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 25 days ago
Jumwa received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My goal is to save part of my transfer in our savings group and accumulate enough funds to purchase land, liberating my family from over two years of reliance on my uncle's hospitality. He had provided us with land, but now he requests that we either buy it or vacate. Once we secure the land, we'll construct a home, providing stability and security for my family. I also plan to ensure my children can attend school without the burden of school fees. I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity the GiveDirectly transfers have provided us."
Sofia's family
access_time 25 days ago
Sofia received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"As I enter my final year of secondary school, my main focus is on maximizing my efforts in my studies. I use my transfers to pay for my school fees and ensure I have the necessary items to avoid being sent home for fee balances. My performance has been improving, unlike before when my parents couldn't always afford pocket money. With the transfers, my self-confidence has been boosted as I can now afford things I couldn't before."
Khadija's family
access_time 25 days ago
Khadija received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, I plan to build a two-room house that can accommodate my family well. To achieve this goal, I save $20 in our savings group. Our current house is a one-room house, which is too small for my three children. I am glad to have the support of my spouse, who is also working hard, selling charcoal to help make this dream a reality. Currently, I burn and sell charcoal to support my family by providing basic needs and ensuring my children can attend school by paying their fees. My spouse also transports our burnt charcoal to town for sale."
Chengo's family
access_time 25 days ago
Chengo received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"The goal that I have had in mind for quite some time is to have my own decent, spacious house. The current house condition often forces me to sleep outdoors, which is far from ideal. Luckily, I have already started the purchase of the necessary materials, and the construction is underway. Though the materials are still insufficient, with the incoming transfers, I am sure that I will finish them. Having a safe and secure place to live will give me peace of mind and immense relief. Knowing that my family and I will no longer have to worry about shelter is the motivation that keeps me pushing forward every day."
Florence's family
access_time 25 days ago
Florence received a $427 initial payment.
"It was around 3pm, and I was relaxing at home when I heard a message notification on my phone. Seeing the message, I was filled with excitement—it was the unconditional cash transfer from GiveDirectly. I continued with my evening duties, but at 9pm, I called my husband who is in Mombasa to inform him about the transfers. I had to wait for this time to ensure that he was at home and relaxed from a hard day at work. He was very happy and said that his dream of getting a driving license would come true. I then planned on traveling the next day to Mombasa to go plan well with my husband."
Nosiamin's family
access_time 25 days ago
Nosiamin enrolled.
"I'm facing a significant challenge in acquiring money to buy food for my family. Relying on charcoal burning yields insufficient income to cover the costs of food and other basic necessities. Additionally, my maize farm is struggling due to a lack of funds for fuel for machine used to irrigate it. I am unable to afford a gasoline generator for irrigation, so I am forced to lease one from other farmers, which adds to my financial burden."
Elvin's family
access_time 25 days ago
Elvin enrolled.
"Paying school fees for my two secondary school children poses a significant challenge for me. I am unable too to send one of them to college due to financial constraints. The floods that destroyed one of our houses have left us with inadequate living space as i cannot afford to rebuild due to lack of funds. Securing enough food for my family is another pressing issue; earning just $2 daily from manual labor is insufficient to feed my family of 10. As a result, there are times when they have to go without adequate meals due to financial limitations."
Irine's family
access_time 25 days ago
Irine enrolled.
"My family is currently struggling with several challenges. We lack the funds to construct a proper sanitation facility, forcing us to use the bushes, which is both embarrassing and poses health risks. Additionally, the $16 I earn weekly from charcoal burning is insufficient to cover the costs of buying food and meeting other basic needs for my family of 6. We also lack the financial means to purchase clothing. Furthermore, our maize farm was devastated by floods, leading to a complete loss of our crop. These difficulties have put us in a precarious situation, and we are in need of assistance to overcome these challenges and improve our living conditions."
Rose's family
access_time 25 days ago
Rose enrolled.
"Raising five children single-handedly is an immense challenge I am currently navigating. As the sole breadwinner, my livelihood depended entirely on farming. However, the recent floods swept away my 1-acre maize plantation and 0.5-acre vegetable farm, leaving us without our primary source of income. The uncertainty of where our next meal will come from has left me feeling deeply anxious and depressed. To cope, I have taken up casual jobs such as charcoal burning and harvesting vegetables. Unfortunately, these opportunities are seasonal, and there are times when I go without any income. This has forced me to rely on credit at the local shop for basic necessities, with the hope of repaying once I earn some money. The struggle to provide for my children during this challenging time weighs heavily on me."
Shadrack's family
access_time 25 days ago
Shadrack enrolled.
"The recent floods caused a lot of destruction in my household because I leased 2 acre piece of land and plant watermelon on it but unfortunately all the crops were washed away by the floods.iam now struggling financially because i invested all the money I saved on that farm."