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Lily's family
access_time 7 days ago
Lily received a $468 second payment.
"I have not been working anywhere since I am a stay at home mother. I knew that this transfer had come at such an opportune time, my goal was to make sure my children were well fed by buying a cow whose milk I would sell to make money for food. I would have as well used the milk to feed my children. I was able to get a cow that was expectant and now has three months to deliver. I had also wanted to purchase a piece of land on which I would farm and use the proceeds of the farm as food and for economic purposes. I however changed my mind and paid school fees for my children instead since they had a very large fee balance that was still outstanding."
Anna's family
access_time 7 days ago
Anna received a $468 second payment.
"I am an ECDE teacher and I make 5000 shillings a month. I was struggling raising school fees for my three children and so I had really wanted to start another business to substitute my income. I was however forced to change my goal to paying school fees since I had school fee balances pending. I decided to cover this with my second transfer. I also had wanted to finish my house that I had already started but hadnt out in any windows nor had I put internal doors within the house. My other goal was to get a cow for the purpose of milk and getting calves that would come in handy with financial emergencies."
Alice's family
access_time 7 days ago
Alice received a $468 second payment.
"I have always wanted a much better house for my family. I am a single mother with two grown up children and a grandchild. I wanted to make my family a house that had no leaking roof and was much warmer. I also wanted a house that would allow gather water for using within the home since a thatched can't collect water. I also wanted to get a cow for breeding and milking. I had hoped that I would get a cow who would give birth to young ones which I could sell to meet major needs withing the home as well as get milk that can be used in the home and sold to my neighbours for money. It was almost impossible for me to save the money that I earn in my job as a cook as the needs within the house are so many. I make six thousand shillings which sometimes runs out before I receive my next salary and am forced to take things of debt which I pay using my next salary. This means that my money would not be able to suffice for all the things that I would want to do and still save."
Joyce's family
access_time 7 days ago
Joyce enrolled.
"The calving of my two cows in the past 6 months has brought happiness in my life.This is because my family has acquired milk which is a nutritional source of protein.We also sell 4 litres of milk at a cost of KES 50,this enable us to buy maize flour daily."
Jane's family
access_time 7 days ago
Jane enrolled.
"Receiving this money means financial stability to my family. I am a widow with 5 children in Primary school.2 of my children stay with my relatives because of my inability to fend for them.My job of making and selling ropes within the neighboring markets earns me limited incomes and sometimes I earn nothing in a day. I am so happy that this money has come at a right time when I am in dire need.With this I shall be able to buy a dairy cow worth KES 30000.This will enable me get milk and calves which will be sold out in future in order to pay School fees."
Sharon's family
access_time 7 days ago
Sharon enrolled.
"For along time now crop harvest has been minimal due to prolonged period of drought and the invasion of pests and diseases. As a result we have opted for livestock farming because this earns us a nutritional source of food and income through the sale of milk .My household do not own any livestock, the ones we have belong to a relative who might take them any time.I therefore plan to buy 2 dairy cows and 2 goats in order to secure a good future for my children.These cows and goats will multiply and when my children join secondary schools I will be able to pay their school fees comfortably"
Daniel's family
access_time 7 days ago
Daniel enrolled.
"Receiving this money means I will be reducing my daily expenditure especially on food. Currently, we own one cow, we purchase milk for most of the year costing us KES 1680 a month. With a family of seven with small children, this milk is not even enough to sufficiently feed us. I am a casual laborer earning at most KES 150 a day which I share between school fees and food. I, therefore, plan to use KES 35,000 to purchase one cow, this will help feed my family and earn an income through the sale of milk. For the rest of the amount, I will purchase a point of an acre to help me do some farming."
Esther's family
access_time 7 days ago
Esther enrolled.
"I am growing older and older thus can not go for casual jobs like before. I shared my piece of land among my sons and remained with a small share to cultivate. I find it hard cultivating it since I do not have the financial stability and manpower. I no longer have a cow after I sold what I had to meet family needs. I depend on my children for milk and sometimes I buy. I do not like this habit but I can not do anything. This cash transfer means independence again. I am planning to buy KES 38000 to buy a cow. This is an asset that I will always take pride in. I assured myself that I will cut my daily household expenditures since I will no longer buy milk. It will also allow end this habit of relying on my children. I will keep the offspring as my financial securities."
Janet's family
access_time 7 days ago
Janet enrolled.
"I have a grocery business in a nearby center called Chepkulul. I started this since it was affordable and I was available. I love it because at the end of the day I will be able to buy something for my family. On average, I take approximately KES 50 a day. I practice farming to help me meet our needs. I am lucky I own three acres piece of land. I am happy to have it though I feel it's underutilization. I have a passion for livestock farming and I have always dreamt of owning a big herd of cattle. With the overwhelming daily household needs, I have not been able to own any livestock on my farm. This cash transfer to me is a dream come true. I am planning to use KES 30000 to buy a cow. I believe this will be my breakthrough in life. I will be having milk from it for my family consumption and sales. This means a better diet in my family and income to save us from the financial crisis."
Kibii's family
access_time 7 days ago
Kibii enrolled.
"My wife and I dropped out of school at an early age due to lack of support from parents because we lived in abject poverty. I do not want my children to live their lives struggling making me enroll all of them in school. Seeing them complete their education up to university level is my dream. I have seven school going children with the eldest in secondary school. My family depends on me for all the basic needs which I do not meet always as I am a casual laborer earning KES 200 per day. This is seasonal and can caters for only food for them leaving me with KES 15,000 school fee arrears. Receiving this money means I will clear school fees for my daughter and pay KES 12,000 in advance for the next term. The rest of the money I will buy a dairy cow which will be a future source of income."
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