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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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Betty's family
access_time 4 days ago
Betty received a $499 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is purchase of building materials which will aid in completion of my house. The outside part of my house was incomplete because of school fees burdens. I had never dreamt of my house being completed anytime soon but GiveDirectly has made it on time and my family are very grateful."
Mercy's family
access_time 4 days ago
Mercy received a $499 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my life is building a permanent house within the shortest time possible. This is because GD transfers has ensured availability of adequate building materials. This wouldn't be possible because I only relied on my husband's salary to build it before and had anticipated it would take longer. I decided to build a permanent house while my kids are still young to my advantage because school fees burdens aren't much. We had desired to build a permanent house three years ago but couldn't afford."
Marietar's family
access_time 4 days ago
Marietar enrolled.
"Lack of a stable source of income is what has been my biggest hardship. I depend on my spouse who works away from home in a nearby town to send me money. He is never assured of getting work to do since he is a casual in the construction industry. In a week he sends me around 15 USD which is not enough for the basic needs as well as school needs for my children. Sometimes my child is sent home due to lack of school fees. This really stresses me a lot. I do a little bit of farming but long dry spells have been letting me down in the recent years."
Joyce's family
access_time 6 days ago
Joyce received a $499 initial payment.
"The transfer has brought a big difference in my family's life. We have been able to pay the loan that we owed someone and pay for our children's school fees. We have however not been able to complete making the school fee payment but we hope that with the money that we are going to get from the self-help group that we are in, we will be able to. Having paid the debt and part of the school fee, we feel relieved and with peace of mind. We hence no longer have to worry about where we are going to get the money especially to pay the money that we had borrowed."
Mercy's family
access_time 8 days ago
Mercy received a $498 initial payment.
"The transfer has brought a big positive change in our lives as a family. We have been able to achieve what seemed to be a dream to us. The two houses that we built with the transfer are almost ready. When they become ready, we will be able to have enough space for ourselves and the children. Guests too visiting our house will be able to have somewhere to sleep in and hence they will no longer suffer in getting somewhere to sleep. Having also constructed the houses, we will no longer be having stress thinking of where we are going to get the money to do so. We can hence concentrate on other developments such as paying for the children’s school fees. The goats that we bought will be of great help to us especially in the future. We are going to take care of them and they will reproduce and multiply in number quickly. We can hence sell some of the offsprings and use the money on other things such as paying school fees for the children. Other than the above, our children are so happy because they have been able to get new clothes for themselves. We, therefore, thank GiveDirectly a lot because they came through for us in a big way, may God bless you."
Ambrose's family
access_time 8 days ago
Ambrose received a $498 initial payment.
"The transfer has brought a big difference in my life and that of my family because it has enabled us to achieve our dream. We have been able to start the project of rearing chickens, goats, and sheep that I believe will help us now and in the future. The chickens will enable us to get eggs that we can sell and use the money to cater to household needs such as buying food and other small household items such as sugar, soap, etc. The goats and the sheep that I will buy with the money that is remaining will be of great help to us especially in the future. This is because they will reproduce and multiply in number. I can hence sell some of the offsprings and use the money on other important things such as paying school fees. I have also been able to pay my son’s school fees with the transfer and I will not be having any stress about where I am going to get the money to do so. My child who is about to complete his primary education will also be able to study well without his studies being interrupted by school fees arrears. I sometimes go to look for casual jobs so that I can get money to buy food for my family. The two bags of maize that I bought will from hence enable us to have something to eat for a while. I will hence no longer be having worries about what my family is to eat and I can concentrate on my farm work."
Joyce's family
access_time 8 days ago
Joyce received a $498 initial payment.
"The transfer from GiveDirectly has been of great help to us. We were able to buy a water tank with it and barbed wire for fencing our piece of land where we grow crops. We have also been able to cement the floor of our kitchen and to place the plywood on the ceiling and the walls. The transfer also enabled us to buy seeds for planting. The reason why we decided to buy a water tank is that we have been making long trips to the river to get water for household use. We have also at times been borrowing it from our neighbors who have dug boreholes. The fence that we had set up around the farm had become loose and hence the cows had found a way of getting into the farm and destroying the crops. We hence decided to buy the barbed wire so that we could fence it again. We had built the kitchen before but due to lack of enough money, we were not in a position to finish it, and hence we decided to just smear mud on the floor and use it that way. All of the above activities needed money for them to be done. My husband and I depend mainly on agriculture and a little on the contract jobs that we have to earn a living. The money that we have been getting from these sources of income, has mostly been going to payment of school fees for our children and re-investing in the farm. This has therefore rendered the other developments impossible."
David's family
access_time 8 days ago
David received a $498 initial payment.
"The transfer from GiveDirectly has brought a big difference in my family. I have been able to clear the school fees arrears that had become a headache to me. I hence no longer have the stress about where I am going to get the money to do so. My children will hence study well without their studies being interrupted by being sent home due to failure to pay their school fees. I have also been able to build another house for my family. We have hence been able to get more space that is enough for us and the children. We have also looked like our neighbors who have new houses roofed with iron sheets. The calf that I bought is a young bull. I decided to buy it so that when it grows, it will be moving around with the cows and servicing them. This way we will no longer be suffering where to get a bull when the cow needs one. We have also been able to sleep well and comfortably after buying the mattress and the blanket. Thank you GiveDirectly for coming up with this program of helping the needy, may God bless the work of your hands."
Irene's family
access_time 9 days ago
Irene received a $500 initial payment.
"The transfer has brought a big difference in my life and that of my family. We have been able to buy the cow that we had for a long time desired to have. I will thus be able to get milk that my children can consume and we can sell some. The money from the milk sales will be of great help to me because I will be able to use it on important things such as paying school fees for my children. Having paid the college fee arrears, I now have some peace of mind because I no longer wonder where I am going to get the money to do so. The food that I bought with part of the transfer is going to push us for a while and hence I will not be having worries about what my family is to eat. All of the above has been possible courtesy of the transfer from GiveDirectly. I hence thank GiveDirectly a lot for the support."
Regina's family
access_time 9 days ago
Regina received a $500 initial payment.
"The transfer has brought a big difference in my life and that of my family. We were able to clear the big school fees arrears that we had and hence we no longer have stress about where to get the money to do so. Our children will be able to study well without the fear that they will be sent home due to arrears. The calf that we bought will help us in the future. We will take care of it and when it matures enough, we will sell it at a higher price and use the money on important things such as paying school fees for the children. Having invested some money in the shop business, we will be able to get more income that will help us in buying food and other necessities. The children are also happy after we bought them new clothes with part of the transfer."
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