GDLive Newsfeed
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.
Changawa's family
access_time 17 days ago
Changawa received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"Initially, my plan was to build a new house for my family, as the one we were living in was not in the best condition. However, due to limited resources, I had to restructure my plans and opt for a renovation instead. I am happy with the progress I have made on the house renovation, as it will provide my family with a more comfortable and durable living environment. Additionally, to secure a financially sustainable future for my family, I have decided to focus more on expanding my chicken farming business. During school breaks, when I don't have to pay school fees for that month, I plan to use some of the transfers to purchase additional chickens. My hope is that these chickens will multiply and increase in number, allowing me to eventually sell them and use the profits to cater for my family's needs and pay my children's school fees. I am grateful for the support I have received from GiveDirectly, as it has enabled me to make these important investments in my family's future."
Andrew's family
access_time 17 days ago
Andrew received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"As an aspiring agribusiness entrepreneur, I have a deep passion for expanding my current chicken rearing project into something bigger. My dream is to eventually venture into cattle farming as well. I know the journey ahead is not an easy one, given my limited resources. However, I am determined to achieve my goals. I plan to continue with my chicken rearing project, hoping the flock will multiply and increase in number. I will then sell some of the chickens and use the proceeds to buy goats. I am hopeful that the goat herd too will also grow in size and value as well. Once I have built up a sizable herd of goats, I intend to use the profits from selling some of them to purchase cows. The female cows will be kept for breeding and milk production for sell, while the male cows will be sold at a higher price when fully grown. This will allow me to reinvest the profits into acquiring more young cows for rearing and selling. Alongside my agribusiness plans, I will continue to use the GiveDirectly transfers to pay for my children's school fees. Once my agribusiness project has reached its peak and is generating substantial profits, I plan to use those earnings to further educate my children. I am hopeful that this dream of mine will come true, as it holds immense significance for both myself and my family. The prospect of building a successful agribusiness and securing my children's education fills me with a deep sense of determination and optimism."
Fondo's family
access_time 18 days ago
Fondo received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"I had a school fees balance of $100. Upon receiving my most recent transfer, I allocated $68 to pay part of my fees, ensuring I have ample time to focus on studying. I spent $14 on food to avoid hunger, and the remaining $20 went towards paying my house rent. This financial support has greatly eased my stay in school, and I deeply appreciate it."
Jumwa's family
access_time 18 days ago
Jumwa received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My goal is to save part of my transfer in our savings group and accumulate enough funds to purchase land, liberating my family from over two years of reliance on my uncle's hospitality. He had provided us with land, but now he requests that we either buy it or vacate. Once we secure the land, we'll construct a home, providing stability and security for my family. I also plan to ensure my children can attend school without the burden of school fees. I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity the GiveDirectly transfers have provided us."
Sofia's family
access_time 18 days ago
Sofia received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"As I enter my final year of secondary school, my main focus is on maximizing my efforts in my studies. I use my transfers to pay for my school fees and ensure I have the necessary items to avoid being sent home for fee balances. My performance has been improving, unlike before when my parents couldn't always afford pocket money. With the transfers, my self-confidence has been boosted as I can now afford things I couldn't before."
Khadija's family
access_time 18 days ago
Khadija received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I live in a small one-room house with my spouse and three children. This house is too small to accommodate my growing family. When I received my most recent transfers, I spent $60 to save in our savings group. I plan to use this money to build a new house. With the remaining amount, I spent $30 to pay school fees for my two children to prevent them from being sent home due to fee balances. I also spent $8 to buy two chickens for rearing, with the aim of selling some once they multiply and using them in case of a financial crisis. Lastly, I spent $4 to buy shoes for my child to wear to school."
Chengo's family
access_time 18 days ago
Chengo received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"As soon as I received my transfers, my first thought was about my children's education. Ensuring they have a stable and uninterrupted learning experience is my top priority. I have two children, one in primary and the other in secondary school, and the cost of their education has always been a constant worry. I immediately paid $40 to cover their school fees, ensuring they wouldn't miss any classes or exams. The relief I felt knowing they could continue their studies without interruption was immense. Their education is crucial for their future, and this support from GiveDirectly has lifted a significant burden off my shoulders. With the remaining $62, I took a crucial step toward improving our living conditions. I bought iron sheets and paid a mason to begin constructing a new house. Currently, we live in a temporary shelter that barely protects us from the harsh climatic changes. While the materials I purchased aren't enough to complete the house, I am confident that with the coming transfers, I will be able to finish the construction. The thought of having a sturdy and comfortable home fills me with hope and anticipation. I have been longing for a safe and stable environment for my family, and this new house represents that dream coming to life."
Elvin's family
access_time 18 days ago
Elvin enrolled.
"Harvesting my maize farm in January brought immense joy and relief. From the 6 bags of 90 kilograms each that were harvested, I allocated two bags to settle school fees. The remaining four bags provided enough food for my family, ensuring we had sufficient food during that time."
Kalume's family
access_time 18 days ago
Kalume received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"On receiving the cash transfers, I used about $34 to purchase a goat, which now grazes on my homestead. Owning a goat has been a long-held dream of mine, but financial stress has always made it seem out of reach. With this new addition, I envision a future where the goats reproduce and multiply, allowing me to sell the offspring to meet our basic needs and pay bills. This sense of security is something I have craved for years. Additionally, I contributed $20 to the Merry Go Round that I joined with my colleagues. Our collective goal is to accumulate enough money to buy building materials and build new homes. For me, this means a larger house for my family, a significant upgrade from our current cramped living situation. Furthermore, I allocated $20 to cover the school fees for my five children in primary school. Knowing they are all settled in school and no longer at risk of being sent home for unpaid fees brings me great joy and peace of mind. Moreover, with $28, I can buy food and other household necessities. Previously, my charcoal business was no longer productive, making it a challenge to provide for my family. Now, we have enough to eat, and I can comfortably meet our household needs."
Katumwa's family
access_time 18 days ago
Katumwa received a $27 thirtieth payment.
"My children's school fees have been my headache for quite some time because, as of now, I depend on the charcoal business, which is no longer profitable. Therefore, I had no option but to use about $68 to pay school fees for my two children in primary and secondary schools. My heart is full to see them in class and fetch a good education, which will make their lives and generations brighter. The burden of unpaid fees and the fear of their education being interrupted often kept me up at night. But now, knowing they are secure in their schooling brings a profound sense of relief and joy. Also, one of my daughters was feeling unwell, and this has been stressing me. I did not have sufficient cash to take her to a good hospital for a checkup, but after receiving the cash, I used $34 to take her to the hospital, and she was diagnosed with stomach ulcers. She is currently under medication, and I am happy she is recovering. Her health had been a constant worry, but now that she's getting proper treatment, a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Being able to address her medical needs without delay has been a blessing, and I am deeply grateful for the support that has allowed me to ensure her well-being."
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