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.
Jane's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Jane received a $45 fourth payment.
"Since I do not have a stable source of income, I would want to ensure my children are always in school studying. I would not want them to be sent home for school fees hence I will use part of my transfers to pay their fees to avoid the shame of them sitting home while others are studying."
Risper's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Risper received a $45 fourth payment.
"Before I received the transfer from Givedirectly, we could sometimes go to bed with very little in our stomachs and our children could complain alot. Right now we have a means to buy enough food for them. I am also a proud owner of some livestiock(chicken) and hope to improve in the near future."
Michael's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Michael received a $22 eleventh payment.
"In the next six months, I would still want to buy more goats. I have always believed this is the best form of investment in my area. This is because every now and again, their value increases hence I would want to buy more. I believe with this, my life will finally change for the better and I would be independent at the time when the transfer will be stopped."
Agnes's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Agnes received a $195 initial payment.
"It was a cold morning as it was raining at around 8.00 am when I was going on with my daily activities when I received a message confirming that I had received some money from GiveDirectly. At that instant, I became so happy until I could not feel like it was cold anymore. This gave me hopes that I would soon fulfill my goals and this made me so happy. I then started singing and prayed to thank God for His blessings on that day."
Nelson's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Nelson received a $195 initial payment.
"The goal I now and have I am really praying hard to achieve it is to open a boutique since it has different varieties of things available under one roof. this will attract more customers since they will be coming knowing that almost all things they need are available in one place and will make them save time and energy wasted going to different places. This kind of business is also promising at Mathare since they are rarely found."
Sharon's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Sharon received a $537 initial payment.
"It was around 5.00 am in the morning when I received a message indicating that I had received the money I had been waiting for from GiveDirectly. At that instant, I was filled with happiness since I have never handled such a huge amount of money before. Instead of going back to sleep, I decided to glorify God by singing and praying silently so that I could not disturb my children who were still sleeping."
Richard's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Richard received a $537 initial payment.
"I was around 5.00 am in the morning when I received a message and I decided to check it as I thought that maybe it was someone who needed my help. Upon seeing the content of the message, I could not believe my eyes and I asked my wife to see it and confirm if it was true. After my wife checking my Mp-Pesa balance and confirming that it was true, I was filled with happiness and even after going back to sleep, we could not catch some sleep. We then decided to pray and sing some praise songs at a low tone in order to avoid disturbing our neighbors."
Godwin's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Godwin received a $195 initial payment.
"My daily life has changed since I received money from GiveDirectly since I was able to buy two drilling machines which have really helped me in income generation. Before buying these machines, I could only earn not more than 200 KES a day but at the moment, I earn more than this."
Santa's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Santa received a $537 initial payment.
"On receiving the money, happiness was all over. I was still sleeping when I heard some voices from my neighbor's house. This made me start wondering what would have made them wake up such early. I then decided to check the phone intending to confirm what time it was but the message icon covering the front part of my Nokia screen welcomed my eyes. To relieve my anxiety, I decided to open the message thinking that it is the normal random Safaricom messages I have been receiving. Fortunately enough it was not. What I saw sent my husband calming down my excitement. He had to take the phone to also read it himself and as advised by GiveDirectly staff during enrollment, he requested me to calm down until we confirmed that every other person had received the same message."
Nyevu's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Nyevu received a $537 initial payment.
"I was happy that moment I saw the notification from GiveDirectly that I had actually received my transfer. At first, I could not believe it but after some minutes it dawned to me that it was a reality that indeed, GiveDirectly has fulfilled their promise. At that moment, I became so happy and felt more energized and that I had obtained a breakthrough to utilize opportunities that surrounded me for personal growth financially."