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.
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Deborah's family
access_time 4 days ago
Deborah enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced is paying for my university education.Since I began,I have not been able to fully attend to my studies and am sometimes forced to defer when I fail to pay fees.I would have graduated by now but am two semesters behind because of this.I have been relying on a casual teaching job at a nearby school but sometimes they fail to pay on time or pay in small bits hence this affects my studies."
Sidi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Sidi received a $542 initial payment.
"It was around 5 am when I heard my phone vibrating. Since I am illiterate my spouse's assistance came in handy as he took the initiative of confirming to me what the message notification was all about. When he checked, he realized it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. They had sent the first transfers as they had promised during enrollment. I was over-excited knowing my life will never be the same again. I knew there were several projects I would start that would totally change my living standards."
Nyevu's family
access_time 4 days ago
Nyevu received a $542 initial payment.
"I was awakened by the loud vibration from my mobile phone. I ignored it since I thought they were random messages that are normally sent by our mobile service providers. It was not long before I heard my neighbors say they had received money from GiveDirectly. I got curious and decided to check the messages that had got in earlier. I was shocked to realize I was among the people who had been sent the money. I was overwhelmed with joy. I remember planning how to best I would use the transfers to change my life. It was a very joyous and emotional moment"
Margaret's family
access_time 4 days ago
Margaret received a $542 initial payment.
"It was a few minutes to 6 am when I received a message alert on my phone. Since I was awake at that time, I decided to read and know its contents and who the sender was. I became so happy and gave thanks to God and GiveDirectly after realizing that GiveDirectly had honored their promise. I knew that this money would enable us to achieve a lot of things."
Kadzo's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"Selling sisal fibres has been my job for a very long time. However, I stopped 7 years ago due to insufficient capital. Since then I rely on my husband who burns charcoal for a living. This overdependence has stirred up my desire to revive my business. I will therefore use part of this transfer for that purpose. Besides, I will purchase cows for rearing. These will provide milk for sale as well as family use."
Richard's family
access_time 4 days ago
Richard received a $542 initial payment.
"I was woken up by a message alert on my phone early in the morning. Upon reading its content, I became so happy and grateful to GiveDirectly for the support. I knew that my family would finally have a decent kitchen."
Annah's family
access_time 4 days ago
Annah received a $542 initial payment.
"As a single mother, I usually struggle a lot in paying school fees for my children. This is because I d not have a stable source of income to lean on. Before receiving my transfers, my daughter had already informed me that she might not be allowed to sit for her end of semester examinations since we had not cleared her school fees arrears and this had made me so worried. My transfers came handy as it enabled me to achieve this and my daughter is now continuing with her examination. Knowing that my daughter will soon finish her tertiary studies and will not retake her examinations next year is the biggest difference in my daily life"
Ivyne's family
access_time 4 days ago
Ivyne received a $542 initial payment.
"It was early in the morning as I was preparing to go and buy stock for my grocery business at the market when I received a message alert on my phone. My heart was filled with happiness upon reading its contents. I knew that my aim of diversifying my sources of income would finally be fulfilled."
Joseph's family
access_time 5 days ago
Joseph received a $22 nineteenth payment.
"I expect to have produced enough food for the next year. I will have harvested maize and will have grown potatoes and beans. I think I will be living better life free from hunger and stress."
Geoffrey's family
access_time 5 days ago
Geoffrey received a $524 second payment.
"My life is different from how it was in that, I was able to buy a cow and build a second house which is still under construction. I am glad that when my visitors will come, I would not face embarrassments by taking them to spend the night at my parents' house. I also had one cow but have two now that I used some amount of the transfer to purchase them. It is an important asset that will help me in case of emergencies."