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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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Changawa's family
access_time 6 days ago
Changawa enrolled.
"I have desired to own an iron-roofed house for myself because the one I currently have is grass thatched and old fashioned. During rain seasons, I am rained on and this does not give me nice sleep. My plan once I receive the money is to spend $300 to construct the house something that will give me peace of mind. Also, I am planning to spend $150 to buy a modern bed plus a mattress to replace the local roped one that I have been using for a long time. This will change my life for the better, a transformation that I have always wished to have."
Benard's family
access_time 6 days ago
Benard received a $501 initial payment.
"I was very excited and my children were also excited. They asked me to go buy a cow as soon as possible as that is what they have been looking forward to."
Winny's family
access_time 6 days ago
Winny received a $501 initial payment.
"I was very excited, I went on my knees to pray to thank God. My children were also excited when I bought a cow since we have never owned a cow."
Philip's family
access_time 6 days ago
Philip enrolled.
"My biggest hardship is the lack of stable income to build a better shelter for my family. Seeing my family living in this house pronto floods is so annoying. The only source of income I get is from casual jobs I do. This can only cater to basic needs and school fees. But due to this covid-19 pandemic to get someone to give you work at a fee is now becoming rare because of the low economy."
Josephy's family
access_time 6 days ago
Josephy received a $48 initial payment.
"This money came in at a time when I really needed it because I was jobless and had no food at home. It really helped me because it enabled me to buy food and to be able to not starve since I had no other alternatives at the time."
Cosmos's family
access_time 6 days ago
Cosmos enrolled.
"I have been working as a casual labourer for a maize seller and I have realized that it is a profitable business.Receiving this money means I am going to open maize selling business of my own in siongiroi town because many customers already know me there."
Paul's family
access_time 6 days ago
Paul enrolled.
"I rely on subsistence farming to fend for my family. I mostly grow maize, beans, onions and vegetables. The profits I get from the sale of these produce is hardly enough to cater for the basic needs of my family. The biggest challenge for me is raising the school fees for my kids since a large chunk of the profits goes to food. To try and boost my finances, I work as a farmer during daytime and in the evening be a night guard at the nearest fuel station. With no time to rest, I feel my body is taking a toll on me and this for me is the biggest hardship I have ever faced in my life."
Kadzitu's family
access_time 6 days ago
Kadzitu received a $501 initial payment.
"It was early in the morning when I heard my neighbours praising and shouting that GiveDirectly had sent the transfers they had promised. Since I could not comprehend the messages on my phone, I called for my helper who confirmed to me that I had received my first transfer. I joined my neighbours in thanking GiveDirectly, full of joy."
Beatrice's family
access_time 6 days ago
Beatrice enrolled.
"I have a family of six; my husband and four kids. Two of my kids live with their grand mother while the other two are staying with me. My husband is a regular alcoholic who spends most of his time in liquor places. He does not play the role of the house head anymore since he does not fend for us and as a result I am left as the sole provider. Additionally, I have been a victim of domestic violence instigated by him. I have once been hospitalized because of the beatings I received from him. After the incident, the local authorities tried to apprehend him but was notified by his friend(s) and decided to escape. Its been 5 months since he disappeared but thank God I live in peace with my kids. This for me has been the biggest hardship that I have ever experienced."
Grace's family
access_time 6 days ago
Grace enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have faced is lack of sufficient funds to sustain the needs of my family. My life has been full of struggles ever since I lost my spouse for more than 15 years. I have always wished to rebuild my house but this dream has been impossible."