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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.
Kadii's family
access_time 26 days ago
Kadii received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"At a crucial time when I fell ill, the GiveDirectly cash transfers arrived, enabling me to seek much-needed medical attention. I allocated $34 towards hospital fees, and I am grateful to say that I am now in good health, thanks to the care I received. Recognizing the importance of my children's education, I spent $20 to pay their school fees. This ensures they can continue their studies without interruption, investing in their future. Given the severe drought and hunger affecting our region, our food reserves were depleted. I therefore allocated $24 to purchase food for my family, guaranteeing they would not go hungry during this difficult period. My home also required urgent repairs, as the current roofing was worn out. I used $16 of the transfers to buy iron sheets, ensuring we have a safe and comfortable place to sleep. As a first step towards building a herd of cows, which has long been an aspiration of mine, I bought a chicken for $4. My hope is that the chicken will multiply and increase in number. I then plan to trade the chickens for goats, which will also multiply. Eventually, I will trade the goats for cows. Finally, I spent the remaining $4 to buy soap for cleaning ourselves, maintaining our hygiene and well-being."
Sidi's family
access_time 26 days ago
Sidi received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My home was in dire need of repairs, which can be quite costly. To address this pressing issue, I allocated $19 from my GiveDirectly cash transfers to purchase iron sheets for roofing purposes. This investment will help protect my family and improve the overall condition of our living space. Recognizing the importance of education, I then spent $7 to pay school fees for my children. Ensuring they have access to quality education is crucial for their future success. To build a sustainable source of income and food security, I used $28 to purchase a goat. My hope is that the goat will multiply and increase in value over time. In the future, I plan to sell the goats or their offspring when in need, providing a valuable safety net for my family. Acknowledging the ongoing hunger crisis, I allocated $14 to buy food for my family. This ensures they do not go hungry and have access to nutritious meals. Finally, I fell ill and needed to seek medical attention. I used $34 of the transfers to cover the cost of treatment at the hospital. I am grateful that I am now in better health thanks to the care I received."
Furaha's family
access_time 26 days ago
Furaha received a $428 initial payment.
"When I received the cash transfer, I first bought a charcoal oven for $200. I had been taught how to bake a while back, but I never had the means to get an oven. With the new oven, I started baking cakes and bread. Using $10, I also purchased baking flour and other essential ingredients to kickstart my baking business. This small investment has already begun to bring in extra income, which is a huge relief. Next, I used $250 of the transfer to buy construction materials like iron sheets and roofing nails. Our current house is too small to accommodate my entire family, forcing some members to sleep at the neighbors'. I am eagerly waiting for the mason to come and start the construction of our new house. Lastly, with the remaining money, I bought household food items and detergents. It's a season of food scarcity, and this money could not have come at a better time. The cash transfer has allowed me to secure essentials for my family, ensuring we have enough to eat. This support has been transformative, giving me the means to improve our living conditions and sustain our basic needs."
Kadzo's family
access_time 27 days ago
Kadzo received a $428 second payment.
"I have spent most of my life living in a small grass-thatched hut with no hope of building a better house. Having an iron sheets house was far from reach for me since I could not afford to buy the necessary building materials, such as the iron sheets. I have endured several seasons of rain and cold weather, but I had no choice. However, I am grateful because my priority was to acquire a new piece of land and build a new iron-roofed house. The place where I have been living with my family was not my own, and for fear of potential land disputes in the future, I resolved to buy my land, an acre. I had already made a payment using my first transfer but had not cleared the full amount. When I received my second transfer, I cleared the outstanding $120, and I am now the full owner of this land. I can now build my home and use the land for agricultural practice as well. After clearing the balance, I purchased the building materials, which included 28 iron sheets, nails, timber, and building poles to construct a two-room iron-roofed house. I am at peace now because I am no longer facing the challenges I experienced while living in the grass-thatched hut. Even when it rains heavily, I feel very safe with my family. Additionally, I also replaced my bedding with new ones, as they were old and worn-out. I bought a new mattress and a bed, costing me $130, and now I am sleeping soundly on my new sleeping arrangement."
Celina's family
access_time 27 days ago
Celina received a $428 initial payment.
