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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.
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Wesley's family
access_time 2 hours ago
Wesley received a $526 second payment.
"I do local saw milling to earn a living, a practice that I have enjoyed since it supported my family. I took KES 15000 of my second transfer to improve my timber business. In addition, I used another KES 30000 on livestock to buy a dairy cow. I made this decision knowing that I have added a asset that I can always rely on both on daily needs and other financial needs arising in my family. Finally, I used the remaining amount of my second transfer on my household daily needs."
Susan's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Susan received a $471 initial payment.
"I have aquired my cows which are going to be a source of milk to the family. Additionally, these cows will help me grow as they keep multiplying . I woudn't have got these if I had not received the money."
Mutai's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Mutai received a $525 second payment.
"The biggest difference in my life since I received the transfer is that I have my own cow now. This has been my dream for the last two years and I could not achieve on my own income from casual work. I knew when I have a cow, I will be having a good investment which is easier to keep and its value increasing on a daily basis. When the cow reproduces, I will have a good number which will elevate me from my poverty level. Right now, the cow has reproduced and I get milk on a daily basis which I sell to earn me an extra income as well as for family consumption."
Samuel's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Samuel received a $471 initial payment.
"I have owned 2 cows that I plan to pay as dowry for my wife to be. In addition, I was in position to acquire fertilizers and pesticide for my watermelon farm that resulted to a good harvest. After selling my watermelon I was able to get UGX 1,600,000 which I spent to buy another cow, dig and build a pin latrine for my family. Had I not received money from GiveDirectly, I wouldn't have managed to maintain my watermelon farm."
Michael's family
access_time 8 hours ago
Michael received a $471 initial payment.
"I used my first transfer for plastering my house at UGX 800,000. I bought a cow at UGX 500,000. I purchased 2 mattresses at UGX 240,000. I gave my wife UGX 60,000 for buying whatever she wanted."
Agnes's family
access_time 8 hours ago
Agnes received a $471 initial payment.
"I spent my transfer to buy two cows at Ugx 1400000. I paid some money to enroll my children in school. I then used the balance to buy some house hold items such two mattresses, Bed sheets, Utensils, Stool, Clothing and stocked food staff for feeding my family."
Amina's family
access_time 9 hours ago
Amina received a $471 initial payment.
"I spent my first transfer Ugx 1400000 to buy building materials such as three trips of bricks, twenty four iron sheets, timber, nails, ventilators, iron bars, sixteen bags of cement, one trip of sand, paying up and feeding labor. I used Ugx 300000 to buy a cow."
Julius's family
access_time 20 hours ago
Julius received a $525 second payment.
"I spent most of the transfer to hire tractor to cultivating my farm. I thought of hiring a tractor because I have been having difficult time when it comes to plough season because I had to use my own hand to till my land. This was very hectic and tiresome since the land is too big that I could not managed to till the whole of it. I was tilling very small peace of land and this was leading to low yield that could not sustain my family i am very happy because I managed to hire tractor and planted a very big land where i will get enough produce that will sustain me with my family. I also spent the transfer to buy cow as my long term investment since it mature it will reproduced and I will get milk out of it for my consumption and even sell to the community and get money for my family up keep. The remaining balance I spent to buy food for my family consumption and also very decent clothes from my children being that they did not have any decent cloth to put on when going for a faction or a visit."
Simeon's family
access_time 20 hours ago
Simeon received a $525 second payment.
"I spent most of the transfer to buy building materials and built a spacious comfortable house. I was staying in a very old small house that could not accommodate with my family well since I have a large family. The house was also very old that it was almost falling down being that the wall had become very weak. I was also tire of repairing the house by using cow dang to smearing the wall, so when I decided to built another house I bought enough iron sheets that also use to build the wall. Since I built my new house, I am very comfortable because I do not need to worry of it falling down, I also no longer use cow dang to smear the wall being it is well built by using ironsheet. The remaining balance I spent to buy solar system for lighting my house. I was using tin lump to light the house and this was very expensive because I had to spend alot of money every day buying parrafin."
Christine's family
access_time 21 hours ago
Christine received a $525 second payment.
"I am now a different person from how I would have been had I never received my transfers. This is because I am now a proud owner of a dairy cow and my family has enough milk for consumption and for sale. I have been using this money to meet some of our basic needs on time without depending on my spouse."