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.
Winnie's family
access_time 25 days ago
Winnie enrolled.
"I am really struggling right now after the flash floods claimed our village, Saruni, and wiped out my entire maize crop. As a family of six depending on farming, this loss hits hard. With no maize to harvest, we are facing the prospect of buying food instead of producing our own. It is a daunting thought, especially since I do not have the finances to replant the crops or seek assistance from Kenya Seed now that the planting season is over.In the meantime, we are trying to diversify our income sources through charcoal burning and find temporary work opportunities to make ends meet. It is tough, but we are taking it one step at a time and hoping for a brighter future ahead."
Everline's family
access_time 25 days ago
Everline enrolled.
"Getting a stable source of income to raise my family of nine is a challenge I am currently facing. I often depend on casual jobs such as weeding and tomato picking to earn $3 per day, and all this goes towards food for our household. It is tough because these jobs are unreliable, and I have had to resort to charcoal burning for extra income. Recently, though, charcoal burning was affected by floods, leaving us with nowhere to practice it. It pains me deeply to see my family struggle just to put food on the table."
Nayeni's family
access_time 25 days ago
Nayeni enrolled.
"I usually depend on farming as a source of income for my family because I have a large agricultural land but due to financial challenges to buy Generator and water pipes for irrigation iam not able to cultivate it. I am now depending on charcoal burning to fend for my family which is the biggest challenge iam facing because iam not able to see clearly due to the infection of prosopis smoke."
Kalume's family
access_time 25 days ago
Kalume received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I lost my job during the COVID-19 pandemic, and since then, providing for my family has been a constant struggle. Now, my primary goal is to use the monthly transfers I receive to buy several goats. These goats will not only provide a reliable source of income but also ensure that I have something to fall back on in any circumstance. They will be instrumental in supporting my children's well-being and meeting our daily needs without constant worry about upcoming bills. This dream keeps me motivated, and I'm determined to make it a reality in the coming year and beyond."
Katumwa's family
access_time 25 days ago
Katumwa received a $27 thirtieth payment.
"For now, the plan that I have in mind is to start a chicken project within my compound. I plan to use the money from my transfers and the profits from my charcoal business to kick off this project by next month. Once I succeed, this will be an additional source of income to support my family. This new venture will make it easier to pay fees for my children, unlike before, when I used to strain a lot. The chicken project will provide a steady and more reliable income, reducing the financial stress we've been facing. I am hopeful and excited about this new beginning, and I am determined to make it work for the betterment of my family's future."
Viola's family
access_time 25 days ago
Viola received a $349 third payment.
"My plan now is to sell some of my maize after harvesting and store the rest. With the money I earn, I will open a small kiosk business. This business will help me pay for my children's school fees. As the business grows, I plan to expand into raising chickens to further support and grow my business."
Franklin's family
access_time 25 days ago
Franklin enrolled.
"For the past three months, my family of six has been hospitalized and diagnosed with Malaria. The April flash floods harboured mosquitos and this increased malaria infection in my area. I do not have medical cover for my family and this forced me to spend $40 out of my pocket to provide medication for my loved ones. I am struggling financially to provide for my family and this worries me a lot. My two-acre maize plantations was swept away by the flash floods and this has completely destroyed my family income. All of our family savings are depleted and this is making our life miserable."
Jeniffer's family
access_time 25 days ago
Jeniffer enrolled.
"Providing basic needs for my family of six is the biggest challenge due to financial constraints. I do casual jobs to earn a living,due to its seasonal nature we are sometimes forced to forego one meal in a day. It is strenuous and I am not happy when my children do not get all their basic needs."
Mercyline's family
access_time 25 days ago
Mercyline enrolled.
"The recent floods destroyed everything that I had including livestock and crops in the farm. I rely on farming to earn a living especially chicken, but since I lost all of it I do not have any other alternative apart from casual jobs. It is difficult getting enough money to sustain the needs of my household with casual jobs."
Karembo's family
access_time 25 days ago
Karembo received a $427 initial payment.
"I had given my phone to my helper because I was busy preparing corn for the evening meal. While I was working, my helper came to me holding the phone and told me that there was a Mpesa notification on it. I wasn't expecting to receive money from anyone, so I was curious to know who could have sent money to me. To my surprise, it was my first transfer from GiveDirectly, and I was overwhelmed with joy as I read the message. I have been waiting to pay fees for my children who were at home, and I was happy to know that they could now go back to school."