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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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Elizabeth's family
access_time 2 months ago
Elizabeth received a $22 twenty-fifth payment.
"I do not have any new additional goal except to continue buying medicine and enough food for the family. By so doing, I will be adding more years to my life."
Joseph's family
access_time 3 months ago
Joseph received a $22 twenty-sixth payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer is that I have been able to pay school fees for my children in college. I do small scale farming at home. I do not have a continuous source of income to support this. Sometimes I sell the surplus at the market to earn an income to pay part of the school fees. I am also a traditional herbalist. This also earn me some income when I sell traditional medicine to people in my village. The amount of money I get from these two sources is not enough to meet all the basic needs and even pay school fees for my children on time. My children used to be sent home to collect the school fees and this was affecting their performance. When I started receiving the money from GiveDirectly I was able to pay the school fees on bits and they were not sent home to collect the school fees as usual. I am so happy because I no longer struggle so much but rather devote much of my time to doing my daily chores."
Juliana's family
access_time 3 months ago
Juliana received a $524 second payment.
"I received my transfers when I was unwell. I had been in and out of hospital without assistance since I had little money to pay the fees. When I received the money, I went to see a specialist who examined my condition and prescribed medicine which helped me a lot. Since then, I recovered and now I can do my duties as it was before. The remaining portion I spend on buying some maize for consumption since we had no food at that time. I was happy that we didn't slept hungry as with would have been were it not for the transfers."
Paul's family
access_time 3 months ago
Paul received a $470 initial payment.
"My health has greatly improved because the money enabled me get better treatment for diabetes, I now move with my medicine which I keep taking daily. Before receiving the transfer, I lost hope of life because I was ever sick yet I could not afford treatment"
Martilda's family
access_time 3 months ago
Martilda enrolled.
"It has been a long life dream to start a poultry farming business as an income generating activity. I will spend my first transfer to construct a chicken pen, buy chicks, chicken feeds and medicines. I am hopeful that it will pick up pace so fast due to the ready market in many of the coastal towns. With my second transfer, I will expand my house by building two more bedrooms for my children. This will give my husband and I some privacy."
Jane's family
access_time 4 months 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."
Shida's family
access_time 4 months ago
Shida enrolled.
"My biggest hardship is my ill health. In November 2018 I was diagnosed with chronic tuberculosis which totally immobilized me. I could no longer work as I was on complete bed rest. I have spent a lot of money to get treatment which has landed me in debt too. Even my house fell as a result of heavy rainfall but I could not rebuild and have been forced to sleep in a shade for the past 4 months. Though my condition has significantly improved, am still on medicine and have not resumed work."
John's family
access_time 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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."