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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.
Kang'ombe's family
access_time 2 months ago
Kang'ombe received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"As a small-scale farmer and vegetable vendor, my income barely covered our basic needs. However, with the quarterly transfers from GiveDirectly, I saw an opportunity to secure a better future for my family. I put $30 into a merry-go-round savings scheme, ensuring a safety net for emergencies. Then, I used $24 to pay my children's school fees, bringing immense relief knowing they could return to school without worries. With $20, I invested in a goat, seeing it as a stepping stone for future prosperity. Through careful breeding and exchange of 3 goats that initially bought through the transfers, I now own a cow, a testament to the success of my initial investment. Determined to improve our living conditions, I've accumulated nine iron sheets, inching closer to my dream of a two-roomed house. With plans to expand my livestock holdings to five cows and ten goats, I'm grateful for the stability and opportunities that GiveDirectly has provided."
Jumaa's family
access_time 2 months ago
Jumaa received a $27 fourteenth payment.
"For the past 20 years, I have been involved in electronic repairs, specializing in radios and mobile phones, to support both myself and my family. Initially, it was challenging as the business was not always guaranteed, making it hard for me to earn a living. However, I am thankful for the assistance provided, as it has served as an additional source of income. Recently, I expanded into livestock farming and I have so far acquired four goats which I will raise and eventually trade them in for cows. With the transfers received, I allocated $68 to purchase two goats, which I added to my existing herd. Additionally, I used $15 to buy new clothes for myself, as my old ones had worn out. The remaining amount was invested in acquiring more tools for my electronic repair business, essential for improving efficiency in my work. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to improve my life and the lives of my family members."
Kadzo's family
access_time 2 months ago
Kadzo received a $407 second payment.
"Once I have saved up enough funds, my next goal is to expand my livestock investment by purchasing a cow. With the ten goats I currently own continuously reproducing, adding a cow to the mix will not only provide milk for my family's consumption but also offer the potential to sell the offspring for additional income when necessary. This strategic move will further diversify my assets and contribute to the long-term sustainability of my household's financial security."
Dama's family
access_time 2 months ago
Dama received a $424 second payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, I aim to further improve my family's livelihood and secure a stable future. With the support I've received, I plan to expand my livestock holdings by acquiring a cow to complement my current 10 goats. Having a cow would not only provide my family with a sustainable source of milk but also offer the potential to generate additional income by selling the offspring when necessary. This step towards diversifying my assets will enhance our resilience to economic challenges and contribute to our long-term prosperity."
Naitoti's family
access_time 2 months ago
Naitoti received a $140 initial payment.
"Receiving the money has made a big difference in my life. Now, I feel much calmer because I don't have to constantly worry about how to buy food for my family. I'm also thankful for the seeds I got because when planting and harvesting they can help make sure my kids have enough to eat and take care of our other needs. Instead of selling our cows for other things, we're using them to invest in our future.Life is better now. We have fewer problems to deal with, and my family is really happy. Since it's a holiday and the kids are home, we're excited to start planting on our farm. We've enjoyed the money in a way that makes us wish we could get it every month."
Charo's family
access_time 2 months ago
Charo received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"I utilized the cash transfers to cover the school fees for my three children, addressing a debt that had accrued that month by allocating $30 toward clearing it. I'm pleased that this ensured my children could continue their education without any interruptions. After that, I invested $20 in purchasing ten chickens and $30 in acquiring a goat. With these additions, I now have a total of five goats and ten hens, all obtained through the cash transfers. My ultimate aim is to exchange these animals for cows, which will serve multiple purposes such as agricultural activities like plowing and providing milk for domestic consumption. I spent the remaining amount to buy food for my family. Currently, I rely on occasionally making and selling charcoal. However, with the onset of the rainy season, I have shifted my focus to agriculture. During this period, the cash transfers have played a crucial role in covering my children's school fees and providing food as I work on my farm."
Nzingo's family
access_time 2 months ago
Nzingo received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"After enduring a relentless six-year drought, I faced the heartbreaking decision to sell nearly 30 goats and 10 cows to mitigate the impact of hunger on my family. Though the proceeds were modest, they provided essential funds to purchase food for my household of five. Enrolled in a program aimed at rebuilding lost assets, I was determined to restore the wealth I had prior to the drought. From my previous transfers, I managed to save $150, which I invested in purchasing a bull. This investment has proven invaluable in several ways. Firstly, the bull assists me in fetching water from the nearby water pan, a task I struggle with due to my advancing age. Additionally, it aids in plowing my 2-acre farm during the rainy season, allowing me to cultivate crops and generate income by offering plowing services to others. The earnings from these endeavors have been instrumental in supporting the education of my three grandchildren, whom I care for. Recognizing the importance of future investments, I recently acquired a goat for $30. I view this as a long-term asset, particularly beneficial for my grandchildren's future. As the financial support continues over the five-year duration, I anticipate having a reliable source of income to finance their education and other needs. With the remaining $4, I purchased new clothes to replace worn-out garments, enhancing our quality of life.I am profoundly grateful for the financial assistance provided."
Furaha's family
access_time 2 months ago
Furaha enrolled.
"My husband and I do casual jobs making little income that caters for food and school fees. I have eight children at school and most of the time miss classes due to lack of school fees. That affects their performances. I have no investment here at home and this makes me stranded whenever I have an emergency that requires money. I will use $400 to buy one cow and two goats as an investment. This will bring sustainable income for my family in future. I will also use $550 to build a house for the children. Currently both boys and girls sleep in the same room and they are now grown up. Culturally it is not acceptable."
Omar's family
access_time 3 months ago
Omar received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My daughter recently completed high school, but there was a debt at the school that prevented her from receiving her certificates. I contributed $30 towards covering the debt, ensuring she obtained her credentials and is now ready to embark on the next academic journey. Also, I paid $24 in school fees for another child in Form Two to reduce the outstanding fees, as secondary school tuition is considerably more expensive than primary school. I rely on making and selling charcoal to provide for my family's needs. Sometimes, it can be challenging to raise enough funds to cover all these expenses, which is where the transfers come in to supplement. Since I started receiving transfers, I have seen a significant improvement in the hardships I was facing. I couldn't be more grateful. I also bought a goat for $34, bringing my total to seven goats from the transfers, some of whom have already given birth. My goal is to continue rearing them and eventually exchange them for cows in the future, which can assist with plowing activities and provide milk for domestic consumption."
Safari's family
access_time 3 months ago
Safari received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"I aim to start rearing livestock like goats and chickens before the transfers end. Despite having some livestock before I started receiving cash aid, I haven't been able to increase their numbers due to financial constraints, including providing food and paying school fees for my three children. Besides, the money I raised from making charcoal barely allowed me to invest in more livestock. My goal is to expand my herd, particularly goats and cows, which I can sell in the future to generate school fees for my school-going children."