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.
Chemutai's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Chemutai received a $22 seventh payment.
"I expect my life to have changed in the next six months in that, I will have cleared my college studies. And also I will have saved some good money in the merry go round which I intend to use in starting up a poultry keeping project to enable me to earn an extra income to meet additional household needs."
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 moment I received my first cash transfer, I felt happy because I have been sleeping in a grass thatched house that is in a sorry state but now I will build a permenent house that will improve on my living standards."
Joyce's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Joyce received a $537 initial payment.
"We are generally living in a changed environment since we received the transfers. I can attest to the fact that, the two oxen and the new house we are constructing for my children in our household and soon coming to an existence in our household are equally big, but the joy-filled family we now have is the biggest difference I never anticipated in my life."
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.
"The biggest difference in my life is the happiness I have, having paid college fee for my son. I used to do casual work so as to pay fee but the transfer made my burden light. I used to save little by little for up a month so as to get something meaningful for the fee. GiveDirectly transfer enabled me to clear the arrears that were there and I am happy about this."