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Raymond's family
access_time 2 days ago
Raymond enrolled.
"I am a chicken farmer. My project failed because of lack of adequate resources(structure, food, and veterinary care). I am planning to review my business once I start receiving my transfers from Givedirectly. I am certain that this venture will me financial liberation which is my greatest challenge at this point."
Kahindi's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kahindi received a $11 initial payment.
"When I received my first transfer of KSH 1200, I spent half of it to buy food. Being the sole bread winner in my family it has been tough for me to be able to provide for the family. Before we started experiencing the drought in our area, I harvested the maize and cassava that I grew and used some for food at home and sold some to earn money. Life was bearable at that time and we could afford to have three meals per day. It is very hard for me to be able to do so currently as the farm is unproductive. I have had to do manual jobs which are not on a daily basis with a pay of KSH 200 – 300 per day. The money is just enough to budget for one or two meals. Due to these financial struggles that I am experiencing I decided to spend the biggest part of the transfer to buy food. In addition to the food I spent KSH 300 to buy a chicken. The main reason for buying the chicken was to ensure that I had chicken of my own. Previously my relatives would come to visit me and I would not have anything to offer them as a welcome gesture. This is the situation that drove my desire to buy and own the poultry. My plan is to buy more chicken and rear them sell some and also gift relatives who visit me at home. Besides buying the food and chicken I bought myself a new pair of shoes. The ones I had were worn out and badly torn."
Kanze's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kanze enrolled.
"Late last year, a strange sickness engulfed and killed all my chickens. They were ready for sale. That was pretty unfortunate but I will not dwell on the past. Chicken gives good returns when I sell. I can make up to KES 300 per chicken as profit. With the first KES 3,000, I will buy six more, each at KES 500, and add to what I already have. Every other transfer I get thereafter, I will save KES 1,000 every month in a Sacco as I think of the business I can set up with the money I will accumulate at the end of three years. The rest we shall use for food and school fees."
Jumaa's family
access_time 2 days ago
Jumaa enrolled.
"With the harsh economic times facing the motorcycle taxi industry, being self-employed is my compelling ambition. I have been working as a motorcycle taxi driver for 5 years now. Over the last 2 years, I have been struggling to keep up with this occupation. The motorcycle is not mine, which means I have to remit an amount ( 400 KES ) to the owner by the end of the day. It even became worse when the fuel prices were increased. Just picture working for a whole day and you only manage to get the 400 KES for the motorcycle owner. It becomes stressful when your parents expect you to come home with even a packet of maize flour, only to show up with nothing. I am planning to use the transfers to invest in poultry production. I currently have 5 birds, I will then buy another 15 to make it 20. This will cost me 4,500 KES. With so many hotels in Mariakani, the market for my chicken will not be a problem. A fully grown bird will be retailing at 800 KES. Supporting my parents with food will no longer be a bother."
Katana's family
access_time 3 days ago
Katana received a $27 third payment.
"For the better part of my life, I was self-employed. I worked hard as a farmer to grow different types of crops. I sold the produce I got from my farm in the market and earned money from it. I also reared some livestock such as chicken and sold them when I need money. Five years ago, as I was farming, I pricked my leg. The small pricked wound started developing from a minor wound to now a big wound that affected my normal way of life. I since then visited many hospitals but I have never gotten a proper diagnosis of what the problem with my leg. Some doctors told me its cancer while others told me it was diabetes, so I am not sure what it is. Due to lack of funds, I could not seek proper medication, which includes the tests required to find out the real problem. It is the reason I started a small kiosk to earn profit and save for my medical care. Prior to receiving my third transfer, I had visited a tradition doctor who prescribed some herbal medicine. I paid KSH 1000 for the herbs using the remaining amount from previous transfer. Now that I have received the transfer, my plan is to use the money to seek proper medication. I want to be back to my normal situation where I can again work on the farm and feed my family."
Michael's family
access_time 4 days ago
Michael received a $484 initial payment.
"Toiling everyday to provide for provide for my family is not something that I had wished for. I have always wished to do something constructive such as starting a business but raising enough capital for that was the problem because I did not have a reliable income. Being enrolled in GiveDirectly was the biggest achievement for me because I am some steps forward towards achieving my goals. I have already started a poultry farming business where I spend Ksh 1000 to buy chicken, Ksh 3000 to buy chicken feeds. The business is slowly picking up and I'm hopeful that in a few months time I'll be able to supply chicken in the nearly markets. I also spent Ksh 4500 to buy mattress and I'm planning to spend the balance to pay school fees for my younger sibling, buy food and expand my business."
Kiprotich's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kiprotich enrolled.
"I live with my wife alone now that our children have all married and have families of their own. Old age comes with lots of challenges and the only thing that we do is small-scale farming since we do not have the resources and energy anymore for extensive farming. Receiving this money will enable us to start poultry farming, a desire that my wife and I have had for a long time. This will provide us with a source of income when we sell the products from the chicken. Poultry farming requires attention but takes less energy and I saw it fit for us to do it since we are home most of the time."
Kadzo's family
access_time 4 days ago
Kadzo received a $27 fourth payment.
"I bought 4 chicken and 1 duck last month and currently when I received my recent transfer the 4 chicken had 34 chicks hatched and the duck had 10 eggs hatched. I used kes 500 to buy the chicks feed and saved kes 1500 through my sacco and I was left with kes 1000 which is for buying chicken and duck feed if needed."
Jumaa's family
access_time 4 days ago
Jumaa enrolled.
"I have three projects in mind two are currently running. One is a small farm where I plant vegetables for sale but because this place is prone to drought I had to do irrigation which is costly sometimes especially during dry seasons. Another one is keeping broiler chicken on a large scale but this is something that I have not ventured into so much due to lack of money. My dream has always been to expand these projects to serve a large number of people to get more income. Finally, I also want to make sure that my family never lacks, I have hopes that my projects will soon boom because of GD money meaning an increment in sales hence a good living style for my family. All these projects will cost around 100,000 KES then save 10,000 KES for food."
Kadzo's family
access_time 5 days ago
Kadzo received a $484 second payment.
"I saved the second transfer. I am planning to pay the contractors to help in building my house after all plans and building materials are all set and available. I also managed to buy goats, chicken and planning to start a small hotel business, with the remaining amount."