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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.
George's family
access_time 1 day ago
George received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"My biggest dream right now is to grow my workshop into a wholesale business in the coming months. I believe this expansion will bring in significant returns and pave the way for a brighter future. As my sole source of income, this venture holds immense importance to me. Not only will it provide for my young family's needs with greater ease, but it will also allow me to plan for my children's future more effectively. I envision a time when financial worries are replaced by stability and security and where my kids have the opportunities they deserve. This dream fuels my determination, and I'm ready to put in the hard work to make it a reality."
Thabu's family
access_time 1 day ago
Thabu received a $400 second payment.
"Relocating to my own piece of land has been my goal, as the place I've been calling home has been filled with disputes. At times, I worried about being evicted and becoming homeless with my children. Though later on I managed to purchase a piece of land, due to financial difficulties, I couldn't readily build on it. However, with my recent transfer, I was able to purchase enough building materials, and I'm now in the process of building a house on my land. My current goal is to fully build a new home and stay away from the current disputes I am experiencing. I also have four children currently enrolled in various levels of education: two in high school, one in college, and the other in junior high school. As a parent, I want my children to receive the best education, achieve their educational goals, and have a seamless academic journey despite my financial hurdles. These are the two goals that I wish to accomplish in the coming year and beyond."
Joseline's family
access_time 1 day ago
Joseline received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"In the coming year and beyond, my dream is to buy a complete pair of oxen, and I am planning to save diligently over the next few months to make this a reality. I firmly believe that this goal is attainable with careful planning and perseverance. Once I acquire the oxen, they will be of immense support for my agricultural activities, significantly easing the burden that has fallen entirely on my own hands for so long. The physical toll of manually ploughing the farms has been exhausting, and the oxen will bring much-needed relief, enabling me to work more efficiently. This shift promises not just a reduction in my daily toil but also the prospect of more plentiful harvests. In the past, my yields have been limited by the sheer effort required to tend to the land without adequate help. With the oxen, I envision a future where my hard work results in bountiful crops, providing better food security and financial stability for my family. This dream of owning oxen is not just about easing my workload; it's about transforming our agricultural practices and improving our overall quality of life."
Patience's family
access_time 1 day ago
Patience received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"In the coming years, my dream is to become a successful businesswoman by starting small and gradually expanding my ventures. Initially, I plan to sell vegetables, which will allow me to understand the basics of running a business and managing finances. As I gain experience and save up, my ultimate goal is to open a big boutique shop where I will not only sell clothes but also design and make them myself. This will combine my passion for fashion with my entrepreneurial spirit. I envision a future where my business thrives, providing me with financial stability and the ability to support my family comfortably. By the time I have my own family, I aim to have made significant progress in my career, ensuring that I can offer them a better life. Every step I take now is towards building a foundation for that future, and I am determined to work hard, learn continuously, and overcome any challenges that come my way to make this dream a reality."
Zawadi's family
access_time 1 day ago
Zawadi received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"As a parent with children still in primary school, I have a clear plan for the coming year and beyond that I believe will secure our future. I aim to start keeping goats in our homestead. This endeavour is not just about having animals around but a strategic move to ensure financial stability as my children transition to higher education institutions. I believe that once we have the goats, they will be a reliable source of income, particularly when it comes to meeting the needs and fees associated with their education. By carefully managing and selling some of the goats over time, their numbers will naturally increase, creating a sustainable source of income that won't stress me out as much as other temporary solutions might. This plan gives me hope and confidence that, as a family, we will be able to handle future financial challenges with greater ease."
Margaret's family
access_time 2 days ago
Margaret received a $417 initial payment.
"Of course, life is different now, in a better way, to say the least. As a parent, it always stressed me when my children were constantly sent home from school to collect school fees. I would always be worried about where and how I would raise the money to cover those debts. I am relieved that the situation is different now. With the transfers, I was able to settle most of the school fee debts, and all my five children have not missed a day of school."
Baraka's family
access_time 2 days ago
Baraka received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"Looking forward to the upcoming year and beyond, my main priority is to acquire land. Growing up in a polygamous family, suitable land is scarce, which has fueled my determination to secure a plot for my family's future settlement. Establishing a stable home for my loved ones is of utmost importance to me, and owning land would offer the stability and security necessary for our future endeavors. Therefore, my objective is to diligently save and invest my income towards purchasing land, ensuring a strong foundation for my family's well-being and prosperity in the years ahead."
Saumu's family
access_time 2 days ago
Saumu received a $26 twenty-second payment.
"In the upcoming year and beyond, my primary goal is to build a house for my children. Currently, they reside at a relative's house, where they often face criticism. To realize this aspiration, I've begun setting aside a portion of my transfers towards this objective. Considering my resources, I plan to construct a single-room dwelling, as that's within my means. My target is to accumulate approximately $300 to achieve this goal. By diligently saving and focusing on this endeavor, I aim to provide my children with a secure and comfortable home of their own."
Kadzo's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kadzo received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"Being the sole provider for my family of six children since my spouse passed away, life hasn't been easy. Looking ahead, my main focus for the coming year and beyond is to kickstart a goat rearing project to help sustain us. I've already begun saving within our community savings group for this endeavor. As I have school-going children, I plan to sell some of the goats once they multiply, using the proceeds to cover my children's school fees. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for their financial support, which has been instrumental in helping me navigate these challenging times and work towards securing a better future for my family."
Pauline's family
access_time 2 days ago
Pauline received a $341 third payment.
"GiveDirectly has done great work by educating people on the importance of using this money wisely. As a result, this money will not be spent on harmful things like buying guns or anything that could be used to hurt someone. Instead, it will be used for investment. We are very happy about this and encourage you to continue with these strict guidelines and adhere to your principles wherever you go."