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.
Jecinter's family
access_time 5 years ago
Jecinter received a $45 fourth payment.
"I think I would have been living a poor life because for one I would have been at home waiting for my mum to get some cash and pay my school fees because without that, the teachers would not allow me back in school."
Annah's family
access_time 5 years ago
Annah received a $531 second payment.
"I am glad we have enough food even though it is a dry season and food is scarce. When we received the transfers we bought enough food that was in season and stored them. We are able to sell them at a higher price than the price I bought them with since they are out of season and the demand is high. I can comfortably feed my family and still earn a few shilling to cater for my other needs."
Mark's family
access_time 5 years ago
Mark received a $23 twelfth payment.
"In the next six months, I want to continue boosting my business. I would still use part of transfers to boost my business by buying at least one piece of iron and equipment for the business. I am hoping by the end of the year, it will be stable enough to handle all my family needs."
Anna's family
access_time 5 years ago
Anna received a $531 second payment.
"My life has improved greatly since I started receiving transfers from Give Directly. We used to live in a grass thatched house that was not so decent. The roof used to leak during the rainy season. The walls were in bad condition and had to be repaired more often. But now we live in a very good semipermanent house. The roof is also covered with the iron sheet. The old house is currently used as a kitchen which also serves as a bedroom to my teenage daughter. She no longer sleeps at my neighbour's house. This used to bother me because walking at night was not safe especially for a young girl like her."
Pamela's family
access_time 5 years ago
Pamela received a $23 twelfth payment.
"In the next six months, the change that I expect to occur in my life is the renovation of my house. As a result, I expect a change of life in that I shall have renovated my house. It will, therefore, be good and nice to stay in thus I shall always feel happy to have visitors around me. Currently, I have been living in an old and small house thus I do not feel comfortable hosting my visitors."
Nicholas's family
access_time 5 years ago
Nicholas received a $50 fourth payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving payments from GiveDirectly is that I have been able to save some money toward the building of my house. This has given me hopes that my dream will soon be accomplished. Having a house back at home will always make me comfortable visiting my parents back in the village as I will be having a place to sleep comfortably at unlike now where I will have to seek accommodation from my neighbors in case I visit."
Dickson's family
access_time 5 years ago
Dickson received a $50 fourth payment.
"My goal now that I have started receiving the money is to expand my business. I have now started saving some money which I will use in achieving this. Since this business is my only source of income, I am not financially stable since my business is still at a tender stage. Expanding it will help me get more customers which in turn will earn me more income. With this, I will be able to meet my needs on time and even support my siblings."
Moses's family
access_time 5 years ago
Moses received a $50 fourth payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving payments from GiveDirectly is that I am nowadays living a happy life. This is because my mind is now at peace knowing that I have been able to build a hall in the piece of and my grandfather gave me as my inheritance. This will always keep off people who have been thinking that the plot had no owner and others even attempted to build some structures on it."
Maxwel's family
access_time 5 years ago
Maxwel received a $50 fourth payment.
"I spent part of my most recent transfer to buy a chair since I did not have any. I used to borrow from my neighbors even a single seat whenever I had a visitor since some are not comfortable sitting on the bed. I spent the remaining amount to buy some utensils for use since I did not have any. I would always spend the little amount I get from my daily hustles to buy food as I was not in a hurry to buy utensils. I am now glad since I can cook in my own house unlike before."
Mathews's family
access_time 5 years ago
Mathews received a $50 fourth payment.
"My goals now that I have started receiving the money is to buy a piece of land where I will be able to build some rental houses. By doing this, I will be living in one of the rooms and lease the remaining. I will be able to earn some income on a monthly basis and I will also be able to save the money I would have otherwise used in paying rent. I will be using my income to support my family and I am sure that my children will receive a quality education as I will be able to cater their education needs properly and on time."