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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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Deo's family
access_time 4 years ago
Deo received a $443 second payment.
"My life has improved because I have acquired more Livestock ( a calf). After 5 years, I will be in position to marry. Before the transfer, I had only one which was not enough. Secondly, I'm in the process of building my dream permanent house. In the past, I could not because I did not have money to buy building materials. I'm also very happy because this semester, I have paid tuition for my brother easily. Previously, we always depended on loans."
Grace's family
access_time 4 years ago
Grace received a $443 second payment.
"My life has changed for the better in that, I have bought a plot of land that I plan to build a commercial house for operating my business(shop). I have also owned descent beddings and clothes. Before receiving this transfer, I didn't have hope of buying a plot of land in the trading center because I didn't have enough money and I didn't have descent clothes and beddings."
Marita's family
access_time 4 years ago
Marita received a $443 second payment.
"The cash transfers came at the moment when I was sick and bedridden. My health has greatly improved and I am back on my feet. I also enrolled two grand children into secondary schools. In the past, I was hard up and my health was drastically deteriorating. The cash transfers were a blessing for me at this old age."
John's family
access_time 4 years ago
John received a $443 second payment.
"The cash transfers have changed my life in that I built a house and acquired household items such as bedding, clothes, utensils. I am now a respected person in the community because I have improved my living standards. Before I received the cash transfers, I had old utensils and poor bedding in my house. I was miserable and desperate because the casual work could not generate enough income."
Christine's family
access_time 4 years ago
Christine received a $443 second payment.
"The cash transfers have changed my social life and family status. I constructed a lovely two roomed house. In addition to this,I reclaimed two pieces of farm land after clearing a huge loan. These farm lands will increase my crop cultivation. In the past, I had only one piece of land to cultivate on and with no money to reclaim the other farmlands due to the huge loan burden. I am delighted that our family will not suffer from famine in the future."
Yeku's family
access_time 4 years ago
Yeku received a $443 second payment.
"The cash transfers transformed my life alot in that they enabled the payment of my grand child's tuition fees. I am happy because she is now in her final year. Before I received the cash transfer, I used to sell my cattle to finance her course. This was worrisome as I did not have any other income generating activity. I am very grateful that GiveDirectly sent me these cash transfers."
Vicent's family
access_time 4 years ago
Vicent received a $462 initial payment.
"On seeing the mobile money message, I became so happy and excited. It was 1:00 am, I could not sleep again because I was protecting my phone. I started thinking that some one would sneak into the house and steals it."
Martine's family
access_time 4 years ago
Martine received a $443 second payment.
"My life is different now in that, I'm so happy because from the time I was born I had never held this kind of money GD sent to me before. I'm also well respected from the village because my standards of living have improved a lot in that I managed to construct a permanent house which is spacious enough. Before getting this money, I lived a very hard life in that all the time I could worry of wind and rain that my house could be blown and swept away by weather agents. They community members also looked down on me because my conditions of living were so bad because the house I slept in was ram-shackled."
Catherine's family
access_time 4 years ago
Catherine received a $462 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I eat a balanced diet and I enjoy peace from my neighborhood as well. In the past, I scarcely fed on a balance diet since I had little money with a lot of needs to meet like school fees. In addition, my neighbors used to fight frequently because whenever the women wanted money from their men, it mostly resulted into quarrels and fights."
Patrick's family
access_time 4 years ago
Patrick received a $462 initial payment.
"The big difference in my life now is that I have my own cows which I bought using the transfer and am already enjoying milk. I did not have hope of getting these cows because the little money I got was spent on handling emergencies like sickness."