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.
Alice's family
access_time 1 day ago
Alice received a $425 initial payment.
"When I received my transfer,I first withdrew $300 to deposit for an acre of land, which goes for $700 and is only about 10 minutes away from where we currently stay with my grandmother. With a daughter who is 2.5 years old, my family and I felt it was essential to have a piece of land of our own to secure a future for our children. Using the money, we built a two-roomed house on the newly acquired land with an investment of $150. Moving into the new house has been a dream come true for us. It means so much to have a space where we can all live together comfortably without imposing on our grandmother. We cannot be happier now that we have our own place to call home. With the remainder of the money, I bought a mattress and some food items. These essentials have greatly improved our living conditions, making our new house feel like a true home. The support from the cash transfer has not only given us a place to live but also a sense of security for the future of our children."
Kabibi's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kabibi received a $425 initial payment.
"The first transfer was a lifeline for me and my family. It brought a huge transformation that I never imagined would happen in my life. For many years, I struggled with shelter because the house I lived in was a small, one-room house. It was not spacious, weak, and its roof was in disrepair due to the old iron sheets. I did not feel at peace living in this house, especially during heavy rains, which sometimes forced me to seek shelter elsewhere. I planned to build a new house and partly bought some building poles, but due to financial constraints, I could not progress with the construction. Consequently, I had to continue living in my old house with no hopes of upgrading to a better one. However, when I got enrolled in the program, my first priority was the house. I felt empowered and could now afford to buy the necessary building materials. So, I spent $430 on buying 25 iron sheets, building poles, timber, and nails, and built a spacious two-roomed house. I am now living in my new house without worries about rains. If it were not for the transfers, this goal would have taken years to achieve, and I am grateful to GiveDirectly for providing the financial assistance. I spent the remaining amount on buying four goats, which I also consider a good investment that I can rely on to generate some money. Since I do not have any source of income, I am breeding these goats to let them multiply and then sell them to meet my financial needs."
Lucy's family
access_time 1 day ago
Lucy enrolled.
"Being a mother and a father at the same time is the biggest challenge am facing right now because I only depend on casual labour and charcoal burning to feed my family of 3 children, cloth them and to give them quality education."
Judy's family
access_time 1 day ago
Judy enrolled.
"Am struggling to fend for my family basic needs because I lost my half acre piece of land due to flash floods . Am now depending on casual labour to feed my family which is very rare to get because it's far away from the village. My biggest challenge is lack of job and sickness and we don't have hospital in the village, accessing the nearest hospital is very hard because you need to have money."
Dickson's family
access_time 1 day ago
Dickson enrolled.
"I have Three children in Secondary school and paying their school fees is overwhelming to our family because we lost our 1 acre piece of land on flush floods. I used to depend on it to cater for my family needs and also for my children education."
Jeridah's family
access_time 1 day ago
Jeridah enrolled.
"As a result of heavy rains, there has been a Malaria break out and my children have been on and off the hospital. I have spent a month taking care of them without doing any work to earn money. I therefore depend on my brother to get money for food and other neccessities hoping my children will recover soon."
Hillary's family
access_time 1 day ago
Hillary enrolled.
"Lack of a stable source of income is a challenge. I rely on farming to earn a living. A month ago, it rained heavily and as a result most of the crops were destroyed by floods. I am forced to look for alternative sources of income to put food on the table and adjusting to that is difficult."
Jennifer's family
access_time 1 day ago
Jennifer enrolled.
"Living in a farming area, I lack the funds to lease more agricultural land for my family. Farming could have provided both food and income. I am at the moment operating only one are of farm (maize) which is not enough. Currently, the money I earn from occasional casual labor (about KES 300 per day) and charcoal burning (approximately KES 2000 weekly) isn't sufficient to cover household expenses, including food. Additionally, I struggle to afford school fees for my brother, who is in secondary school. With only two grass-thatched houses for our family of seven, I cannot afford to build another house, separate for boys and girls."
Stacy's family
access_time 1 day ago
Stacy enrolled.
"A month ago, I was displaced by floods and I lost everything that I had and we were forced to seek refuge at a shopping center. Life has never been the same again as we are starting afresh. We sleep on the floor and my children have been sickly since then. I am hopeful that I can be able to resettle back to my previous way of living when the rains subside completely."
Rebecca's family
access_time 1 day ago
Rebecca enrolled.
"As a widow, I face difficulties in acquiring funds to purchase food for my family of five. Our maize farm, which was our main source of income, has been destroyed by recent floods. Additionally, covering the school fees for my seventh-grade child is proving to be a challenge. The $20 I earn daily from casual work is inadequate to meet all our family's needs."