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.
Kalume's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kalume enrolled.
"After the demise of my first wife, I decided to remarry since my four daughters were grown and married leaving me alone. I was 65 years when I took a wife and we were blessed with three children who are presently in school. I am currently 88 years old, weak and sickly making it hard to work for a living. As a result I depend upon my spouse to burn and sell charcoal for the provision of both food and school fees. Due to inadequate cash, I am forced to use traditional herbs whenever I fall sick."
Kadzo's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"Receiving this money means investing in poultry farming because this is the only project that I can maximize my time on it. In addition, this project does not require more energy as compared to other livestock like goats or cows. With these transfers, it will enable me to buy some chicken and also construct a cage for them. Since there is a good market in our nearby town, Mariakani, I am so confident in reaping a huge profit. The profit from this project will directly help me to meet my very basic needs like food and clothing."
Katana's family
access_time 4 days ago
Katana enrolled.
"Changing the livelihood in my family is generally what receiving this money means to me. I believe this is possible by ensuring my children get the best education and I, therefore, intend to invest more in them. My focus is on the 2 young children who are still schooling, one having completed his secondary education and ready to join the tertiary level. I plan to pool our transfers together with my wife to ensure our children never miss classes by paying their fees on time. This will enable them to have ample time in school and hence, better results. By doing this, they will have a better chance of securing decent jobs and this will directly change our living standards for the better."
Juliet's family
access_time 4 days ago
Juliet enrolled.
"I have experience of 1 year in operating a poultry project but it collapsed due to inadequate capital. This has equipped me with favorable skills and confidence and I desire to restart the project once I receive this money. Considering the local breeds are disease resistant, I prefer to buy 10 chickens at 200 KES every month, especially in the first 7 months of transfers. This will be a good start and since there is the availability of a ready market at my workplace, I will be supplying them. This will earn me an extra income to cater to my family's needs. Hence, this is generally what receiving this money means to me."
Kadzo's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"I have suffered from ulcers for 2 years now, but I have never received serious medication due to lack of money. This has affected my health status and I am always feeling weak. Since I am required to buy some medicine every month, this has been impossible something that has exposed my life to danger. I, therefore, consider financial instability as my greatest challenge."
Sidi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Education forms the basis and the platform that can lead to a future successful and enjoyable life. However the hopes of my children learning is getting dimmed day by day especially after the first born dropped in the mid way in secondary school. I have been tirelessly burning and selling charcoal to pay school fees until when I got challenged by a snake bite which rendered me sick for several months. I have not full recovered though with the Givedirectly transfers, I have every reason to smile. The first five months cash received will be directed towards offsetting the current school balances. In addition, I have scheduled a five year plan where I will be buying a goat at 2000KES from every transfer and let them multiply to a point when I can exchange them for cattle. With just two dairy cows in the compound, I can be rest assured of a smooth life through the sell of milk."
Umazi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Umazi enrolled.
"With all my desire to put my energy and resources into my son's education, it has exposed me to the danger of living a miserable life at the moment. Imagine the pain of seeing your son at home at a time when he is required to be in class! This feeling has devoured my mind and it has forced me to engage in all manners of jobs say, charcoal work, doing small business, to get money to support us. Sometimes, the jobs I do are energy-intensive and make me feel so tired yet the income can not fully sustain us. Thus, I consider financial instability due to a lack of a better job as my biggest challenge."
Kabibi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kabibi enrolled.
"I have eight children. I managed to take to school five. Due to lack of money, two are yet to be enrolled. I depend on my husband who is doing casual jobs in town and the cash he sends home, 500KES is not enough to cover all needs. As a result, my children go to school hungry in most of the time with several days spent at home due to hunger or school fees. The cash will give me support in ensuring my children get food and school fees. I will be spending 1500KES every month on food while 1000 KES will be towards school fees. I will spend 500KES for other emergencies."
Dama's family
access_time 4 days ago
Dama enrolled.
"I have three school going children, two in secondary school while the other one is in her last academic year of primary education. Burning charcoal is what am doing to raise school fees. Approximately 1000KES obtained from the sell of charcoal every week is not enough to cater for all the family needs. This has contributed to frequently staying without food and the children are often sent home for school fees. The GiveDirectly transfers will help me in paying school fees on time and have my children enjoy learning without fear. I will save 1500KES every month for this purpose while 500KES will be towards purchasing goats as the rest is spent on food."
Sheillah's family
access_time 4 days ago
Sheillah enrolled.
"Food shortage is the challenge I face. Without access to sufficient food, learning becomes so hard for me. I sometimes go to school with an empty stomach and it affects my concentration. This is because my father has a little income that cannot adequately sustain us."