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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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Betty's family
access_time 13 days ago
Betty received a $502 initial payment.
"My irrigation system is doing well where I have onions and tomatoes which I sell for income. This will ensure that even in the dry season, I will have enough supply of tomatoes and onions for my customers. I also have a cow which I milk unlike before when I used to buy milk and it was very expensive for me."
Betty's family
access_time 2 months ago
Betty enrolled.
"I lost my job due to COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020. Since then I have been home trying farming as a business but I have not been successful due to lack of capital. The dry season in this place is usually so prolonged so I would like to purchase irrigation equipment with these transfers because we have plenty of water around this farm which has not been put into use. This will enable me to be an all weather farmer and have an income throughout the year."
Rubina's family
access_time 2 months ago
Rubina enrolled.
"Receiving this money mean a lot to me. Over the years I have been planning to start irrigation project but the money that I get from Boda Boda business is only for basic needs. This money will allow me to start my dream project. I will be able to grow crops even during dry season."
Stanley's family
access_time 3 months ago
Stanley enrolled.
"I have been wishing to get money for installing an irrigation system on my farm for better productivity since I rely solely on crop farming and livestock keeping as a source of income. Unfortunately, we live in an area that usually experiences prolonged droughts. Hence, receiving this money means that my family shall enjoy a higher amount of income because our farm shall be more productive."
Marceline's family
access_time 10 months ago
Marceline received a $518 second payment.
"Looking back at how our lives were and how it would have been now if we had not received the transfers, it is clear that we would still be undergoing great suffering. Our farming was getting worse every day since we never had enough finances to obtain the then needed types of equipment for facilitating the work. Currently, I am glad and proud of GiveDirectly since, through the transfers, I was able to purchase a water pump generator which is currently acting as a water pump meant for irrigation during the dry seasons."
Kabibi's family
access_time 11 months ago
Kabibi received a $517 second payment.
"I was doing irrigation in our region and before the coming of GiveDirectly, I was only using buckets to water my plants. However, I acquired a water pumping generator, water tanks and pipes to help me do my irrigation with ease. I have been able to plant a variety of the vegetables, since it's now less costly as compared to before. I am expecting to sell more vegetables and earn increased income. I also bought a bicycle that has also been of great help in fetching water for my irrigation from far places when the water sources that I depend on have dried up."
Zadock's family
access_time 1 year ago
Zadock received a $520 second payment.
"I am a farmer, I normally plant vegetables. It has been my source of income for a long time . Due to unpredictable rain patterns and insufficient rains in general, farming has become a game of chance in our area. Before, I didn't have the necessary equipment to facilitate large scale farming despite living 200 meters to the river . Therefore in dry season , I had to make several trips to fetch water to water my vegetables which was time consuming and tiresome. I limited the plantation of vegetable in a small piece of land that would server my household's consumption . My life is different after purchasing a water pump since I employed irrigation where I can now farm even during the dry season. Today, I am a smiling farmer because I cultivate enough vegetables in large scale for my family's use and sale the rest to earn an extra source of income whether in dry or cold rainy seasons."
Lucy's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Lucy received a $529 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying some livestock such as a pair of oxen and three goats. I had been longing to keep them in my compound for a long period of time but I could not afford it. I then started an agricultural project of planting some vegetables. I bought the following for making my project to be a successful one, fertilizers, a variety of seeds, jericans which were purposely for irrigation because it is very dry at my village and a water sprinkler. I had a dream of starting this project for a long period of time but It was costly to me. I am assured of benefiting a lot since I am the only one in my village running such a project. My hope is when the vegetables grow, I will be able to sell them in the markets in large quantities and for my family's consumption as well."
George's family
access_time over 1 year ago
George received a $22 eighteenth payment.
"In the next four months, I have a new goal of buying a generator. I would want to use the generator to start the irrigation project for tomatoes and onions plantations which I want to start. I would want to have a stable source of income apart from the motorcycle business which I have now. This will change my financial life and help me serve my family."
Christiner's family
access_time over 1 year ago
Christiner received a $512 second payment.
"Before receiving the transfer from GiveDirectly, I was really struggling a lot in sourcing water both for use in the farm and for domestic purposes. I decided to spend the first 10000 KES of my second transfer on buying an irrigation pump which at the moment is a multipurpose pump. I am using it both in irrigating my small piece of land and pumping water to the cattle troughs. I have stopped walking for long distances in search of water for the livestock since the pump has brought a lot of simplicity. I also bought maize worth 6000 KES, clothing, and mattress worth 24000 KES, household goods and decided to save the remaining 21000 KES since we have a plan to construct a new house in our household."