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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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John's family
access_time 1 month ago
John received a $465 initial payment.
"I spent the cash transfer to purchase part of land worth UGX600000 and a motorcycle worth UGX900000. I spent the remaining cash transfer on the repair of the motorcycle."
Charles's family
access_time 1 month ago
Charles received a $447 second payment.
"My life is much better. I acquired a motorcycle that is earning income for the family. It also acts as a means of transport for the family. Prior to receiving the cash transfers, transport to the medical facilities was cumbersome. Secondly, we had no income generating activity. We appreciate Givedirectly for supporting us."
Rose's family
access_time 2 months ago
Rose received a $464 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the overwhelming happiness I feel seeing that I was able to buy a motorcycle that will help us to generate an income in my family through offering the boda boda services to the community. This will solve the petty issues like buying miscellaneous items that have always been a problem in my family."
David's family
access_time 3 months ago
David received a $457 initial payment.
"The moment I received my money, I felt very happy because I was sure of buy an ox and getting where to farm." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Loice's family
access_time 3 months ago
Loice received a $518 initial payment.
"I can still remember very well I was preparing breakfast for my children when my phone ringing so loudly, this was so unusual. On checking its content, I realized it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I was overwhelmed with joy because I was positive I will accomplish all my heart desires through the money." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Mahenzo's family
access_time 3 months ago
Mahenzo received a $519 initial payment.
"It was at 3.00 am when I heard the message ring,and on confirming that it was money from GiveDirectly, I was so happy. I thanked God for answering my prayers. I knew that whatever I have always wanted, I will be able to purchase." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Aron's family
access_time 3 months ago
Aron received a $516 initial payment.
"Receiving the transfer has completely turned my life around in a way that I never thought possible. I used to live in a small grass-thatched house that was my biggest problem. I depended on small unreliable jobs such as motorcycle taxi business which I had to quit after I was involved in a grisly accident and then later switched casual construction jobs after my recovery. These jobs could not provide enough money to care of my family's basic needs and pay my brother's school fees,so I set it aside the need to construct a better house and took care of the most urgent needs. Am living a stress free life now that I have a better house and I know that my brother's fees are also covered. I can now focus my attention to other stuff like finding myself a wife." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Nixon's family
access_time 4 months ago
Nixon received a $502 second payment.
"\my life had changed since I have reduced the daily expenditure because I don't buy milk fo consumption . I also make an income" (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
William's family
access_time 4 months ago
William received a $22 twenty-sixth payment.
"I expect to have completed building my own house at my father's compound in the next six months. This will be very nice since I don't like sharing a room with my cousins who are way younger than me. I will spend the monthly transfers to buy building materials bit by bit until I have enough. According to my plan, I will have a new house that wholly belongs to me." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Charo's family
access_time 4 months ago
Charo received a $499 second payment.
"In my opinion, GiveDirectly did well in giving money to people so that one can seal with their own problems. All of us were able to sort most of their pressing needs. We really acquired a lot of many ways in which villagers are earning income, including motorcycle business and oxen for farming."