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 6 days ago
Sidi received a $27 twenty-first payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, my aim is to buy more goats since I currently have only two in my compound. I am confident that through these transfers, I will be able to achieve this goal. The reason I want to keep more goats is that I have five children attending school, and without a reliable job, these goats will be essential in funding their education up to the university level and beyond. By raising and selling goats, I can secure the necessary funds to ensure they have a brighter future. Additionally, these goats will serve as a financial safety net, providing support whenever I face any financial constraints. I believe that with hard work and careful planning, I can significantly improve my family's financial stability through this endeavor."
Charo's family
access_time 6 days ago
Charo received a $27 eighteenth payment.
"My dream is to buy many more goats and turkeys to keep in my compound, which will provide a steady source of income and security for my family. I plan to use the incoming transfers from GiveDirectly, as I currently rely on casual jobs that are unpredictable and insufficient. These livestock will act as a financial safety net, allowing me to sell some animals if we ever face any financial challenges in the future. This way, I can ensure we have enough resources to meet our needs without worrying about sudden income losses. Moreover, having these animals will be a constant reminder that even when the aid from GiveDirectly ends, we have built something sustainable and lasting. This initiative will not only help us manage our day-to-day expenses but also provide a sense of stability and self-reliance for the years to come."
Rose's family
access_time 7 days ago
Rose received a $426 initial payment.
"When I received the unconditional cash transfer, the first thing I did was use $45 to buy a goat. Goats multiply quickly and can be a reliable source of income or support during emergencies. Knowing that I had an asset that could help in difficult times gave me peace of mind. I decided to save the remainder of the transfer, planning to combine it with the final transfer to start a shop business. This is a business I understand well, having run a shop before until challenges like the lack of school fees and food forced me to close it. With the additional capital, I believe I can overcome these obstacles and run the shop successfully again. Additionally, I recently bought land in Lamu with my husband where we have started farming. This ensures that my family will not face food shortages and that any surplus can be sold to pay for my children's school fees. By securing our food supply, I can focus on growing the shop business without being overly reliant on it for our daily needs. This way, I am confident that both our farming and shop ventures will thrive, providing a stable future for my family."
Nyevu's family
access_time 7 days ago
Nyevu received a $426 initial payment.
"With the tranfer, I was able to buy 26 iron sheets and posts, spending $390 to build a new house. The old house I lived in was falling apart on one side because of its very old roof, and whenever I left the house and it rained, my clothes and seats would be ruined leading to a lot of discomfort. In addition to constructing a new house, I was able to pay the school fees for my three daughters in primary school, which cost about $80. Ensuring that my daughters can continue their education without interruption is very important to me, and this financial relief has made a significant difference in our lives. With the remainder of the cash transfer, I bought essential food items. This has alleviated some of the day-to-day struggles we faced, ensuring that my family has enough to eat. Overall, the cash transfer has had a huge impact on our quality of life, providing us with stability and hope for the future."
Ali's family
access_time 7 days ago
Ali received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"In the next year and beyond, I want to open a hardware business. Once I get a job as a driver since I had already acquired a driving license, I will start saving so that when I reach $100, I will be in a position to open my dream business. I plan to save $20 from my monthly transfers to make this possible. Additionally, once I get a job, I want to save $10 from my income per week. This business is promising because it involves a variety of items and doesn't require lending money like other shop businesses. There's also a steady flow of cash. Furthermore, there is no hardware store near my home, as people have to travel almost 7 kilometers to access one. This business also provides job security if I ever find myself without employment. Therefore, I thank Give Directly because it is through this monthly income that has made me to have hopes that I will make my dream business into reality."
Kadzo's family
access_time 7 days ago
Kadzo received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"As I lay my head down each night in the small, cramped house that doubles as my granary, I can't help but dream of a safer, more secure future. The rainy season is a constant source of anxiety, as the very structure that's supposed to shelter me becomes a magnet for water. But I refuse to be defined by my circumstances. That's why I took matters into my own hands and started building a new house on higher ground, away from the constant threat of flooding. With the perimeter now complete, my focus shifts to the next crucial step which is the roof. With the support from GiveDirectly, I see a path forward, a way to turn this half-built dream into a reality. Over the coming year and beyond, I aim to use every transfer wisely, investing in the materials needed to finish the roof and transform this house into a true home."
Kadzo's family
access_time 7 days ago
Kadzo received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, my heart is set on a simple yet profound dream of laying my weary body on a bed that nestles me in comfort every night. You see, each morning I rise from my traditional bed, more exhausted than when I lay down, longing for a restful slumber that will make me comfortable. But now, with determination burning within me, I've committed to setting aside $10 from every two months' transfers, mindful of the needs of my beloved family. This may seem like a small sum, but to me, it represents hope and a step closer to the embrace of a modern standard bed that promises rejuvenation and restful sleep."
Nyevu's family
access_time 7 days ago
Nyevu received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"As I lay down to sleep in my humble kitchen, a wave of gratitude washes over me, not for what I have, but for what I've been able to provide. You see, I gave up my own house to shelter my five grandchildren, left orphaned and homeless by their father's illness. Their innocent faces haunt my dreams, driving me to action each day. And now, as I near completion of the small one-room house I've been constructing for myself, I feel a sense of accomplishment mingled with anticipation. My hope for the coming year and beyond is first, to finish this house, a shelter where I can find comfort and rest after days of toil. But beyond that, my heart brims with the desire to embark on another project, to find new ways to provide for my family, and to nurture dreams and possibilities."
Kashutu's family
access_time 7 days ago
Kashutu received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"As the years have added their weight upon my shoulders, I've found myself facing challenges I never thought possible. Old age crept in like a thief in the night, bringing with it a severe ailment that has crippled me, leaving me unable to move without aid for the past three months. Yet, amid this struggle, there glimmers a beacon of hope which is GiveDirectly. With each bit of support they offer, my goal becomes clearer. I long for the day when I can stand on my own two feet again, unaided by crutches or the helping hands of others. My wish for the coming year and beyond is to use the funds I receive from GiveDirectly to seek the proper medical care I so desperately need, to reclaim my independence, and to once again walk freely on this earth."
Karicha's family
access_time 7 days ago
Karicha received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"With the support from GiveDirectly, I plan to start by reinforcing my home. Our mud-wall house has served us well, but the powerful winds in our area often threaten its stability. I yearn to add strong pillars to fortify the walls, ensuring my family is safe and secure, no matter how fierce the weather. By strengthening our house, I am also laying the groundwork for a better life, one where we can focus on education, health, and opportunities for growth without the constant worry of our home being vulnerable. This year and beyond, I am committed to building not just a stronger house, but a stronger future for my family."