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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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Amos's family
access_time 9 months ago
Amos received a $501 initial payment.
"It was around 1.30pm while fishing when I heard a message alert on my phone. On checking it, I found out it was the GiveDirectly transfers I had been eagerly waiting for. I was very happy and immediately stopped fishing and went back home to relay the good news to my wife and she was equally excited. That day we didn't have household items but GD came to our rescue on a timely manner."
John's family
access_time over 1 year ago
John received a $448 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the feeliing of free expression. This is because I was able to buy a boat that I will use as one of my fishing tools. This will be my source of income to sustain my family. Prior to buying my personal boat, I used to sail with other fishers and they made fun of me being just a dependant on them. With my own boat, I will be an employer yo some of them."
Dan's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Dan received a $470 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the relief and joy I feel for having got this unconditional transfer that has enabled me to buy an ox plough and a bull that I will be using to timely cultivate on my land. This will as well serve as my source of income when people in the community need to hire my ox plough for their own use. Prior to getting this money, I used to go fishing as a way to meet the demands of my family. Now that I have my ox plough, I have reduced the fishing work."
Dama's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Dama received a $525 second payment.
"The biggest difference in my life is that I have purchased two small heifers. Having them is an added advantage because when they shall have grown to a point of reproducing, I shall have added security to lean on during a financial crisis. Secondly, my family now has a stable fishing business after buying fishing nets with GiveDirectly's transfers from which my husband gets good income that sustain our family. Thanks to GiveDirectly."
Dan's family
access_time almost 2 years ago
Dan enrolled.
"Receiving this money means that I will spend for buying oxen and ox-plough. Iam a fisher man and all the money I realise from it is spent on cultivation purposes instead of providing other neccessities for my family members like treatment. Once I own oxen and ox-plough, I will no longer spend money got from fishing to pay labour forexample ploughing. This means the money I realise from fishing will take care of treatment and providing other needs for my family members."
Joseph's family
access_time 2 years ago
Joseph received a $22 eighteenth payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer is that I am able to provide financial support to my family without difficulty unlike before when we use to go to bed hungry. At times fishing business is tricky, you stay in the lake the whole night and you catch zero fish, due to such unavoidable circumstances our families are forced to go without food at times. Thus I thank Give Directly for having changed our lives."
Kanze's family
access_time 2 years ago
Kanze enrolled.
"We struggle so much financially because my husband and I don't earn much income from the charcoal making and fishing economic activities that we engage in. It takes me 3 weeks to fill a sack of charcoal that is ready to sell and even so am not guaranteed of getting a buyer. My husband on the other hand, makes at most 3 dollars a day from fishing in the nearby river which he does 3 days in a week. From this, we feed, clothe, treat and even pay fees for our children's education which is certainly not enough. However, the river is almost dried up at the moment because of low rainfall thus causing more frustration. "
Janet's family
access_time 2 years ago
Janet enrolled.
"We struggle so much financially and that is our major setback. I am not contributing economically as at now because am heavily pregnant and my husband's income from charcoal business and seasonal fishing is not enough to cater for our bills of food, education and decent housing. At the moment, we all sleep in a tiny one room that can only fit one bed and it has been our wish to build a bigger house but we do not have the financial muscle to do so because we prioritize other needs that is food and education."
Wicklif's family
access_time 2 years ago
Wicklif received a $44 seventh payment.
"After losing my mother mid last year, most of the responsibilities of my family fell on me because my father is not so responsible and does not bother much about my siblings' welfare. Receiving transfers from Give Directly has made it possible for me to properly provide for my siblings' needs even during those days that I am not able to make much from my fishing job. I have managed to cater for their school needs in time and ensured that they always have decent meals, all of which I owe to these transfers because none of these would be possible through my little income."
Wilson's family
access_time over 2 years ago
Wilson received a $22 fifteenth payment.
"My new goal is to start cattle keeping where by I am planning to buy goats. This will be one of the investment that i will have in future in any case give directly program will be rolling out. It is also a good idea to have cattle because one can sell them when she or he has emergency. I am also planning to buy fishing net being that I do not have my own net, I always hire people's net which is very expensive."