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.
Katana's family
access_time 8 days ago
Katana received a $359 initial payment.
"I spent $180 of the transfer to pay part of the school fee balance for my children so that they could be allowed to eat at school and do their exams without any difficulties. I also spent $295 to purchase a cow and three goats because I want to do livestock farming. In hopes that they will multiply in the future, I know they will help me to cater for my family needs and school fees for my children. My younger children were sleeping on a very tattered mattress. Having a good rest on this kind of bedding was not possible, and it really bothered me. I therefore purchased a mattress for my children at a cost of $60 so that they could at least have some good and relaxing sleep. The rest of the transfer was spent on food."
Wakyeka's family
access_time 9 days ago
Wakyeka received a $618 initial payment.
"Bought land, and cleared some debt for the cow"
Muyama's family
access_time 9 days ago
Muyama received a $618 initial payment.
"Was resting at home, not expecting money, felt very happy and praised God First thought of buying a cow"
Sabera's family
access_time 9 days ago
Sabera received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"Investing in the productivity of my one-acre farm was a priority, so I allocated $25 of my recent unconditional cash transfer to hire someone for cultivation. Previously, I struggled with low yields as I manually tilled the land, but now, with the help of skilled labor, I am optimistic about a bountiful harvest. The impact on my farming productivity brings a sense of accomplishment and assurance for the future. Recognizing the need for sustainable energy, I used $7 to clear a debt owed to a shop where I purchased a solar panel, paying in installments. Now, with the debt settled, I sleep peacefully, assured that I have a reliable and eco-friendly source of energy. This simple addition to my household has made a significant difference, not just in terms of convenience but also in reducing long-term costs. With the remaining $2.7, I made sure to provide for the immediate needs of my family of five, purchasing food to sustain us. As a substantial farmer, the monthly profit from selling charcoal, around $10, forms a crucial part of our income. My spouse, who engages in buying and selling cows, contributes additional profits. This strategic use of the unconditional cash transfer has not only enhanced our immediate living conditions but has also set the stage for increased agricultural productivity, financial stability, and a debt-free, peaceful sleep."
Kabibi's family
access_time 9 days ago
Kabibi received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"Currently, without the cash transfers, our situation would be exceedingly challenging. My husband, the primary breadwinner, is advanced in age and can no longer undertake strenuous activities to support our seven children. Recognizing the need for a sustainable source of income, I aim to venture into livestock keeping, particularly cattle. While I have experience with poultry like chickens and ducks, I believe that owning livestock such as cows would be a valuable asset. I hope that the cash transfers will enable me to save and eventually acquire at least one cow to contribute to our long-term financial stability."
Bendera's family
access_time 9 days ago
Bendera received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, my goals include acquiring livestock and building a decent house for my family. After my main house collapsed, I erected a temporary one-room shelter where my six children and I currently reside. However, its conditions are far from ideal for accommodation. I aspire to build a new house with two rooms, featuring a tin roof and mud walls. Additionally, I plan to expand my livestock holdings. Currently, I have four goats, two of which I obtained through the cash transfers. The goal is for them to reproduce, grow the herd, and eventually exchange them for cows in the future. This strategy would provide funds for my children's education even after the cash transfers cease."
Dhahabu's family
access_time 9 days ago
Dhahabu received a $23 twenty-first payment.
"When I received my last three months transfers, I made a wise decision to save them in a merry go round. We are ten members in the scheme and I had a goal of raising some money for investment in livestock. This month, I was able to obtain $150, which I then spent on purchasing a cow. I considered this investment to be beneficial in the long run since it will enable my family to get free milk. Moreover, in times of unexpected financial need, I will sell the cow to raise money for that need or for my children's school fees. The transfers have always impacted my life positively and I am so grateful to GiveDirectly for the support."
Zawadi's family
access_time 9 days ago
Zawadi received a $23 tenth payment.
"In the upcoming year, my primary objective and proudest achievement will be to invest in acquiring livestock. Specifically, I aspire to become the owner of both a bull and a dairy cow. To accomplish this, my strategy involves initially purchasing goats. As they multiply, I will sell them and utilize the proceeds to procure the desired cows. Simultaneously, I am eagerly anticipating the construction of a roomy house that can accommodate my entire family. The prospect of providing a more spacious living environment fills me with great excitement and anticipation. I would like to express my profound gratitude for the financial assistance received from Give Directly. Their support has played a pivotal role in significantly enhancing the quality of my life."
Namakola's family
access_time 9 days ago
Namakola received a $615 initial payment.
"Bought a cow"
Muduku's family
access_time 10 days ago
Muduku received a $615 initial payment.
"Ou feeding has been improved because thus cow is already giving us milk"