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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.
Riziki's family
access_time 23 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 23 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 24 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."
Sylvia's family
access_time 24 days ago
Sylvia received a $295 second payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, my ambition is to purchase a dairy cow, not only to generate extra income but also to supply milk for my children. To achieve this objective, I intend to allocate a portion of my third transfer towards realizing this dream. With steadfast determination and hard work, I am confident that I can turn this aspiration into a tangible reality. I believe that my dedication and effort will be instrumental in the successful attainment of this goal."
Richard's family
access_time 25 days ago
Richard received a $295 second payment.
"Covering the school fees for my two children in secondary school has often led to selling off livestock, a trend I wanted to change. With $250 from the second transfer, I invested in a six-month in-calf cow and a goat, aiming to rebuild my livestock holdings for future sustainability and addressing various bills. Additionally, I spent $105 to purchase 10 iron sheets, a crucial step in replacing the aged grass-thatched hut I have lived in for over six years. The new house will offer better protection during rainy seasons. Currently residing alone after my children moved to the land I purchased with their mother, I spent $21 on half a sack of dry maize for sustenance. Further, I used $10 in household goods, including kitchen essentials and toiletries. The remainder was saved for acquiring additional construction materials; already ordered from a supplier. This approach reflects my commitment to securing my family's future and improving our living conditions."
Festus's family
access_time 28 days ago
Festus enrolled.
"Receiving the transfers means so much to us because it offers us a second chance to improve our lives for the better. Firstly, we intend to use the first $200 of the cash transfers to build an additional room. This is important because my wife, 2 children and myself live in a single room which has little space. For the second cash transfer, we intend to purchase 2 cows which would cost us about $300 of the transfers. We also intend to purchase 4 goats and 3 sheep which will cost us about $150. For the third cash transfer, we have planned to open up a shop in Lororo shopping center which is the closest shopping center to our village. This is suitable for us because it offers us a chance to have a source of income which would make life better. With these cash transfers, I believe that our lives will be transformed for the better."
Joseph's family
access_time 1 month ago
Joseph received a $364 initial payment.
"When I received my transfers, I spent $300 on renovating our two-roomed house, a vital upgrade that would provide us with a safer and more comfortable living space. In addition, I set aside $50 for my daughter's school fees as she pursued her education in grade 12. Education is a priority in our family, and this investment in her future was crucial. To meet our immediate needs, I allocated $27.5 for food and $20 for my medication, ensuring both sustenance and health were covered. The remainder of the funds were wisely utilized to construct a goat shed, which had the potential to provide additional income for our family. We rely on farming, cultivating green grains, cassava, cowpeas, and maize to meet our household needs. With the support from these transfers, I am deeply grateful that my family's well-being has been uplifted, and we now have food on the table, providing a more stable and secure future for us all."
Ali's family
access_time 1 month ago
Ali received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"My plan for the future is to own livestock, such as goats and cows. I am grateful that the previous cash transfers allowed me to start a poultry venture, which has grown to include at least 15 hens now. To expand my holdings, I wish to exchange the chickens for goats and the goats for cows. As the sole provider for my young family, which includes a one-year-old child, my goal is to ensure I can continue to provide for them even after the cash transfers have ceased. I believe that owning livestock is the best way to attain more financial security in the future."
Changawa's family
access_time 1 month ago
Changawa received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"My primary focus is to invest in chickens for the purpose of raising them and eventually selling them for a profit. Unfortunately, Newcastle disease has posed a significant challenge to this endeavor. In the past, it wiped out my entire flock, leading me to temporarily suspend the business. However, I am eager to revive the business in the near future because it is not capital-intensive and can yield substantial profits once it becomes stable. I am delighted that this venture will not only provide additional income for my family but also serve as a means to acquire more livestock, including goats and cows."
Furaha's family
access_time 1 month ago
Furaha received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"First and foremost, I'm determined to complete the construction of our new house. Once the house is completed, I intend to shift my focus towards livestock rearing. My plan is to start small and gradually expand, aiming to eventually exchange some of these animals for dairy cows. The milk from these cows will not only help us meet our daily needs but will also be a source of income. This opportunity is a stepping stone towards a more stable and self-reliant future for my family, and I'm eager to make the most of it."