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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.
Kadzo's family
access_time 15 hours ago
Kadzo received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"I really want to thank GivDirectly for helping me out when things were tough while my husband was sick and after he passed away. When I got some money from them recently, I used $30 to buy medicine. Then, I spent $42 on food to make sure my family had enough to eat during the hard times. Also, I used $10 to buy two chickens, hoping they would help us have money in the future. The rest of the money $20went to pay for my six kids' school fees. GivDirectly's help has been like a light in the darkness, making it possible for me to deal with urgent problems."
Riziki's family
access_time 1 day ago
Riziki received a $26 twenty-fifth payment.
"ransfers from GiveDirectly have been a lifeline for me, helping me manage daily expenses, utilities, and even invest for the future. I've been diligently setting aside a portion each month for future use. I therefore put into saving $40 of my transfers so that I may be able to renovate and reinforce my home, ensuring its longevity and safety for my family. I then allocated $47 to purchase food and essential household items, replenishing our supplies and covering transportation costs for a visit to my husband, who lives in another town. Recognizing his financial struggles, I also sent him $10 to provide some relief. Additionally, I spent the remaining $5 towards medicine for my ailing goat, whose health has thankfully improved. I'm grateful for the stability and opportunities these transfers afford, allowing me to care for both my family and our livestock in prospects for a better future."
Kadenge's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kadenge received a $26 twenty-first payment.
"I work in the chief's office as a member of the community security team. My life has undergone a huge transformation since I was enrolled in the cash program. Previously, I struggled to make ends meet for my family of eight members. The pay I earned was very little, and I could not adequately support my family. After joining the program, I invested the money in starting a poultry project. I currently have over 40 hens, and once they mature, I will sell them to earn a good income. This investment is something I had longed to do for a very long time, but financial constraints were a major hindrance. I spent $34 to purchase two pieces of iron sheets, which I used to complete the construction of the chicken coop, ensuring the hens have a good place to stay. Additionally, I spent $21 to purchase animal feed and medicines to deworm my three goats. I am happy that the goats are healthy. Furthermore, I paid school fees for my six children, ensuring they stay in school and continue their education without any hindrances. Finally, I purchased food worth $22 for my family, ensuring we had plenty to eat and never lacked food. I am very happy and deeply appreciate the financial support from Give Directly, which has helped me become financially stable and improve my family's well-being."
Evans's family
access_time 9 days ago
Evans received a $27 eighteenth payment.
"Receiving the recent transfers from GiveDirectly felt like a glimmer of hope. Out of the $102, I made decisions that were not just about my well-being, but about easing the burdens of those who have supported me tirelessly. With $30, I prioritized my health by purchasing medication for my epilepsy. For too long, the inability to afford treatment meant enduring the terrifying seizures that plagued my life. But now, with regular access to medicine, I feel a sense of control and stability that I never thought possible. Then, I used $40 to purchase two goats. This wasn't just an investment; it was a symbol of resilience and growth. These goats represent a future where I can sustain myself, where I can contribute to my family's livelihood instead of being solely dependent on them. And the remaining $32, was a gift to my parents, a small gesture to repay the years of sacrifice they've made on my behalf. By buying food to relieve them from their exhausting casual jobs, I hope to give them the rest they so rightfully deserve. The transfers from GiveDirectly didn't just provide financial relief; they offered me dignity and agency in a world that often overlooked my struggles. As someone unable to work due to my condition, I've relied on the unwavering support of my parents for far too long. But now, armed with the resources to care for my health and contribute to our household, I can finally envision a future where my epilepsy doesn't define me."
Newton's family
access_time 10 days ago
Newton enrolled.
"While hanging out with my friends last week, I suddenly received a phone call from one of my uncles. James called to let me know that he intends to sponsor me through nursing school beginning this year, September. Having stayed idle at home for the last 3 years, this brought me so much happiness knowing my dream to pursue a career in medicine could become a reality."
Grace's family
access_time 14 days ago
Grace received a $139 initial payment.
