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I doubt I would have been able to pursue my career in tailoring if it hadn’t been for GiveDirectly. Receiving cash has given me a lot of choices and opportunities to invest money in a business, save, pay school fees for my kids, and boost family food security.
[Due to violence in Yemen] we lost all of what we had and became homeless. I sold fruits & vegetables door-to-door, but it caused pain and my doctor asked me to stop. When I received cash aid, I rented a small grocery near my house instead of walking the neighborhood – now I earn enough to feed my family.
During my pregnancy, I would walk long distances to sell tomatoes [for $1/day]. Receiving money meant that I would stop walking long distances. When I received my first transfer, I bought a few clothes for myself and my 4-year-old, and I bought a goat which I am hoping will be able to turn into a stable business in the future.