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.
Becky's family
access_time 5 days ago
Becky received a $309 third payment.
"When I received my transfers, my first priority was ensuring that my children could continue their education without interruption. I allocated $150 towards school fees for my children in grades 1 and 4, recognizing the importance of their academic development. Additionally, I made the decision to save $200 in my bank account. This savings will serve as a safety net for unexpected expenses or emergencies, providing some stability and security for my family's future. The remaining funds were used to purchase food for our household. With a family of three, it is essential to ensure that we have enough food to sustain ourselves. These funds help alleviate the financial strain of putting meals on the table each day. As a family, we rely on casual jobs such as weeding and tomato picking to earn a daily income of $3. While this income may be modest, it is essential for covering our daily expenses, particularly food. Previously, I depended on farming to pay for my children's school fees. However, the harsh climatic conditions have made farming increasingly challenging and unreliable. I am glad the transfers have provided support, allowing us to prioritize other essential needs while weathering the challenges posed by the unpredictable climate."
Jackson's family
access_time 5 days ago
Jackson received a $309 second payment.
"Givedirectly has truly transformed lives within our community, including mine. Personally, I have been able to pay school fees for my children and boost my grocery business, all thanks to the assistance provided through the transfers. These transfers have not just provided financial support; they have also instilled a sense of dignity within our community. Through initiatives like house construction and asset acquisition, individuals are empowered to improve their living standards and secure their futures. From my perspective, everything about GiveDirectly's approach is working exceptionally well. The enrollment process has been smooth, and the staff members have always treated us with respect and dignity. When a program is yielding such positive results and positively impacting the lives of its recipients, there is little need for change. I am grateful for the support GiveDirectly has provided and hopeful for what the future holds."
Pauline's family
access_time 5 days ago
Pauline received a $309 second payment.
"GiveDirectly's approach of providing unconditional cash transfers has proven to be effective in uplifting the poor. By giving recipients the autonomy to decide how to utilize the funds, they can address their most pressing needs and priorities. For example, families can use the cash to ensure their children's education by paying for school fees or purchasing school supplies. Additionally, they can use the funds to acquire food, improving their nutrition and overall well-being. At the moment, GiveDirectly's approach seems to be working well, as it empowers recipients and allows them to make informed decisions about their own lives. As long as the organization continues to monitor its impact and adapt to the evolving needs of the communities it serves, there may not be a need for significant changes to its approach."
Wesley's family
access_time 5 days ago
Wesley received a $308 third payment.
"My plan is to continue maize crop farming and maintain my contract with Kenya Seed, but this time I'll use my own capital for production to avoid the stress of debt in case of crop failure due to rainfall uncertainties. Any income generated will be used to cover family needs, including school fees for my four children. Additionally, I plan to engage in commercial maize production for our domestic consumption, which will ensure food security for my family."
Zainab's family
access_time 6 days ago
Zainab received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"Having established a vegetable-selling stand through the cash transfers, my next objective is to open a kiosk shop in the village. Recognizing the market demand for fast-moving goods in this community, I aim to capitalize on this opportunity and create a sustainable livelihood for my family. To kickstart this venture, I estimate that a minimum of $90 will be required. I plan to accumulate the necessary capital through savings from the existing business and the ongoing cash transfers. I am optimistic that by September of this year, I will have gathered enough funds to launch the kiosk shop successfully."
Mwenda's family
access_time 6 days ago
Mwenda received a $24 eighteenth payment.
"My ultimate goal is to be able to support the education of my four children and provide daily meals for them. I am glad the cash transfers have played a crucial role in supporting these aspects over the past few years, but I am aware that they will not be here for the long run. To secure a sustainable source of income, I have set a goal for the coming year and beyond—to establish a livelihood through livestock ownership, specifically by rearing chickens and goats. As they multiply, I intend to sell them, creating a continuous source of funds that will enable me to meet the ongoing needs of my children."
Katana's family
access_time 6 days ago
Katana received a $363 second payment.
"In the coming year, my goal is to construct a five-room rental house on the new plot I've recently acquired. I believe this investment will provide a stable financial security for my family through the rental income it generates. To fund this project, I plan to rely on the savings I've accumulated in my merry-go-round, with the intention of taking a loan and repaying it gradually. However, I acknowledge that realizing this dream might be delayed due to the current income limitations, but I remain determined to see it through."
Nakoroi's family
access_time 6 days ago
Nakoroi received a $308 second payment.
"Since I received my second transfer from GiveDirectly, my life has changed. I spent all $450 on agriculture to purchase tomato seeds and prepare the farm to plant one hectare of tomatoes. Initially, I planned to buy a cow, but I decided to invest in tomatoes instead. They do well here, and I'm confident I'll make double the profit compared to buying a cow that might die in drought, leaving me with nothing. Life has been tough for me; I'm a single mother and was never married, so raising a family of six hasn't been easy. Before I received the cash for the first time, I depended on my daughter Mercy, who did casual labor on other people's farms so we could have at least one meal a day. She used to earn $3 per day, which wasn't enough for three meals. I appreciate GiveDirectly for their help. With my first transfer, I opened a small kiosk in my village to sell foodstuff. The profit I make from it helps me buy food, relieving Mercy of the burden of providing for us so she can focus on her two children."
Harrison's family
access_time 6 days ago
Harrison received a $137 initial payment.
"Receiving the first transfer from GiveDirectly was a relief and marked a shift in our household approach. We had numerous plans with my spouse, but our priority was to optimize our farming activities by reducing operational costs and seeking alternative input sources. For years, we relied on bank loans to purchase farm inputs, which incurred considerable interest and deductions from our harvest sales. With no other viable options, we reluctantly complied with the bank's and input provider's terms. Upon receiving the transfer, I spent $100 to lease an acre of land and, subsequently, $55 on land preparation. We currently await free certified seeds from Seed Co, a company that offers a more advantageous purchasing arrangement compared to Kenya Seed. It directly purchases from farms, eliminating transportation costs, and provides post-harvest services like sacks and a thresher, all while offering the same price of $1 per kilogram. This approach ensures higher income potential without bank deductions, unlike our previous loans of $350 per acre. I used the remaining $30 to repair my motorbike, which is a crucial asset for transporting my two children to school and facilitating farm operations. We are hopeful about our farming future and thankful for the life-changing support from GiveDirectly."
Sintayon's family
access_time 6 days ago
Sintayon received a $125 initial payment.
"As the day ended and darkness crept in, I trudged wearily back home. I had spent the whole day working hard on my neighbor's farm under the hot sun. It's tough work, but it's how I make $3 a day to feed my family of six. Exhausted, I finally got home and decided to check my phone for any missed calls, having been too busy to do so throughout the day. To my surprise and immense relief, I found a message confirming the receipt of the first transfer from GiveDirectly. Overwhelmed with gratitude, I couldn't help but kneel down in my bedroom and offer thanks to God for this timely blessing. With my son about to start Form One, we were facing financial strain, especially since the irregular farm work during the dry season offered limited opportunities for income. Despite community assistance through Harambee that raised $200, we still lacked funds for essential school supplies like uniforms and books, as this could only cater for the term one school fee. The arrival of the transfer lifted a huge weight off my shoulders, ensuring that my child could attend school comfortably. I am deeply thankful to GiveDirectly for this support during our time of need."