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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.
Mwanajuma's family
access_time 3 days ago
Mwanajuma received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"I never used to have a source of income before Givedirectly but now I own a vegetable stall in our local place. I started the business using $15 of my transfers and I have been adding to it over a period of time. This has ensured that I can supplement my husband's income who is a Motorcycle rider and earns about $15 weekly. I now am at a point of making $20 monthly as profits. I aim to increase this by investing more on the business. However now I am trying to repair my roof so that I can redirect this funds to expansion of the business once the roof is all done. Through the earnings I hope to educate my children when they join school."
Sidi's family
access_time 3 days ago
Sidi received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"I would like my children to get an education. I did not get an education and so work options are limited for me. I do not want my children to experience the same. I want them to speak in proper English and probably secure jobs that will allow to earn sufficiently to take care of themselves and me. I plan to use my monthly transfers to achieve this goal even as I always increase my herds using the same transfers." (Occupation: Small business)
Amina's family
access_time 3 days ago
Amina received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"As I said am one of the lucky ones. I am privileged because I am in a place of being able to think about setting up investments. I have mentioned that I am part of an informal savings group where we make contribution for savings to. We are able to request loans from this group for investment purposes, I mentioned I was able to buy a goat as a result of being part of this group, my hope is to venture into business one day as much as I haven't thought about what business, it is a possibility I can explore thanks to this group. So I plan to continue making my monthly contribution and grow my savings which will allow me to take a big loan when the idea comes my way."
Kitsao's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kitsao received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"One of my primary aspirations is to expand my poultry-selling business by investing more resources into it. This endeavor necessitates acquiring additional funds and purchasing a larger quantity of hens, as doing so will enable me to generate higher profits when selling them at an increased price. I am delighted that the unconditional transfers from Give Directly will provide me with the means to realize this goal. With the knowledge and experience I have gained over the past two years, I am confident in my ability to overcome the significant challenges associated with occasionally struggling to source an adequate number of hens from various buyers. This experience will serve as a valuable asset, facilitating my growth and success in the poultry-selling industry."
Jumaa's family
access_time 3 days ago
Jumaa received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"Paying my son's school fees was my top priority, so I utilized all of my transfer money for that purpose. Currently, he is studying in Form 1 at Tsangatsini Secondary School as a day scholar. However, apart from the tuition fees, there are additional expenses such as accommodation, food, and water that I need to cover. Juggling these financial responsibilities can be quite challenging when it comes to meeting all of his educational needs. To sustain myself, I have ventured into agribusiness, specifically selling watermelon fruits that I cultivate on my own farm. Although my business is currently on a small scale and the income generated is limited, I remain hopeful that I can expand it in the future. This would not only provide me with a better livelihood but also enable me to provide more for my son's education. I am immensely grateful for the financial support I have received from Give Directly. It has allowed me to fulfill my duties as a parent and meet the essential expenses for my son's education. Without the support from this organization, I would not have been able to provide the necessary resources and opportunities for my son's academic journey."
Changawa's family
access_time 3 days ago
Changawa received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"The past 3 months, we were at the climax of a famine period that lasted over a year due to failed rains for three consecutive seasons. During this period, my transfers played a massive role in keeping my huge family afloat and away from hunger. If we were to rely on my charcoal making and selling business alone, my family would have seen the worst of the dreadful season. These transfers were instrumental in providing basic needs for the family, taking care of my children's school needs hence ensuring they consistently stayed in school and also helping to purchase quality farm inputs and hiring labour. It is through these transfers that we were able to realize a bumper harvest as we were able to cultivate a bigger portion of land that we could have managed on our own. This month of September however, I purchased a goat to fulfil a promise I made to ensure a year does not end without me investing part of the transfer in any project, preferably long term."
Celestine's family
access_time 3 days ago
Celestine received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"At the moment, my major goal is to ensure I pay the required fees for the course I am currently undertaking on hairdressing and beauty therapy. I therefore have no choice but to ensure that I channel most, if not all of my transfers towards fee payment. I will be graduating towards the end of next year so as I edge towards graduation, I will start building up on savings that can later on enable me to open my own beauty parlour. This however will only be possible once I manage to clear next year's school fees. Should I fail to raise enough money to start the business soon enough after graduation, I will seek employment in any beauty parlor that may be open to hiring me so that I can gain more experience as I continue saving. For now however, I have to focus on completing the course."
Mary's family
access_time 4 days ago
Mary enrolled.
"Having been blessed with twins a few weeks ago, I feel I'm faced with a great lot of challenges. Firstly, the father of my children refused to take care of children which has left me to provide and take care of them on my own. This sometimes brings tears to my eyes since I can't work and have to depend on my elderly mother who can't barely make ends meet. Additionally, I have a heart problem and suffer from a stomach ulcer which is a big challenge since I can't do hard casual labor which depend on. My life is very hard." (Occupation: Small business)
Jumaa's family
access_time 4 days ago
Jumaa received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"I have always held a desire to start a vegetable-selling business, but financial constraints, especially regarding food, have hindered me from pursuing this dream. I am glad that the recent rainy season enabled successful farming, and we were able to harvest enough food to sustain my family for the next few months. This provides me with an opportunity to invest the cash transfers into the business, and I am excited to take the first steps. My long-term vision is to expand this business into a kiosk, but for now, I want to establish a strong foundation. The income generated from this business will help cover school fees for my seven children and ensure they have enough food, even after the cash transfers cease."
Furaha's family
access_time 4 days ago
Furaha received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"Looking ahead to the coming years, my goal is to extend one of the rooms in our two-room house. The current space is not sufficient, especially when we have visitors, as both rooms are usually occupied by my children my husband, and me. I am tired of having to rely on relatives to provide shelter for our guests, and I want to change that. I plan to start buying building materials like iron sheets and building poles and hire someone to help me build the extension. Since my income from selling sardines is not enough to fund this project, and my husband's income from house construction jobs is inconsistent, my goal is to use the cash transfers to achieve this objective." (Occupation: Small business)
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