"I truly believe that the transfer was like a gift from above, sent just when I needed it most to ease my suffering. I had been sick for almost a month, with no signs of getting better. Because of the doctor's strike, I could not get help from the public dispensaries around, and I did not have the money to go to the hospital in town. I usually do casual work for a living, but I was too weak to do anything that month. When the transfer came, I felt a glimmer of hope. I used $5 to get to the hospital, where the consultation was free, but I used $30 for medicine. Thanks to the transfer, I am now feeling much better, and the pain is gone. With $35, I purchased a new mattress to replace the worn-out one, ensuring a comfortable rest. I also allocated $30 for toiletries and stationery for my daughter in secondary school, and $10 for a new uniform for my son in grade 8, replacing the torn one that caused him embarrassment among his friends. I used the remaining amount to buy food for my family of five"
Rabeca's family
access_time 14 days ago
Rabeca received a $416 initial payment.
"So much has changed in my life ever since I started receiving the cash transfer. However, the biggest difference in my life right now is the fact that I have gained financial independence, to say the least. For the first time in my life, I have stayed more than two weeks without knocking on my relatives' doors asking for financial assistance to either buy food or even medicine. Nowadays, I do not have to do that because I have savings from the transfers that I can use to buy medicine when my child is sick or buy food when we do not have any. This is a huge relief to me as a breadwinner. Thank you, GiveDirectly."
Nyevu's family
access_time 15 days ago
Nyevu received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"The quarterly transfers from GiveDirectly have been a lifeline for me, especially as an elderly mother battling asthma. With $20 of the January transfers, I was able to seek medical attention as well as buy vital medicines to keep my condition in check, ensuring I could breathe a little easier each day. Another $14 went towards putting food on the table, easing the worry of going hungry. Looking towards the future, I invested $33 of the February transfer in purchasing a goat, hoping it would not only provide milk for us but also serve as a source of income down the line. However, when March brought harsher asthma symptoms, requiring urgent medical attention, I used the entire transfer of $34 to seek medical treatment. These funds have been a Godsend, considering I solely depend on my lastborn son's earnings from casual labor to get by. Without GiveDirectly's support, managing my health and daily needs would be an even steeper uphill battle."
Kache's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kache received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"As a small-scale farmer, I faced some challenges, but the quarterly transfers from GiveDirectly helped me address them. I used $9 to buy medicine for my goats, who were suffering from lung infections; although some didn't make it, I managed to save three, hoping they'd multiply and become a financial asset. With $12, I invested in chickens, anticipating their growth to support me in the future. Then, I was assigned $20 to construct a toilet for myself, as my old one had collapsed due to heavy rains, leaving me with no place for relief. Additionally, I set aside another $20 to add to my savings, with the goal of exchanging it for a cow. My chest problems limit my ability to work, so I rely on my son for daily meals, making these transfers a crucial support in my life."
Sadaka's family
access_time 1 month ago
Sadaka received a $27 eighteenth payment.
"For the past three months, I have been grappling with an eye disease characterized by teary eyes, blurred vision, and intense pain, rendering it challenging for me to work on the farm. During this period of illness, I relied heavily on my son, who works as a motorcycle taxi driver, to meet our immediate needs, including purchasing food and medicine. Fortunately, my condition has improved, allowing me to return to the farm and work comfortably, although some discomfort persists. Nonetheless, I am relieved and grateful to feel much better now. In preparation for the future, I have managed to save $40 with the intention of purchasing a goat later this month. Despite the high cost, I am determined to acquire goats because I recognize their potential to generate income and provide for my needs in the long term. Additionally, I allocated $28 towards purchasing food, ensuring that my family of eight never went hungry during this period. Earlier this year, I invested $40 in purchasing a goat, although unfortunately, a goat I acquired last year succumbed to disease. Nevertheless, I remain hopeful that the goat I currently own and any future acquisitions will multiply and serve as valuable assets in the future. I am grateful for the financial support provided by the transfers, which enabled me to obtain medication for my condition and facilitated my overall well-being."