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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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Dama's family
access_time 4 hours ago
Dama enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a source of wealth to my family. This I plan to achieve through livestock rearing. I will spend KES 30000 to buy 10 goats that will act as a long-term investment project for my household. I will further spend KES 5000 to buy ingenious chicks. As the chicken and goats multiply I will sell them at profit. I will also use KES 30000 to renovate my house and extend it because the one I am currently living in is small and is almost falling. The remaining amount will cater for other household expenses like food."
Chepkwony's family
access_time 1 day ago
Chepkwony received a $496 initial payment.
"I spent the money I received from GiveDirectly on buying a dairy cow at the cost of KES 32500 to buy a dairy cow and KES 3000 to buy six chickens and I am happy that I have been able to achieve this. Apart from being able to save the money that I would otherwise use in buying milk, it is an investment that I can rely on in educating my children. Also, I spent KES 15000 on different varieties of food for my family and KES 4000 to pay school fees for my daughter to avoid her being sent back home."
Gilbert's family
access_time 2 days ago
Gilbert enrolled.
"I want to be a medium-scale poultry farmer so that I supply eggs to the nearest town because there is a big demand for eggs. Receiving this money will mean starting poultry farming in this village. I plan to build a chicken house with KES 20,000 then buy 100 chicks for KES 200 each with the first transfer. The rest of the money I will spend on chicken feeds and vaccines. In about 1 year I can get an average of 80 eggs per day which will earn KES 800. I will be very happy to see that Give directly is going to boost me to achieve this desire."
Pauline's family
access_time 2 days ago
Pauline enrolled.
"Tough economic times have seen me struggle a lot financially. Receiving this money means diversification of income for my family. My retail shop business is not doing well because I lack adequate cash to buy more stock. T.he prolonged drought has made things worse because farming is no longer reliable. I plan to spend KES 50,000 of the first transfer for restocking.I will also use KES 16,000 to purchase five indigenous goats as well as ten chickens of local breed.This will enable me to have assets that I can use when a financial need arises."
Wesley's family
access_time 2 days ago
Wesley enrolled.
"I aspire to change my nature of job and do something less strenuous. I buy and sell cattle in the nearby markets on most days and it involves trekking long distances in order to deliver them to the buyers and earn my commission. Receiving this money, I will use KES 10,000 to fence my farm so that I can rear sheep for sale. I intend to use KES 20,000 to buy 4 sheep. I want also to start poultry farming with KES 15,000 from the transfer and rear chicks for sale, sell eggs and even the chicken. I want to commit fully to this."
Mercy's family
access_time 3 days ago
Mercy enrolled.
"The biggest hardship that I face is food insufficiency. I rely on a small business of trading in chicken eggs. The profits that I get from this business is only KES 100 per day. This is barely enough to buy foodstuffs that I need daily such as; milk, vegetables, maize flour and cooking oil. I feel that I should increase the number of eggs that I trade in to earn about KES 300 per day in profits."
Jackline's family
access_time 3 days ago
Jackline enrolled.
"Receiving this money means my burden of paying school fees has been lifted off my shoulders. I have eight children, four in secondary school and I pay up to KES 50,000 a year inclusive of other needs like personal effects for them. Being a small-scale farmer and my husband a chicken vendor, it is hard for us to meet all these needs at the same time. With this money, I plan to pay my children's school fees of KES 45,000 for the whole year. For the rest, I will renovate our old house."
Judith's family
access_time 3 days ago
Judith enrolled.
"The biggest hardship has been a lack of capital. I mostly depend on farming, but our area is prone to drought. The little we get from the farm I use for household needs. I used to depend on chicken for sale but recently died due to diseases."
Tegila's family
access_time 7 days ago
Tegila enrolled.
"Receiving this money means that I will start an alternative source of income through poultry keeping. I will build a new house and start chicken keeping. Ever since the time I stopped the business, running a small food joint due to my old age, I resorted to doing music but to no avail. It does not pay. I intend to spend about KES 20,000 on try keeping, by constructing a small house and buying about 30 birds. I will then spend the remaining amount on home improvement by putting up a decent house made of timber and demolishing the mud house that I currently live in."
Wesley's family
access_time 9 days ago
Wesley enrolled.
"I am passionate about rearing chickens. I started with one hen but after hatching they increased up to 40 in number. But in the last one month diseases killed almost all of them. This affected me since I had spent all my savings on this investment. So when I get this money I would love to start up again. I will start with 10 chickens each costing KES 450. Receiving this money will help me bring back my most treasured venture."