high school three years ago, but I couldn't readily afford to send him to college. He's since then been waiting for an opportunity to continue his studies. With my financial situation and three other children in school, it was challenging to raise the money. I earn about $6 a week from burning and selling charcoal in the village which has been my only source of livelihood and I struggled to sell at times. When I received the first transfer, it was a huge relief to us. I used $120 from the transfer, added to some savings that my son had, and finally managed to enrol him in college. I believe that when he completes his course, he will be able to secure a job in future with his certifications. In addition to enrolling my son in college, I also built a new, spacious house for my family. The initial house was small, weak, and nearly collapsing. I spent $300 on buying building materials, including 14 iron sheets, poles, and nails, and paid the mason for his services. I also bought a new mattress for $55 to replace the old, worn-out bedding to ensure my family has a comfortable sleep. With the remaining amount, I bought enough food to last us for a few weeks and ensured that my family comfortably enjoyed three meals a day."