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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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Lewis's family
access_time 7 days ago
Lewis enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a source of income for my family. Being a retired teacher, and still having children who need educational support, most of my pension goes to school fee leaving none for other family needs. In most instances, I struggle a lot to even provide a decent meal to the family. Therefore, once I receive my transfer, I will put more focus on children's education, something that is so dear to me. Again since I spend most of my time at home, I want to invest in goat rearing business, particularly the indigenous breed. It is not a labor-intensive venture and goats are not susceptible to diseases and pest. Besides, their breeding rate is high."
Fenike's family
access_time 8 days ago
Fenike received a $248 second payment.
"In the next six months i expect that to continue using the pit latrine that I build using give directly's. My family will no longer use bush to help themselves as before because hygienically it is not good."
Andrew's family
access_time 8 days ago
Andrew enrolled.
"I live just across the forest where there is enough pasture for livestock.I have always desired to expand my dairy farming by buying two more cows to add to the two that I have.The milk that I will get from the cows will be a good source of income.The remaining part of the transfers will help me plant animal feeds which will help me feed the cows during the dry season."
Caroline's family
access_time 8 days ago
Caroline enrolled.
"Receiving this money means financial independence to me, something i have always wished to be. I plan to open a stall in the shopping center where i will be selling vegetables and fruits since its a good business opportunity no one has ventured to in my village. My first transfer will act as capital to build the stall and stock it then my second transfer will go to buying a dairy cow and building a bigger iron roofed house since my children have reached an age where they need to have their own room for privacy reasons."
Mary's family
access_time 8 days ago
Mary enrolled.
"My first born daughter died 5 years ago leaving behind two children who have been under my care since then. The burden of taking care of these children together with my own two sons is the biggest hardship i have faced since i am a single mother with no one to support me financially. I depend on dairy farming where as per now only two of my cattle produce milk for sale. However, sometimes they produce less especially during drought something that pushes me to engage in casual jobs despite my age and deteriorating health. I hope that things will change when i start up poultry keeping as an alternative source of income"
Randu's family
access_time 8 days ago
Randu received a $535 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my life is that I managed to clear the fees arrears for my children. They have been sent home several times and I used to get embarrassed but I couldn't do anything because I don't have a stable job and my income is very low to sustain all my family expenses. This was really frustrating because I felt like I was failing them They had started performing poorly as a result of this and I felt guilty. I am now hopeful and happier because ever since I received my first transfer all is well now because they are now studying without any distractions."
Betty's family
access_time 8 days ago
Betty received a $450 second payment.
"My life has improved in that, I sleep in a spacious permanet house. In the past, I slept in one old thatched house which wasn't enough to accomodate my whole family. Infact some of my children slept in my neighbours' homes due to lack of space in my former house."
Beatrice's family
access_time 8 days ago
Beatrice received a $450 second payment.
"My life has changed in that, I'm peacefully staying in my marital home because my dowery was paid with the GiveDirectly transfer. Previously, my parents didn't leave us to stay in peace since my spouse couldn't afford paying dowry."
Michael's family
access_time 8 days ago
Michael received a $486 third payment.
"There are some houses that I have been renting out for some time now. They are two in number which my parent's hand left for me. From the time that I have managed them, I realized that having rental houses is better because someone is sure of getting money at the end of the money and for that reason, I decided to add three rental houses using my second and third transfer. This is a long term investment. I am a happy landlord because the houses are already occupied and now I am even sure of more money."
Emily's family
access_time 8 days ago
Emily received a $486 third payment.
"Currently, my life is different from how it was in that I have accomplished some of my dreams. Recent I was able to build a latrine, a bathroom and cemented my house. These are dreams that I had been yearning to achieve but I was not able to achieve them because of financial constraints. I am a hairdresser and sometime's when I go for maternity leave all my customers go to different saloons and sometimes I do not have a regular flow of customers which did not enable me to achieve all the goals."