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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.
Mwanajuma's family
access_time 2 days ago
Mwanajuma received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"I never used to have a source of income before Givedirectly but now I own a vegetable stall in our local place. I started the business using $15 of my transfers and I have been adding to it over a period of time. This has ensured that I can supplement my husband's income who is a Motorcycle rider and earns about $15 weekly. I now am at a point of making $20 monthly as profits. I aim to increase this by investing more on the business. However now I am trying to repair my roof so that I can redirect this funds to expansion of the business once the roof is all done. Through the earnings I hope to educate my children when they join school."
Jumwa's family
access_time 2 days ago
Jumwa received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"Due to my vulnerable health condition, I am unable to engage in strenuous work to support myself and my two children in the sixth grade. Since being diagnosed with the condition, I have relied on my son's income from riding a motorcycle. However, his earnings are inconsistent, and providing daily meals can be challenging at times. I'm grateful that the cash transfers have helped alleviate some of the hardships in my household, particularly the issue of hunger. However, I understand that the cash aid will not last forever, and my goal is to create a source of income that can continue to support us even after the transfer period ends. I am particularly interested in raising livestock like goats. So far, I have obtained three goats from previous cash transfers, and I aim to acquire at least five more and allow them to reproduce to grow the herd. With this, I believe that in the future, I will be able to support my children's education without any difficulties."
Kazungu's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kazungu received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"I am work as a motorcycle taxi operator using a hired motorcycle, but my major goal is to own a motorcycle so as to improve my daily earnings. At the moment, I have to ensure I remit a daily fee to the motorcycle owner regardless of what my daily earning is but with my own a motorcycle, all the daily earnings will be mine meaning an improved income. To realize this dream, I have to take a loan from a sacco which I believe is possible because Give Directly transfers already ensure my children's school needs are taken care of and with the recent harvests, we have enough food for months. With the reduced financial burden at home, my daily earnings from the new motorcycle will be partly used to service the loan and the rest spent on the household needs. It would be great to achieve this within the coming year so that I can have ample time to clear the loan while the program is still on." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Wangutusi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Wangutusi enrolled.
"I live in fearing knowing that anytime I will be washed away by the landslide if it rains since it's now a rainy season. This has it ever happened two years back and left a crack in our area." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Cynthia's family
access_time 4 days ago
Cynthia received a $358 second payment.
"I am a farmer, and my husband works as a boda boda rider and manages our retail shop. We are blessed with four children. Upon receiving our second transfer, my husband and I made the joint decision to use the entire amount of $550 to restock our shop, which was on the brink of collapse due to a lack of funds. This was because we heavily depended on the shop's income, given the limited earnings from our farming and motorcycle business. As a result, we were able to rejuvenate the shop with our second transfer. We are overjoyed because my husband now manages the shop full-time, and it has become more profitable due to the investment we made in it." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Kanze's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kanze received a $372 second payment.
"My recent unconditional cash transfer was truly a blessing. I decided to prioritize my well-being and comfort, so I spent part of it on buying a new bed and mattress, totaling $130. For years, I had been sleeping on traditional rope beds, enduring countless sleepless nights and often waking up with back pain, which made it difficult to continue working. This upgrade to a proper bed and mattress has already made a world of difference in the quality of my sleep and my overall health. In addition, I used $100 of the funds to purchase spare parts for my motorcycle, which had been sitting broken for a while. This motorcycle is my main source of income, and being an elderly widow, I rely on it to support myself as my children have their own families to care for. The ability to repair it has brought a significant positive change to my life. I also invested in two goats, totaling $110, which will serve as valuable assets. I am confident that soon I'll have a thriving herd that will not only provide sustenance but also help me address any unexpected financial challenges. Furthermore, I gave $50 to my granddaughter, who is in college. She had been out of school for a while due to a lack of tuition fees, and I had no idea when she would be able to return. This cash transfer allowed me to bring her a step closer to her dreams. With the remaining amount, I made sure that my family of three never had to go to bed with empty stomachs again, securing our daily sustenance."
Mackdonald's family
access_time 6 days ago
Mackdonald received a $305 third payment.
"I have repaired my motorcycle, and it has become very useful for my daily errands. My primary goal now is to save more money from my taxi business and use it to buy more goats. The Annual Goat Auction is coming up in December, and I plan to purchase five more goats to add to my current herd of 20 and sell them during the event. Each goat retails for $120, and I hope to make a substantial profit. This profit will go towards starting other projects in the future." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Moses's family
access_time 6 days ago
Moses received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"My goal is to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a farmer, specifically focusing on green gram cultivation given the favorable climate and soil conditions in our region,. Despite financial limitations being a longstanding obstacle, I am determined to overcome them. I am planning to comence on this farming venture and aim to have everything prepared by the onset of next year's long rains. To ensure the realization of this goal, I am committed to setting aside a portion of my resources and diligently working towards making my dream of becoming a successful green gram farmer a reality." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Mwalimu's family
access_time 9 days ago
Mwalimu received a $24 fourteenth payment.
"As I said I have one child now who goes to school and another who is yet to start school. I would like for both of them to be well educated. My hope is I will build a source of finances that will help me educate the. The animals I am buying, I hope will multiply and when they increase I can sell them to cover my children's school fees." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Reuben's family
access_time 9 days ago
Reuben received a $24 fourteenth payment.
"After clearing my motorcycle debt, my primary objective is to construct a durable and permanent house. Although my current dwelling provides ample space, its construction from mud and weak poles makes it susceptible to deterioration over time. To address this concern, I have made plans to build a stone-walled house that can withstand not only the test of time but also the challenges posed by the rainy season. This will ensure the safety of my family and our belongings, alleviating any worries about potential collapses or damage. I am delighted with the support I have received through the transfer, as it has enabled me to provide for my family even during these challenging economic times. I am grateful for the positive impact it has had on our lives." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)