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Dickson's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Dickson received a $484 initial payment.
"I spent KES 20,000 to pay part of the dowry payment for my wife who had been taken away by her parents due to the unpaid dowry balance. I also used KES 15,000 to boost my livestock rearing by purchasing 3 more goats, this is a future investment for the education of my kids once God blessed me with Them. With the remaining amount, I used it to purchase household utensils, purchased clothes, and food."
Karisa's family
access_time 18 hours ago
Karisa received a $484 initial payment.
"I spent my transfer to construct a decent house by purchasing building materials which included 29 iron sheets, nails , building poles and timber. This is because my house was very small, despite it being small I used it as kitchen and granary at the same time. I was very ashamed whenever I saw my daughter-in-law cooking while I am relaxing in the house. In addition, I used KES 10,500 to invest in my goat's rearing activity. Moreover, I used KES 5000 to pay part of the school fees for my son who is taking a construction course. Lastly, I used KES 4900 to settle my debts at the shop."
Sophia's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Sophia received a $484 initial payment.
"I spent KES 15,000 of my transfer to purchase a new bed and mattress. This is because the one I had earlier had broken legs and I was fearing that it might fall anytime while we are asleep. Similarly, my mattress was small, old, and worn-out. I was constantly feeling backache everything morning because of its state. In addition, I spent KES 8,000 to seek proper medical care for myself since I have been suffering from severe ulcers. Furthermore, I bought a plot of land at our nearby market for KES 20,000. I intend to construct a small salon shop once I recover from the ulcers disease. Earlier, I was advised by the doctor to stop working due to my health condition. Lastly, I bought 3 goats at KES 300 each, this was a long term investment for the family."
Dama's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Dama received a $484 initial payment.
"With 6 children still schooling, 2 children in secondary school, and 4 in primary, life has been so tough especially providing their educational needs. The charcoal vending job that I had depended on could not raise enough money for all our needs. They had a huge fee balance and were constantly sent home due to fee arrears something that makes my life so stressful. Therefore, after receiving my transfer, I spent KES 33,500 to clear their school fees. They are now happy learning without any interruption. I also bought 3 goats for KES 9,000 a long-term investment for my family. With the remaining amount, I bought enough food for the family."
Katekwa's family
access_time 19 hours ago
Katekwa received a $484 initial payment.
"I spent KES 6,000 to invest in my goat rearing a reliable source of income for my family. I will be able to sell some of them when they reproduce to cater to any financial emergency. I also bought building materials such as 22 iron sheets for KES 17,800, nails, timber. This was for the construction of a proper shelter for my family because the one I had was leaking with an open roof to an extent that I could see the sky at night. It was a miserable situation especially during the rainy season as we were spending sleepless nights. I am currently constructing a two-roomed house something that will restore my happiness. In addition, I used KES 10,000 to support the education of my child who is in college taking a geology course. Furthermore, I used KES 8000 to purchase proper beddings for the family."
Kadzo's family
access_time 21 hours ago
Kadzo received a $484 initial payment.
"Having the goats has made my life to be very different in various ways in my entire household. Being jobless, has never been easy at all, since we only depended on my spouse for the family's upkeep. He used to earn KES 100 in a day which was not enough in raising the seven children. We have been through a lot especially in catering to our children's basic needs like food. Skipping meals was the trend and the kids were always home concerning the school fees issue. I am therefore hopeful that through the goats all the troubles will come to an end. Once they multiply, I will be able to sell some and start a kiosk business which will now be my reliable source of income. I am positive that I will now be able to take good care of my family without straining any more."
Tabu's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Tabu received a $484 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am now a proud owner of goats. It has been my desire to at least own one but they were very expensive. I opted for the goats because they take very little time to mature and their pastures are readily available in my region. Being a housewife of six children has been tough all along especially in raising fees for my kids. My spouse is a casual laborer and the little he earns couldn't satisfy all the family's basic needs like food and the fees. Therefore their education journey has been full of ups and downs. For that reason, I had to think of a permanent solution on the same. I am now hopeful that by the time they will be transitioning to secondary schools or even colleges, the goats will have multiplied. I will be in a position to sell some and cater for the school fees and their basic needs. As a mother this has restored my lost hope and joy in life, courtesy of GiveDirectly."
Kahindi's family
access_time 23 hours ago
Kahindi enrolled.
"I really enjoyed the least festive season with my family. Everyone came to the village and we had such a big celebration that we even slaughtered several goats from the number that survived last year's draught."
Kachimbi's family
access_time 24 hours ago
Kachimbi enrolled.
"My family of five lives in a pathetic and unsafe three-bedroom house for three years now. It becomes worse whenever it rains because the roof leaks. Upon receiving this money I plan to buy building materials worth 11000 KES so that I can renovate it for it to be safe for the family. I will also spend 18000 KES on buying 6 goats which I believe will be a source of income in future. The rest of the money would be spent on food as I have no reliable job which is generating money for the family's basic needs."
Sidi's family
access_time 24 hours ago
Sidi enrolled.
"My husband died last year and ever since I have to bear the burden of responsibilities. Through my palm wine business which I get peanuts a day, I can not afford to provide for the family of four all the basic needs. The two children in primary school are sometimes out of school due to lack of school fees. Therefore receiving this money would mean I buy two cattle and 5 goats so that I can start livestock rearing which I believe would generate some income for the family in due course. I will spend 20000 KES on starting this investment. I will also spend 6000 KES on paying school fees to my children and the rest on food as we are experiencing hunger in our family."