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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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Jane's family
access_time 7 days ago
Jane received a $23 twentieth payment.
"With old age and frequent illness, I am no longer able to work and fend for myself like I used to. Without these transfers, I honestly do not know how I would have survived. I am able to buy food and medicine using the transfer without bothering anyone and this is the biggest difference in my daily life."
John's family
access_time 25 days ago
John received a $23 twentieth payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that since I have been able to meet my weekly medical expenses. I have a chronic illness that requires a lot of attention. The medication is usually expensive and at times I couldn't afford to buy the medicine on a regular basis. Give Directly came into my life my health has improved because I have never missed any prescribed medicine. I am grateful to this organization for enabling me to cover my medical expenses"
Mary's family
access_time 25 days ago
Mary received a $470 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the joy I feel seeing that my health has greatly improved. Using this money, I have managed to stock medicines as prescribed by the Doctors to me and relieve my children from always sending money for treatment. I am also happy because my home assets like livestock and food crops have been spared. I used to sell off these to raise money to go to Mulago for treatment."
Benson's family
access_time 1 month ago
Benson received a $22 twenty-second payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving these transfers is that I can get quality medical attention for myself and my family. In the past, I used to go to local hospitals and since I did not have a good income to help me go to good hospitals for treatment. In most cases, I used to prefer traditional medicine which was cheaper than going to the hospital. As a result, I ended up using a lot of money for treatment which should not have been the case if I would have gone to the hospital. Therefore when I started getting my transfers, I decided to get a National Hospital Insure Fund card which I have been serving on a monthly basis and my family is now well covered. Anytime there is someone sick in the family, they get a good treatment and I don't have to treat the same ailment over and over again."
Grace's family
access_time 2 months ago
Grace received a $22 twentieth payment.
"Since I am taking these medicine for a longterm period, most of the transfers will, therefore, go into medication and my wellbeing"
Jumwa's family
access_time 3 months ago
Jumwa received a $541 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying a dairy cow at KES 22000. I then bought a few pieces of iron sheets, to renovate my house that used to leak during the rainy seasons. I then cleared the huge school fees arrears for my children. They have been staying home for the last two months and I needed to do something before they gave up and dropped out of school. I then bought a new mattress because I used to sleep on a traditional bed made of ropes, which was very uncomfortable. I always complained of back pains. I am glad because this will soon come to an end. I then bought medicine for my cow. The medicine will help in boosting its health. The remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuffs and other household items that I did not have."
Bihija's family
access_time 3 months ago
Bihija received a $539 initial payment.
"The transfer has enabled me to buy more stock of medicines to my pharmacy which I am currently operating. This has brought a bigger difference from my daily sales since I managed to purchase different kinds of quality medicines. The profits that I used to get previously was not enough to purchase the different kinds of medicines, as compared to the financial support that I have received from GiveDirectly. I am now looking forward to getting higher returns from the additional stock."
Matilida's family
access_time 3 months ago
Matilida received a $469 initial payment.
"I spent my first transfer for paying labourers who are making my bricks worth UGX 200,000, bought medicine for treating Livestock worth UGX 258,000 and purchased household goods ( 1 pair of bed sheets, mattress and utensils) worth UGX 242,000. I have not yet spent UGX 1,000,000 but I plan to use it for buying building materials."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 4 months ago
Elizabeth received a $22 twentieth payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months is that I have been able to pay for my medication. I was diagnosed with chest problems and there are drugs that have been prescribed for me. At first, it was a challenge since I had no money to procure them. But I am really happy and grateful since the transfers have facilitated this medicine. I am now better and my health has improved a bit. It has put a smile in my heart and face."
Mesalimu's family
access_time 4 months ago
Mesalimu received a $519 second payment.
"I spent KES 15000 of my second transfer to buy a cow. I had none of these livestock but through this transfer, I am now boasting of owning this cow. I am hoping that with time, it will reproduce and have many of them. I will sell the offspring and raise more cash in the future and invest in business. I also spent a portion of the transfer to pay for my son's medical bills and buying medicines. He had been ill for sometime now and meeting the full cost was difficult to me due to financial constraints. I am grateful to GiveDirectly because he was treated and now recuperating well. I also bought some ironsheets and building poles to construct a house for my children. I am happy that they will no longer be seeking shelter from the neighborhood. I also did some shopping on the amount that remained. I bought some foodstuffs for my family and paying for other household expenses."