"I had begun constructing a spacious house for my ten children using the savings from my tailoring shop. Unfortunately, I ran out of money and couldn't afford to finish the project. As a result, the house remained without a roof for a long time. I couldn't gather enough funds to buy the remaining materials such as iron sheets, timber, and nails for the roofing. Eventually, the unfinished house collapsed during a recent rainfall. Rebuilding seemed almost impossible as it would take a long time to save up enough money for construction. Consequently, my children had to seek shelter from our neighbours when they came home from school, as my small house could only accommodate four of them. Thanks to receiving my first transfer, I am in the process of building a new house for them. With the help of the transfer, I was able to purchase 16 iron sheets, nails, and building poles to construct the new house. This means that my children will soon have their own house and won't have to rely on our neighbours for shelter. This brings me immense relief and peace of mind."
Winny's family
access_time 27 days ago
Winny enrolled.
"Currently iam living in small grass hatched house which is not favourable for my family because sometimes it's very hard to get grass in our village to prepair the roof. I am planning to use GiveDirectly cash transfers to construct iron sheet house for my family. I am also planning to use the remaining amount of money to invest in livestock keeping, lease a farming land, buy food and also buy clothes for my children."
Kadzo's family
access_time 27 days ago
Kadzo received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"Before this year ends, my main goal is to renovate my house. The one I currently live in is quite old, and whenever there's heavy rain, the roof leaks badly. It's been a constant worry for me. To make this happen, I'm planning to use my savings from the chamas and any additional funds I can gather. Once I achieve this dream, I won't have to stress about the safety of my home during harsh weather anymore. It's something I've been planning and saving for, and I'm determined to see it through. A renovated house will bring me peace of mind and a sense of security for my family."
Kelvin's family
access_time 27 days ago
Kelvin enrolled.
"When the floods hit our village Loldama two months ago, it was devastating. I lost my entire 0.5 acres of tomato plantation that I had worked so hard on. I had invested $200 into those tomatoes, money I earned from selling my goats. Seeing it all washed away was heartbreaking. I have been feeling so down since then. I earn just $4 a day from casual jobs, and every penny goes towards putting food on the table for my family. There has been no way to save up to restart farming. But now, with the expected transfers, there is a glimmer of hope. I am planning to use $450 to replant tomatoes on my land. I hope this investment pays off. My dream is to not only recover what I lost but also to earn enough to build a new house for my wife, child, and myself. Our grass-thatched house was destroyed in the floods, and we have been living in makeshift conditions since then. An iron-roofed house would mean so much as it would give us security and comfort. I am determined to make this work."
Nyevu's family
access_time 30 days ago
Nyevu received a $428 initial payment.
"I am a widow, relying on my son who works in town for support. When I received the money, the first thing I did was buy 20 iron sheets for $240. These sheets will be crucial for the new roof of the house I am planning to build. I also spent $100 on building poles, which are essential for creating a sturdy structure. These purchases were the first steps in my plan to construct a more spacious home. The remaining money is set aside for other building materials that I still need to buy. My current house is small and cramped, especially since I live with my three grandchildren. It's my priority to build a larger, more comfortable home for all of us. This new house will not only provide us with more space but also a safer and more comfortable living environment."
Kadii's family
access_time 30 days ago
Kadii received a $428 initial payment.
"I had to make some important decisions about how to spend the money I received. As a widow relying on charcoal burning for sustenance, I have faced many challenges, especially since trees have become scarce. My old house was collapsing, making it unsafe to live in, so I decided to build a new one. For the house to stand tall, I bought 16 pieces of iron sheets for $230, building poles for $47, roofing poles for $52, nails for $13, and water for $15. I also hired a contractor who charged $130 to construct the entire house. I am happy to say that the house is ready, and I now sleep in a comfortable and safe shelter. After the house was built, I realized I needed a good place to sleep. Previously, I slept on a thin mat, which was uncomfortable. With the remaining money, I bought a mattress for $50. Now, I sleep well and wake up refreshed, ready to face the challenges of each day. This investment in my new home and a proper bed has greatly improved my quality of life, providing me with a sense of security and comfort that I hadn't felt in a long time."
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