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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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Jumwa's family
access_time 2 days ago
Jumwa received a $26 fourteenth payment.
"My biggest accomplishment by the end of this year and beyond is to increase the herd of livestock that I have currently. I am optimistic that by the end of the year the goats that I would have bought would multiply, thereby increasing my initial investment. The ultimate goal is to sell some of the goats and use the money to buy a dairy cow. Thereafter, I'll be able to sell milk after purchasing the dairy cows, which will be one way of generating income that will help me take care of my needs."
Targok's family
access_time 2 days ago
Targok enrolled.
"For the longest, I rely on livestock to earn a living because it is the only farming that does well here. The prolonged drought has unfortunately reduced my income as goats fetch very low prices at the market. In extreme cases, I have lost countable heads of cows. As a result, my children have to support me financially because my husband and I cannot do any hard jobs to earn money. I am thankful because the transfer has come at a time we needed it most. It will enable us to add more goals to the five that I have and also buy food for a few months. I am happy that it will ease the burden on those I relied on and they can do other things with the money they used to give me."
Chelagat's family
access_time 2 days ago
Chelagat enrolled.
"Since I lost my cows due to drought, I plan to use the transfers to manage future unexpected droughts. I will use about $750 of the transfers to erect a fence across my farm. This will ensure that my livestock has enough controlled grazing. In addition, I plan to grow grass which will be used in extreme drought conditions to feed the livestock. For the amount that will remain, I plan to purchase food and other household products. These transfers will change our lives for sure."
Lilian's family
access_time 3 days ago
Lilian enrolled.
"Sometimes in January my husband, Wesley, bought 2 cows for keeping. I was so excited about it since I am certain that in the next few months once they calve I will be relieved from the burden of buying milk for household consumption. It has always been the dream of our lives to be able to be self-sufficient in milk production but the dream had been elusive because of inadequate finances and several competing needs. So it is an achievement of a lifetime, I foresee an easy and improved standard of living for us in the future."
Benjamin's family
access_time 7 days ago
Benjamin enrolled.
"After I separated from my wife, I was left with the sole responsibility of looking after my four children. I used to own seven cows which supplemented my income from casual jobs but unfortunately, I lost all of them in a day to a disease outbreak. Since then, I have not stabilized hence receiving this money will enable me purchase other cows and live my dream of becoming a livestock farmer. It will earn me income in the future and my children will have enough of their basic needs. I am grateful as give directly has come at the time I needed it most."
Targok's family
access_time 9 days ago
Targok enrolled.
"I have depended on livestock all my life. When I get the transfer, I plan to replenish my stock. Goats do well here and can be sold at good prices when they're healthy. In that regard, I will buy 20 goats. That will cost at least $700. The goats will expand and can be sold one by one in the future. I believe they will sustain me for a long time. One well-fed goat can fetch up to $50. I will also buy a calf for $200. A cow can be milked to provide milk for domestic use. When their numbers grow, a cow or bull can fetch $400. This can support our income as a family."
Chengo's family
access_time 9 days ago
Chengo received a $27 fourteenth payment.
"I want to groom my compound with a nice spacious house and more livestock, so as to make it feel more like home. Seeing my family of five members share a one-room structure bothers me so much that I wish to build them a new shelter. Also, the bigger the house, the brighter the compound! Thanks to the cash transfers, I have started collecting building materials like iron sheets. Once I have assembled enough, I plan to start the construction process. After that, I plan to increase my herd of six goats and cows to ten cows and thirty goats. Owning this livestock would equip me with enough wealth that can help me generate money. "
Nasibu's family
access_time 11 days ago
Nasibu received a $27 fourteenth payment.
"My main goal is to start a livestock rearing project where I had already bought a few goats to start me off. I would want to be a farmer venturing in livestock and I plan to accomplish this by spending part of my monthly transfers in purchasing goats and later buy cows knowing that they would be of help in the future in case I would be faced with any financial difficulties."
Edward's family
access_time 13 days ago
Edward enrolled.
"Climate change has impacted negatively my source of income which is livestock keeping. For the past three years , I have lost ten cows to drought. The lack of rainfall resulted in a decrease in pasture and water for livestock hence a decrease in production and also death. I struggle to raise money to purchase feeds for them and I consider this the biggest challenge."
Targok's family
access_time 14 days ago
Targok enrolled.
"Food availability is a problem in our household. We intend to buy maize, sugar, cooking oil and other household necessities. If we spend $100, this will provide us food for one month. Additionally we'll buy some clothes and shoes for family members. It will cost $100. My husband needs monthly medication costing $5 a month. I will buy medication enough for 3 months to reduce worries on where to get his next medication. For future security we plan to buy more livestock. One cow at a cost of $400. This can be milked, meaning we'll have milk for both domestic consumption and sell. If I can sell at least 2 litres a day, I'll get $1.50. This will then help us as a family to buy food daily. In addition, we'll add 5 more goats. It's easier raising goats here and they grow faster. This will provide us with income security in the future."