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.
Amani's family
access_time 3 days ago
Amani received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"I finished college last year, but I have not been fortunate to find a job. Currently, I earn a living as a laborer on construction sites, but the work is typically temporary and does not offer substantial payment . My primary goal for this year is to enroll in a driving school and obtain a driver's license. I plan to allocate a portion of my transfers to make this dream a reality, and I aim to complete my training by the end of the year. Obtaining a driver's license will open up opportunities for higher paying driving jobs, which I believe will be a significant improvement over my current employment situation. I am immensely thankful to Give Directly for their support, which has been a beacon of hope in my life, inspiring me to strive for a better tomorrow."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 3 days ago
Elizabeth received a $304 third payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, my primary goal is to enhance and improve my farming practices on my one-acre irrigated plot. I intend to cultivate crops with a short maturity period of around three months, such as beans and green grams. These crops will not only provide food for my family but also generate income to cover school fees and support my daily needs. My plan is to fully commit myself to planting and managing these crops efficiently to maximize our harvest."
Esther's family
access_time 3 days ago
Esther received a $304 third payment.
"Farming has always been the foundation of my family's livelihood. Presently, I cultivate tomatoes on an acre of land, where my entire focus lies. Before receiving support from GiveDirectly, I farmed on small plots to ensure a steady food supply with minimal surplus for sale. I am thankful for the support from GiveDirectly, which allowed me to expand my cultivated area. In the upcoming year, I aim to further enhance my farming activities by increasing the cultivation area to boost productivity. This expansion will not only guarantee a consistent food supply for my family of ten but also enable me to capitalize on the results of my current tomato plantation. Additionally, I intend to lease more land and utilize it in the upcoming planting seasons."
Furaha's family
access_time 4 days ago
Furaha received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"My family is very huge, but the piece of land that we own is very little. As it is, there is 7 acres to be divide among 7 sons which means each will receive only an acre or less. Considering that each of the sons also have many children, my family not exempted, it is important that we acquire extra portions of land on our own if our children to have plots to construct their homes and farm in future. Fortunately, land is still very affordable in this locality with an acre going for as low as $400, meaning with proper planning, I can acquire a parcel through the transfers. To achieve this, I must invest wisely hence the reason I am currently purchasing goats using my transfers with an aim of later selling them to purchase cows as they are easy to manage especially during drought. With single cow fetching up to $200, all I need to have is at least 2 large cows to be able to purchase my first acre after which I will start the process all over again. It would make me very proud to have such an investment by the time this project comes to an end as it will be a lifetime proof of the project's impact in our lives."
Kazungu's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kazungu received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"I am work as a motorcycle taxi operator using a hired motorcycle, but my major goal is to own a motorcycle so as to improve my daily earnings. At the moment, I have to ensure I remit a daily fee to the motorcycle owner regardless of what my daily earning is but with my own a motorcycle, all the daily earnings will be mine meaning an improved income. To realize this dream, I have to take a loan from a sacco which I believe is possible because Give Directly transfers already ensure my children's school needs are taken care of and with the recent harvests, we have enough food for months. With the reduced financial burden at home, my daily earnings from the new motorcycle will be partly used to service the loan and the rest spent on the household needs. It would be great to achieve this within the coming year so that I can have ample time to clear the loan while the program is still on."
Kahindi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kahindi received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"I am currently employed as a gardener in Mombasa which is not my dream job, but was the best I could land after dropping out of school in 2021 and staying idle at home for 2 years. Living in Mombasa for almost a year has opened my eyes to different job opportunities which unfortunately require certain skills that I do not have at the moment. I would like to take a driving course and also train as a mechanic through the help of the transfers. This way, when the project is over, I will have gained valuable skills that will be of service to me throughout my life and will also help me acquire decent jobs. This is why I am currently saving $20 from my monthly transfers in a savings group to enable me enrol for the courses from the begging of next year. Since my parent's support is out of the picture due to their lack of decent income, I have to take care of this on my own hence the reason I had to settle on courses that are affordable."
Wangutusi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Wangutusi enrolled.
"I live in fearing knowing that anytime I will be washed away by the landslide if it rains since it's now a rainy season. This has it ever happened two years back and left a crack in our area."
Nandutu's family
access_time 4 days ago
Nandutu received a $1241 second payment.
"I hope to be a great farmer"
Kache's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kache received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"I am happy that the recent planting season was a success, providing my family with enough food that should last us for the remainder of the year. This allows me to allocate funds to areas other than food, something that was quite challenging when food was a constant concern for the family. My particular interest is in livestock keeping. With the assistance of the cash transfers, I have been able to acquire nine chickens and three goats. However, my goal is to focus more on raising goats to build a more sustainable form of wealth. Even when the cash transfers come to an end, I am confident that selling these animals will generate the funds needed to meet my needs and those of my family. Besides, this will reduce my dependence on my son."
Jane's family
access_time 4 days ago
Jane received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"My aspirations involve expanding my current entities. I have a vision to grow the vegetable-selling business into a kiosk. Currently, there are no kiosk shops in my community, and people have to walk more than 20 minutes to reach the trading center. This presents an ideal opportunity for me to enter this business and serve my community. Additionally, I am keen on expanding my livestock holdings to include goats and cows. Through the poultry I am raising, I plan to sell some of them to purchase goats. As the goat herd grows, I intend to sell some to acquire cows eventually. I hope that future cash transfers will continue to support these goals, which are all aimed at generating income to sustain my children's education and relieve some of the financial pressure on my husband."