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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.
Thabu's family
access_time 1 day ago
Thabu received a $400 second payment.
"I was on the verge of being evicted from the land that has been our home for many years due to constant conflicts and disputes with neighbors. To avoid further disputes, my husband and I decided to acquire a new piece of land to build a new home. However, we faced challenges as my husband lost his job and had to look for a new one. I also had the responsibility of providing for my four children's education, with one in college, two in high school, and one in junior high school. With all these financial commitments, we couldn't afford to build on the new piece of land. When I received my second transfer, I used a bigger part of the money to buy building materials such as iron sheets, building poles, and timber. I am currently in the process of building our new house on our own piece of land, which will bring me peace and stability. Achieving this has been my long-time dream. Upon completion of this house, I will be free from the frequent wrangles that I have been experiencing for years with my family. I also used the remaining portion of the transfer to pay for my children's school fees. Despite the financial difficulties, I am grateful that my children are able to attend school without the fear of being sent home for unpaid fees." (Occupation: Small business)
Joseline's family
access_time 1 day ago
Joseline received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"For years, I have been sleeping on traditional beds with my two children. The beds were small and uncomfortable, with ropes and old clothes serving as makeshift mattresses. The pain and discomfort were constant companions. When I received the cash transfer, I used $50 to buy a spacious modern bed and an additional $55 for a comfortable mattress. This purchase has transformed our nights, providing a decent and restful place to sleep. I cannot thank the organization enough for this incredible relief. The improvement in our sleep quality has had a positive impact on our overall well-being. Beyond our immediate comfort, the cash transfer also helped me address other pressing challenges. Paying school fees for my children has always been a struggle due to the inconsistent income from my palm wine business. My children were often sent home because of unpaid fees, disrupting their education. With the cash transfer, I was able to settle their arrears, ensuring they could attend school consistently. Additionally, I bought enough food to sustain our family for a while, lifting the constant worry of daily sustenance from my shoulders. As their only parent, this support has brought immense relief and stability to our lives, allowing me to focus on building a better future for my children." (Occupation: Small business)
Patience's family
access_time 1 day ago
Patience received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"In the coming years, my dream is to become a successful businesswoman by starting small and gradually expanding my ventures. Initially, I plan to sell vegetables, which will allow me to understand the basics of running a business and managing finances. As I gain experience and save up, my ultimate goal is to open a big boutique shop where I will not only sell clothes but also design and make them myself. This will combine my passion for fashion with my entrepreneurial spirit. I envision a future where my business thrives, providing me with financial stability and the ability to support my family comfortably. By the time I have my own family, I aim to have made significant progress in my career, ensuring that I can offer them a better life. Every step I take now is towards building a foundation for that future, and I am determined to work hard, learn continuously, and overcome any challenges that come my way to make this dream a reality."
Saumu's family
access_time 2 days ago
Saumu received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"In the upcoming year and beyond, my primary goal is to build a house for my children. Currently, they reside at a relative's house, where they often face criticism. To realize this aspiration, I've begun setting aside a portion of my transfers towards this objective. Considering my resources, I plan to construct a single-room dwelling, as that's within my means. My target is to accumulate approximately $300 to achieve this goal. By diligently saving and focusing on this endeavor, I aim to provide my children with a secure and comfortable home of their own." (Occupation: Small business)
Dama's family
access_time 2 days ago
Dama received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"In the coming months, my main aim is to keep investing in livestock, particularly goats. They're like a safety net for me, especially when faced with any financial challenges on my homestead. I've learned that goats thrive in my compound, and they offer significant support in various ways. With their ability to adapt to different environments and their resilience, I trust they'll serve me well in the long run. By continuing to expand my goat herd, I'm not just securing a source of income but also ensuring a level of stability for myself and my family. With each goat I acquire, I'm one step closer to achieving a sense of financial security and peace of mind for the future." (Occupation: Small business)
Rukia's family
access_time 2 days ago
Rukia received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, my main goal is to buy another ox to complete the pair since, for now, I only have one. This is something I've been planning for a while, and I hope to achieve it in the next few months. Having a pair of oxen will significantly enhance my agricultural activities, making tasks like ploughing the farm much more efficient and less time-consuming. Currently, with just one ox, the workload is heavy, and progress is slow. But with two, I believe I can double my productivity and possibly even expand my farming operations. This change will not only improve my farming but also bring more stability and income to my household. I am dedicated to saving up from my current earnings to make this purchase, as I know it will be a pivotal step toward a more prosperous future for my family and me. The addition of another ox will transform our agricultural practices, increase our yield, and ultimately lead to better living conditions for all of us." (Occupation: Small business)
Nolaram's family
access_time 2 days ago
Nolaram received a $341 third payment.
"The heavy rain we received mid-last month has devastated our lives. Apart from sweeping away my crops, it also destroyed our house and property. I feel terrible about it, and my family and I are currently seeking shelter at my relative's house since our home is uninhabitable. For the coming year and beyond, my dream is to relocate my family to safer ground where flooding cannot reach us. To achieve this, I plan to put more effort into my eatery business and farming, saving as much as possible. My goal is to buy land and build a house for my family, ensuring we have a secure and stable home. Despite the challenges, I am determined to create a better future for us, free from the constant worries of being swept by floods."
Dzende's family
access_time 2 days ago
Dzende received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"My aim for this year is to finish the construction of the additional room, which will provide ample space for all four members of my family. I am grateful that with the modest income I earn from selling firewood, I will be able to realize my goal of completing the house construction. I deeply appreciate the financial transfers that have been instrumental in helping me reach my objectives." (Occupation: Small business)
Salim's family
access_time 2 days ago
Salim received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"I recently made a significant decision to invest the savings from my matured savings that I had saved in our savings group into purchasing a cow for my livestock farm, and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. This choice has brought me immense satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. Looking ahead, I'm motivated to continue saving within the group, with the goal of further expanding my livestock holdings once the savings mature again. Whether it's acquiring more goats or another cow, I'm optimistic about the potential for growth and multiplication within my herd. My vision extends beyond just raising animals; I see a future where the proceeds from selling these livestock enable me to pursue even greater aspirations. With careful planning, I aim to use the profits to establish a profitable business venture. Additionally, I harbor a personal dream of learning to drive a car, a goal that has always held a special place in my heart. By using a portion of the proceeds to enroll in a driving school, I'm taking steps toward realizing this ambition. Ultimately, I hope to leverage this newfound skill to secure employment and further enhance my prospects for success."
Hussein's family
access_time 2 days ago
Hussein received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"I aspire to not only complete my Diploma studies but also to embark on a new journey in livestock farming. Once I've achieved my educational goals, my plan is to utilize the funds from my transfers to invest in goats and cows, with the vision of seeing them multiply and thrive. My intention is to diligently nurture this livestock investment, allowing it to grow over time. With dedication and hard work, I hope to see the numbers of my livestock increase, ultimately leading to a profitable venture. The income generated from selling these animals will serve as a stepping stone towards establishing a business and create a stable source of revenue for my family."