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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.
Ezeliel's family
access_time 2 months ago
Ezeliel enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a new start for my farming practices. I am a small scale farmer and I mostly plant vegetables for sale in the local market. In my farming I usually wish that I could integrate irrigation so that it can help me during the dry season. I usually do not make any money in my farming during the season and I wish I had a water pan to help me practice irrigation. I will therefore use the transfers to dig a water pan and develop an irrigation system in the garden. This will ensure that I can carry on with farming activities no matter the season."
Keter's family
access_time 3 months ago
Keter enrolled.
"I am a farmer growing crops like cabbages, beans, tomatoes, and sometimes maize. I have been thinking about starting a small-scale irrigation project on my 0.8-acre piece of land. I am tired of depending on rain because it can go for 3-4 months without raining and this has been causing me losses. Farming is a good source of additional income and I am not willing to give up on it. I desire to buy a human-powered treadle irrigation pump that retails for KES 20,000. This will serve as a solution to the perennial drought that has seen me witness losses every year. Receiving this money will be a new beginning for my farming because I will not have to worry about drought again."
Omar's family
access_time 3 months ago
Omar enrolled.
"I started a vegetable irrigation farm this year,2022, but it is now stuck due to a lack of funds. The prolonged drought has made the project too expensive as I have to buy water tanks and also fill them with water that I have to purchase and hire a motorist to ferry the 20 litres of jerricans to my farm which is one kilometre away from the water point. Receiving this money means using 20,000 KES to buy two water tanks and fill them with water. I will use the remaining transfer to renovate my house specifically the roof as the timbers were attacked by termites and strong winds or cyclones may bring it down."
David's family
access_time 3 months ago
David received a $461 second payment.
"Used KES 30000 to buy a dairy cow used kes 8000 to dig a wate pan. The remaining amount was useful in buying more building materials as I get ready to build a shop that will see me run a business in it once it is complete. I normally engage in farming which I support with irrigation water from a pan that I dug in my compound. The money came at a time that the pan was getting muddy and I had to use the money to make it good and be able to accumulate much more water. I am glad that the rains came after the clean up and soon I will embark on farming to improve our living standards furter as a family."
Samwel's family
access_time 3 months ago
Samwel received a $478 second payment.
"I depend on both crop and dairy farming to educate my children. Three are still in primary and one just did his final examinations at the secondary school level. It is my wish to improve my farming practices and utilize my farm throughout the year so that I can generate more income from it. I am planning to start irrigation during the dry season and I am happy that GiveDirectly enabled me to acquire irrigation pipes that I will use to facilitate this. I will be using income from this project to support my children in their education to the level that they wish to attain."
Samini's family
access_time 3 months ago
Samini received a $462 second payment.
"After utilizing the second transfer as to how I had planned, I developed another goal that I desire to accomplish once I get some money. if I get the money, I aim to fix a water tap at home and become a vegetable grower. The water will aid me in irrigation for better growth of the veggies. Since drought hit our area, I am sure the vegetable business will do well because people need veggies on daily basis."
John's family
access_time 4 months ago
John enrolled.
"My work is to do farming, particularly crop farming. My job has had a challenge because we received rains two years ago. The drought and family caused a separation between my wife and me. This happened two years ago. Since then I have been struggling with life alone. I desire to carry farming to another level despite the drought problem. I will make a water pan on my piece of land to buy flour and use it as wage after people have done work. The water pan will help me to do irrigation and harvest enough food to take me throughout the year and even sell some to the community. I have a 5 acres piece of land and I plan to do irrigation in all the 5 acres. I anticipate harvesting approximately 30 bags of 90kg each."
Francis's family
access_time 4 months ago
Francis enrolled.
"Receiving this money means improving my living standard. I have a family of 7 members. We have been using a pit latrine for the past ten years. Last year 2021 in December, it was washed away during the short rains season. Since then, my family has been using forest as their toilet. It is not hygienic at all. I will use KES 50000 to build a modern toilet. I will also use KES 70000 to dig a water pan. The water collected will help me do irrigation and also have enough water for my cows."
Lorna's family
access_time 4 months ago
Lorna enrolled.
"When I completed my education 4 years ago as a teacher, I ventured into farming. I have planted both tomatoes and tissue cultured bananas. Since our area has been dry for most of the days, we have been doing the irrigation by fetching water in a nearby river and doing the irrigation. It is tedious to us as we do it ourselves, especially when fetching water. Receiving this money will make my work easier as I intend to purchase a money maker machine at a cost of KES.60,000. This will also improve the yields on the farm as we plan to expand the farm for bananas. The remaining amount will boost in buying the seedlings and also hire people to assist planting."
Bakari's family
access_time 4 months ago
Bakari received a $27 fifth payment.
"Due to the persistent drought, I took the initiative to dig a well to provide irrigation water. So I spent my earlier transfer, KES 3000, to fund the exercise. Unfortunately, the laborers encountered a hard rock in the process and stopped working since I lacked the necessary resources to break it. This prompted me to look for an alternative source of income and decided to start a kiosk. So I pooled funds and ended up deducting KES 2400 from my recent transfer to acquire the initial stock. I used the rest of the money, KES 600, to enroll my son in kindergarten."