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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.
Zosi's family
access_time 5 days ago
Zosi received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My goal has been to improve my living standard by building a new iron-roofed house and buying new bedding to ensure that I have a comfortable and healthy shelter in my old age. I have already built the house and recently bought a new wooden bed to replace the old traditional one. My plan is to save a portion of my transfers to purchase a new mattress and replace the old mats that I am currently sleeping on. Once I acquire the new mattress, I plan to also buy livestock, especially goats, which are valuable assets that I can sell to settle my financial needs. I currently own one goat, and my goal is to buy more in the coming years and build a herd." (Occupation: Small business)
Jumwa's family
access_time 5 days ago
Jumwa received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"As my supply of medication dwindles, my foremost priority upon receiving my next transfers is to replenish my stock of drugs. Additionally, I aim to schedule an appointment with a doctor for a comprehensive check-up. My ultimate goal is to prioritize my health and work towards improvement and overall well-being. I am profoundly grateful for the financial assistance that has facilitated access to quality medical care. Without this support, I am uncertain if I would still be able to cope with my health challenges." (Occupation: Small business)
Sidi's family
access_time 5 days ago
Sidi received a $27 eighteenth payment.
"My daughter was joining high school recently. Due to this, I spent $ 34 from my most recent transfer plus what my spouse had received to buy for her the school necessities that were needed since she was joining a boarding school. Aside from this, I am planning to start building a more spacious house for my family since the one we're currently living in is small and cannot accommondate us comfortably. With my recent transfers, I used $ 30 on buying three pieces of iron sheets and I am glad that so far, we've managed to buy eleven pieces. In addition, I used $20 in paying school fees for my four children in primary school school, used $10 to boost my grocery business in order to increase my profits and spent the remaining $4 on food after investing $ 4 on a hen." (Occupation: Small business)
Veronica's family
access_time 5 days ago
Veronica received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"I am a form three student and being that I do not have any job or business, my transfers usually comes in handy in paying part of my school fees. My elder brother is always responsible in paying for my school fees and being that he has his own family, it has always been my pleasure to chip in where necessary since he does not earn much from his carpentry workshop. With my recent transfers, I spent $ 50 on paying for my school fees since I had huge amount of arrears and I did not want to be sent back home. In addition, I used $ 14 on food items as a way of supporting my parents and $ 24 on some personal stuffs that I needed as a lady in order to improve my hygiene. Using the remaining $ 14, I bought five hens as a way of investing my transfers on something that will enable me to earn more money in future."
David's family
access_time 6 days ago
David received a $347 third payment.
"I plan to grow and expand my business from a retail shop to a wholesale one. I want to use the returns to educate my five children, all of whom are in school. I believe education is crucial for a better life, something I couldn't complete myself I only finished elementary school and couldn't continue due to lack of fees. I don't want my children to face the same struggles I did."
Anastasia's family
access_time 8 days ago
Anastasia enrolled.
"I have a family of three members and we live in a one room house. The house has an iron sheet roof though it leaks during the rainy season. I do subsistence farming and the husband does casual jobs at the coastal towns making little income that caters for food. I lack the capacity to build a spacious house. I will take $550 to build a three room house for the family using iron sheets . I will also use $ 350 to start a grocery business at Kilifi town. I intend to make a profit of approximately $10 per day. The business will bring a sustainable source of income to my family."
Bendera's family
access_time 9 days ago
Bendera received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"Looking ahead to the coming year and beyond, I aspire to start a business selling vegetables here in the village. This is not only to generate profits for my family but also to meet the demand for vegetables, especially during the drought season when the weather does not support farming. The income from this venture will help cover school fees for my child who is now in grade seven." (Occupation: Small business)
Omar's family
access_time 9 days ago
Omar received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I aim to expand my livestock to include cattle as well. Currently, I have seven goats obtained from the cash transfers. The goal of expanding the herd is to start a business selling them at the marketplace to acquire funds for my three children's needs, particularly school fees. This would also allow me to take a break from the strenuous practice of making and selling charcoal. The cattle would on the other hand help with farming activities like plowing and producing milk for domestic consumption." (Occupation: Small business)
Christine's family
access_time 9 days ago
Christine received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"Since I lack a source of income, I plan to start to expand my poultry farming business by buying more chickens when I get a chance. I believe they generate quick cash as it is easy to sell chickens and generate funds for my children's needs. I used to own a flock of chickens, but it was affected by a coccidiosis outbreak late last year, resulting in the death of some of them. However, I am pleased that the survivors have bred and increased the flock to 26 chickens. The profits from this business will enable me to provide school fees for my three children even after the cash transfers have ended." (Occupation: Small business)
Bendera's family
access_time 9 days ago
Bendera received a $27 eighteenth payment.
"Looking ahead to the next year and beyond, I aim to invest in livestock such as cows and goats. Since I currently have no other income stream apart from the cash transfers, I see livestock investment as a way to multiply my wealth, as they reproduce. As a young family still growing, my husband and I see the importance of establishing a strong financial foundation to provide for our family's future needs, including food, clothing, and their educational requirements. Alongside this, I also plan to extend one room in our house. We now have an infant whom we share a room with, but as he grows, he will need his own space." (Occupation: Small business)