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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.
William's family
access_time 17 days ago
William received a $295 third payment.
"In my opinion, GiveDirectly has truly excelled by providing me with unconditional cash support. The impact on my life has been profound; I now own valuable assets, including cows and a motorcycle. The freedom to decide how to allocate the funds has allowed me to invest in income-generating ventures, significantly improving my financial standing. The acquisition of livestock and a motorbike not only represents tangible wealth but also opens up new opportunities for sustainable income. GiveDirectly's approach of trusting recipients to make decisions based on their unique needs has proven to be effective, empowering me to create a more secure and prosperous future for my family."
Flanders's family
access_time 17 days ago
Flanders received a $295 third payment.
"I aspire to build a thriving livestock farm, encompassing cows, goats, and perhaps more. The dream of owning a sustainable livestock operation is rooted in my desire for self-sufficiency and financial stability. With careful planning and dedication, I aim to establish a diverse herd, not just as an investment but also as a means to support my family and community. The prospect of raising and nurturing these animals feels like a step towards a more secure and fulfilling future. By cultivating this vision, I hope to contribute to the agricultural landscape while creating a legacy that goes beyond mere livestock and embodies resilience and prosperity for generations to come."
Janeth's family
access_time 18 days ago
Janeth received a $295 third payment.
"Investing in rental houses was a big step for our family's financial stability. Recently, I realized that our tenants did not have a dedicated pit latrine as they used the neighbors, so I used $200 to construct one for their convenience. It is important to ensure their comfort and well-being. Education is also a top priority for us, especially for my daughter in grade 8. I allocated $60 toward her schooling, wanting to provide the best opportunities for her future. Additionally, I spent $60 on topping up the purchase of our cow, hoping to possess it soon and provide food and income for the family of six, therefore assisting my husband, who is a soldier, in supporting the family. I also spent $11 to transport me to the hospital for delivery and $45 to purchase maize. With the rest of the funds, I made a conscious decision to save for emergencies. It is all about ensuring our family's well-being and laying the groundwork for a more secure future. I am grateful that the transfers have been of assistance."
Mary's family
access_time 18 days ago
Mary received a $295 third payment.
"  In the upcoming year, my aspiration is to venture into dairy farming by acquiring a dairy cow. This new addition to our family will serve as a means of income generation through the sale of milk. At present, I do not have a cow, but I am determined to make this dream a reality. To acquire a suitable crossbreed cow for this purpose, I have estimated the cost at $200. In order to raise this capital, I will sell my goats. While these goats have been a part of our livelihood, I see the potential in investing their value in a dairy cow, a decision that I believe will provide a more stable and consistent source of income through milk sales. The prospect of owning a dairy cow represents not just a financial opportunity but also a step towards securing a better future for my family. I envision this investment as a means to enhance our income and ensure a more sustainable livelihood."
Furaha's family
access_time 18 days ago
Furaha received a $361 second payment.
"My goals are to get a job and keep paying my kids' school fees now that I have built them a house and paid off all of their outstanding debts. I am also hopeful that the high-breed Borana goats I purchased will breed well as expected, allowing me to trade them for cows and carry on with livestock farming in a few years. Eventually, I hope to be able to sell some of the goats, which will help support my family and grow over time."
Dama's family
access_time 18 days ago
Dama received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"My aspiration is to establish a livestock business, primarily focusing on cows and goats. I am confident that this venture has the potential to generate substantial profits, significantly improving the quality of my life. Given my current physical limitations that prevent me from working as vigorously as before, I plan to hire someone to manage the care of the animals on my behalf. I envision utilizing my future transfers to realize this goal. Reflecting on the progress I've made, I am pleased with how far I've come, considering that achieving such a dream at my age seemed improbable."
Andrew's family
access_time 19 days ago
Andrew received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"Looking ahead, my goal is to venture into agribusiness, with a focus on cattle rearing and livestock trading. Currently, I own three cows, and I aim to continue raising them. As they reproduce, I could sell them during financial emergencies to cater to the needs of my family. Additionally, I plan to explore livestock trading, involving activities such as buying and selling chickens to further enhance my livelihood and support the education of my five children."
Riziki's family
access_time 20 days ago
Riziki received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"I aim to gather sufficient funds by April next year through my savings group, allowing me to acquire at least one cow and two goats. Over the past months, I've diligently saved $20 from each transfer, laying the groundwork for this objective. I firmly believe that owning livestock will be a great way for generating and growing wealth over the years. Even after the transfers cease, having livestock will offer a sustainable source of income, ensuring that I don't face the financial struggles of the past. This approach appears more promising than my current reliance on the labor-intensive charcoal-making activity for a livelihood."
Paulina's family
access_time 20 days ago
Paulina received a $132 initial payment.
"Covering the university tuition for my son has been a persistent challenge due to my reliance on farming, which sometimes yields limited income insufficient to meet all our needs, including my children's education. There were instances when I had to sell my goats and cow to bridge the gap in school fees. I am married and blessed with 10 children and grandchildren. Upon receiving my first transfer, I allocated $180 for school fees and used the remaining $20 to purchase maize. I am now relieved that my son can focus on his studies comfortably, as the tuition fees have been settled. This is a marked improvement from the past when he would miss exams due to outstanding fees."
Job's family
access_time 20 days ago
Job enrolled.
"I have planned to use the first $180 of the cash transfers to purchase household needs such as utensils and furniture. This is important for us because we do not own any furniture and a fee utensils. For the second and third cash transfer, we intend go purchase 5 sheep which will cost us about $ 250. Additionally we intend to purchase two cows at $150 each. With the remaining amount we intend to plant 1 hectare of maize and beans and also build a pit latrine. This will ensure that we have food on our table and also improve our sanitation. We are grateful to GiveDirectly for coming to our village and considering us for the cash transfer program. This will surely transform our lives for the better."