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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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Kadzo's family
access_time 8 days ago
Kadzo received a $545 initial payment.
"I was woken up by a message notification on my phone. On checking to confirm who the sender was, I realized that it was from GiveDirectly informing me that I had received the transfer I was anxiously waiting for. I felt happy about the transfer because I knew it would change and improve my life."
Jepherson's family
access_time 8 days ago
Jepherson enrolled.
"Besides my motorcycle business I depend on subsistence farming for a living. However, I do not produce enough due to inconsistent rainfall. My desire is to improve food security for my family. I will therefore purchase oxen to scale up farming and also hire them at a fee. I will also purchase goats for rearing because they multiply faster and are drought resistant. I will sell them to respond to financial needs thus make it easier to take care of my children."
Kauchi's family
access_time 8 days ago
Kauchi received a $545 initial payment.
"I saw the notification in the morning having been tipped off by a neighbour that money had been sent. I went for my phone and checked through my messages and to my surprise, it was indeed true that GiveDirectly had honoured their promise to us. I was instantly overjoyed and happier than before because I have never imagined that I could one day receive such a fortune in my life. I thanked God for using GiveDirectly to improve my life."
Kadzo's family
access_time 8 days ago
Kadzo received a $545 initial payment.
"Owning the pair of oxen to me is the biggest difference for I was hiring from neighbours during the planting season which was costly to me. I am happy through the transfer from GiveDirectly, I acquired my own pair hence no more hiring instead, I will be hiring out to them at a fee which means an income to me."
Furaha's family
access_time 8 days ago
Furaha enrolled.
"My husband supports the family with only 1000 shillings a month, an amount that is supposed to sustain all our needs. Since this is not sufficient, I supplement it through harvesting aloevera which earns me around 800 shillings in two months. It hurts me to see my children going without food especially during dry seasons. I cannot even pay their school fees on time and most of the times they are sent home and it really affects their performance. "
Ruth's family
access_time 8 days ago
Ruth received a $198 initial payment.
"I have no new goal but to save for my college education. I believe through completing my college studies on hairdressing and beauty, I will be able to get employed and provide for my family with ease."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 8 days ago
Elizabeth received a $545 initial payment.
"I was woken by a message notification on my phone early in the morning. On checking to confirm, it was from GiveDirectly informing me that I had received my first transfer. I was overwhelmed with joy because the transfer would enable me to fulfil the only desire I had even before GiveDirectly came to our village; to get a source of income by offering catering services to meet my family basic needs and other financial needs."
Glades's family
access_time 8 days ago
Glades received a $444 second payment.
"My life has changed because I own my piece of land for Agriculture which I'm planning to cultivate my food crops when the rainy season starts. Before, I had to rent which was expensive and at times the piece of land would be far away from home."
Kelvin's family
access_time 8 days ago
Kelvin received a $364 second payment.
"I always admired the dream of being my own boss and having my success through venturing into a lucrative business. Lack of capital barred me to reach this dream. I spent the most recent transfer to start two small retail businesses and the profit from each I use to enhance the sustainability of the two as they compliment each other. The surplus profits I am able to pay my college fees with ease."
Willis's family
access_time 8 days ago
Willis received a $364 second payment.
"I spent the most recent transfer that I received from GiveDirectly to build a decent tradition house 'Simba' in the countryside. I am at peace because I am certain of a shelter to sleep in when I visit the countryside. Before I would look for a place to sleep either at my friend's or relatives whom at times were unwelcoming. The remaining amount I spent on buying food and transport."