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.
Caleb's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Caleb received a $538 initial payment.
"I had taken my phone to my mum's house the previous day for charging. The following morning when I switched it on after picking it from my mum's place I was amazed to be welcomed with a confirmation message that I had received money from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and couldn't wait any longer. I immediately hurried to Mpesa agent in the nearby center and withdrew the money."
Bonface's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Bonface received a $538 initial payment.
"Without GD, I wouldn't have enrolled in college because I couldn't afford it. This is the biggest difference in my daily life because I believe that education is power and I also believe that after clearing college I'll be able to get a good paying job which will enable to meet my needs without any challenges."
Fredrivk's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Fredrivk received a $22 seventh payment.
"I want to share the little I get by paying school fees and to buy building materials which I will use to build a new kitchen. We have been cooking outside our house since our house is too small to accommodate cooking space and this is risky especially at night. The kitchen will also serve as sleeping place for my children."
Christine's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Christine received a $232 initial payment.
"My life is different from the way it would have been had I not received money from GiveDirectly in that I feel proud I was able to purchase most of the households that I couldn't afford before. Thus, I no longer borrow household items from neighbors."
Joseph's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Joseph received a $22 seventh payment.
"I expect my life to change in the next six months in that, I will have an investment in that owning animal simply means they will multiply with time hence I will be able to sell them at a higher price later. I will also have managed to build a spacious house which is comfortable than the grass thatched one."
Sidi's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Sidi received a $538 initial payment.
"I now have a hope of taking my child to begin his high school studies unlike before since I wasn't financially stable then. I am now happy that receiving this transfer has strengthened me to take my child to school and to invest in his education. To me, this is the biggest difference the money has brought into my life."
Mujeni's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Mujeni received a $538 initial payment.
"Before GiveDirectly came to my village, I had no money to pay for my son's school fees in order for him to join college. Since I have been able to do so now, I feel like am fulfilling my role as a parent to educate him to be a better person in the future. This so far is the biggest difference the transfer has brought into my daily life as I am always happy."
Chepngeno's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Chepngeno received a $538 initial payment.
"It was around 5 am when I received a message confirming that I had received money. At that moment, I was overwhelmed with joy. I never went back to sleep. Since I did not want to disturb my neighbors, I silently prayed and sung for the blessings that just came in."
Emily's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Emily received a $538 initial payment.
"It was around 3.00 am when I received two consecutive messages. I wanted to ignore them but my husband insisted that I should read them as it might be someone who needed our help. Upon checking them, I could not believe my eyes and I had to confirm my M-Pesa balance so as to clear my doubt. After confirming that it was indeed true, I was overwhelmed with happiness and I also shared the good news with my husband. Since we did not want to wake up the rest of the family, we decided to pray and went back to sleep even though I could not catch some sleep anymore as I kept on counting the remaining minutes to dawn."
Janet's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Janet received a $538 initial payment.
"Before GiveDirectly came to my village, I was always stressed up on how I will get money to pay for my child's school fees come this year. I am now a happy parent as I have been able to pay her school fees and I will be taking her to school tomorrow. This is so far the best thing that has happened to me in my life all thanks to GiveDirectly."