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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.
Wesley's family
access_time 5 days ago
Wesley received a $294 second payment.
"My spouse and I depend on farming for our livelihood, and we have three children. Upon receiving our second transfer, we made a mutual decision to prioritize ensuring an ample food supply in our home. This was a significant challenge for us as our farms had been unproductive for a while, and we lacked an alternative source of income. Consequently, affording three meals a day became a struggle. To address this, I invested $220 in purchasing four bags of maize. Additionally, I spent $100 towards renting a piece of land for our plans next year. Lastly, I spent $65 to purchase four iron sheets to construct a kitchen house, which we previously lacked due to financial constraints. I am elated that, within a short period, I was able to accomplish so much. Now, we have a sufficient food supply in our home that can sustain us for an extended period."
Dama's family
access_time 5 days ago
Dama received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"My son, Said, completed primary school last year with good grades to go to secondary school. However, throughout this year, sending him to high school has been difficult. Despite receiving cash transfers, most of it went to food needs and supporting the education of his three siblings. Only recently, a month ago, did I start saving some of the money through a self-help group to buy livestock. My husband used to support the kids in their education, but since he fell ill, he can no longer work. The burden has fallen on me, but with financial constraints, I haven't been able to send Karisa to high school. I hope to enroll him in school next year so that he won't lag in his studies. Also, while saving to buy goats, I believe that when I finally acquire the livestock, it will build sufficient wealth to support the education of my children in the future."
Joyce's family
access_time 5 days ago
Joyce received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"My ultimate goal is to obtain a dairy cow and two bulls. With the dairy cow reproducing and growing the herd, I can increase my wealth to support my family's needs. Additionally, I can sell the milk to generate daily earnings for household needs like food. On the other hand, the two bulls will assist me with plowing activities on my farm. Currently, I mostly manually plow my farm, which is tiresome and physically demanding. This is because when it rains, plowing services are in high demand, and this may lead to conflicts with service providers balancing between clients. Owning my bulls and a plow will prevent such conflicts in the future."
Kamone's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kamone received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"I aspire to keep livestock such as goats and poultry. Currently, I have bought two goats from the cash transfers, and my goal is to obtain at least seven more by the time the transfers end. Now that we have harvested food and hunger is not a concern anymore, I want to leverage the funds to buy goats. Since I have no source of income apart from GiveDirectly cash transfers, I am confident that rearing livestock will be a valuable source of income in the future. After the cash transfers have ended, I believe that the goats will have reproduced and increased, and I can sell some of them to support the education of my seven children."
Nasilo's family
access_time 5 days ago
Nasilo received a $616 initial payment.
"I felt so loved and blessed."
Lilian's family
access_time 5 days ago
Lilian received a $131 initial payment.
"As I returned from tending to our home garden with my three children, our neighbors excitedly mentioned they had received funds from GiveDirectly. Curiously, I checked my phone, but no message had appeared. I Patiently waited until the following morning, yet still no notification arrived. It wasn't until I verified my balance that I discovered an additional $200—a sudden rush of joy flooded through me. Eagerly, I awaited my husband's return from the farm, and when I shared the news with him later that evening, his face lit up with happiness. We embraced the moment, grateful for the support from GiveDirectly, as it meant our plans could now move forward with renewed confidence."
Ndoko's family
access_time 5 days ago
Ndoko received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"My goal is to utilize my upcoming transfers to enhance my business, thereby expanding my customer base and increasing my income. In the coming year, I aim to enroll in college and acquire expertise in the building and construction sector, aligning with my career aspirations and long-term objectives. The support from the transfers has been invaluable, significantly improving my life, for which I am truly grateful."
Mariam's family
access_time 5 days ago
Mariam received a $23 twenty-second payment.
"At present, I possess six goats. My intention is to acquire an additional goat and then trade the total of seven goats for a bull. The bull will play a crucial role in preparing my land for planting during the rainy season. Furthermore, it will provide an opportunity for me to generate income by offering plowing services to others. The financial transfers have brought immense joy into my life, uplifting my circumstances."
Ndoko's family
access_time 5 days ago
Ndoko received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"As we approach the festive season, following a challenging year, I am determined to celebrate with my children. With the upcoming transfer, I intend to purchase quality food and clothing for my children, as well as acquire new clothing for myself. The ongoing financial support has been instrumental in aiding me to provide for my family. I am deeply appreciative of the assistance from Give Directly in helping me live a dignified life."
Nondikko's family
access_time 5 days ago
Nondikko enrolled.
"Being old together with the lack of a constant source of money is making my life very hard. I have 5 children that depend on me for food and other basic needs. Since I don't have the strength to provide for them fully, we are forced sometimes to go hungry without food. The lack of money has also led to my inability to provide other basic needs such as clothing which stresses me so much."