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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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Esther's family
access_time 3 days ago
Esther received a $457 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the relief I feel having managed to secure a large piece of farm land that I will now cultivate my personal crops for both subsistence and commercial purposes. This will help me to curb the ever affecting famine that we experience and we shall also be able to save up some crops for sell such that we can meet the day to day expenses. Prior to getting this transfer, we were always prone to famine since I had to share farm land with my mother in law who most of the times ended up owning the food crops. Hence leaving us with nothing."
Sulaiman's family
access_time 3 days ago
Sulaiman received a $457 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is seeing that my family had what to feed on during this trying moment of lock down."
John's family
access_time 4 days ago
John received a $457 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the feeling of delight within myself knowing that I now own personal assets (the cows that will reproduce) and will be looked at in the community as a responsible family man. Before getting this money, I was always considered a no body because I did not have any personal assets."
Doreen's family
access_time 4 days ago
Doreen received a $457 initial payment.
"My daily life's biggest difference is the joy I feel when ever I look at my twins knowing that it was with the help of this transfer that I was able to go to hospital and have a safe delivery given the lock down situation. Prior to getting this transfer, I was always worried about how to bribe my way to get to hospital in time. (Some people in my locality and far beyond lost their children and almost their lives since they had no money to bribe their way to hospital and ended up either delivering on the way, at their homes or lost their new born babies)"
Budesta's family
access_time 4 days ago
Budesta received a $457 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the supper exceeding joy I am now feeling because I received money that has helped me to start up a business that will be income generating to my family. I fell stress free as well because initially I doubted receiving this money since it was long over due."
Hellen's family
access_time 7 days ago
Hellen received a $457 initial payment.
"Before this cash transfer, I used to suffer from paptic ulcer because I could stress myself on how to secure my children's future. Putting in mind that I am single mother with lots of responsibilities and at the samtime staying with my parents. Nevertheless, I was opportuned to deposite for a plot of land where I intend to set up a home for my children."
John's family
access_time 7 days ago
John received a $457 initial payment.
"I felt very excited because I was certain to buying an ox and household items like clothes for my children."
Mercy's family
access_time 8 days ago
Mercy received a $514 initial payment.
"I received the message alerting me of the transfer at around 6 am. I immediately got up to read the text message and was happy to see that the day we had been waiting for had finally arrived. I shred the message with my husband who then joined me in saying a little prayer to thank God for answering our prayers and giving us a means to get out of our tiny grass thatched house through Give Directly. I then immediately got up to take care of my daily chores so that I could head to the nearest shopping centre to withdraw the money as soon as possible."
Sharon's family
access_time 8 days ago
Sharon received a $515 initial payment.
"I had been expecting the money to come at any moment since it was the last day of the period I had been promised by the field officer that I will be receiving my first transfer. When I heard a text message notification on my phone at 6 a.m, which is very uncommon for me, I knew it was the money so I got up to read the message and indeed it was. I could barely contain the excitement so I woke up my husband to share the good news after which we immediately woke to start planning. We started by writing a shopping list of the materials required to construct the house that we had planned to construct when we received the money so that we could buy them as soon as we could."
Cherono's family
access_time 9 days ago
Cherono received a $515 initial payment.
"I heard the message at around six am and on confirmation, I realized that it was the transfer. I had to wake up my husband to share the good news and it was in deed a joyous moment for us. The excitement of receiving the money was too overwhelming to continue lying in bed, so we got up and prepared for our daily duties so that we could also have time to decide what we wanted to buy among all the needs that we had."