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Mohamad's family
access_time 7 days ago
Mohamad received a $435 second payment.
"Starting a business had been on my mind for the longest time. A plan to get financial independence has always been what I have been trying to execute and GiveDirectly allowed me to do so with the transfers. I started a business selling cows and goats at the market at Mtasar wa Tsatsu , every Wednesday. Sadly though, since the drought hit, I have been forced to stop doing so. The remainder of the funds were also allotted towards paying school fees for my 3 eldest kids, while my youngest lives in Nairobi with my wife and visits every 5 months. My eldest is in from 4 at Shaka Secondary School, my second is in Grade 6 at Bamba Primary School, while the third is in Grade 3 at Alfatiha Academy. I pay Kes. 16,000 per term , Kes. 600 per term and Kes. 9,000 per year respectively, and the funds from GiveDirectly were also funnelled towards sorting that. Between the Kes. 500 I earn a day as a mason and the little my wife makes while working and living in South b, it would have been impossible to accomplish any of this without GiveDirectly."
Irene's family
access_time 7 days ago
Irene enrolled.
"I currently have a single room that has been robbing me off privacy a lot, given that my eldest child is around seven years old. When I get this money, I would like to first extend my house to make it two roomed so that I can have one as my bedroom. As per my rough estimation, it might cost $300 including material and labor cost.Thereafter I will also buy some goats probably two just to try keeping and see if it's a viable way of saving money for my children's education. If this works I will not have to struggle with school fees payment in future. At the moment one goat can cost around $40. The remaining amounts I will safely keep while trying out goat keeping."
Julius's family
access_time 7 days ago
Julius received a $450 second payment.
"What I'm hopping to accomplish is investing so much in farming. This will mean that, I will be able to harvest enough for family consumption and surplus for economic purposes. I will therefore be able to pay school fees for my children and invest in more profitable projects which will give me financial independence."
Benson's family
access_time 9 days ago
Benson enrolled.
"My sister, Winny, is currently in grade 8 and she will be sitting for her KCPE examination in a week. Hopefully, she will be joining grade 9 in January 2023. Paying her school fees has been a challenge since I have not had any savings yet and we have to live from hand to mouth. It is a sigh of relief now, for I intend to clear her grade 9 fee as well as purchase her admission requirements using the transfers. In addition, I plan on fencing the land that I inherited from my deceased mother. On this land, I will cultivate drought resistant crops such as ground nuts and sorghum for food and income generation for my family of 3."
Jeniffer's family
access_time 10 days ago
Jeniffer enrolled.
"Education is indeed the key to a good life for that is what I desire for my six children. Having not had the chance to go to school, I want my children to have quality education and thereafter pursue careers of their choice. I struggle a lot financially because we rely on casual jobs to earn a living and the $ 120 we earn an average of one month is hardly enough to pay for school fees for our two children in secondary school. We sold all our livestock to pay for education ( fees, school uniforms and books). They are often sent home to collect the money in arrears making them waste a lot of school time and it affects their performance. Receiving this money means they will study full-time at school since I will use the transfers to clear all the arrears. The rest of the money will go into buying goats and one cow. I am thankful to Givedirect for changing my life and that of my family for the better."
Faith's family
access_time 10 days ago
Faith enrolled.
"My husband and I dropped out of school at a young age to start up a family. Due to financial constraints, our parents could not raise school fees for us to continue with our education. We depend on casual jobs to earn a living but considering it is unsustainable, we cannot save or invest in anything. Receiving this money means a reliable source of income for my family. Since there is high demand for eggs and chicken meat, I plan on starting up a poultry farming business. This will cost me $50,000 to build up a chicken house and purchase 200 chicks for a start. I am excited because my family will never lack any basic needs once it yields profits."
Jane's family
access_time 10 days ago
Jane enrolled.
"If I am able to receive this cash transfer, I plan to pay school fees. I have 3 children who are still schooling, one in secondary and the other two in primary. For the one in secondary I will pay $100 school fees for the year. Evans is in his final year. I will also purchase a dairy goat at $120. Then also purchase 5 goats meant for beef at $200. From the dairy goat I can get 1 to 2 liters a day.I can sell 1 liter for $1.50 and use the rest for domestic purposes. From the income I get from the milk, I'll be able to buy food. I'll let the beef goats keep growing and act as financial security."
Salama's family
access_time 10 days ago
Salama enrolled.
"My two children are about to sit for their end year examination and I am yet to pay their school fees. My son who is in grade 5 keeps reminding me of the same and I wish I could pay as soon as possible. I am working under pressure to be able to settle the arrears. I would not want to disappoint them, education means a lot to us."
Saumu's family
access_time 10 days ago
Saumu enrolled.
"My family size has now grown to seven this year and we are all living in a one-room house with a grass roof. The roof leaks whenever it rains and also allows wind. One of my children has suffered pneumonia as a result of that. Also during rain season I spend sleepless nights die to the leakage of the roof. The house is not spacious for the family and lacks privacy. I will buy 30 pieces of iron sheets at a cost of $100 each, buy 200 poles for making the walls at a cost of $15 each, use $ 200 to pay labor and buy other building materials to build a three-room house. Currently, I do not want visitors due to a lack of accommodation space. I will also use $ 300 to pay school fees for my three children who are schooling at primary level. Each has school fees balance of $100. I am happy for the program because soon my respect will be restored."
Koi's family
access_time 10 days ago
Koi enrolled.
"My wife and I have been doing agriculture for food and business. I have a 10 acres piece of land which is enough for me to do agriculture. I used to harvest 30 to 50 bags of maize when we used to have rain every season. I would sell 30 bags and the remaining 20 were for family consumption. It is four years now without rain in the village. There is drought and famine. I plan to change from crop farming to livestock farming. Animals survive in our village despite the drought. I will use $700 to buy 20 goats as an investment. Goats survive in dry areas and I I will use tap water to feed them. I will also use $300 to pay school fees for my grandchild who is at the secondary level. He has a balance of $350 and this has made him out of school for a while."
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