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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.
Karembo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Karembo received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"My ultimate goal is to raise livestock like goats. Once they have multiplied and grown to at least nine goats, I plan to exchange some of them for cows. I aspire to have at least two bulls for plowing on my farm. Currently, I plow the land by hand, which yields limited crops. With bulls, I'm confident that I can cover a larger portion of the land and harvest more produce than I did recently."
Sanita's family
access_time 1 month ago
Sanita received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"In the coming years, I aim to venture into livestock farming, particularly cattle keeping. With six children in school, most of whom are in elementary school and have a long way to go in their educational journey, I believe that livestock keeping will be an excellent source for covering their school fees. Considering my husband's earnings from casual house construction jobs are very low, I'm uncertain if we can afford the children's education expenses. In the future, I can sell the cows to pay for my children's schooling. Buying calves would be a more affordable option for me, as they cost around $150 each. I hope to save some of the cash transfers to make this plan a reality."
Omar's family
access_time 1 month ago
Omar received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"My priority is to complete the construction of my house. It's been a dream, and these transfers have given me the means to make it a reality. Additionally, I intend to invest in livestock rearing, starting with buying sheep and reselling them for profit. This will pave the way for me to purchase a dairy cow, sell milk and establish a sustainable source of income. I will then open a shop in the village, selling fast-moving items and further enhance my financial prospects."
Paulina's family
access_time 1 month ago
Paulina received a $299 third payment.
"The recent financial support from GiveDirectly has brought positive changes in my life. Firstly, I managed to ensure the continued education of my grandchild by paying $100 for her secondary school fees. In the past, I used to sell livestock like chickens and goats to secure funds for school fees, which was often challenging. Now I am glad that I can pay without stressing much. Secondly, I invested $200 in acquiring a dairy cow. This strategic decision was influenced by the arid nature of the land, making traditional farming challenging. The dairy cow provides a sustainable milk production for my family as it extends to cormmercial purposes where we could sell the surplus milk. Lastly, I utilized $150 to build a store. This space is crucial for safeguarding valuable items such as medications for livestock and chemicals used in farming, it ensures that these essential items are stored separate from everyday household items, promoting safety and organization. In essence, GiveDirectly has empowered me to make strategic investments that enhance the present and future well-being of the family. I'm grateful for the support that has enabled these positive changes."
Joseph's family
access_time 1 month ago
Joseph received a $299 third payment.
"I've strategically invested in a combination of goats and cows, anticipating that they will not just be animals but contributors to our future income. The plan is for them to multiply over time, establishing a sustainable source of revenue. This aligns with my vision of financial stability, as these animals can become valuable assets. Despite the challenges posed by unpredictable weather patterns, I haven't given up on farming. Recognizing the importance of diversifying income sources, I've planted beans during the little rains we've experienced. Beans, being a resilient crop, can serve as a buffer during dry seasons, shielding us from the struggles associated with food scarcity. This dual approach—investing in livestock for long-term income generation and cultivating crops for immediate sustenance—reflects a commitment to resilience and adaptability. It's an acknowledgment that in the face of uncertainty, having multiple streams of income and food sources is crucial for ensuring a stable and secure future."
Dama's family
access_time 1 month ago
Dama received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, I hope to have a growing number of livestock, including chickens, goats, and cows. I feel that my husband's work of making and selling charcoal alone cannot cover our children's needs, especially their school fees. Having livestock will provide us with some financial security because I can sell these animals for funds. Currently, I have eight hens and one goat, which I obtained through previous cash transfers, and my goal is to continue acquiring more."
Changawa's family
access_time 1 month ago
Changawa received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"I am hopeful that our upcoming harvest will be bountiful, as this will pave the way for me to pursue my ambition of venturing into cattle farming. My plan is to accomplish this objective by selling my goats and using the proceeds to acquire cows, which I will raise and subsequently sell when they reach maturity. This livestock venture promises to significantly improve my income, providing much-needed stability amidst the unpredictable nature of casual labor jobs. I find great satisfaction in the progress I've achieved thus far."
Charo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Charo received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"My primary objective is to acquire cows for farming and milk production, a move that promises to broaden our sources of income. This not only allows me to sell milk but also rent out the cows during the planting season, which would enhance the stability of our earnings. Additionally, I have plans to open a small shop in my village where I can sell essential commodities. Simultaneously, I intend to renovate my deteriorating house. I am committed to saving and utilizing the financial transfers to realize these goals. The opportunity provided has already brought significant improvements to our lives, and I am profoundly grateful for it."
Chelagat's family
access_time 1 month ago
Chelagat received a $300 third payment.
"I appreciate GD for providing the transfer without any restrictions. This freedom allowed us to address urgent needs effectively. I am particularly grateful because the transfer came to our rescue during a period of drought, enabling us to secure food for our family when hunger loomed large. Additionally, I am proud to say that the transfer made me the owner of a cow. This remarkable animal not only provides milk for our household but also serves as a source of income through commercial sales. This newfound asset has brought a sense of pride and stability to our lives, all thanks to the support from GD."
Kutosi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kutosi received a $1260 second payment.
"I plan to look after my cows, and after they have multiplied, I will sell them off and acquire some reasonable piece of land in a safe place where I will settle with my family."