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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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Kazungu's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kazungu enrolled.
"Scarcity of food has been our main challenge, every time I visit my farm I always get teary-eyed. It is sad how things have turned out without the rains. We now have to buy food, this means we have to skip meals in between so that at least we have something to put in our bellies when night falls." (Country: Kenya)
Nancy's family
access_time 3 days ago
Nancy enrolled.
"I am currently alone in my household after my children got married and established their own families. Though my needs are not that much, my age is no longer ideal for casual jobs or big farming. I still struggling to make ends meet. I majorly relied on mixed farming which saw us through our needs. To me receiving these cash transfers means better farm produce. I am planning to spend KES 30000 to buy a cow. I currently have two and adding one will be my happiness. I prefer livestock rearing to crop farming since it is easier and I found out to be more reliable. I will be producing more milk from my farm for both household consumption and sales. This will help me have nutritious meals and income to meet other financial needs arising." (Country: Kenya)
Florence's family
access_time 3 days ago
Florence enrolled.
"There are a lot of uncertainties in farming nowadays unlike in the past. There has been a change in weather patterns and therefore our crops are affected by the vagaries of weather and maize diseases. This has rendered us food insufficient and we are forced to buy at the nearby Chebunyo market at a high price which is unaffordable. A 2 kg packet of maize goes at KES 100. Ideally, this is the amount I need to spend on food per day yet I hardly earn KES 70 per day from my casual work. Sometimes my children goes to school hungry and it disturbs me a lot." (Country: Kenya)
Winny's family
access_time 3 days ago
Winny enrolled.
"I have always desired to own a dairy cow. We are a young couple of 3 children. Sometimes in 2019, our children were on the verge of malnutrition, marasmus had crept in, we were advised in the hospital to give them food rich in protein. It was so devastating because I had no means of raising money to buy them milk. I shared the plight with my mother who empathize with our situation. She gave us a dairy cow that we milk to date. In the kipsigis culture, it is shameful to be given a cow by the inlaws of my husband who is my mother but we were forced by the circumstances, mark you he has not even paid the dowry. This is an opportunity we have been waiting for, we plan to use this money to purchase a dairy cow worth KES 35000, our dream will have materialized and we will be sufficient in milk production for consumption and surplus for sale. We intend to use the rest of the money to build a house." (Country: Kenya)
Zawadi's family
access_time 3 days ago
Zawadi enrolled.
"My daughter who is in class 7 is now at home because of a lack of school fees. She has been here for a week now and I am penniless. I am waiting for my charcoal mound to be ready and sell the charcoal and use the money to clear some of her school fee arrears. I have a tooth that aches sometimes when it starts I feel a lot of pain but because of lack of money, I have only been using pain killers to relieve the pain." (Country: Kenya)
Kadzo's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kadzo received a $484 initial payment.
"It was around six in the evening when I was preparing supper for my children when. when my elder son informed me that I had received my first transfer. At first, I thought he was kidding since he is always full of jokes but after checking I confirmed the same. I was extremely happy for I knew that finally, I would own some livestock. Due to the excitement that we all had as a family, we couldn't even afford to eat that evening." (Country: Kenya)
Robert's family
access_time 3 days ago
Robert enrolled.
"I am a father to three children who are yet to begin schooling .One of them will be joining pre-primary school next year and this will require money for school fees and school uniform.My ambition has been for my children to join a private school where they will get closer attention from the teachers and hence quality education.From this money I will be able to plan well for their education life .I will buy a dairy cow worth KES 30000 .This cow will multiply thus earning me income from the sale of calves and milk.Moreover ,the cow will always remind my family of the joy and the positive impact that GiveDirectly made in our lives ." (Country: Kenya)
Elijah's family
access_time 3 days ago
Elijah enrolled.
"I am struggling to put food on the table for my household. Recently we have been harvesting poorly due to maize rust disease in our area. This leaves me with nothing but to rely on casual jobs to buy food for my family. I usually earn KES 300 per day from my casual job, this money is not enough for the family's basic needs." (Country: Kenya)
Joseph's family
access_time 3 days ago
Joseph enrolled.
"I am a dairy farmer with a plan of establishing a zero-grazing parlor for my cows. Currently, I find it challenging to look after the cows as well as feed them since they grace freely in our compound. So, I feel blessed with this transfer because I will spend about KES 20000 on building the structure. When the project is completed, I anticipate an increase in milk production and an easier task of caring for my livestock. Thanks, GiveDirectly." (Country: Kenya)
Beatrice's family
access_time 3 days ago
Beatrice enrolled.
"Adverse climatic conditions serve as the main challenge that we are facing as subsistence farmers. Prolonged droughts and tropical diseases have been destroying our crops over the last 10 years. Also, obtaining feeds for our livestock has been a tough task because grasses have been destroyed by the unfavorable climate. As a result, our farming could hardly sustain us, leaving us with no profits for expanding our projects." (Country: Kenya)