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.
Christine's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Christine received a $466 initial payment.
"When I received the message on my phone, it was one of the best messages I had received on my phone so far. That moment, I became very happy."
James's family
access_time over 5 years ago
James received a $466 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I'm able to meet my daily needs for the family as a man as opposed to the days when my spouse could ask me money for them and I couldn't provide as much."
Edward's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Edward received a $251 second payment.
"My children are really growing fast and the need for school fees is growing really fast. in next six months my plan is to invest enough for their education. I want to save enough from my herdsman job job and also with the remaining amount of the transfers i will spend on buying cows.goats and even chicken which I am planning to sell them to pay their school fees as soon as they join school."
Rose's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Rose received a $466 initial payment.
"The moment I heard the community members ululating, I got concerned and went to my neighbor who is a teacher to help me check on my mobile money account as well. And after being told about the good news, I felt too excited and joined the community in ululating."
Muse's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Muse received a $522 second payment.
"Paying school fees has been one of my greatest challenge as a parent. On several occasions, i have had my children dependent on neighbors mercies and well wishers to help raise school fees for my children. I have no formal employment to give me enough earnings to pay their school fees. Our land is also largely arid and we only do subsistence farming. Give directly has renewed my hopes and aspirations of giving my children the best education i can. i believe they will clear school and live better lives."
Joseph's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Joseph received a $522 second payment.
"I have three children in School, two in secondary school and one in a primary boarding school. Paying school fees for my children has proved to be one of the hardest thing for me. I was at the verge of selling my only cow to help raise school fees for my children. Give directly came in handy to help me pay my accumulated school fees. It has given me hope of securing a better future for my children and pride as a responsible parent. I do not think i would also be living in a better house like the one am living in now"
Gabriel's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Gabriel received a $251 second payment.
"I am projecting enough savings from my barber shop,enough to buy me land. Here land is very cheap with 40000 KES i can get half an acre of land to expand my farming activities,if all goes well my family will never lack food and other basic commodities"
Lewnida's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Lewnida received a $540 second payment.
"My life is different than it was before I began receiving money from GiveDirectly since in the past, I was living in a small and pathetic house which I felt uncomfortable to host visitors in. At the moment, I am building a big house which will go along way in helping me host my visitors comfortably without feeling ashamed. Secondly, when I received the first transfer, I was able to see dentist who extracted my three teeth that had been causing pain to me. I am at the moment well and greatly relieved of teeth related pain."
James's family
access_time over 5 years ago
James received a $543 initial payment.
"I was extremely happy when I saw the Mpesa message indicating that I had received money from Give Directly. I never knew in my life I could ever get such amount of money being that I have always depended on motorcycle business with very little income."
Helidah's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Helidah received a $23 twelfth payment.
"Now that I can be able to support my faimly well, I want to improve the status of my house. I have been living in a semi-permanent house and because I have always had very little income, I have not managed to paint it. When I sell my harvest, I will get enough money top pay for school fees for my children and use the rest to paint my house. I would want it to look neat and presentable so that I don't advertise my poverty to everyone though my house."