GDLive Newsfeed
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.
Beatrice's family
access_time 3 months ago
Beatrice enrolled.
"Receiving this money means the completion of my cows shed. For a year now, we have been struggling to complete it so as to start a zero grazing unit. I was planning to commit KES100,000 from my savings to buy dairy cows. I am lucky that with these transfers, we will be able to fulfill this. Dairy farming is doing good now because of the readily available market for milk. This will ease the burden payment of school fees for my children in private school."
Gladys's family
access_time 3 months ago
Gladys enrolled.
"Agriculture is my main source of livelihood. I practice mixed farming to improve my income. Livestock does better thus I prefer it to crop farming. I currently own two dairy cows producing an average of four liters when lactating. This has been my major source of income since I have been able to school fees for my children and meet my daily household expenditure. I always wish that I had more cows so that I would have more milk production throughout the year from my farm. This cash transfer to me means an added asset and higher income. I am planning to spend KES 30000 to buy a dairy cow to add to my herd. I am certain I will have more milk from my farm thus higher profits. I will use this income to pay my children's school fees and save some to invest in other income-generating activities."
Jumwa's family
access_time 3 months ago
Jumwa enrolled.
"I rely on keeping cattle with selling milk being the only source of my income. Drought manifested for over one year led to the lose of almost all cattle leaving behind three calves. We currently experience rains and the land is green with pastures but I cannot revamp keeping cattle since I do not have cash to buy more cows. In addition, my three children have given me sleepless nights as they lack school fees."
Lilian's family
access_time 3 months ago
Lilian enrolled.
"With the high cost of living in the country, providing for a family of 10 is not easy. We fully depend on my husband who works a a security guard and he earns KES 18,000 and this is not sufficient to cater for school fees, food and clothing for the family. So currently we are facing food insecurity in our home, we buy all the foodstuffs and milk this is because we have a small unproductive land which does not give enough yields. Also we do not have a cow to milk this has caused us to buy milk on a daily basis, we spend KES 120 on a daily basis for milk. This has made life for us unbearable due to the expensive cost of living."
Agnes's family
access_time 3 months ago
Agnes enrolled.
"I desire to buy a cow because the only one that I had died of East Coast Fever last year in November. This left me with a huge expense of having to buy milk every morning especially for my young grandchildren. I spend KES 120 to buy 3 liters of milk which is still not sufficient. I entirely depend on menial jobs such as smearing people's houses to put food on the table for my family. I earn KES 200 per day when I am lucky to be called for a job. This makes it an impossibility to buy another cow and I continue to suffer with no one to express my frustrations to. I intend to use KES 35,000 to buy a dairy cow that will produce at least 5liters of milk daily. Receiving this money will put an end to the frustrations of having to buy milk every day and also make me afford a smile."
Naomy's family
access_time 3 months ago
Naomy enrolled.
"I am the first-born daughter in a family of seven. I was not able to proceed with my studies after I completed my primary school education due to a lack of finances. I had to work odd jobs including picking tea in Kericho to support my family and my siblings. Six months ago, I lost this job after we were retrenched, I came home and have been doing casual jobs like weddings. The much I earn KSH 500 a week goes to food and paying for school. With this money, I plan to purchase a piece of land of my own so that I can build a house and do my own farming. With the rest of the money I plan to purchase a cow to help supplement my income. Receiving this money is such a relief for me."
Paul's family
access_time 3 months ago
Paul enrolled.
"Poverty has been our daily song in our family. For my family to have a meal I have to look for casual jobs weeding people's farms which are not consistent also. My earnings are not sufficient to meet all my household needs and sometimes we are forced to have one meal in a day which is worrying since I have a wife who delivered not long ago. In a day, I am paid KES 200 which I spend on food items. So when I receive this transfer I will spend KES 30000 to purchase a dairy cow that will be our source of milk and income when we sell the surplus. I usually purchase milk from vendors who sell at KES 50 per litre and to get this money is also a challenge."
Samini's family
access_time 3 months ago
Samini enrolled.
"Livestock farming is my passion. I have been a herdsman for many years but mainly grazing other people's livestock. My desire has always been to one day have my own herd. This money will kickstart my dream since I would like to start by buying goats immediately I start receiving the transfers. My long term plan is owning cows as well. One goat goes for 3,000 KES or slightly less. Livestock farming will help me avoid depending on my relatives financially. It will also help me build a house. I currently seek shelter from relatives."
Sakina's family
access_time 3 months ago
Sakina enrolled.
"As a housewife, my additional task has been to look after some family cows, for 8 years now. The experience in this job has given me the desire and confidence to own some livestock, especially goats. This will act as my longer-term project to cater to my needs in the future. With these transfers, I aim to buy 10 goats within the first year. This number is enough to start with because I believe they breed so fast as compared to cows. On the other hand, this money will aid in getting our very basic needs for my family like food, clothes, and also to pay school fees for my children."
Geofrey's family
access_time 3 months ago
Geofrey enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a stable source of income for my family of three. I depend on temporary casual jobs in a nearby tea estate to fend for my family. The casual jobs are so unpredictable because you can be working this month and the following month you are let go indefinitely. It stresses me a lot because I surely do not have alternative sources of income to cover me during the time I am not on contract. It usually forces us to look for casual jobs in the village which you might find only once a week and this affects our meals because during such periods we eat only once a day. It is usually a very sad moment in the family and I wish to end this through your transfers. I will therefore use this money to purchase 3 cows because there's plenty of pasture here so it shall be easy to feed them and from the sale of milk we shall be able to at least earn an income and I plan to expand this further in the future. It will also be a long term investment because the cows will multiply with time and they will be assets to the family."