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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.
Salama's family
access_time 4 days ago
Salama received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"I am employed as a housekeeper to support my two-year-old child and my parents. Recently, I was offered the opportunity to undergo housekeeping training in Nairobi, and I am eagerly awaiting the chance to work abroad. During the training, I used $8 for personal expenses. Additionally, I saved $30 through a local savings group established by my family and close relatives. My plan is to utilize the savings to purchase two goats by the end of the year, with the remaining funds allocated for new clothes and quality food during the holiday season. A significant portion of the money ($64) was spent on necessities such as food and clothing for my young child and my parents. I am immensely grateful for the financial support received through these transfers, as it has significantly bolstered my ability to care for my family and supplement my income from my housekeeping job, enabling me to meet their needs more effectively."
Salim's family
access_time 4 days ago
Salim received a $23 twenty-first payment.
"My ultimate goal is to purchase a piece of land and later build some rental houses. This is an investment that my children will inherit and it will be a reminder of GiveDirectly in our lives. Currently, 50M by 100M piece of land costs $ 700 in my area and because I cannot afford it on my own, GiveDirectly transfers will come in handy. Since it will take me many years to achieve this if I decide to be saving the all of my transfers, $34 every month, I am planning to invest these transfers on assets that will fetch more money later when I sell them. Currently, I am saving my transfers in a merry go round group and when my turn comes, I will use them in the purchase of goats. This is because they increase in number quickly over a short period of time due to their short gestation period. When they will have increased in number, I will sell them and purchase some cows that I will later sell also and use the proceeds in achieving my goal of buying a piece of land."
Sidi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Sidi received a $23 twenty-first payment.
"I operate a successful business selling lessos, which are cotton fabrics primarily used by women, and this has been a significant achievement for me. The consistent monthly transfers have played a crucial role in the prosperity of my business. With five children, including two in secondary school, I've managed to provide them with a good education through the proceeds from this venture. Furthermore, I've strategically invested in twenty goats, viewing them as a valuable long-term asset. Utilizing the recent transfers, I allocated $64 as additional capital to strengthen and expand my existing business, contributing to its ongoing success. The remaining $38 was wisely used to address the essential needs of my family, particularly in purchasing food. This financial freedom to allocate the transfers according to my priorities has profoundly changed my life, and I take pride in the positive impact it has had on my family's well-being."
Dama's family
access_time 5 days ago
Dama received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"My son, Said, completed primary school last year with good grades to go to secondary school. However, throughout this year, sending him to high school has been difficult. Despite receiving cash transfers, most of it went to food needs and supporting the education of his three siblings. Only recently, a month ago, did I start saving some of the money through a self-help group to buy livestock. My husband used to support the kids in their education, but since he fell ill, he can no longer work. The burden has fallen on me, but with financial constraints, I haven't been able to send Karisa to high school. I hope to enroll him in school next year so that he won't lag in his studies. Also, while saving to buy goats, I believe that when I finally acquire the livestock, it will build sufficient wealth to support the education of my children in the future."
Joyce's family
access_time 5 days ago
Joyce received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"I've been saving most of my cash transfers through a self-help group and contributing to a merry-go-round club since last year. My main goal is to accumulate enough cash from these clubs to buy goats and start livestock rearing. Specifically, I aim to purchase at least five young male goats and a female goat. When the male goats mature, I plan to sell them to raise money to buy a dairy cow. This has always been my dream because, with a cow that can reproduce and produce milk, I could sell the milk to generate income and accumulate wealth through their reproduction. From the recent cash transfers, I saved a total of $84 through these clubs. I spent the remaining amount on other needs, such as buying clothes for my child to increase his attire because he had only a few. Importantly, the cash transfers are giving me hope to own goats, a desire that seemed impossible before due to a lack of stable income. My coconut-buying and selling business could barely meet basic needs, let alone afford livestock. I'm happy about the cash transfers; they have uplifted me, and now I can achieve my goal of owning goats."
Kamone's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kamone received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"I aspire to keep livestock such as goats and poultry. Currently, I have bought two goats from the cash transfers, and my goal is to obtain at least seven more by the time the transfers end. Now that we have harvested food and hunger is not a concern anymore, I want to leverage the funds to buy goats. Since I have no source of income apart from GiveDirectly cash transfers, I am confident that rearing livestock will be a valuable source of income in the future. After the cash transfers have ended, I believe that the goats will have reproduced and increased, and I can sell some of them to support the education of my seven children."
Lilian's family
access_time 5 days ago
Lilian received a $131 initial payment.
"Receiving $200 from Give directly was a game-changer for us. With our three kids in mind, I set aside $20 for a surprise, treating them to new clothes. Their smiles were priceless, making the support from GiveDirectly truly memorable. The remaining $180 became our lifeline for a bigger dream: transforming our barren one-acre land into a flourishing farm. We urgently needed a generator and pipes for irrigation, vital tools to kick start our agricultural project. The total cost stood at $80, leaving us with a crucial balance to achieve our goal. Struggling before to borrow tools brought constant inconveniences. Sometimes, they'd be taken back before we finished, impacting our crop yields negatively. With subsistence farming as our primary income source, a small shop alongside my husband raising 10 goats isn't enough to sustain our family's needs. With irrigation, our vision of a sustainable future feels within reach. The prospect of cultivating our land, free from uncertainties, holds the promise of stability. It's not just about growing crops; it's about securing a thriving future for our family."
Mariam's family
access_time 5 days ago
Mariam received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"At present, I possess six goats. My intention is to acquire an additional goat and then trade the total of seven goats for a bull. The bull will play a crucial role in preparing my land for planting during the rainy season. Furthermore, it will provide an opportunity for me to generate income by offering plowing services to others. The financial transfers have brought immense joy into my life, uplifting my circumstances."
Ndoko's family
access_time 5 days ago
Ndoko received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"I allocated $43 to procure two goats and $7 to acquire a hen, viewing these as long-term investments. I anticipate generating significant income when the goats multiply, enabling me to sell them at a profit and use the proceeds to cover my children's future school fees. Alongside the purchase of the livestock, I invested $14 in providing food for my family. This financial support significantly eased the challenge of putting nutritious meals on the table for my children, especially as my income from selling charcoal is limited. Furthermore, I addressed the immediate needs of my two young children by purchasing two pairs of shoes for them, as they had been walking barefoot. Finally, I utilized $34 to purchase a mattress after enduring prolonged discomfort from sleeping on a sisal twine bed. I am deeply grateful for the financial assistance from Give Directly, which has profoundly improved my quality of life."
Vallary's family
access_time 5 days ago
Vallary enrolled.
"When I see our livestock, am happy knowing they support us during emergencies. One can sell a goat or cow to finance agriculture or even pay school fees. It makes us happy to have livestock to keep, which is very helpful due to the ease of sale."