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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.
Jumaa's family
access_time 4 days ago
Jumaa received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"My priority for the coming years is to continue supporting the education of my five children, who are all still in primary school and have a long way to go until they complete high school. Supporting their education will brighten their future and alleviate their hardships. To further support their education, I plan to start keeping livestock like goats. As they reproduce, I could sell them to raise school fees and ensure that my children never spend a day out of school. Lastly, I wish to build a new two-room house. Currently, my wife, five children, and I share a one-room structure, and the space feels cramped. Having another house would allow the children to occupy one structure while my wife and I occupy the other. I hope that the cash transfers will enable me to fulfill some of these goals."
Victoria's family
access_time 4 days ago
Victoria received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"Looking ahead to the next few years before the cash transfers conclude, my goal is to establish a reliable source of income. Despite my current limitations due to the accident that paralyzed my hands and cost me my teaching job, I aspire to start a business. Initially, I am focusing on goat-rearing, with the hope that the livestock will eventually generate enough capital to kickstart a business. While I haven't decided on the type of business, I am optimistic that I will figure it out as I accumulate wealth through the livestock venture. Having a business will serve as a meaningful substitute for my teaching job."
Dama's family
access_time 4 days ago
Dama received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"The cash transfers have been a crucial support for various needs in the past three months, including paying school fees, buying food, acquiring livestock, plowing my land, and saving for future expenses. Before the school holidays, my six children had accumulated fee balances, and I used $34 to clear all the debts. This ensures that they will start the next school term without any outstanding balances. I also invested $34 in purchasing a goat for rearing. I anticipate that after the cash transfers end, the livestock will multiply, and I can sell them to support the education of my children. Additionally, I saved $10 through a self-help group, intending to accumulate enough money to purchase iron sheets for repairing my corroded roof. During the planting season, I allocated $5 to have a portion of my maize crops weeded, providing some relief from the labor-intensive task. The remaining amount was used to buy food as our household supplies were running low. The cash transfers have significantly eased the financial burden on my husband, who is our sole provider. I could never be happier. "
Charo's family
access_time 4 days ago
Charo received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"Typically, I rely on cutting building poles and selling them to provide for my wife and seven children. However, the income from these sales is limited, and I can only get orders thrice a month, generating at most $60. This is insufficient to meet household needs like food, making it challenging to provide daily meals for my children. Fortunately, over the last three months, the cash transfers have significantly supported me in putting food on the table for my family. I allocated $77 to buy food, reducing the frequency of my family missing meals from almost a week to at most two days a month. Additionally, I invested $15 in purchasing a goat and $10 in acquiring two hens, to rear these livestock. I am confident that when the cash transfers end in the coming years, the wealth created through owning livestock will enable me to provide for my family."
Dama's family
access_time 4 days ago
Dama received a $23 twenty-sixth payment.
"My goal is to further invest in livestock rearing. From previous cash transfers, I have acquired three goats. Ultimately, I aspire to own a dairy cow, whose milk can contribute to my family's consumption and generate income when sold. While I cannot currently estimate the cost of a cow, I plan to continue accumulating livestock like goats until I have enough to exchange for a cow in the future. I am optimistic that the cash transfers will enable me to expand my goat herd and work towards my long-term livestock-rearing goals."
Kandenge's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kandenge received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"Looking forward to next year, I have plans for the first few months. With the expectation of a harvest in the coming months, I aim to leverage the cash transfers to buy more goats. By the end of the year, I hope to have acquired at least five additional goats, contributing to the creation of wealth that can sustain the needs of my eight children. I express gratitude and pray for continued blessings to GiveDirectly for the impactful work they do."
Sidi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Sidi received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"Looking ahead, my goal is to continue contributing to the merry-go-round club as I have been doing for the last few months, accumulating a lump sum that will enable me to buy more livestock, particularly goats. Currently, I have six goats obtained through the same approach. I believe that even after the cash transfers end, the livestock will serve as a valuable asset, helping me meet the needs of my household. As a widow with no external support, I must independently provide for myself and support my two grandchildren."
Gloria's family
access_time 4 days ago
Gloria received a $117 initial payment.
"Feeling a rush of happiness, the first thought that raced through their mind was to address a long-standing issue – the leaking roof that had been a constant source of discomfort. The decision was clear: a portion of the money would go into improving the very sanctuary they called home. As I embarked on the journey of home improvement, the sound of raindrops would no longer be a cause for worry but a soothing melody. With the leaky roof fixed, the atmosphere within the house transformed, fostering a sense of comfort and security for the entire family. But the story didn't end there. With a portion of the funds, directed towards realizing a dream – investing in livestock. One goat and one sheep became not just animals, but partners in a venture that held promise for the future. Furthermore, the responsible use of the funds extended to meeting the basic needs of the household. A portion was allocated to ensure there was enough food on the table In the end, the $220 proved to be a catalyst for positive change, transforming a routine day of house chores into a memorable chapter of progress. The leaking roof was mended, livestock introduced, and the family's well-being fortified, all thanks to an unexpected financial windfall that brought dreams to life"
Kang'ombe's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kang'ombe received a $23 twenty-first payment.
"I used my September transfers to build myself a kitchen. I spent $15 buying wood for building and $10 on building poles. I also spent $4 on buying nails for putting it all together. In October I bought clothes for my 3 year ol6 at $10 d and $20 went into buying a goat. In November I cleared the fee balance for my child in form 2 and then used the rest buying soap and milling the maize I had harvested."
Diana's family
access_time 4 days ago
Diana received a $23 twenty-first payment.
"With my recent transfer, I was able to purchase two goats at $ 68 as a way of investing these money. In addition, I saved $10 in our merry go round group that we formed after being enrolled to the program. From the remaining amount, I used $ 20 as transport to the hospital when I was expecting my third child and to purchase the items that were needed at the hospital and spent the remaining $4 on food for my family. The two goats are an investment to me and I settled on them since they increase in number over a short period of time. They will also come in handy when faced with financial struggles especially in paying school fees for my children when my husband does not have money."