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.
Sidi's family
access_time 3 months ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Receiving this money means restoring dignity and safety for my family. I have a family of seven children whom we share the same single roomed house. Three are above eighteen years and according to the African culture, we are not supposed to share the same room. People in the village especially my neighbors see me as a failure because I cannot afford better shelter for my children. However, due to lack of enough money, building a bigger one has remained to be a dream. I work in quarry where I earn a daily stipend of KES 400. This is not enough to meet some of the basic needs because all I get is solely used for food. My number one goal is to build a two bedroom house which will cost KES 60000. I will then use the remaining amount to start a business."
Kazungu's family
access_time 3 months ago
Kazungu received a $455 second payment.
"I had two plots of land in the nearby market that I had bought but I couldn't afford to build stalls. With part of my first and second transfer, I was able to build a stall which I'm looking forward to rent it out. My new goal is to build the other one and since I don't have capital, I'm looking forward to save towards the same."
Kadzo's family
access_time 3 months ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"My son and I decided to build another house and move away from the rest of the extended family. The cost of building is very high and we are stuck at the finishing stage. I pray for some financial breakthrough so that we can live comfortably."
Cherotich's family
access_time 3 months ago
Cherotich received a $455 second payment.
"My new goal is to enroll in a school of applied biology, which is my course of choice. Because of financial constraints, I could not take any course at the college. The course is for three years and I have planned to use the entire amount in the support program to pay for my two years as I figure out how to pay for my final year. ."
Beatrice's family
access_time 3 months ago
Beatrice enrolled.
"I did dressmaking as a profession. I started my business with one machine two years ago. Since then, the business has not grown due to lack of capital. I have only one machine and lack materials. I do repairs only. This gives me only KES 100 per day. Lack of capital to boost my business is the current challenge I am facing in life."
Mariam's family
access_time 3 months ago
Mariam enrolled.
"My biggest challenge has been raising and getting to pay school fees in time before I'm sent home. I have struggled a lot with this and sometimes even got to be out for longer than three weeks when my father had problems paying school fees in time. Again whenever I'm sent home to collect balances, I have a long chain to deal with starting from contacting him, then he takes days to look for money and get back to me which I interferes with my learning."
Ali's family
access_time 3 months ago
Ali enrolled.
"My biggest challenge is lack of a reliable source of income. I have lived in this village all my life and I have never had a meaningful job that can earn me a reasonable amount of income. Currently I'm employed as a gardener and a messenger earning 5000 KES monthly and on the side I do get some other casual jobs that can get me between 200 to 400 KES weekly whenever I'm lucky enough. This is rather too low for someone who has a family as it's never reliable as well."
Kahindi's family
access_time 3 months ago
Kahindi enrolled.
"Receiving this money from GiveDirectly means I will fulfill my dream of owning a chicken business in the village. I am planning to start this business with an initial capital of KES 30,000. The demand for chicken is high in the village and towns beyond especially during the festive seasons meaning I will have a ready market. I will use the profits from the sale of chicken to buy goats for domestic rearing. The sale of the goats means I will be able to educate my children well."
Dama's family
access_time 3 months ago
Dama enrolled.
"Food insecurity is the biggest challenge I am facing currently. With the rise in food prices, affording a meal has been difficult for my family. One 2kg packet of maize flour goes for KES 180, a price that is unaffordable to a jobless widow."
Masha's family
access_time 3 months ago
Masha enrolled.
"Receiving this money will help me join Secondary school. I finished primary school in April but I have been unable to join secondary school because my mother cannot raise the required admission fees. My mother is a widow taking care of 3 other siblings. Being jobless, the burden of responsibility is surely overwhelming to her and that is why she has failed to support me. This has forced me to defer my studies until next year January. It saddens me but there is currently no way out. Come Next year January, I will have saved the first 4 transfers which will be enough for my admission. For the subsequent transfers, I will purchase 10 goats for 20,000 KES. Once they multiply, I will be selling them and save the earnings. Confidently, the income will sustain my whole high school education."