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.
Richard's family
access_time 5 years ago
Richard enrolled.
"Receiving this money will help me buy a dairy cow.Dairy farming is a good source of income especially in this area since crop farming is not reliable.I will also build a mud house with a iron roof.The house that I have as a kitchen is very old and grass thatched and the roof leaks during the rainy season. "
Stella's family
access_time 5 years ago
Stella received a $450 second payment.
"My life is different in that, I have been in position to construct a commercial house that is currently left with only roofing, which I believe while be done at the end of this year after selling my agricultural produce. Once the house is complete, it's going to help me generate money for my children's education. Prior to receiving this money, I didn't have enough money to start up with the construction much as I had bought a few bricks, it would have taken me over 3 years for the house to reach its current level."
James's family
access_time 5 years ago
James received a $450 second payment.
"Through the GiveDirectly's cash transfers, I have been in position to acquire 3 cows. In addition, I am expecting increased yields because I have planted crops(maize, ground nuts and cassava ) in a large scale of land as this money enabled me buy seeds and pay for ploughing in time. Previously, I didn't have cows of my own and I had reduced yields because I didn't have enough money to buy seed and pay for ploughing."
Paul's family
access_time 5 years ago
Paul enrolled.
"It is almost a common mantra that education is an equalizer, the only tool that brings at bar children of the the rich and those of the poor. I am an ardent proponent for children's education. Therefore receiving this money means an investment into my three children's education who're all in secondary school. I have already budgeted for an upfront payment of their fees till end of the year. With the remaining amount I am going to improve my existing shop business by restocking it to capacity. Profits accrued from this business will become a reliable contributor to a savings and credit cooperation (SACCO) union in the community of which I am a member. "
Dama's family
access_time 5 years ago
Dama enrolled.
"Raising my children is quite a big challenge because I do not have the capacity to provide quality life. It hurts me to see my six children who are not educated enough, being reduced to casual labourers. This is because I could not raise their school fees. In addition to this, other needs such as food are not easy to meet and in most cases we go hungry. This is due to not having a stable job that has consistent income. I can therefore say, financial instability is my biggest hardship."
Stella's family
access_time 5 years ago
Stella received a $450 second payment.
"These finacial support have made me debt free, because I use part to settle all my debts. By settling the debts, I was enable to repossess my two acres of land that the money lender had taken. Secondly, I have acquired a ox that has supplemented the one I had for farming."
Mary's family
access_time 5 years ago
Mary enrolled.
"Financial constraint is my biggest hardship and it has resulted to so much suffering in my family. This is attributed to the fact that I am a housewife and my spouse lacks a stable job. This means providing for the family is such a hustle and in most cases we lack basic needs. The most pressing one is school fees which has seen my eldest sons missing secondary education and are now working as casual labourers."
Kadzo's family
access_time 5 years ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"Subsistence farming is what I have known in my life. As at today, this type of farming is not reliable due to the harsh climatic condition in our area. This has forced me to depend on my daughter who opted to sell coconut wine in order to provide for our basic needs. Her job requires more time, usually the night hours in order to get more customers. Despite her job being time consuming, her earning is very low such that, it cannot sustain us. This makes me feel that, lack of reliable source of income as my biggest hardship."
Jumwa's family
access_time 5 years ago
Jumwa enrolled.
"Financial constraints is our major headache in the family. Our income combined can not sufficiently meet our basic needs. Food and water have become too expensive since we experienced low rainfall last season unlike before when they were readily available. Huge fee balances in school have become a common characteristic for our children. We have also been unable to complete construction of our house where we were replacing the mud walls with bricks. "
Furaha's family
access_time 5 years ago
Furaha enrolled.
"Receiving this money means I will be able to cater for my family's daily upkeep without having to rely much on my husband so that he can concentrate on more pressing needs such as school fees. I will purchase indigenous dairy cows whose milk I will sell in order to earn some income to buy food and water. I will also buy iron sheets for our house to replace the old ones that leak so much during rainy seasons. "