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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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Saumu's family
access_time 3 days ago
Saumu received a $493 second payment.
"I had no good shelter for my family before I received my transfer but now I own and stay in a spacious iron roofed house like other in the village. I am stress-free during the rains. Also I was able to acquire some livestock which will assist me whenever I encounter any financial crisis."
Kadzo's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kadzo received a $493 second payment.
"My life is different that before since I had bought my plot of land but I lacked the finances to build my house. Through the transfer, they assisted me to meet my wish. Also I own some livestocks one cow and 2 goats which is my investment for my family in case of uncertainty. Also when it give birth I will be able to get milk and sell same to my neighbour to earn a living."
Kashutu's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kashutu received a $493 second payment.
"My life is now different than it would have been if I had never received the transfer in that I was able to construct a decent shelter for my family. Also, I was able to acquire comfortable beddings for my family and paid the school fees for my children something that I did not imagine accomplishing for such a short period."
Zawadi's family
access_time 3 days ago
Zawadi received a $493 second payment.
"My life is different than It would have been if I had never received my transfer in that I was able to own dairy cows and I look forward for a more brighter future when I will be able to get enough milk for my family and sell the extra to my neighbours to earn a living. In addition, I will be able to sell the male offspring in order to educate my children."
Kanze's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kanze received a $493 second payment.
"My life is different than it would have been if I had never received the transfer in that I am now living a comfortable life in a decent house with my family. Previously I did not have a proper shelter but through my transfer I was able to construct one. On top of that, I started livestock rearing to replace my charcoal burning activities since the forest coverage in our area has decline."
Jackson's family
access_time 3 days ago
Jackson enrolled.
"Transition from employment to setting up my own business was the toughest stage in my life. This was back in 2016. I am a mechanical engineering who specialized as a machinist. I left my job to become self employed but the transition proved very hectic. I rarely got contracts which affected my income.Having seven children and my spouse fully depending on me, I was forced back to my place of birth where I settled and later set up a welding workshop. The six months of transition was the biggest hardship in my life."
Saumu's family
access_time 3 days ago
Saumu enrolled.
"My household is among the over 20 households in the compound. My spouse is one of the grandsons to the compound head. When his parents passed on, some family members started mistreating and hating him due to family related issues. This continued even after he married me. My spouse and I have really struggled to co exist well with some of the family members. I live with fear since most of the time my spouse is away at work. We have always wanted to buy a piece of land and start a separate life away from family wrangles but financial constraints has been a hindrance. This is what has been my biggest hardship in my 8 years of marriage."
Kenneth's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kenneth enrolled.
"Livestock is a store of wealth. My fiance is currently in secondary school and will have completed in the next 2 years. Since I do not have another source of income, money from GiveDirectly will help me to buy 2 dairy cows which I believe will have multiplied by the time she completes her studies. I will then convert them to cash in order to pay her dowry. This is what receiving this money mean to me. Purchasing the two cows will cost about $500 from the first transfer."
Joyce's family
access_time 3 days ago
Joyce enrolled.
"Maize farming play a major role in the food security of many farmers in my village. When I spent a whopping $150 last year to grow maize on my 3-acre piece of land, I had hopes of reaping big. To my unpleasant disappointment, the whole farm was reduced to ruins of stunted growth due to prolonged drought thanks to living in a semi arid area. For the third year in a row, we are forced to part with $1.6 a day to buy maize for consumption to sustain our family of 8. Life is hard!"
Mejumaa's family
access_time 3 days ago
Mejumaa received a $510 second payment.
"My life is now different than it would have been if I had never received my transfer in that I have advanced my farming. Through the transfer, l am now ploughing my farm in time using ox-plough, I non longer use my hands in ploughing my farm and assured of more harvest. I also built a separate house for my children. This has restored the privacy that I had missed for many years."