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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.
Sidi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Sidi received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My current living situation requires major repairs, which are only a temporary fix. In the long run, my goal is to construct a larger, three-bedroom house for my family. To achieve this, I have devised a strategic plan using my GiveDirectly cash transfers. Rather than directly allocating the transfers towards home construction, I intend to use a portion of the funds to purchase more goats. My hope is that these goats will multiply and increase in number and value over time. In the future, when I have accumulated a substantial herd of goats, I plan to sell them. The proceeds from these sales will then be used to fund the construction of a new, larger home for my family. This approach of investing in livestock as a means to eventually build a new house holds deep personal significance for me. It represents a pathway towards a more stable and comfortable living situation for my loved ones. I am hopeful that this plan will come to fruition, as it would mean so much to provide my family with a spacious, well constructed home."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kadzo received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My initial priority was to complete the construction of a safe and comfortable home for my family. I am overjoyed that my house is now fully built. This provides my loved ones and me with a warm, secure place to reside. Having a stable living situation is a crucial foundation for my family's well-being. Now that this crucial task has been accomplished, I am shifting my focus to a new goal - acquiring a cow. As a first step, I intend to use a portion of my GiveDirectly cash transfers to buy goats. I am hopeful that these goats will multiply and increase in value over time. Once I have accumulated a sufficient number of goats, I will then trade them to acquire a cow. Owning a cow is a significant milestone, as it will provide milk, potential offspring, and the ability to sell the animal when needed. Obtaining a cow holds deep personal meaning for me. It represents a transition towards a more self-reliant and resilient future for my family. I am excited to embark on this new phase of building my livestock farming aspirations."
Tabu's family
access_time 1 month ago
Tabu received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My primary goal is to have cows that I can use to plow my farmland. To achieve this, I plan to strategically allocate my GiveDirectly cash transfers towards acquiring livestock. I will use a portion of the transfers to buy goats. My strategy is to allow these goats to multiply and increase in both number and value over time. Once I have accumulated a substantial herd of goats, I will then trade them for cows. This gradual approach will allow me to work towards my ultimate objective of owning animals to assist with plowing my farm. By investing in livestock, I am taking a proactive step towards establishing a more sustainable and resilient farming operation. The cows will not only help with plowing but can also be sold when needed to support my family."
Kahaso's family
access_time 1 month ago
Kahaso received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I have always dreamt of becoming a livestock farmer. To turn this ambition into reality, I have been using a portion of my GiveDirectly cash transfers to purchase goats and a guinea fowl. I am excited to see these animals multiply and increase in value over time. Looking ahead, I plan to allocate a part of my upcoming transfers to acquire more livestock. My hope is that these animals will continue to grow in number and value. In the future, I intend to sell them when in need, providing a valuable safety net for my family. In addition to my livestock farming aspirations, I also own a small kiosk where I sell various goods. I have been saving in a merry-go-round savings group, eagerly awaiting my turn to receive the pooled funds. Once I have access to these savings, I will use them to expand my kiosk business. Even after this initial expansion, I intend to keep saving in the merry-go-round group. This will allow me to further grow my business and increase its revenue. The income generated from my expanded kiosk will help me better provide for my children's needs. I am thrilled with the progress I have made and the direction my business is taking."
Joseph's family
access_time 1 month ago
Joseph received a $428 initial payment.
"When I first received the GiveDirectly transfers, I had so many plans. The biggest one was to repair my motorbike, which I use for my business. However, my mother's health started to decline rapidly, and I had to make a difficult choice. I ended up spending all the money on her medication, hoping it would make a difference. Unfortunately, her health continues to deteriorate, and I haven't seen any improvement despite the expenses. It's been heartbreaking and frustrating, feeling like I'm running in circles with no progress. Still, I remain grateful for the assistance I received. I continue to pray for her healing because I know that if she recovers, I'll be able to redirect my efforts and resources towards other things that will allow me to progress in life. Right now, my focus is on her well-being, and I hope that better days are ahead for both of us."
Nzadze's family
access_time 1 month ago
Nzadze received a $428 initial payment.
"Receiving the unconditional cash transfer has truly been a blessing for my family and I. The first thing I did was use $200 to build a pit latrine. For years, we had to go to the bushes, which was not only unsafe due to the threat of snakes but also harmful to the environment. Having a proper latrine has significantly improved our sanitation and peace of mind. Next, I used $70 to pay the school fees for my four children in primary school. Ensuring that they get education is a priority, and this financial support has relieved a significant burden. With $105, I bought three goats. These goats are a valuable asset, as I can sell them in case of emergencies, providing a financial safety net for my family. The remainder of the money was spent on various essential needs. I used $20 to repair a part of our house, which desperately needed fixing. I then bought a bag of maize for $45 and beans for $10 to ensure we have enough food. Finally, I spent $37 on school uniforms for my children and used the rest to buy other household food items. This support has made a profound impact on our lives, enabling us to address immediate needs while planning for a more stable future."
Furaha's family
access_time 1 month ago
Furaha received a $428 initial payment.
"With the money I received, I was able to start my own business baking cakes, bread, and cookies. Now, on a good day, I can make about $6. It may not seem like much to some, but compared to my previous situation, it's a world of difference. Before this, I used to burn charcoal and take on other casual jobs, and those would only bring in around $10 every two weeks. Plus, the work was extremely exhausting and labor-intensive. I was always tired and barely making enough to take us for some time. Now, not only am I earning more consistently, but the work I do is much less physically demanding. The most rewarding part is that I can now provide for my children’s daily needs, including their school requirements, which was something I could never do before. The financial stability and the ability to support my family have been life-changing."
Anna's family
access_time 1 month ago
Anna enrolled.
"My primary challenge right now is not having a secure place to live. My current residence is prone to flooding even with light rainfall, and I am concerned about the upcoming heavy rains exacerbating the situation. I've had to rely on borrowing a place to sleep from neighbors at night because my house remains waterlogged. I am hopeful that I'll be able to secure enough resources to move to a safer living situation soon."
Mariam's family
access_time 1 month ago
Mariam enrolled.
"My primary challenge at the moment is ensuring food security. Despite planting maize on my 3-acre farm, all my crops were lost due to flooding in our village. Unfortunately, the land remains waterlogged, preventing me from replanting maize. Consequently, I am compelled to purchase food from shopping centers, which are difficult to reach due to flooded roads and waterways. I earnestly hope that we do not experience another round of flooding, as the destruction has undone all the progress we had previously made."
Nyamvula's family
access_time 1 month ago
Nyamvula received a $27 thirtieth payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, I have a plan to start a grocery shop within our village. It's a venture with great potential for success, as many of us here depend on vegetables and other grocery items for our livelihood. Additionally, I plan to include maize, which will attract more customers. To achieve this goal, I have begun saving in our merry-go-round group, intending to use my savings for this initiative. Once the shop is established, it will provide additional income, enabling me to meet my family's basic needs. Furthermore, I aim to build my own house. Currently, I am living with my parents in a small space that does not comfortably accommodate us. To achieve this dream, I am planning to take a loan from our chama group. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for their support, as I rely entirely on these transfers. I used to work, but I experienced a health issue and have been unwell since then, hence unable to perform heavy work."