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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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Mary's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Mary received a $39 twelfth payment.
"I have always had a foodstuff business which has been my main source of income. I have always desired to raise it to a standard where I have a permanent premise but due to high rent for business premise and low profits, I was not able to. I had to put up with the small space and the tents where I could carry the business. So far I have not acquired a specific premise for the business but I am glad the business is doing well. The profit margin has increased because of better stock and I know when I finally acquire the place, I will be able to raise a good income for the rent and remain with some amount for savings."
Paschalia's family
access_time 20 hours ago
Paschalia received a $48 eighth payment.
"Right now, I am able to pay my monthly house rent comfortably unlike before the transfers. I did not have a good income to help me sustain all my needs well. I would only depend on the small income from my foodstuff business which was not also doing well. My needs could overwhelm my income and the business was only to provide for our basic needs. The story has changed because on a monthly basis I pay my rent with ease with part of my transfers and I also boost the business through buying more stock on a monthly basis. I have improved profits which also helps me to have an extra income for savings. I feel I am moving in the right direction."
Julius's family
access_time 21 hours ago
Julius received a $468 initial payment.
"I was overwhelmed my joy the moment I received my money, because I knew it will facilitate my planned construction."
John's family
access_time 21 hours ago
John received a $468 initial payment.
"I read the message at 05:00am and I was overwhelmed with joy. This was an amazing lifetime opportunity for me."
Michael's family
access_time 21 hours ago
Michael received a $468 initial payment.
"Before receiving this transfer, I had only one bull that could not help me with agriculture. After getting my money from GiveDirectly, I acquired another bull to complement the one I had for ploughing. In addition, I now own a solar that provides light at night. previously, I used a torch that required replacing dry cells."
Christine's family
access_time 21 hours ago
Christine received a $468 initial payment.
"We sleep peacefully and comfortably on nice bedding courtesy of the cash transfers. Previously, we were miserable and did not have good bedding for use at home. We had to share an old tattered mattress. More so, I am happy because I will be in position to renovate and plaster the house. This is an achievement that I have achieved within the shortest time."
Stephen's family
access_time 21 hours ago
Stephen received a $468 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is seeing that my house is being beautified as it is being renovated (plastered and cemented). My wife will now be relieved from the issue of always smearing the house using dung and instead just be mopping it."
Betty's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Betty received a $468 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I have acquired construction materials that will be used for constructing an iron roofed house. I am currently sleeping in a grass thatched hut that requires annual renovation. Being of age, I am now becoming weak to look for grass that is needed for renovating my hut. Secondly, I bought clothes for my self and daughter that has made me very happy because previously, we had lacked descent clothes."
Merab's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Merab received a $468 initial payment.
"The moment I felt happy receiving money at the time (Maternity) that I really needed it."
Peninah's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Peninah received a $468 initial payment.
"I heard a beep from my phone on that day. So I called upon my child who read the message for me. At that moment, I was excited and could not believe it. I only believed after he withdrew the cash transfer ."