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George's family
access_time almost 4 years ago
George enrolled.
"The biggest hardship I have experienced in life was in 2009 when I went fishing. Our fishing boat capsized leading to death of my colleagues though three of us escaped narrowly by swimming successfully to the show. It was terrifying indeed!"
Elias's family
access_time almost 4 years ago
Elias enrolled.
"Evenings are my happiest part of the day, this is the time I'm done with fishing and I've earned some cash to feed and check on the welfare of my family. "
Veronica's family
access_time almost 4 years ago
Veronica received a $459 third payment.
"In my area.the main economic activity is fishing, so most part of my third transfer I spent on making a boat. The profits I make helps me in school fees and upkeep for my family. I also paid school fees for my children in school using the remaining amount."
William's family
access_time almost 4 years ago
William received a $468 third payment.
"I spent my third transfer on paying school fees for my two daughters in secondary school. The remaining I spent on buying a motor boat. Previously I had to row my boat using an oar which was quite hectic and tiring making long distance to fishing impossible. Now, I am able to go long distances and that means more fish and more money to my household."
Lilian's family
access_time almost 4 years ago
Lilian received a $489 second payment.
"When I received my second transfer, I invested it in a fishing business; I bought fishing lines and rented a boat that I currently use for fishing. Initially, I was longing for having my fishing equipment, but I never had the means of acquiring them due to too high cost for me to afford."
Teresia's family
access_time 4 years ago
Teresia received a $489 second payment.
"I spent my second transfer on buying fishing nets for catching small specifically. I have saved the remaining to buy fishing light attractors."
Jane's family
access_time 4 years ago
Jane received a $459 third payment.
"I have been making mats to enable me meet my family needs and I had to meet and pass the risks involved, more so when getting into the water to cut the reeds which has not been so easy specifically when the levels are so high and you to stand the risk of drowning. So, when I received my second transfer, I made a fishing boat. The remaining amount I added to my third transfer and bought an engine for driving the boat. I now have my own boat and no longer have to get into the water which was life threatening. I make daily profits."
Peter's family
access_time 4 years ago
Peter received a $468 third payment.
"The main activity in my area is fishing, so all my third transfer I spent on making a fishing boat. Previously, I was hiring a boat which I had to pay every month and most of the times the owner could threaten me to have it back because of late payment. I now have my own boat and I enjoy all the profits. I am even an employer too as I have employed someone we work with in the boat."
Christine's family
access_time 4 years ago
Christine received a $468 third payment.
"I spent part of my third transfer on starting a business of selling plastics. Previously, I only had to do odd jobs in people's farms to enable me meet my family needs. When I wake up in the morning, I go to my shop, and not the people's farms. Out of that amount too, I gave my husband some of it that he used to make a fishing boat. With these profits we make, we are able to comfortably take care of our family daily needs."
Hellen's family
access_time 4 years ago
Hellen received a $488 third payment.
"I spent my third transfer on buying an engine for 70,000 KES for a fishing boat that I had bought using my second transfer (60,000 KES). On both occasions my husband added his savings from his previous fishing activities. He was previously employed as a fisherman in Uganda, until tension developed between the two countries and he got sacked by his employer so he came back to the village. After a while he got another job as a fisherman, but earned about 1,500 KES -2,000 KES for every fishing trip which took 3 days on average, and life was hard, our children could be sent back home for lack of school fee. Consequently, when GD enrolled me, we knew exactly how we would spend the transfers and planned well. Having invested 130,000 KES, we started the fishing business in August 2018, where my husband still fishes from Uganda waters and brings a big fish haul back, which is sold immediately to specific customers who transport it to Nairobi. Just within four months, we are seeing the fruits of our investment, and have acquired a second fishing boat for 60,000 KES, and we are already saving to buy an engine for it for more efficiency and higher return. We have employed two men who support the work. Besides, we raised 5,000 with which I personally started a small scale business (I sell charcoal, cereals and fruits) which I run while my husband manages the fishing business. In a space of 3 months, I have managed to grow my working capital to 10,000 KES. Our living standard has improved, and we plan to pursue other goals in our lives, beginning with building a bigger and better house. Thank you so very much, we welcome GD staff for a ride to Uganda in our boat, and some fish to carry back to Nairobi."