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.
John's family
access_time over 5 years ago
John received a $22 twelfth payment.
"In the next six months, I would like to build a new kitchen. In as much as I have a spacious house, I have always wanted to have a separate kitchen where the cooking is done. The same kitchen will also act as a sleeping place for my children when they come of age. I would not want to share the same house with them always and that is why I planning to build a kitchen where they can also have a private place as they do their own things."
Alexander's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Alexander received a $542 second payment.
"My life is different in that when GiveDirectly came, we hardly had anything as a family to be proud of. I felt so much happy and proud as a father when I was finally able to settle my last born son in school with much ease. This is something that had been eating up my mind for a long time considering that I had no personal assets to sell at the event that I did not have any cash to help him complete his secondary education. For the three years that he had been in school, we sold almost everything to help him realize his dream of a better future. It would have been so devastating to keep him for the three years only for him to drop out at his fourth year in secondary school. My son felt so happy and am optimistic that he will pass his form four exams at the end of the year. It is something I will live to remember for the rest of my life."
Kauchi's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Kauchi received a $542 initial payment.
"It was one early morning when I was making breakfast for the family when I got a confirmation message that I had received money from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy, shared the news with my spouse, and we both thanked God for such a blessing.g."
Jane's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Jane received a $22 twelfth payment.
"In the next six months, I want to invest more in my sardines business. I would not only sell in the nearby markets but also sell in bigger markets because I will be able to maximise on the profit. The profits will help me in paying school fees, clothing and feeding my family and finally take me into a higher standard in life. I would not want to go back to where GD found me. As they have shown me the way, I would want to keep working hard and give the best to my family."
Katana's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Katana received a $542 initial payment.
"I was at work when I first received the message. I heard a message come in my phone and and when I checked the message, it was the money coming in. I was very happy and I immediately thanked God, and I confirmed that truly the transfers were real. I then withdrew the money and I have kept the money in my house since then. I have been looking for a shop, but I never found one that I would afford with the transfers. I bought cows instead today, with the hope that I will resell them and open up a shop in future."
Karisa's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Karisa received a $542 initial payment.
"I had left my phone on the table while I was sleeping at night. When I woke up in the morning to check on time from my phone I was surprised to receive a confirmation message that I had received money from GiveDirectly. I felt happy and woke up my spouse to share the news with her. She was pleased too. We then budgeted on how to spend the money."
Pamela's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Pamela received a $22 twelfth payment.
"Since I started receiving these transfers I have seen the importance of savings and this has motivated me to join a merry go round where we are ten members so I expect in the next six months to have bought building materials which I will use to build my dream kitchen."
Richard's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Richard received a $22 twelfth payment.
"I expect my life to change in the next six months in that I will have saved some amount to money to rent a piece of land and do horticulture farming. After harvesting, I will be able to sell part of my produce to get an income to pay school fees for my children who are joining college and even to meet other basic needs for the family."
Monicah's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Monicah received a $523 second payment.
"Before GiveDirectly visited our village, I lived in a small leaky house that anytime it rained even at night, we would wake up and move to a corner. The small house also doubled as kitchen and it made my children to endure difficult times doing their studies because we always used firewood that emit a lot of smoke. It is the transfer I received that I used to settle my daughters high school fees and saved some which I later used in admitting my son in form one. Joining form one came with a lot of responsibilities and I believe that without the cash transfer that I received my son would have not joined high school because her sisters fees had already overwhelmed us. It is the education of these children that we believe once they complete and get employed shall change our fortune."
Elias's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Elias received a $542 initial payment.
"I was at home on that day at around 11:00 AM when I heard a message come into my phone. I checked the message and it was the transfers. I was so happy and filled with joy and I informed my wife of the news. I also knew there and then that I would finally achieve my goals of expanding my business and opening up a new one. I immediately went to Mariakani town to withdraw this cash."