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.
Martin's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Martin received a $535 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the pride and happiness I have for having constructed a decent house of my dream that I didn't know I would own any time soon because of the low income that I had. I can now sleep peacefully whenever it rains without waking up my family to shelter in a corner so that they are not rained on."
Susan's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Susan received a $535 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the feeling of content because I have achieved the goal of my dream which is to own a watermelon farm. From the stories I have been getting from my friends who have invested in this project before, I believe I'll get good income out of it that will help me achieve most of my goals, constructing a house being the top priority of all the goals after losing the previous house through fire leaving us with totally nothing."
Tabu's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Tabu enrolled.
"Subsistence farming is quite unreliable due to poor rainfall and unproductive land in the area. However, this is the source of income I depend on to take care of my family. Besides this, my husband works in a quarry and supports the family with less 1000 shillings a month. The lack of a stable source of income makes it impossible to feed and educate my children. I am required to pay 3000 shillings for my children in school, but I am unable to raise this amount and in most cases they are sent back home. My desire is to give my children a bright future through education. Therefore, I will use this transfer to revive my shop business that will generate a stable income for the family. I will also construct a new house for my mother in-law since the current one is very small and the roof is leaking. Besides this, I will purchase oxen to facilitate agriculture which will curb food shortage. Apart from using the oxen in my farm, I will also rent them to other people in order to generate more income."
Jackline's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Jackline enrolled.
"I have always wanted my husband to be self-employed as at the moment he is employed as a carwash attendant in Mtwapa. The transfer will enable us to open a shop in the village. This will enable my husband to be a shopkeeper and serve clients closer to our home while having time to spend with his family. "
Florence's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Florence received a $470 initial payment.
"The money I received my first cash transfer, I felt excited because my plan of completing the construction of my permanent house had come to fulfilment."
Augustine's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Augustine received a $470 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that, my self esteem is now high since I own a cow, a radio, a mattress and I will soon sleep in a permanent house hence better living standard."
Joyce's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Joyce received a $537 initial payment.
"On receiving the money, happiness was all over. As I was still sleeping, I was wondering what would have woken up the neighbors so early since I could hear some voices and touches of laughter from the nearby households. On checking the phone intending to confirm what time it was, the message icon covering my screen met my eyes. To relieve my anxiety, I decided to open the message thinking that it's the normal random service provider messages I have been receiving. Fortunately, it wasn't, what I saw made me shout sending my husband to calm me down. He had to take the phone and also read it by himself and as advised by the GiveDirectly staff during enrollment, he reminded me to calm down. We informed my mother in law since she was part of our planning team. The long silence which had been in existence between my husband and I ended that day and nowadays we are talking, laughing and at least sharing even a seat in our house which had not been happening before."
Edna's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Edna received a $537 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my life is the water storage tank that I bought with GiveDirectly funds. It has a capacity of 5000 Litres. Our water problems will be no more. We are only waiting for the rains to come then we harvest it. I thank God for this. We are grateful!"
Julius's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Julius received a $537 initial payment.
"I was happy to receive funds from GiveDirectly and I cannot complain at all. I withdrew the cash same day of receipt and spent it thereafter."
Grace's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Grace received a $22 seventh payment.
"In the next six months, I will have bought the dairy goat. I will not be buying milk anymore and the money that I could have used on that could be channelled to other projects."