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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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Lydia's family
access_time 23 days ago
Lydia enrolled.
"I would like to extend the size of land from the current 0.2 acres to at least 0.5 acres. This will cost me about $450 of the transfers and I believe it will change my life. The remaining $550 I will use to purchase a water tank and two dairy cows. The water tank will serve my family as well as provide water for the dairy cows. I hope with the dairy cows I shall be able to sell 10liters of milk daily which can earn $7 a day. I am now happy that I will no longer have to depend on my husband to provide for everything but I will also be contributing to the family's expenses. I am so grateful to you for empowering me."
Lilian's family
access_time 23 days ago
Lilian enrolled.
"I would like first to construct a decent modern house with a metal roof and buy a 5000-liter water tank to collect rainwater for our daily use. The water that we are currently using is from a nearby water pan and is not safe for drinking though we usually risk and that might have health risks later in life. To supplement our income we would like to purchase a dairy cow which approximately will be giving us 5 liters of milk every morning and this can earn us at least $2.50. We are so determined about our plan and we will do everything that it takes to see that we actualize this which shall improve our lives."
Benalyn's family
access_time 23 days ago
Benalyn enrolled.
"I teach at a school that buys milk from farmers at $ 0.6 per liter which is $0.2 higher than the retail price. Because of this, I want to venture into dairy keeping by buying a cow worth $500. Cows of that quality produce up to 15 liters of milk a day when it is well-fed. This will fetch me approximately $9 every day and it will be a good additional source of income for my family. I will comfortably pay school fees for my child who is at the same school and redirect my salary to other equally important needs. Receiving money means I will be able to support my husband who is financially constrained at the moment."
Hellen's family
access_time 23 days ago
Hellen enrolled.
"Food insecurity is a major challenge that we are currently faced with. We are a household of 9 and we have a small piece of land measuring 0.5 acres. This is hardly enough to till and do dairy farming at the same time. As such, we are forced to use the land for keeping our dairy cow as it is not enough to carry out maize farming, we are forced to buy the commodity at the nearby Kapkwen market which is expensive and sometimes unaffordable. It worries us a lot since we are people of little means who live from hand to mouth. Sometimes we do not get the money to buy it and we go to bed hungry. Such a life of destitution!"
Shyline's family
access_time 23 days ago
Shyline enrolled.
"I would like to invest this money in buying 2 cows to help me add a source of income because I shall be able to sell 8 liters of milk daily which will earn me at least $5 a day. In addition to what I am currently getting, I shall be able to get at least $8.50 a day. I also have a brother who depends on me fully and I would like to help him start a poultry-keeping business so that he can start to be self-reliant."
Ruth's family
access_time 24 days ago
Ruth enrolled.
"I have a total of 7 children and 5 of them are school dropouts leaving miserable lives. I have two who are still in school and I do not want the same trend to continue. My husband is serving a jail term of 12 years which means I have no one to help me. Being a dairy farmer with 1 cow on my farm, I am not in a position to raise $200 in school fees every year. I am happy that I have been enrolled by GiveDirectly and I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. I intend to spend $300 on school fees so that my children can get ample time to study."
Mercy's family
access_time 27 days ago
Mercy enrolled.
"I would like to spend $700 of these transfers to buy two quality-grade cows for milk production. I understand that to maintain milk production in cows, they need to have a constant source of feed. I will therefore spend $300 on planting fodder crops on the 1-acre piece of land that I currently have. This investment would be a lifetime one because apart from the milk that I will be selling there will also be manure from my cowshed and this will be earning me at least $50 quarterly."
Richard's family
access_time 27 days ago
Richard enrolled.
"I have subdivided my farm among my 4 sons as culture demands leaving just an acre for my use. This has affected farming activities because now I have a small portion left. I do not have surplus milk for sale because I had to reduce the number of cows I had from 12 to 2. This has subjected my family to a financial crisis that I have never seen since I was born. At my age, I cannot do casual jobs like young people and I have to adapt to the new norm."
Peninah's family
access_time 28 days ago
Peninah enrolled.
"Global warming has affected the climatic changes in my area to an extent with prolonged periods of drought and hunger. My cows were greatly affected because the grazing fields were depleted and they could no longer get food to eat and 4 cows died. Fortunately, when it rains here it pours! I am glad that they are regaining weight and are yet to get to their usual size. This puts a smile on my face as I can now sell them in times of financial crisis to purchase food for the household."
Weldon's family
access_time 28 days ago
Weldon enrolled.
"We have always wanted to buy a dairy cow but it has just remained a mere dream because of lack of enough money to purchase one. We buy 2 liters of milk daily for our household use, just enough to prepare tea, and for our children's consumption at $1.6, which is high. It is for this reason that we intend to buy one for $400, a good breed which is about to calf. This will enable us to be milk sufficient upon calving and even be able to sell the surplus to earn a living from it. My daughter enjoys taking milk a lot and so if they are available in plenty it will satisfy her more. The joy of every parent is to be able to provide adequately for their children."
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