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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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Shida's family
access_time 7 days ago
Shida enrolled.
"Our area is drought stricken thus we cannot rely on farming alone for food. This has resulted to the issue of food insecurity since we have to buy most of the commodities. To address this problem, my desire has been to start an irrigation scheme. My farm is close to our community dam and I am not worried about water supply. I will purchase a water pump and pipes to set up the project. Besides, I will build a good house for my family because the current one is in a bad state. Receiving this money therefore means an improvement in our lives."
Daisy's family
access_time 1 month ago
Daisy enrolled.
"Receiving this money will mean a lot to me because I am a stay at home mum. My husband works as a driver at a near by game reserve but his salary is not enough to sustain all our basic needs. It will be my joy to at least help out on some bills in the house. Red cross Kenya had an irrigation project in my village and created awareness for self employment to the villagers, but unfortunately not everyone had that chance. I believe it is a profitable idea and so if I get the transfers I will first use 10,000 shillings to buy irrigation pipes and tap water from my neighbours. With irrigation I will be able to get more yields from my harvest and increase our household income by selling agricultural produce from the farm. I will also build a small shelter for my chickens because at the moment I use my kitchen and each day it is a struggle cleaning the kitchen area."
Nancy's family
access_time 1 month ago
Nancy enrolled.
"As a subsistence farmer, the biggest hardship I have faced in life is the recent Maize Lethal Necrosis disease that is destroying our crops. Although a certain NGO has provided us with water for irrigation, we are yet to get remedy for the disease. Of late, we are experiencing shortage of food items. Since farming is our main source of livelihood, the destruction of our crops by the disease has attracted adverse consequences."
Aaron's family
access_time 1 month ago
Aaron enrolled.
"Receiving this money will enable me to purchase and connect piped water at $300 to my homestead which I will use to irrigate my farm. Cultivation of French beans is lucrative in this area due to the readily available market, yet the people who engage in it are the well-off who can afford to buy irrigation equipment due to prolonged droughts in this region. I also intend to buy two Friesian dairy cattle @$350 each which I will use to pay a dowry for my spouse whose parents took her back home three months ago after I failed to pay the bride price."
Betty's family
access_time 3 months 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 1 year 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 1 year 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."