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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Kanze's family
access_time 13 hours ago
Kanze enrolled.
"Lack of a reliable source of income to facilitate on paying the school fees for my children has been my greatest challenge. As of today, I depend on my husband whose current casual jobs does not earn him much to support the children in school. As a result, they have been sent home in most of the time, something that does not make them to concentrate in class. I was worried that, they may not proceed to the next class come in January 2020 due to the huge fee arrears but the grant gift from GiveDirectly will assure them to be back in school."
Katsele's family
access_time 13 hours ago
Katsele enrolled.
"Charcoal burning is what I have known as the only source of income for the family of 5. Despite this activity being risky and low paying, I purely depend on it since I have no other option. Through the much exploitation I have faced from my potential buyers, I have long wished to have a charcoal selling center at Mombasa, to be operated by my husband but this has not materialized yet due to financial crisis. Receiving this money means realization of my desired dream since my plan is to offer $500 to my husband in order to start the business. I will use $100 of my second transfer to repair my house since as at now, the roofing poles were destroyed by termites and it can easily be blown by wind. $300 of the disbursement will help me to buy an oxen to aid in upscaling my farming and the remaining amount will support me in other basic needs like beddings and school fees."
Franciscar's family
access_time 13 hours ago
Franciscar enrolled.
"A spacious iron roofed house for my family is generally what receiving this money means to me. Imagine a polygamous family of 13 members, living in a small 2 roomed and leaking house! Our lives has never been decent considering that, I personally spend my nights on the floor, while my children on the bed without a mattress. I usually wake up in the morning with much body pains something that does not give me courage to take my day's work energetically. Our plan with my co wife was to contribute $300 each to aid in house construction and purchasing of beddings. This will assure us of a nice sleep and a promising future to our children since they will get better moments of sleeping and consequently waking up in the morning freshy and motivated to go to school. The remaining amount will help me to buy an oxen and ox plough in order to upscale my farming. This will mean a better living standards for my family, a life that I have wished for long."
Anne's family
access_time 14 hours ago
Anne received a $522 second payment.
"It has never been easy to be a single mother who only depended on a meager income from teaching in a near by primary school for a living. This income was barely enough most so when my two children got to join college and secondary school respectively. I had to take up loans and pay for their education and on those times when I could not settle them on it . I got threats from the lenders which made me live a life full of stress and hopelessness . The biggest difference in my life is the joy and happiness I have after settling school fees for my children because they attend school with no worries of being sent home due to arrears. Secondly, I have been able to meet the family's needs with a lot of ease since I no longer borrow money from neighbors or lenders."
Ezra's family
access_time 14 hours ago
Ezra received a $522 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfer in that I now own a decent iron sheet house like the rest of my village members which makes me fit in this society unlike before where I was a laughing stack . I lived in a leaky grassed thatched house and it was almost collapsing that showed evidence that to the entire village my high level of poverty. I am very appreciative to GiveDirectly for empowering me financially since with this money I have acquired what I have desired for a long time. Today , the grass thatched house serves as a kitchen ."
Keneth's family
access_time 14 hours ago
Keneth received a $522 second payment.
"Before GiveDirectly sent my transfers, my bedding were old torn and the mattresses for my children and ours were thin therefore my family and I had uncomfortable nights. Although I did manually work to earn a living the incoming was little and could barely sustain all my family's needs, However, when I received money from GiveDirectly, I bought a mattress and new bedding. Now we have enough rest all through the night , as a result , I personally feel productive all through the day. Furthermore , making it easier for me to provide for my household especially when supporting my family with daily needs."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 14 hours ago
Elizabeth enrolled.
"Receiving this money means I will be able to build an iron roofed house so that I can sleep comfortably. The house that I currently sleep in leaks because I have failed to repair it. Grass is scarce these days and at my age, I can not move to distant places in serch of it."
Ann's family
access_time 14 hours ago
Ann enrolled.
"Receiving this money means I will be able to pay children's school fees, renovate my house and build a kitchen as well. I have a son in university that needs tuition fees but I don't have enough money to take care of that."
Anna's family
access_time 14 hours ago
Anna enrolled.
"Receiving this money means I will be able to build a small iron roofed house that can just be enough for me and my children being a single parent. I also hope to buy a cow that can reproduce and support me in taking care of some eventualities that may arise in the future."
Mirica's family
access_time 15 hours ago
Mirica enrolled.
"Receiving this money means I can buy construction materials for renovating the house I currently sleep in and also build another iron roofed house. I would like to build another house because the one I sleep in can't accommodate me and my children."