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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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Samwel's family
access_time 10 hours ago
Samwel received a $492 second payment.
"Before, I was living a stressful life as a parent as I couldn't afford to pay school fees for my child. After receiving my transfers, I was able to pay school fees. Now I can afford to concentrate on farming."
Kanze's family
access_time 14 hours ago
Kanze enrolled.
"Receiving this money means constructing a new iron-roofed house for my family. This is because the one I currently have is leaking and it's grass-thatched. I have wished to have a new one but due to the financial crisis, this has never been possible for me. I, therefore, plan to spend $300 on my first transfer to ensure my new house is complete. I will also use the remaining amount of the first disbursement to buy a modern bed and a mattress because as of now, we sleep on the flow using rugged sacks. On the other hand, I intend to buy 10 goats that will act as my long-term investment project. This will cost me utmost $300 for the second transfer and the remaining amount will cater for food and other basic needs like buying clothes and paying school fees for my son."
Tabu's family
access_time 16 hours ago
Tabu enrolled.
"Being a widow and the only breadwinner in my family has been a challenge. I work as a charcoal vendor. This job is tiresome and earns me 900 shillings in a week which is not guaranteed. Due to this problem, meeting my basic needs such as school fees has been a challenge. Therefore, lack of a good source of income is my biggest hardship."
Caroline's family
access_time 5 days ago
Caroline received a $496 second payment.
"The biggest difference in my life is that I was able to clear school fees for my child and he was able to sit for the final exams. Were it not for these transfers, I would live a stressful life as parent not being able to pay school fees on time and my child would not have completed schooling. I thank GiveDirectly for making this happen to me."
Alice's family
access_time 5 days ago
Alice received a $496 second payment.
"I can say that GiveDirectly did well by supporting us at this time. It was hard to raise money for food and school fees due to effects of pandemic. On what GiveDirectly does, there was nothing which wasn't done well."
Furaha's family
access_time 6 days ago
Furaha enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is the inability to cater for my children school fees rendering them on and off school."
Sanita's family
access_time 6 days ago
Sanita enrolled.
"Receiving this money means enough water supply for my family. I'm planning to use 50 dollars to purchase a bicycle for my family. The bicycle will aid in fetching enough water for domestic consumption. I'm planning to use a further 50 dollars to construct a two bedroom house. The two bedroom house is spacious and will serve my family better. In addition to this, am planning to use 180 dollars to buy six goats for domestic rearing. I'll later sale the goats to cater for my children school fees. I'll use the balance to buy enough food for my family. Doing this will give me the peace I have always desired to have."
Lina's family
access_time 6 days ago
Lina received a $496 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I used to do small grocery business at the market. The amount of profit that I get from this business is so small and Cannot meet all the basic needs including paying school fees for my children. I used to walk up very early in the morning to go to market get the grocery. I could not get enough time to spend with my family members. Currently because I have cleared all the school fees for my children I no longer do much of this job rather devote much of my time on my farm for planning. My family now have enough food to eat and also sell the surplus to earn an income to meet other basic household needs. My children could be sent home to collect the school fees and this was affecting the performance. I am so happy because the performance has improved so much. Give directly helped me to over come this challenges. My business is also doing so well and Iam pretty sure that I will pay next term school fees."
Recho's family
access_time 6 days ago
Recho received a $496 second payment.
"In my opinion GiveDirectly does well by giving money to the poor in the community to build better houses, buy dairy cows and pay school fees for children in various schools. I did not find anything that GiveDirectly did not do well."
Norbat's family
access_time 6 days ago
Norbat received a $498 second payment.
"Before, I had no hopes of buying livestock anytime soon because I was struggling with paying school fees for my children. But when I got these transfers, I was able to improve my stock by adding two crossbreed heifers. I am glad as a farmer that in the near future, I will be having high yields compared to that which I have been getting from the local breeds which I have."
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