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.
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
As I stood in the market, selling tomatoes, a notification popped up on my phone - $200 from GiveDirectly. Joy flooded me, and instantly, I knew what to do. With $150, I rushed to buy food, easing the hunger crisis looming over us. The remaining $50? I invested it in my tomato business. That decision changed everything. Now, my business thrives, and I even save $10 a day.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since receiving the GiveDirectly transfer, the most significant change in my life has been becoming debt-free. This newfound financial freedom has been a game-changer for both me and my business. Previously, I would often have to take out loans to boost my tomato business stock. But now, with the funds from GiveDirectly, I no longer need to rely on loans. This has relieved a great burden and allowed me to invest in my business without worrying about debt.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With the recent $200 transfer from GiveDirectly, I tackled our pressing hunger issue first. Allocating $150 for food, my family now eats well, and our happiness knows no bounds. Despite the tough market conditions, I invested $50 in boosting my tomato business. Surprisingly, amidst the challenges, I manage to save $10 a day, ensuring a brighter future for us.
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What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Receiving the transfers means so much to me and my family. Since we have our children for the next 2 months after school closes, we intend to use the money to purchase food. We intend to use $200 of the transfers on this. For the second transfer, I intend to pay off my daughter's school. This is important since it will help pay off part of the money we owe her institution. For the third transfer, I intend to buy building materials which I will use to construct a house for my 2 sons. This is suitable for me since the house we are living in is small and our sons are growing up.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiness comes from my children. With my daughter who is taking a nursing course, I'm happy since I know that once she completes her studies she will offer me financial support.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Prolonged droughts and lack of sustainable work is the aspect that makes my life harder recently. This has led to a lack of money for me which makes it very challenging. I have my daughter who is taking a nursing course and needs about 1000 dollars yearly for fees and because of the challenge I'm facing, I feel so stressed.