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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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David's family
access_time 12 days ago
David received a $457 initial payment.
"My life is much better because through this cash transfer, I have got where to farm this season without renting. In the past, I rented farm land from other people and who could put me on pressure to harvest my crops when they hadn't matured. In addition, I also purchased an ox. I intend to get into partnership with my father so that we can put our oxen together." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)
Loice's family
access_time 26 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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."
Magarita's family
access_time 2 months ago
Magarita received a $460 initial payment.
"I spent my first transfer for buying 2 trips of bricks at UGX 680,000, a bed at UGX 70,000, a mattress at UGX 115,000. I spent UGX 100,000 for treating my self and gave my son UGX 600,000 to add with his for buying a motorcycle. The remaining money was spent on food."
Langat's family
access_time 2 months ago
Langat received a $501 second payment.
"Since I got my first transfers from Give Directly, many things have changed in my life. I managed to complete the floor of my house which was halfway done. I also painted the house and now I have moved in. Now we have a more spacious house and were it not for this organization it would have taken me long to complete it. Again, I bought a heifer which I didn't have before. with the business which I do it would have taken me a longer period to save enough money to buy one like the one, I have now. The motorbike which I bought has eased my work as a businessman and the money which I would have spent on transport I spend on buying necessities for my family. Apart from using the motorbike to ferry milk from the collection point to where I sell it, I also use it for motorcycle taxi business which earns me some income. All these changes are as a result of Give Directly transfers."
Duncan's family
access_time 2 months ago
Duncan received a $500 second payment.
"Before I use to depend on casual jobs for a living. Some would hire me to operate motorbike taxi for a day and the next day I would have none. At times I would not raise to meet my daily needs. This situation challenged me to have my own motorbike as I knew how to ride and have many customers who would call me to ferry them to various destinations. Now having my own motorbike, I make reasonable money which has enabled me to feed my family well and also spend some on farming." (Occupation: Motorcycle or bicycle taxi)