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access_time 18 days ago
Geoffrey received a $493 second payment.
"My life is different than how it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I have bought all the pipes and started irrigation on my farm. Our area is a semi arid and we rarely get rains. We do small scale farming and the harvest that we get is only for consumption. The drought in our area also contributed to low harvest. When I received the second transfer I found it wise to invest in buying pipes to irrigate my farm. Current I do horticulture farming. I plant onions, maize and bananas. This earns me an income to meet other basic household needs including paying school fees for my children and my siblings. I am so grateful for the support because I planting all seasons without being affected by drought."
access_time 22 days ago
"Receiving this money means I will be able to improve on my farming. My main source of income currently is subsistence farming. Maize crops have been doing well in my area untill recently weather become unfourable. Mostly we experience prolonged drought and have been thinking of doing irrigation because I am luck my land is adjust to a river. I had actualize my desire because our parents lefts us long time ago and I have been struggling to raise my collage fees. If I will be lucky to receive this transfers I will purchase a generate and some other irrigation materials to fulfil my dreams. This will enable me to raise school fees for my young sister so as she does faced the challenges I experience."
access_time 23 days ago
Gladys received a $493 second payment.
"My life is different than how it would have been had I not received the transfer in that I have been able to pay this year's school fees for my children. Due to this, they have never been sent back home and this has enabled them to concentrate on their studies. Also, I do not have to worry about my crops dry whenever I do not have piped water since I will be using water stored in the water tank. Because of this, I am optimistic of a continuous supply of farm produce as I will always practice irrigation during the dry season."
access_time 2 months ago
"A few years ago, the county government in conjunction with the Kenya Red cross established irrigation systems for our farms. This has greatly improved our agriculture and access to money. Before then, we were dependent on livestock to educate our children. When the sale of livestock products could no longer suffice due to prolonged drought, we ended up selling our cows to for school fees. This rendered us poorer thanks to diminishing assets."
access_time 3 months ago
Stanley received a $490 second payment.
"I have a plan to construct a concrete water tank which I would use to store harvested rain water for use at home at for irrigation. This project requires a lot of money, an estimated cost of KES 500000 is needed to complete the project. After receiving my second transfers, I opted to invest in onions farming so that when I harvested the crops, I would sell and spent the cash on the water tank project. I spent KES 40000 on buying two sachets of certified seeds, KES 6000 on land preparation, KES 8000 on acquiring fertilizers and chemicals and Kes 2000 on labour."
access_time 3 months ago
"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."
access_time 4 months ago
"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."
access_time 4 months ago
"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."
access_time 5 months ago
"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."
access_time 6 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."