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.
Kang'ombe's family
access_time 5 years ago
Kang'ombe received a $518 second payment.
"Having a dairy cow is the biggest difference I ever achieved so far. Owning a cow means a lot in this village. Most of the people who own cows are the well off households and I can't imagine I am now one of them. I feel lucky and blessed because with this cow I will never lack anything. First I will be getting milk for my family consumption and this will make my family healthier. Secondly, I will be selling part of the milk to my neighbors which will earn me income. I give my special thanks to this organization for coming to my village. I had almost lost hope in life."
Esther's family
access_time 5 years ago
Esther received a $536 second payment.
"Having a dairy cow is the biggest achievement I have acquired so far. I have been buying milk from my neighbors but now I am assured of getting milk for free. This will be a surplus for my daily meal and I believe I will become healthier. Apart from that, I am planning to sell a few liters that will earn me a lot of money since milk is scarce in this area. This will enable me to meet my family basic needs without any difficulties."
Steven's family
access_time 5 years ago
Steven received a $22 sixteenth payment.
"In the next six months, I am hoping to have constructed my house and I will be living, with more freedom. Besides that, with the profits earned from my new motorcycle, I will help boost my mothers business."
Sophia's family
access_time 5 years ago
Sophia received a $249 second payment.
"With the farm that I had leased using part of the second transfers, I hope that we will have a better harvest this season and get relief from always having to spend on maize which is our staple food. We have a very small portion of land that usually produces very little maize that mostly sustains us for just a few months before we start buying, but this season, I know will have enough to last us a year."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 5 years ago
Elizabeth received a $22 sixteenth payment.
"In the next six months, I am looking forward to seeing my business grow and serve more customers. This will see my profit level rise and hence I will be able to live well with no worries about what to eat, drink or wear anymore."
Steven's family
access_time 5 years ago
Steven received a $249 second payment.
"I bought a few chickens with part of the first transfer and my hope is that they will have multiplied in the next six months so that I can be able to sell off some of them or the eggs they produce for my daily sustenance in school. Being a full-time student, it is very hard for me to engage in any income generating activity and I mostly have to rely on my parent for my financial needs. Having this project gives me hope of having a backup plan especially when they are unable to provide."
Joseph's family
access_time 5 years ago
Joseph received a $518 second payment.
"Before receiving the transfers, our lives were really hard. The whole of my family was living in a single house which was already old. It was leaking on the roof and all we could do was to keep renovating by adding patches of polythene papers on the roof to prevent the leaks during rainy seasons. Food security was still a problem since we always had to work on the casual labors to earn some money which we would then use in purchasing some food. We used to buy everything right from maize, vegetables to also milk since we had no livestock in our household. We are now grateful that GiveDirectly came in and really changed a lot of things. We now have two goats and a cow to milk, we have stocked enough maize in our household and planted enough vegetables on our farm. All these happened within a short period of time after receiving the transfers."
Beatrice's family
access_time 5 years ago
Beatrice enrolled.
"Being a single mother of three, i struggle alot in providing for my family. I engage in casual jobs such as washing dishes, fetching water and firewood for sale in hotels and by the end of the day, the small amount i earn ain't enough to cater for the needs of my family, which i consider as the biggest hardship i face."
Joseph's family
access_time 5 years ago
Joseph enrolled.
"Receiving this money will enable me buy a donkey for transporting water during drought since we usually walk for a long distance to fetch water during dry seasons. Buying a sewing machine is part of my plans since i have skills in tailoring and the machine i had no longer works hence this will help me resume back to work."
Robert's family
access_time 5 years ago
Robert enrolled.
"I have a school fees burden which I hope to ease when I receive this transfers.I have one child at the university and another one set to join secondary school next year.I also have a plan to build a semi permanent house.I have always wished to build one but due to the school fees burden and lack of money I have not been able to."