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.
Omar's family
access_time 3 days ago
Omar received a $27 twenty-first payment.
"I currently reside in a small, one-roomed house, but my long-term aspiration is to own a two-roomed house. To achieve this goal, I plan to build a two-roomed house by the end of the GiveDirectly program. Once the house is complete, I intend to utilize my transfers to establish a kiosk and start a vegetable selling business. Additionally, I hope that my goats will multiply and increase in number, allowing me to start another project in the future. This project will be beneficial once the GiveDirectly program concludes, as I plan to use the goats to support my future endeavors. My ultimate goal is to get a wife and start a family and provide for them, and I believe that these projects will help me achieve this aspiration."
Kahindi's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kahindi received a twenty-first payment.
"Initially, I had planned to enroll in a mechanical engineering certificate course, but the high cost made it difficult for me to afford it with the transfers I received from GiveDirectly. To achieve my goal, I decided to join a driving school course. Once I complete the driving course and obtain my driver's license, I plan to secure a job and earn a steady income. I will then use my earnings, combined with the transfers from GiveDirectly, to enroll in a mechanical engineering course next year. This plan aligns with my long-term aspirations and means a great deal to me."
Kauchi's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kauchi received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"When my house collapsed some time ago, it felt like my world had crumbled with it. But thanks to GiveDirectly, I was able to rebuild a new house. Although I constructed the new house, I had to use the old, rusty iron sheets from my previous home for the roofing because I needed to complete it urgently. Now, these iron sheets are leaking and deteriorating further. In the coming year, I aim to save the monthly transfers bit by bit, balancing it carefully with my family’s needs, to secure a new, sturdy iron sheet roof. This will make my home safer and more comfortable."
Kambi's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kambi received a twenty-sixth payment.
"This year has been a whirlwind of emotions. My house, battered by the relentless winds of this season, stands on the brink of collapse. Every night, I sleep with a heavy heart, fearing that the walls might not hold until morning. With the funds I will be getting from now on, my primary goal is to begin renovating my home. I want a safer house where my family and I can sleep peacefully, free from the anxiety of falling walls. Beyond this year, I hope to create a lasting refuge, a place that will protect us and become a symbol of our resilience and newfound stability."
Kahindi's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kahindi received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"This year and beyond, I am filled with hope and determination to rebuild my poultry farm, which once thrived with over twenty chickens before coccidiosis wiped them out. With the support from GiveDirectly, I can start afresh, buying a hen each month for $5. This gradual approach balances my commitment to paying my children’s school fees. My vision goes beyond merely recovering; in the long run, I aim to exchange five grown cocks for a goat, steadily transforming my poultry into a herd of goats. This strategy will not only provide a more resilient source of income but also secure a better future for my family."
Charo's family
access_time 3 days ago
Charo received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"Having just completed the construction of my new house, I feel a sense of accomplishment and gratitude, but my journey isn't over yet. My next goal is to buy a bed and a mattress, which may seem simple but means everything to me. Right now, I sleep on torn mats and pieces of empty sacks spread on the ground. It's uncomfortable and sometimes painful, but it's what I have. With the upcoming transfers from GiveDirectly, I plan to dedicate them to purchasing a proper bed and a soft mattress. This will transform my nights, allowing me to wake up rested and ready to tackle each day with renewed energy. In the coming year, I hope to create a more comfortable and dignified living space, and in the future, I aspire to improve my overall quality of life, step by step."
Kazungu's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kazungu received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"This year and beyond, my biggest hope is to expand my small kiosk business. It all started with a single shelf of goods, but thanks to the support from GiveDirectly, I can now dream bigger. My priority is to stock more essential items that my community needs, like food staples, toiletries, and school supplies. With a growing business, I will be able to provide everything my family needs without worrying about tomorrow. Most importantly, I want to ensure my children can go to school without the burden of unpaid fees holding them back. I dream of seeing their eyes light up as they chase their ambitions, knowing they have the support and resources they need to succeed. Expanding my kiosk will be a step towards securing a brighter future for my family, where my children’s dreams can flourish without limits."
Esther's family
access_time 3 days ago
Esther received a $348 second payment.
"What stood out to me about GiveDirectly is the kindness of their officers. They are very polite and listen patiently, even if you say something that doesn't make sense. They correct you without making fun of you, and I loved that. Their support has made my life easier because I no longer have to seek casual jobs on an empty stomach. I hope GiveDirectly continues the transfers even after the third one, as we still need their help to grow and develop further. Their assistance has been a lifeline, and with their continued support, we can achieve even more"
Edwin's family
access_time 3 days ago
Edwin enrolled.
"The biggest challenge am currently facing is lack of a consistent source of income. Despite having arable land, am not always able to till and plant due to the high cost of farm input. I therefore depend mostly on casual jobs in people's farms which involve planting, weeding or harvesting. On a good day I get paid KES 300 which is hardly enough to meet the recurring daily needs eg food for my family of 6. Sometimes am forced to borrow from neighbours just so that my young children do not sleep hungry. As a father, the inability to fully provide for my family really makes me feel so bad"
Dhahabu's family
access_time 3 days ago
Dhahabu received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"Recognizing that the financial support is for a limited time, I plan to invest my subsequent transfers in purchasing livestock, especially goats. Goats are a valuable asset, with their value increasing over time. Their ability to reproduce and multiply makes them an excellent investment option for growing wealth. Now that I have cleared all the school fee debt for my children and we have plenty of food from our recent harvest, I am in a good position to focus my future transfers on purchasing livestock in the coming months. I am very appreciative of the financial transfers, which have greatly improved our lives and provided me with this opportunity to invest in a more stable future."