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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.
Kadzo's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kadzo received a $27 fourteenth payment.
"With the arrival of the rains, I have set my sights on utilizing my upcoming transfers to plow my land and plant maize. Despite the setbacks I experienced last year, I am determined to give farming another chance. I remain optimistic that a successful harvest will enable me to redirect the funds previously spent on food towards other beneficial endeavors. I am grateful for the financial support I receive, as it has played a significant role in improving my quality of life and lifting me out of poverty." (Occupation: Small business)
Kabibi's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kabibi received a $27 eighteenth payment.
"Whenever I receive the funds, I usually save $20. The goal for saving this money is to satisfy other needs that require a larger amount of money than what I receive monthly. For instance, I saved to buy a bed, which I obtained. Now, I am saving for a mattress. Additionally, I want to build a new house. The current house has only one room, and I share it with my two grandchildren and their mother. This space is not enough, which is why I would like to build one with two rooms so that they can have a separate sleeping space. The other $10 usually goes towards supporting the school fees of my two grandchildren. I cannot stand seeing them being sent home for fees while I have money in my pocket. Nothing brings me more joy than seeing them go to school happily. Their mother sometimes struggles to keep up with their school fees. She sells palm wine here in the village, but the earnings from the business sometimes are not sufficient for school fees as well." (Occupation: Small business)
Charo's family
access_time 4 days ago
Charo received a $27 eighteenth payment.
"Sometimes when I receive the transfers and have no urgent needs, I invest in livestock for rearing. Therefore, I recently bought a goat for $31. With this goat, when it reproduces in the future, I can sell it to raise funds for my children's education. Currently, I have three children in school, whom I mostly support through my small vegetable business here in the village. There was a time when one of my sons fell ill and needed to undergo a kidney operation. The operation had to be conducted at Kenyatta Hospital, which is in Nairobi and miles away from home. I used $34 for transportation. I am relieved that the surgery went well, and he returned home, where he has been recovering well ever since. Towards the end of last year, the short rains persisted. I decided to prepare my one-acre land for planting. I hired an ox plow and paid $16 for the service. I spent the remaining amount to buy celebratory food for my family since it was the Christmas season. I wanted them to enjoy delicious meals." (Occupation: Small business)
Mtawani's family
access_time 4 days ago
Mtawani received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My goal is to rear livestock, particularly goats. I have already purchased two goats with previous cash transfers, and I aim to secure at least four more. As they multiply and increase in number, I could sell them in the future to provide for the needs of my wife and myself such as food. This will also help alleviate the burden on my sons, as they also bear the significant responsibility of supporting their own families." (Occupation: Small business)
Kadzo's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kadzo received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I am committed to continuing to raise livestock, particularly goats. I am grateful to have begun this endeavor by acquiring four goats from previous cash transfers. As they reproduce and the herd grows in the future, I will have the option to sell them to meet any needs that may arise including medical expenses. This will consequently alleviate my dependence on my son in the future." (Occupation: Small business)
Jumaa's family
access_time 4 days ago
Jumaa received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"My main goal is to start a kiosk business that I will run from home. With a business, I believe that the stream of income will be consistent, making it easier to fund my three children's education. Since their mother passed away, the responsibility of taking care of them has solely fallen on me. I always want to ensure that their needs are catered for even in her absence. So, I would be happy if I could start the business before the year ends. I anticipate that the initial stock will require at least $100. Right now, I am focusing on farming because the long rains have started. However, once the farming season is over, I plan to start saving for the shop."
Kavumbi's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kavumbi received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My objective is to complete the construction of my own house. Several years ago, my house collapsed, and since then, I have been living in my grandson's home. Currently, I am in the process of acquiring building poles and iron sheets to commence the construction. To achieve this, I have joined a merry-go-round where I am contributing $10 every month. I plan to use the savings when my turn comes to purchase the materials in bulk and commence the construction." (Occupation: Small business)
Charo's family
access_time 5 days ago
Charo received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"I have aspirations to build a new house. The current structure is old and deteriorating, with damaged poles and walls that are on the verge of collapsing. I want a new house with mud walls and at least three rooms, which would significantly improve our living conditions. Also, I aim to start a kiosk business in the future. This venture would serve as a reliable source of income, supporting my efforts to provide for my three children. I believe that a business would offer more stability and guaranteed income compared to the casual jobs I currently undertake, such as making charcoal."
Umazi's family
access_time 5 days ago
Umazi received a $27 eighteenth payment.
"My primary objective is to focus on goat rearing. Utilizing the previous cash transfers, I have already begun building my goat herd. These goats have proven to be invaluable assets, particularly during emergencies like when my son was injured. In that situation, I sold some of the goats to finance his medical expenses promptly. This experience has inspired my commitment to livestock rearing, as it provides me with a reliable source of funds in times of need." (Occupation: Small business)
Zosi's family
access_time 5 days ago
Zosi received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My house is very old, with the poles starting to decay, and I fear they may collapse soon. Therefore, by the time the transfers come to an end, I aim to repair the walls of the house to reinforce its foundation and make it more durable. Since I am not actively employed and do not wish to burden my son beyond his means, I plan to save some funds from the cash transfers to purchase the necessary building materials." (Occupation: Small business)
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