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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.
Caren's family
access_time 7 days ago
Caren received a $359 second payment.
"I must say, GD has made a significant impact by providing us with unconditional transfers tailored to our specific needs. Among the many things I have accomplished with these transfers, there's one achievement I am particularly proud of – building a house for my son. Previously, he was living with his uncle, which was far from an ideal situation as I always worried about how the uncle might feel about it. Now, with the new house in place, my son has not only found a comfortable and secure shelter but also a peaceful environment to focus on his studies."
Janet's family
access_time 7 days ago
Janet received a $359 second payment.
"GD has made a significant impact by providing us with unconditional cash transfers. Thanks to these transfers, I have been able to turn my dreams into reality. When GD stepped in, I was facing immense challenges, struggling to support my son with no source of income except for small-scale farming. I had acquired tailoring skills but lacked the resources to start my own business. The GD transfers provided the much-needed boost, allowing me to launch my tailoring business, which is now thriving. This has not only brought me pride as a mother but also ensured that I can provide the best for my son, and for that, I am truly grateful to GD."
Wakwale's family
access_time 7 days ago
Wakwale received a $1239 second payment.
"I spent most of the money on buying a plot of land to put a simple structure as I wait for the opm to come and I move to next location"
Kadii's family
access_time 7 days ago
Kadii received a $23 eighteenth payment.
"My main objective is to acquire additional livestock, which will prove invaluable for supporting my family's education in the future. At present, I have six children who are attending primary school. By investing in livestock at this stage, I can allow them ample time to multiply, ensuring a sustainable source of income down the line. The proceeds from selling some of these animals can then be utilized to cover my children's school fees. I am pleased to note that there have been noticeable improvements in my children's education, as they are no longer faced with the frequent disruptions that previously resulted in them being sent home. This positive development brings me a great deal of happiness and reinforces my determination to continue working towards securing a brighter future for my family through educational opportunities."
Katana's family
access_time 7 days ago
Katana received a $23 fourteenth payment.
"Ensuring my son's uninterrupted education is my utmost priority and a significant goal. I deeply felt a sense of sadness when he returned home one month, visibly upset and shedding tears as he witnessed his peers attending school while he remained absent. It was a poignant moment that motivated me to take firm action. Consequently, my plan is to diligently address the substantial debt accumulated from my son's schooling expenses. By paying off this debt, I am determined to ensure that he never experiences the disappointment of being sent home again and can continue his education without any interruptions. This commitment reflects my unwavering dedication to providing my son with the educational opportunities he deserves."
Denis's family
access_time 7 days ago
Denis received a $359 second payment.
"The impact of GiveDirectly's cash transfers on my life has been nothing short of transformational. With the financial assistance I received, I was able to make substantial improvements to my living conditions and invest in my family's future. One of the first things I did was purchase essential furniture. I acquired two beds and a mattress for $130, a significant upgrade from the makeshift sleeping arrangements I had been using. Now, I have a comfortable place to rest, and I can even accommodate visitors with an extra bed. This has greatly improved the quality of life for my family and me. I also invested in creating a more welcoming and comfortable home by buying two chairs for $50. These chairs not only provide seating for guests but also make our living space more inviting and conducive to socializing. Additionally, I recognized the importance of expanding our agricultural activities. I decided to lease a 2-acre piece of land for $350, located a bit farther from home. On this land, I've planted maize and potatoes. This move was strategic because the land at home was limited, and I needed space for my cows to graze. Now, I can diversify our farming efforts, ensuring a more stable source of food and potential income for my family. We are immensely grateful for this assistance, which has made a profound difference in our lives."
William's family
access_time 7 days ago
William received a $372 second payment.
"The impact of GiveDirectly's cash transfers on my life and our community cannot be overstated. These transfers have brought about significant positive changes, both personally and collectively. I used the cash I received to acquire goats, which hold great value for me. These goats not only represent an asset but also a source of income and sustenance. Their ability to reproduce ensures a steady stream of income and resources for my family's needs, including school fees and food. This newfound financial stability has provided a sense of security and hope that was previously elusive. Moreover, I am not alone in experiencing the transformative effects of GiveDirectly's assistance. Our entire community has witnessed positive changes. Many families have used cash transfers to improve their living conditions, invest in income-generating activities, and provide better education and healthcare for their children. As a result, our community has become more vibrant, resourceful, and economically empowered. Perhaps one of the most profound impacts has been on our collective self-esteem. In the face of relentless struggles to meet basic needs, it's easy to feel demoralized and defeated. However, the cash transfers have restored our faith in ourselves."
Esther's family
access_time 7 days ago
Esther received a $305 third payment.
"My main goal is to channel my efforts towards constructing a home for my children and delving into tomato farming. To bring this vision to success, my strategy involves selling some of my goats and using the proceeds to make this dream a reality. I am grateful for the support that has played a significant role in enhancing my quality of life."
Charles's family
access_time 7 days ago
Charles received a $122 initial payment.
"When I learned that I would be receiving my transfer, I knew it marked the beginning of a new chapter in my life. Currently, my main source of income is my job as a driver, supplemented by occasional casual work. I live alone now, as my wife and I parted ways due to a misunderstanding, and we have two children together. Upon receiving the transfer, I immediately decided to invest in fencing my land. This step would not only allow me to cultivate fruits and generate additional income but also provide security for my property by deterring intruders. I spent $150 to the fencing project, ensuring the protection and productivity of my land. The remaining $27 was wisely used to stock up on essential food supplies for my household. I am delighted that this financial support has led to an improvement in my life, which was previously hindered by financial constraints. It has truly made a positive difference."
Kulesi's family
access_time 7 days ago
Kulesi received a $622 initial payment.
"Was digging in the garden and felt excited ,thought of buying cattle and piece of land"