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.
Gilbert's family
access_time 2 months ago
Gilbert received a $455 second payment.
"Yes, my new goal is to buy a grass cutting machine for my two dairy cows. I have already started saving towards the same and I hope I will be able to achieve my new goal soon."
Weldon's family
access_time 2 months ago
Weldon received a $471 second payment.
"My brother and I work together as loggers and we would share a chainsaw. This has quite limited my finances because we would share the profits. My goal is to buy my own machine. The amount I need to do so is around KES 50,000. I have managed to save KES 10,000 and I believe in time I will have gathered the amount needed and thus start working independently. This will definitely boost my earnings."
Alii's family
access_time 2 months ago
Alii received a $471 second payment.
"Using these funds from give directly, I have managed to accomplish most of the things I had desired to. However, my new goal of building rentals has not yet been fulfilled. I need KES 300,000 to be able to accomplish this. since I used up most of my savings, I plan on continuing with my job as a motorcyclist so I could start saving up. Although the harsh economic times have made it hard to do so."
Hellen's family
access_time 2 months ago
Hellen received a $455 second payment.
"Our new goal is to buy new chairs for our household. We managed to build another house with the recent transfer but we were not able to buy chairs since the money was not enough. Our other goal is to get money for paying school fees for our four children. Three in secondary school and one in the university. We mainly depend on farming to earn a living where we usually grow crops such as vegetables, and beans and we supply them to the schools where our children are studying to pay school fees. We at times cut down trees and supply firewood to the schools. When our cows have calved, we also usually supply the milk."
Jumwa's family
access_time 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago
Dama enrolled.
"Imagine failing to fully support my son who is in grade one level in school! This is something that has pained me a lot as a mother because lacking 1000 KES to clear his fee arrears may be seen as being ignorant. Since I depend on my husband who is a casual laborer, sometimes he also fails to support us because his work is not reliable. I, therefore, consider financial instability as my biggest challenge."
Baraka's family
access_time 3 months ago
Baraka enrolled.
"The thought of receiving 3000 KES every month for 5 years gives me a great sense of relief because as a student, I have had many challenges in paying my primary school fees. With these transfers, I am so happy to learn that, my dream of a bright future is going to come to reality since GiveDirectly has come to offset my burden. I am now confident about settling in school and having a good learning environment because I will be paying off my fees on time. This will results in a good performance and assure me of a better future hence, this is generally what receiving this money means to me."