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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.
Jackson's family
access_time 3 months ago
Jackson received a $335 third payment.
"In the coming years, my primary focus will remain on providing education for my nine children. With my eldest currently in Form Two and the rest yet to begin secondary school, I understand that there's still a long journey ahead of us. I firmly believe that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and the only hope that I hold for a bright future for my family. To ensure the success of this, I plan to prioritize maize farming and maximize its productivity to generate more income from its sales. This involves ensuring that all necessary inputs are available on time and that farming activities are carried out punctually. Additionally, I will continue to rear the two cows, sheep, and six goats that I currently own. By carefully managing their reproduction, I aim to sell the offspring to generate income to cover school fees."
Ibrahim's family
access_time 3 months ago
Ibrahim received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"I have a plan to set up a retail shop, the budget for this is about $600. I cannot get such a huge amount at once to start this business. Since I depend on farming doubling up to goat rearing. I plan to buy small goats since at a tender age they are not so costly. And I know they will grow up with time, and give me good returns when they have grown big. that will enable me to get good money to purchase a cow. The cows will only need a short while to mature and thus I will sell the cow each to be sold for $400 which will be enough for me to start the business"
Kache's family
access_time 3 months ago
Kache received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"As a small-scale farmer, I faced some challenges, but the quarterly transfers from GiveDirectly helped me address them. I used $9 to buy medicine for my goats, who were suffering from lung infections; although some didn't make it, I managed to save three, hoping they'd multiply and become a financial asset. With $12, I invested in chickens, anticipating their growth to support me in the future. Then, I was assigned $20 to construct a toilet for myself, as my old one had collapsed due to heavy rains, leaving me with no place for relief. Additionally, I set aside another $20 to add to my savings, with the goal of exchanging it for a cow. My chest problems limit my ability to work, so I rely on my son for daily meals, making these transfers a crucial support in my life."
Elijah's family
access_time 3 months ago
Elijah enrolled.
"My first priority is to go for medication when I receive the transfers. I will set aside KES 20000 for medication. I will also ensure that I budget KES 10000 to stock food and buy beddings for my family. I am approaching old age and this is worrying me since I have no savings nor investment. With the transfer I plan to invest KES 40000 on livestock farming. I will buy five goats and a cow. This will help me not to struggle in the future."
Charo's family
access_time 3 months ago
Charo received a $26 eighteenth payment.
"My son is his second year in college pursuing his dreams. For a couple of months now, my transfers has come in handy in paying for his college fee and also in investing on poultry project which I started a year ago. With my most recent transfers, I spent $ 40 on paying school fees for my son and $12 on the purchase of four hens. My ultimate goal is to buy a cow after some time. Since I cannot afford to buy it at once, I settled on having a poultry project that will earn me some income as time goes by. In addition, I'll sell some chicken after some time and use the money in buying a goat and later the cow. Aside from this, I spent $48 on buying food for my family. From most of the money that I spent on food, I s[pent it during the festive season so that my family would celebrate and be happy like other people within the community."
Sidi's family
access_time 3 months ago
Sidi received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"I shoulder the responsibility of caring for my two grandchildren, ensuring their basic needs such as food, clothing, and education are met. Prior to being enrolled in GiveDirectly, I earned a living by selling charcoal, a physically demanding job that took a toll on my health, resulting in frequent severe chest pains. Now, I heavily rely on the monthly transfers from GiveDirectly to support my family of four. I allocated $30 towards school fees for my two grandchildren, ensuring they can continue their education without significant disruptions. Additionally, I set aside $30 in a savings group with the intention of investing in livestock to improve our quality of life. With the funds saved from the transfers, I have already acquired 1 cow and 7 goats, which I consider a significant and promising investment. The remaining $42 was utilized to purchase food for my family, ensuring that we never go without a meal. Despite the health challenges that limit my ability to work and generate income, I am immensely grateful for the financial assistance provided by the transfers. It has played a crucial role in enabling me to fulfill my role as a caregiver and provide for my family's needs."
William's family
access_time 3 months ago
William received a $338 second payment.
"With the final transfer I received, I made a strategic decision to invest in livestock to secure a more sustainable future for my family. I bought a cow for $250, primarily to provide us with milk, which is essential for my young children as they are at a high risk of malnutrition. The cow will not only cater to our immediate needs but, as it breeds, I plan to sell them in the future to cover school fees for my children. Additionally, I invested in two more goats, costing $50 each, adding to the three I previously acquired. Goats thrive in our harsh climatic conditions and their quick multiplication will allow me to sell some for extra income, which I'll use to pay for school fees and meet other family needs. My focus remains steadfast on my children’s education and ensuring they can continue their studies without financial hindrance. I never had the opportunity to attend school due to security issues and financial constraints, which eventually led to my reliance on casual jobs and charcoal production alongside my wife-an unsustainable means for our family of six. To further alleviate our situation, I also purchased two bags of maize for $90 to help address our immediate food shortages. I am deeply thankful to GiveDirectly for their support, which has been instrumental in these investments and in planning a brighter future for my children."
Nasibu's family
access_time 3 months ago
Nasibu received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"My objective is to purchase a cow, which I view as a valuable investment. I plan to accomplish this by utilizing the profits from my vegetable business. Owning a cow will not only allow me to cultivate my land but also provide additional income, especially if it reproduces and I sell the offspring. Moreover, the supplementary income will enable me to meet the educational expenses of my children. I am deeply grateful to this organization for enhancing my living standards through their financial support."
Tumaini's family
access_time 3 months ago
Tumaini received a $26 twenty-sixth payment.
"My aim is to construct a house with brick walls to replace our current structure, which is built with mud walls. The present walls are vulnerable to damage during heavy rainfall and are displaying signs of weakening. Additionally, I intend to invest in a dairy cow, considering it a valuable asset that can generate additional income, particularly when they reproduce and can be sold. To achieve these goals, I will utilize a portion of the cash transfers along with my savings. Accomplishing these objectives will not only provide us with a better living space but also offer an additional source of income, bringing me a deep sense of fulfillment."
Sidi's family
access_time 3 months ago
Sidi received a $26 eighteenth payment.
"In the upcoming year, my focus is on investing in livestock, particularly goats, given their cost-effectiveness and quick reproduction. My primary aim is to build up a herd of goats, with the intention of eventually selling them to acquire a dairy cow. Owning a dairy cow would allow me to generate income through milk sales. I intend to use my forthcoming transfers to pursue this goal, as recent rainfall has led to an abundance of food, providing stability for investment. I am optimistic about the prospects of a brighter future ahead."