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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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Kavumbi's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kavumbi received a $489 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my family life is that I am now hopeful. Currently, I have goats that I am rearing in my homestead. The fact that I now have six goats, my dream of buying more livestock like a dairy cow is now achievable. I believe when I get the dairy cow my life will improve because I will be getting milk. This means I will have additional income because I plan to sell the milk whereby a liter goes for KES 50. We will also be healthier because we will not have to buy milk, it will supplement our daily meals. Since I have been the family breadwinner of nine, life has never been easy. The little I could earn could not sustain most of our needs. Therefore I feel there is a relief for now because the goats will continue reproducing and in that process, my livestock will increase in number making me wealthier. Through this asset, I trust that I will be able to easily pay school fees for my children and cater to other basic needs."
Raeli's family
access_time 5 days ago
Raeli enrolled.
"I managed to buy a cow with the little money I saved from my casual job. This made us have our milk and thus reduce family expenses. With the little earnings, my family has been able to have at least a meal a day regardless of the struggle I was going through. This makes me feel happy that I can discharge my duties as a parent."
Scola's family
access_time 5 days ago
Scola enrolled.
"I bought this piece of land that I am currently living on, this is a small piece of land and not enough for me to do extensive farming to enable me to earn a living. When I receive this money I will prioritize buying another piece of land with KES 50000. This will give me humble time to venture into agriculture and cut the cost of leasing land. Furthermore, I will also consider using KES 30000 to add another cow and boost milk production thus taping more income through the sale of milk. To avoid perennial food shortage in my household I will use the remaining money to stock maize grains and beans for domestic consumption."
Caroline's family
access_time 5 days ago
Caroline received a $489 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the additional dairy cow and calf to my existing livestock.It gives me great pleasure that during dry seasons when one doesn't produce milk at least the new one can hence lessen the cost of buying milk from neighbours."
Kiplangat's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kiplangat enrolled.
"Receiving this money means better education for my children. I have 3 children all in a boarding primary school. Yearly, I part with KES 21000 as their schools fees. I have a small bussiness in a nearby shopping centre which daily earns me KES 200 as profit. This can only sustain my family basic needs such as food and is not enough to cater for everything including school fees. I am planning to use KES 15,000 from the transfer to pay school fees for next term. The rest I will use to start dairy farming by purchasing one dairy cow worth KES 30,000 which in about two years can calf and produce milk that I can sell to generate income. I am happy because Givedirectly will help me to achieve this ambition."
Everline's family
access_time 5 days ago
Everline enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a better livelihood for my family. I'm a subordinate staff at a nearby health center while my husband is a hawker. On a good day, he makes KES 300 which mainly goes to buying foodstuff for our family of four. I'm paid KES 7000 per month which sometimes delays even going for two months without pay which inconveniences us. Currently, we do own a cow, we purchase milk costing us up to KES 1500 a month which to us is a lot. With this money, I plan to purchase a dairy cow which apart from feeding my family, will be earning an income through selling milk to my neighbors."
Leah's family
access_time 5 days ago
Leah enrolled.
"Receiving this money will uplift my source of livelihood alot. At my old age I cannot engage myself in meaningful economic activities and as such it is a real struggle catering for myself. Good things happens sometimes and I feel this is the such time for me to have been a beneficiary of this transfers. I normally depend on the government cash transfers for the elderly but they are hardly sufficient. I plan to use the money to buy food stuff for consumption. I will use approximately KES 20000 and use the rest of the money to buy a dairy cow."
Safari's family
access_time 5 days ago
Safari enrolled.
"Receiving this money means better education for my nephew who was left by her late mother under my care. The child is currently in primary school hoping to sit for his final exam in early next year. I plan to take him to a school of his choice as per his marks from the final exam. With the second transfer, I plan to buy beddings currently, I sleep on sacks and wooden roped beds. I am not comfortable with the beddings I cannot invite friends and relatives. Buying the beddings will boost my self-esteem and I welcome anybody to my house. I rear cows and I have two bulls, I plan to buy a plough which will help me cultivate huge lands and rent at a fee to others."
Mary's family
access_time 5 days ago
Mary enrolled.
"With the pronged drought in my area, I reared 15 cows, most cows from neighbors died but I thank God all my cows are still safe. Taking them to the field to graze bring me joy knowing I still have investment for my 7 children. This week rain has started dropping in my area this gives me hope my cows will all survive."
Halima's family
access_time 5 days ago
Halima enrolled.
"Receiving this money means building a spacious house for my family. I am a mother of four children and we are all living in the same one bedroom house with a grass roof. There is no privacy and it leaks during rains season. I will build a two bedroom house at a cost of KES. 70000. I will also use KES. 30000 to buy two cows as investment. This will help me for emergency cases in future. I will use KES.10000 to buy food for the family."