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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.
Changawa's family
access_time 2 hours ago
Changawa received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"I have six school-going children, so when I received my most recent transfer, I spent $50 on their school fees. Additionally, since the children were returning to school after the holiday, I gave my son, who is in secondary school, $4 for bus fare. I also used part of the remaining transfer to buy $13 worth of food for the family because we had none at home, and I didn't want my children to go hungry. With the remaining cash, I spent $34 on three iron sheets. I am planning to build my house because our current grass-thatched roof has been damaged by rats. When it rains, my children and I get wet, so I want to solve this problem once and for all."
Symon's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Symon enrolled.
"The biggest challenge iam facing is floods in my area and iam not ready to suffer the same losses again so iam planning to use KES 45,000 of my cash transfers to buy land on higher grounds so that we can live peaceful and comfortable without fear of floods on raining season.I will use KES 20,000 of my cash transfers to boost our business and the remaining money I will use it to pay my children school fees, buy food, clothing and furniture for my family."
Nambayo's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Nambayo enrolled.
"Iam planning to use KES 50,000 of my cash transfer to buy piece of land on higher grounds because iam tired running up and down during raining season due to floods. I have my 2 children who are at secondary school, am planning to clear their school fees because that is the challenge am facing right now. I will use remaining amount of money to buy food, and clothing for my family and stock my business and also to cultivate my 2 acre piece of land."
Nankiramat's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Nankiramat enrolled.
"My heartfelt prayer has been to regain my health and return to work, standing on my own two feet again. The biggest obstacle I have been facing is lack of funds for medical treatment. I intend to use all KES 110,000 available to diagnose and treat my knee problem. Once healed, if there is any amount left, I plan to use it to support my grandchild's education by paying school fees. Additionally, I hope to invest in purchasing a cow, which will provide a sustainable source of income for me."
Maureen's family
access_time 3 hours ago
Maureen enrolled.
"To solve the food problem for my family of 6, I plan to allocate KES 5,000. Following flood-related losses, KES 15,000 will be used for essential household items like utensils, beddings, and clothing. Addressing the high cost of milk, I intend to invest KES 35,000 in acquiring a dairy cow. The cow will provide milk for our household and generate extra income from sales in the neighborhood. KES 10,000 will cover school fees. Another KES 6,000 will be used to purchase 2 sheep, adding to our income streams. To overcome financial barriers hindering the start of fruit farming at my home farm, KES 39,000 will be spent on fencing and purchasing mango seedlings, along with fuel for irrigation."
Sidi's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Sidi received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"As a widow managing a household through the challenges of relying on charcoal sales, every day was a test of resilience. With the unconditional cash transfer, I seized the opportunity to secure a better future for my children. First and foremost, I prioritized their education, allocating $60 towards school fees. This ensured that all four of my children could attend primary school without any financial hindrances. Additionally, I purchased new uniforms for two of them, replacing their worn-out ones. Seeing them dressed for school with pride filled me with immense satisfaction, knowing that education is their pathway to a brighter tomorrow. Another $30 went into merry-go-round savings, earmarked for renovating our old, leaky house. The leaking roof has been a persistent source of stress during rainy seasons, and I dream of sleeping peacefully once it's repaired. With a forward-thinking mindset, I invested $10 in purchasing two chickens for our homestead. I plan to breed them so that, in times of financial emergencies, I can sell some and secure the necessary funds. This investment not only offers a potential safety net but also represents a step towards greater financial stability for my family. Each decision I've made with this cash transfer aims to provide a better future for my children and alleviate the hardships we face daily."
Sidi's family
access_time 6 hours ago
Sidi received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"My priority has always been my children's education, so when the unconditional cash transfer came through, I immediately allocated $20 towards their school fees. It's been a constant struggle to keep them in school consistently, but now, with this support, I can see a brighter future ahead for them. With their education secured, I turned my attention to our living conditions. Our single-room house was becoming increasingly cramped for our family of four. Determined to improve our living situation, I joined a table banking group and diligently saved $30. By year-end, I had accumulated enough to start building an additional room. The prospect of having more space filled me with hope and determination to provide a better home for my family. Also, I invested $34 in purchasing a goat, envisioning a sustainable income source. Rearing goats at home not only brings me joy but also serves as financial support. My aim is to build a herd that can support us financially, particularly in covering future educational expenses. Lastly, I used the remaining funds to purchase essential food items, which had previously been a struggle. This purchase brought relief and stability to our daily lives, ensuring that we could focus on our goals without the constant worry of making ends meet. Each decision made with the cash transfers was deliberate, aimed at securing a brighter future for my family through education, improved housing, and sustainable income."
Mary's family
access_time 21 hours ago
Mary received a $27 twenty-second payment.
"The transfers came at a perfect time, as I had just welcomed a new member into my family. To facilitate my stay at the hospital and transport back home, I spent $5, and I am happy to have returned home safely with my baby. My newborn needed clothes, so I spent $2 on some new clothes for the baby. I also have a child who is epileptic, and we get medical services and medicine from the KEMRI medical facility at no cost, but we have to cover the transportation costs. I spent $6 on transport to the hospital to get the necessary medicine for my child. Once we were home, we had run out of food, so I used $9 to buy groceries for my family to ensure we wouldn't go hungry. Additionally, my children needed their school fees paid, as well as school supplies, uniforms, and shoes. I spent $40 of my transfers to cover all these school essentials, and I am happy that my children are now in school with everything they need. To support cleanliness in our home, I bought detergents and body oil using $3 of the transfers. Finally, to invest in livestock, I spent $8 to buy chickens, hoping they will multiply so I can trade them for goats. I also bought a goat for $29, hoping it will multiply and increase in number. Together with the goats acquired through trading chickens, I plan to use them in the future to fund my children's education."
Zawadi's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Zawadi received a $27 twenty-sixth payment.
"I am a college student who still depends on my parents, and since they are not very financially stable, I sometimes help them out to ease their burden. I spent $30 of my transfers to pay school fees for my siblings so they could continue their education without interruptions. Additionally, I spent $14 to buy food for my family, as we had run out of supplies. To invest in my future, I bought two goats for $40, hoping they will multiply and increase in value so I can sell them and use the proceeds to start a tailoring business once I complete college. I also saved $10 in our local savings group, planning to use the returns to start a vegetable selling business to support our family. Lastly, I spent $8 on clothes for myself to boost my happiness and self-esteem."
Mwenda's family
access_time 22 hours ago
Mwenda received a $27 thirtieth payment.
"As a mother of two school-going children, my primary goal is to ensure they can continue their studies without interruptions. To achieve this, I spent $16 on their school fees, ensuring they were not sent home for unpaid fees. Additionally, I spent $3 on required school supplies. Unfortunately, one of my children was sent home because her school uniform was completely tattered, and she was not allowed back until she had a new one. I spent $9 to buy her a new uniform, allowing her to return to school and continue her studies. Seeing her happy in her new uniform fills me with joy. To supplement our food supplies, I spent $4 on groceries for my family. I am also engaged in dried fish selling business and to boost it, I used $35 of my transfers to increase its revenue potential. Additionally, I have been saving in our local savings group for future needs. I saved $30 of my transfers with the intention of using these funds to buy goats once the savings mature. I hope the goats will multiply and increase in value, providing a financial resource to sell when needed. Lastly, my son was unwell and required medical attention, so I spent $5 to take him to the hospital. He is now doing better, and I am happy to see him going to school and playing with the other children."
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