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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.
Kahaso's family
access_time 7 days ago
Kahaso received a $425 initial payment.
"With my family of five, we have faced a lot of challenges living in a small, grass-thatched house. This house used to leak uncontrollably whenever it rained, leaving my family in the cold sometimes. Additionally, the grass was worn out due to destruction by termites, and we had to replace it frequently, which was tiresome. Building a decent, iron-roofed house was out of the question, considering that we could not afford to buy the required building materials. I mainly do subsistence farming during the planting season, while my husband does casual jobs, such as working on other people's farms. Thus, it was really hard to plan to upgrade our house while providing for our family of seven and paying fees for my five children in school. However, when I received the transfer, it empowered me, and I was able to purchase iron sheets, building poles, and timber and pay the mason for his job. My house is now complete—a decent iron-roofed house. I am at peace with my family having a good house, which would have otherwise taken years to build had I not received the financial support, and I am forever grateful to GiveDirectly for this enablement."
Sanita's family
access_time 7 days ago
Sanita received a $425 initial payment.
"I typically pack lunch for my five children and take it to their school. On the transfer day, I was running late, and the school was quite far. I hadn't taken my phone with me as it was charging at home. When I returned, I overheard my neighbours discussing receiving money from GiveDirectly. I went to my house and grabbed my phone to check if I had received anything. When I checked my messages, I confirmed that I had indeed received the money. I was filled with joy and immediately started preparing to withdraw it. I couldn't wait to buy myself a new bed and a mattress because the ones I had were old, worn out, and no longer provided a comfortable sleep."
Dzendere's family
access_time 7 days ago
Dzendere received a $425 initial payment.
"Receiving the unconditional cash transfer was a life-changing moment for me and my family. The first thing I did was spend $300 to buy two beds and their matresses: one for myself and another for my children. We have seven children, five of whom are in school, while the other two have not yet reached school-going age. Prior to this, we all used to sleep on the floor, which was uncomfortable and unhealthy. I had always wished to buy a bed but could never afford it. Next, I used $150 to buy four goats which are a practical choice because they multiply quickly and are resilient to the frequent droughts we experience in our area. This small herd will help us build a sustainable source of income over time. Additionally, I paid $80 in school fees for my five children who are all in primary school. Lastly, with the remaining $20, I bought food for my household which may not seem like a lot, but this helped us get through some tough days and provided us with the basic sustenance we needed. It really feels empowering to make decisions that positively impact my family’s life and I will forever be grateful to GiveDirectly."
Mary's family
access_time 8 days ago
Mary received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I am currently in need of a spacious living space for my children. Our current house is very small, with only two rooms. One room is used as a storage area and also doubles up as a small shop. As a result, I have had to move my children to their grandmother's house, but I am determined to provide them with their own comfortable sleeping space. This is why, since joining a merry-go-round group, I have been planning to use the money I receive from the group to buy building materials to fulfill this dream. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for enabling me buy six iron sheets, and I am optimistic that in the coming year and beyond, I will be able to make this dream a reality. The financial support I have received from GiveDirectly has significantly improved our living standards, and for that, I am truly grateful."
Kazungu's family
access_time 8 days ago
Kazungu received a $27 twenty-first payment.
"My main goal in life is to start a retail shop business. The business that I currently run is too tiresome as it involves a lot of walking and the proceeds are not that much. Before opening a retail shop, I would first want to make sure that I see my two sons through college. It is fortunate that one is finalizing college this year and the second one will be joining next year. After this, I believe they will be in a good position to continue supporting themselves to achieve their goals in life. Starting a retail shop has always been my ultimate goal since, aside from getting enough time to rest, I will be able to meet most of our needs on time. I am very optimistic that through Give Directly transfers, I will be able to meet my goal of coming up with this business."
Kadzo's family
access_time 8 days ago
Kadzo received a $27 twenty-fifth payment.
"Initially, I had a goal of buying goats, and I'm pleased to say that I've already acquired six goats through GiveDirectly transfers. Therefore, in the coming year and beyond, my major plan is to focus on paying school fees for my four children. Since I joined a merry-go-round where we contribute $20 monthly, my plan is to divert this money towards paying fees for my school-going children. I always prioritize their fees because I want them to have a good time so that they can concentrate on their schoolwork. The remaining amount I will spend on buying food and clothes for them to ensure they eat well and look neat. I am really grateful for this support because it has uplifted my life positively."
Katsaka's family
access_time 8 days ago
Katsaka received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"With the help of GiveDirectly, I managed to purchase a bed for my family, a small luxury that brings immense comfort. But there's still a missing piece to complete our nightly haven which is a mattress. It's not just about the comfort; it's about ensuring my children sleep soundly, free from the aches of the hard floor. So, my goal for the coming year is to save up enough, at least $10 a month, to afford a mattress, costing about $50. And once we have that mattress, my aspirations soar even higher. I envision venturing into livestock farming, particularly goats. They're resilient creatures, capable of withstanding the harsh climate of our region, and their maintenance costs are manageable. With a small herd of goats, I can provide for my family, not just in terms of food but also through the potential income from selling their offspring. With determination and the support of GiveDirectly, I know these dreams are within reach, and I'll stop at nothing to achieve them."
Kadzitu's family
access_time 8 days ago
Kadzitu received a $27 eighteenth payment.
"When I recently fell sick, my world turned upside down, leaving me immobile and utterly dependent on my wife for everything. Despite this setback, I'm filled with hope and determination. My priority is to seek the best medical treatment and regain my health. I believe that with proper care, I will soon be back on my feet. Once fit, my dream is to build a spacious house. Our current home is cramped and uncomfortable, especially when our lively grandchildren come to visit. I want to create a warm, welcoming space where they can play, laugh, and make memories. With the support from GiveDirectly, I am confident that I can turn this vision into reality and provide a better future for my loved ones."
Changawa's family
access_time 8 days ago
Changawa received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"When I started receiving funds from GiveDirectly, a world of possibilities opened up before me. In the coming year and beyond, I hope to accomplish something that will sustain and uplift my family. I plan to start a goat-keeping project. Goats are an ideal choice because they are relatively cheap to acquire and maintain, and there's always a ready market for them. To facilitate this goal, I joined a merry-go-round group with nine other members, where each of us contributes $10 every month. We rotate the collected amount among us, allowing one member to invest in their dreams each month. My turn to receive the funds will come in September 2024, and I plan to use this money to buy at least three goats to kickstart my venture. This project will provide a steady income and create a ripple effect of growth and stability in my family. With the support from GiveDirectly and my commitment to this journey, I am confident that the future holds great promise for me."
Salim's family
access_time 8 days ago
Salim received a $27 fourteenth payment.
"Ever since I received support from GiveDirectly, my life has been a whirlwind of hope and hard work. I currently sleep in the kitchen, but I have started building my own house. My biggest goal for the coming year is to complete this house and ensure that the roof is securely in place before the year ends. Once the house is finished, I plan to embark on a new journey of poultry farming. I am determined to see this vision through, and I know that with continued perseverance, the coming years will be filled with stability and growth."