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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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Kipkemoi's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Kipkemoi received a $526 second payment.
"I had been a business man for long but I had never received such an amount of money before. I am happy for the support that GiveDirectly has given me. My wife and I are growing and less energetic for active daily chores. The biggest difference in my daily is the efforts that GiveDirectly has given me to buy a water tank at my age. I currently enjoy clean water my doorstep and we are relaxed no hardwork for aging wife to go fetch water. I feel so proud and GiveDirectly for the financial support."
Samuel's family
access_time 5 hours ago
Samuel received a $471 initial payment.
"I have owned 2 cows that I plan to pay as dowry for my wife to be. In addition, I was in position to acquire fertilizers and pesticide for my watermelon farm that resulted to a good harvest. After selling my watermelon I was able to get UGX 1,600,000 which I spent to buy another cow, dig and build a pin latrine for my family. Had I not received money from GiveDirectly, I wouldn't have managed to maintain my watermelon farm."
Christine's family
access_time 9 hours ago
Christine received a $471 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I have owned a bicycle that has eased my movements. I can now take a shorter time to move to the hospital with my children and it also helps me in fetching water. Further more, I have bought most of the construction materials for an iron roofed house. I am planning to start the construction work after getting my second transfer. Previously, I moved long distances to fetch water and to take my children to the hospital that often took a lot of time."
Nelly's family
access_time 1 day ago
Nelly received a $525 second payment.
"I spent my second transfer on constructing a kitchen. I used to cook in an open area since I didn't have the means of constructing one. This made it difficult for me to cook during rainy seasons. I also bought a few clothes for myself and my family members. I further went ahead and bought the beddings. Apart from that, I also bought a water tank to collect rainwater after installing iron sheets on the roof of my house. Last but not least, I paid school fees for my son who was joining secondary school. He had a good start and is going on well with school. I am glad and feel very proud of the home improvements too."
Anderson's family
access_time 1 day ago
Anderson received a $525 second payment.
"If it were to construct my house, it could have taken century to accomplish this dream .This is because the manual jobs around the village which is my income can barely sustain my family's needs. Therefore, I had to keep on staying in this old leaky grass thatched house which when it rained my family and I had to stand at on point of the house with some of the properties that seemed precious to us to avoid them getting soaked with cold water. At the moment, I have bought the required building materials with GiveDirectly's transfer and the construction has commenced . The biggest gift I have received is being able to provide for my family members mostly my children a decent shelter through GiveDirectrly's finances ."
Kiplangat's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kiplangat received a $252 second payment.
"I was able to build a kitchen. I no longer worry now about leaking roofs and cold. Without the transfers, I wouldn't have built a new kitchen!. We used to stay in a mud-walled and flour and grass-thatched house that used to be so terrible and leaky during the rainy season. In fact, the floor of the house would sometime be filled by water sipping from the ground due to too much rain."
Elena's family
access_time 4 days ago
Elena received a $252 second payment.
"The new goal I have for my life in the next four months is to build a decent house and buy a water tank. I live in a mud-walled old house that requires regular maintenance. I am growing old and attending my house regularly is tiring thus build a new one will reduce the burden. I wish to also buy a water tank since this will help in harvest rainwater thus will have clean water at my doorstep."
Josfin's family
access_time 5 days ago
Josfin received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"The biggest difference in my life since I started receiving these transfers is that I have my own cow. This is a dream come true in my life since I am a widow and I only depend on income from farming. I had given up in buying any kind of livestock since it was my dream with my late husband and I could not accomplish it myself. My income could not support me to buy livestock considering the financial expenses I had. When I started receiving my transfers, I started paying for a cow on a monthly basis from one of my neighbours. Right now I have finished paying for the cow and I own it. I always find pleasure in taking it to the river to take water and even feeding. I feel I am not as poor as I used to because in my area, livestock is a source of wealth and now I have one so am also wealthy."
Valary's family
access_time 8 days ago
Valary received a $545 initial payment.
"I spent my first transfer to pay my college fees. We depend on casual jobs in the village to get money. The money from these jobs was so small and could not gather for all the basic needs including paying the fees. I also bought clothes, sky blast for storing clean water, food for the family and the rest of the money I used it to build a kitchen house."
David's family
access_time 8 days ago
David received a $527 second payment.
"I spent the money I received on building an extension of my house. This is because I have a large family. We were not comfortable anymore living in the house we had but I could not afford to build one. I then bought some plastic water tanks. I needed this because I had already an iron roof from which I could collect rainwater for domestic use. I finally spent the rest on farming. I plowed the land and bought some farm inputs."