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Mohamad's family
access_time 7 days ago
Mohamad received a $435 second payment.
"As a father, few things give me more pride than being able to educate my children and give them the best chance at a better future than mine. My biggest accomplishment in future is to be able to educate my kids from beginning to end. In the near term, I am striving to ensure that I restart my business , and be able to buy a few cattle to then go on to sell at market."
Amina's family
access_time 7 days ago
Amina enrolled.
"I have had a lot of struggle through my hawking business given that I have a problem with my right leg and can not comfortably walk long distances. But recently I got to feel really happy when my child who's been jobless for quite sometime finally got another motorcycle for taxi business. He lost the one he had four months ago and has been living through support from friends and me. Over that period I even borrowed $220 for him from a particular organization so that he could pay his bills. I was afraid it wasn't going to be possible to pay back in time, but he managed to raise that money and sent it all to me last month. I felt so relieved and happy." (Occupation: Small business)
Faith's family
access_time 10 days ago
Faith enrolled.
"My husband and I dropped out of school at a young age to start up a family. Due to financial constraints, our parents could not raise school fees for us to continue with our education. We depend on casual jobs to earn a living but considering it is unsustainable, we cannot save or invest in anything. Receiving this money means a reliable source of income for my family. Since there is high demand for eggs and chicken meat, I plan on starting up a poultry farming business. This will cost me $50,000 to build up a chicken house and purchase 200 chicks for a start. I am excited because my family will never lack any basic needs once it yields profits."
Salama's family
access_time 10 days ago
Salama enrolled.
"Business expansion is what this money means to me. I sell buns at a nearby school and would like to add nuts and fried potatoes to them. The market for nuts and fried potatoes has so much potential and I desire to tap into it. A stock of $50 will help expand it for a start as the rest of the money sustains me for some months. Once my business is up and running, I will focus on building a house with two rooms. My house was destroyed in the previous rainy season and I had to seek shelter from a neighbor. She has been so generous to house me for the past year and I think it is time I built my own house and not extend my stay. I am eager to start construction and live in my own house."
Annastacia's family
access_time 10 days ago
Annastacia enrolled.
"This will be a chance to be an entrepreneur. I have longed to start a poultry business to boost my current earnings and I am glad it is a few months away. How I pray I get lucky to receive this money. $400 will be enough for a start since I have the land to carry it out. The remaining amount will help complete my house since I was able to put up a balcony but it is not complete. I am worried about my security. Once I complete it I will feel comfortable leaving my assets on my balcony knowing that they are safe."
Nzingo's family
access_time 10 days ago
Nzingo enrolled.
"I got a road accident seven years ago and lost all my teeth. I can not eat hard food substances like meet. I do not feel comfortable the way I am. I consulted a doctor and told me that I can get plastic teeth that will help me feed hard food at a cost of $500. I could not afford that cost because I did not have money. I will use $500 to go get the plastic teeth and regain my shape. I will also use $300 to buy three goats as an investment. I have a kiosk business now which runs with a capital of $100. I want to use $200 to add stock to the business. I earn a profit of $2 per day and after adding stock, I will get a profit of approximately $5 per day. Thank you for the Give directly program."
Koi's family
access_time 10 days ago
Koi enrolled.
"My wife and I have been doing agriculture for food and business. I have a 10 acres piece of land which is enough for me to do agriculture. I used to harvest 30 to 50 bags of maize when we used to have rain every season. I would sell 30 bags and the remaining 20 were for family consumption. It is four years now without rain in the village. There is drought and famine. I plan to change from crop farming to livestock farming. Animals survive in our village despite the drought. I will use $700 to buy 20 goats as an investment. Goats survive in dry areas and I I will use tap water to feed them. I will also use $300 to pay school fees for my grandchild who is at the secondary level. He has a balance of $350 and this has made him out of school for a while."
Dennis's family
access_time 11 days ago
Dennis enrolled.
"My ambition is to earn a living through agribusiness. When I finished my high school education, I did not proceed further for lack of school fees. Seven years down the line, I do casual jobs to make ends meet. The money I get is unreliable as it is only enough to cater to the basic needs of the family which is food and medication. I cannot invest in farming for lack of capital, even though one can access soft loans the interest rates are very high. Since the only river that we depend on for water flows through my farm, receiving this money would mean achievement of my farming goals. I am considering vegetable farming( Tomatoes and kales) because it earns high profits. I plan on purchasing six rolls of water pipes at a cost of $ 200 which I will use to practice drip irrigation and $ 300 for fencing. I project on earning $300 monthly from it. I am extremely happy with the transfers from Givedirectly because it will make me live a dignified life like everyone else."
Sharon's family
access_time 11 days ago
Sharon received a $436 second payment.
"My ambition would be to purchase a parcel of land. I am optimistic that with hard work and determination I would be able to raise money from my business to realise this dream. Above all, I am grateful for the support that amazingly lifted my living standards."
Khadija's family
access_time 12 days ago
Khadija enrolled.
"My family has two members and we expect a child three months come. My husband is a casual laborer and I am just a housewife. He earns approximately $120 in a month. This caters for food only. I have complications with my pregnancy that requires a specialist medical doctor but due to lack of funds, I have never seen one. I only hope that all goes well during the delivery time. I have a business Idea where I want to start a shop business so as to support my husband in raising the family. I will use $400 to build a small structure that will be the shop at the town center. I will also use $600 as capital to start the business. The Vitengeni centre has only three shops which are not enough to meet the market needs. I will sell shop items and clothes and expect to make a profit of approximately $40 per month. My focus is to have a family that has all the basic needs at all times."