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Bahati's family
access_time 4 days ago
Bahati enrolled.
"I had invested in farming but drought made it impossible for this project to prosper because most of the fruits died as a result of too much heat. Since we started to experience a prolonged drought I thought starting livestock keeping especially goats because they are drought resistant would be ideal. The project of rearing livestock has not materialized yet due to a lack of enough capital. Receiving these transfers will enable me to venture into this project without any difficulties and also buy an irrigation pump plus a tank to store water for my crops. Livestock keeping will cost me around 40,000 KES to buy 20 goats, 40,000 KES for irrigation plus buying a storage tank and using the remaining amount to renovate my house and buy food."
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."
Samwel's family
access_time 10 days ago
Samwel received a $485 initial payment.
"I spent KES16000 on two goats and two sheep because they multiply fast and give birth twice a year and don't require alot of attention.I also spent KES 12000 on latest clothing fashion, KES7000 on food and household items and KES 2000 on building a goat house.The rest was spent on a hosepipe for irrigation of my crops especially during the dry season. Initially, I used to rely on tomatoes, vegetable and dairy farming in order to feed my family."
Karani's family
access_time 10 days ago
Karani enrolled.
"I am a widower with a family of two children. My wife passed on last month. She has been sick close to two years and she was complaining about pains in her stomach. Due to lack of money, she did not manage to seek medical attention on time. Later on, she was diagnosed with ulcers and passed on a month after. It was a painful moment for me and my two young children. From the time she passed on, life has been difficult for me because I need to prepare the two children for school then go to the forest to cut firewood for sale. This responsibility has made it impossible for me to go to towns to look for jobs because they have no one to take care of them. The firewood selling business earns me less that KES 1000 a month. This money is not enough to educate my children and meet their basic needs. My ambition has been to start growing green vegetables which I will sell and earn an income. However, due to lack of enough capital, this has never been possible. Upon receiving the cash transfer, I will use KES 50000 to buy two water tanks that will help in irrigation farming."
Omar's family
access_time 11 days ago
Omar enrolled.
"In my area, we have a water pan where people lease land to cultivate and irrigate using the water nearby. It has always been my ambition of acquiring that place and start my irrigation farm. Receiving this money means, goal accomplished. Leasing that land amounts to KES 4000 for three months, I will use 12,000 to acquire it for one year. Water must be pumped to your land, the pumping machine goes by KES 20,000. This will help me easily irrigate my crops, I aim to grow spinach, tomatoes, kales, and onions to supply to the two nearby secondary schools and the market day which is on Friday. Revenue from this scheme will help me pay school fees and buy food for my 3 children."
Loice's family
access_time 16 days ago
Loice received a $485 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is payment of school fees for my kids and availability adequate food for my family. Initially, I relied on casual labor in order to feed my family and at the same time fetch irrigation water from a far away dam. This was quite tough on me but with GiveDirectly I am grateful because I am relieved of casual labor and my kids have grown healthier and happier."
Wilson's family
access_time 18 days ago
Wilson enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a boost to my agricultural products. I am a full-time farmer that rears dairy cows for milk and farm vegetables and beans for sale. I plan to add a dairy cow to the ones that I have to boost milk production since I sell milk to my neighbors and also buy a water tank and pipes that I will use to store water pumped from the nearby river for irrigation of the crops that I grow. A boost in these activities means increased income"
Peter's family
access_time 2 months ago
Peter enrolled.
"Receiving this money means improved food security. I love farming and I have started tilling my land as I expect to get money to buy certified seeds. In my village, we buy vegetables from the market and I would like to take that opportunity to be the supplier. I intend to do small-scale farming using the irrigation method since our area is prone to drought. I need capital of around KES 30000. This will help me get a continuous flow of income as I have a ready market."
Noah's family
access_time 2 months ago
Noah received a $489 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that my family now feeds well unlike before. This is because I was able to purchase foodstuffs that will still last us for some time. Also, I have been consistent with irrigation farming and this has led to an increase in my daily sales. This has enabled me to meet most of our needs on time and be able to save some money unlike before."
Baraka's family
access_time 2 months ago
Baraka received a $11 initial payment.
"The first thing I did with this money was to save half of the money that I put KES.900 into my savings account. I plan on saving up to KES.15000 which I can start a farming project. I plan to plant fruits and vegetables. Even in this drought with this money, I would be able to buy water enough for irrigation. This would provide food for my family as well as start a business. The rest of the money is KES.300, I spent it on food. I am thankful to Give directly for looking after us."