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.
Moses's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Moses received a $471 initial payment.
"The moment I received my money, I became very happy because I knew I was going to be relieved from the debt burden that I had."
Sharon's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Sharon enrolled.
"For a long time, this region has been a semi arid area with parts of our land covered in bare rocks. With rare and unpredictable supply of rainfall which we can go up to as much as six months without, it has become unbearable to survive in this place. Drought is rife and has made it very difficult to undertake farming. This has been the biggest hardship I've faced in my life. With two children in private primary school and household needs and bills to pay, my husband and I have had to live with doing casual jobs to sustain the incessant daily needs in the family. This involves a three-hour trek to a white man's plantation about 10 kilometers into the Narok county, with the major activity being weeding his maize, sorghum and wheat. We bring home at most KES 8,000 a month. My worry is that this source of income will one day become unsustainable because it demands more energy with an income unable to cater for the increasing family needs, especially my children's expensive education. However, my life is soon going to be relieved of a slight burden thanks to GiveDirectly's cash transfer."
Janet's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Janet received a $23 twelfth payment.
"In the next six months, I am planning to build a modern house. We have been dreaming of building a semi-permanent house but due to lack of enough money, we have not managed. This will be possible because I will use my savings from the GIveDirectly transfers to build it."
Chepngetich's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Chepngetich received a $23 twelfth payment.
"In the next six months I expect my life to change in that I will be able to own a cow and this cow will help me pay school fees for my son who shall have joined high school then."
Irene's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Irene received a $23 twelfth payment.
"I expect my life to change in the next six months in that I will have started buying building materials for my family. With this, I will have made a step ahead towards achieving my dream of building a bigger house for my family. This will be my happiness since I will always be knowing that very soon, all of my belongings will be secure after building a bigger house for my family."
Margaret's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Margaret received a $549 initial payment.
"I was charging my phone when my neighbor came rushing to my house. She told me she had received money from GiveDirectly and wanted to find out if I had seen the message, so I checked my phone and confirmed. Lunch was ready but I did not take it. I was so excited and rushed to withdraw the money. I was very Joyfull. When I got back home, I hid the money and locked the house for safe keeping. I then waited for my husband to return so that we can plan to spend the money."
Angela's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Angela received a $471 initial payment.
"I was over whelmed with joy when I received the money because I would be able to acquire the utensils that I needed and build an iron roofed house."
James's family
access_time over 5 years ago
James received a $471 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I have started an iron roofed house which I was longing to build, I have also own better utensils and beddings."
Grace's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Grace received a $471 initial payment.
"The moment I received my money, I became very happy and I thanked God for Give Directly that has dedicated to give unconditional cash transfer to help the poor in my community."
Annah's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Annah received a $23 twelfth payment.
"I expect my life to change in the next six months in that I will have bought a goat. I will use my next transfer to achieve this. Because of this, I will have started saving some money on a daily basis which I will use to pay school fees for my children. The goat and my children's education will be a permanent mark in my heart of GiveDirectlys support."