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.
Jumwa's family
access_time 1 month ago
Jumwa received a $471 initial payment.
"It was on one morning when I heard some of the family members talking about GiveDirectly transfers. I felt curious thinking that I might have been left aside. I called my son who checked for me since I do not know how to confirm my account balance. When he informed me that I had also received the money, I ululated in happiness since this was my first time to get such an amount at once yet it was not to be paid back."
Ketwony's family
access_time 1 month ago
Ketwony received a $455 second payment.
"My new goal was to buy a cow because I come from a humble background where we don’t own any livestock. I married my wife without paying a dowry because I had nothing. I have since hoped to own livestock, which will enable me to pay her dowry someday. Getting these funds has enabled me to at least buy a cow, which is the beginning of my plan to have livestock."
Jemima's family
access_time 1 month ago
Jemima received a $455 second payment.
"My new goal is to open my business because I have been employed in a grocery store for so many years, earning as little as KES 150 per day. My passion is the cosmetic shop and hairdressing. It is my plan and I could not open the business because of financial constraints."
Mathew's family
access_time 1 month ago
Mathew received a $455 second payment.
"For now, I don't have any new goal as I want to focus on servicing loan that I had borrowed to buy a motorbike. I will definitely come up with a new goal after I am done paying."
Dama's family
access_time 1 month ago
Dama enrolled.
"I have 1 year of experience in doing small businesses within the village and the current one is hawking some coconuts. This has given me the skills and confidence to operate a more challenging business. Since I desire to invest more in this venture, I intend to open up a kiosk at home where I can incorporate other foodstuff including green vegetables and some maize flour. With these transfers, I plan to save and raise an amount of 20000 KES which will be enough to start with. This will assure me of a reliable source of income because I am so confident of reaping good profit since at the moment, there is no other kiosk around. Therefore, starting a reliable source of income is generally what receiving this money means to me."
Baraka's family
access_time 1 month ago
Baraka enrolled.
"The feeling of missing 1100 KES as my fee arrears is something that has devoured my mind because I don't know how this amount can be raised as soon as possible. This has forced me to stay at home for 1 week now because my parents have not managed to raise this money since the last term. Considering my colleagues at school are proceeding with the syllabus, I am even getting confused about how I will catch up with them. I, therefore, consider financial instability as my biggest challenge."
Sidi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Lack of a stable source of income has been the main challenge facing my family. Imagine having such a big family of seven children who need to eat and get basic education without any source of income! This is what has troubled my mind on a daily basis. I work in a quarry where I get a daily stipend of KES 400. With the current inflation rate of basic commodities, this is only enough for food. Consequently, this has made my children to be out of school more often due to lack of school fees. I feel sad when they are sent back home but due to the financial challenges, I have become helpless. I intend to fix this by using KES 30000 to purchase a machine cut that I will use to make bricks in the quarry. This will be a financial breakthrough for my family because in a day I will be able to earn KES 1000."
Kazungu's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kazungu received a $455 second payment.
"I had two plots of land in the nearby market that I had bought but I couldn't afford to build stalls. With part of my first and second transfer, I was able to build a stall which I'm looking forward to rent it out. My new goal is to build the other one and since I don't have capital, I'm looking forward to save towards the same."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"My son and I decided to build another house and move away from the rest of the extended family. The cost of building is very high and we are stuck at the finishing stage. I pray for some financial breakthrough so that we can live comfortably."
Cherotich's family
access_time 1 month ago
Cherotich received a $455 second payment.
"My new goal is to enroll in a school of applied biology, which is my course of choice. Because of financial constraints, I could not take any course at the college. The course is for three years and I have planned to use the entire amount in the support program to pay for my two years as I figure out how to pay for my final year. ."