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.
Ngumbao's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Ngumbao enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is lack of sufficient income to support my ailing wife. It has been seven years now since she suffered mental illness. She had to go back to her parents for assistance since I could not provide for her the required medical attention."
Erick's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Erick enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced was three months ago when I lost my mother after a long illness. I had used most of my savings on her medication leaving me broke. This has somehow led to dependence on my sisters for support but I know now I will be back on my foot due to God sent transfer by Givedirectly."
Otieno's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Otieno received a $22 eighth payment.
"In the next six months, I will have bought a cow. I want to buy this because it will help me to get an income from its mil. I will keep it on our farm and raise it up to produce milk. I also expect to have joined college. I will further my education as I continue to receive this money and use it for upkeep."
Francisca's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Francisca received a $195 initial payment.
"I started a rice-hawking business with part of the money that I received. I have always heard my neighbours complaining that the quality of rice they get from the shops is very poor as compared to the amount they are charged for it. I decided to fill that gap by delivering quality aromatic rice to their doorstep at a fair price and so far, the returns are worthwhile. I used the rest of the money to pay my rent and purchase foodstuff."
Davis's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Davis received a $536 initial payment.
"When I received this transfer fro GD, I was very happy. I thought it was an empty promise as it has always been the case with other NGOs which have worked in our area. Before even using the transfer, I felt my life had already changed. This was one of my happiest moments this year."
John's family
access_time over 5 years ago
John received a $536 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my life now is that I am able to comfortably pay school fees for my children. They used to be sent home most of the times because I could not afford to pay the arrears in time due to my low income. I have been surviving on casual work which has neither been sufficient nor consistent I have always struggled to settle the balance in time. When I received this transfer, I was able to settle the bigger part of the school arrears so that I reduce the financial burdens. Right now, I feel relieved because my children will not be sent home for the same when school re-opens next year."
Tabitha's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Tabitha received a $536 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my life since I received this transfer is that I have my own sheep. Before I got married, my mother used to encourage us that we should always strive to have at least one type of livestock of our own. She used to say out this livestock, we could raise money easily and very fast by selling them to help solve other financial needs within the family without having to beg for help or borrow money. This was a good idea and I have always tried my best to ensure that I have my own. Since I only depended on casual work and the income from the same is too little, I have not been able to afford any type of livestock. When I received this transfer from GD, I first thought of my mother's advice on investing hence I went to buy three sheep. I believe now if I have any urgent financial need, I can sell one of them to raise money to solve the issue. For now, I will keep them and hope they will keep on increasing so that I can sell part of the flock to buy cows."
Geoffrey's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Geoffrey received a $195 initial payment.
"I currently sell my products online and hawk some of them in the estate because I do have a stall. Hawking really limits my sales because I cannot carry all my items. For this reason, I am planning to construct a stall with my next transfers so that I can have a permanent place where my customers can always find me and even pick up their online orders. I will also expand the business by adding more stock of my current products and new items that I am currently not able to carry around."
Barack's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Barack received a $195 initial payment.
"I used most of my transfer to pimp up my house by purchasing a television set and a woofer. I gave some to my younger siblings for their personal use, bought my family foodstuff and saved some of it for my own future needs since I do not have a source of income and it is mostly tough buying even my own food."
Jackson's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Jackson received a $195 initial payment.
"I have always delayed in rent payment due to the late payments that I get from CDC which has always brought problems between my landlord and I.He has even threatened to kick me out on several occasions. This time around, it was different because I paid the rent on time and plan to do so from now onwards for peace to reign. I also dress better since I received the money because I was able to purcahse some new clothes and shoes."