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Anna's family
access_time 3 days ago
Anna received a $472 second payment.
"I have new goals that I would wish to accomplish but I don't have any more money to enable me to do so. I would wish to buy another cow, build a house, and buy a water tank. All these need large sums of money which I don't know where I will get. I am getting old and I am no longer able to do so much work. I had planned to fence my land and draw water to my compound when I get the transfer. I am still going on with the fencing of my land and it seems with the money that is remaining, I will not be able to finish fencing the whole land. I usually sell milk that I get from my cows. I sell about five litres daily which go for KES 20 per litre and I get paid at the end of the month. With this money that I get from the sale of milk, I plan to use part of it in finishing the fencing of the land. I wanted to fence the land because I wanted to restrain my cows from going to other people's farms and causing disagreements. This way I can concentrate on doing other things rather than looking after the cows as they graze."
Cyndia's family
access_time 3 days ago
Cyndia received a $488 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 9am. I was at the market selling potatoes. I heard a ringtone message from my phone. When I checked it out I couldn't believe my eyes. I have never received such amount of money before. It was the happiest day of my life. My family too were so happy and grateful. I knew I would be able to top up with my savings to buy a piece of land. This had always been my dream. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has improved our living standards."
Prisilah's family
access_time 3 days ago
Prisilah received a $488 initial payment.
"The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 9am. I was feeling unwell. My son had the phone. He came in the morning and inform that' GiveDirectly has sent the money. I felt so happy because I have never received such amount of money before. My family members felt so happy because because of this support. I knew I would be able to buy a dairy cow."
Wesley's family
access_time 3 days ago
Wesley enrolled.
"Food insecurity is the biggest challenge that I currently face. I have no formal job and I depend on casual jobs like tending to other people's livestock to make ends meet. I earn KES 100-150 per day and I have 4 children to look after. I separated with my wife 3years ago and providing the most basic needs has been an overwhelming task for me. My young children have developed a habit of going to neighbors' houses whenever they suspect that food is ready and this has made me feel so inadequate."
Judy's family
access_time 3 days ago
Judy enrolled.
"I was in an abusive marriage for twelve years before deciding to end the marriage and moved back to my parents home where I was given a quarter acre of a farm to live in and cultivate. For two years now I have been raising my four children single handendly. I plan to purchase my own piece of land and build a decent house to settle in with my four children. I plan to use KES 60000 to accomplish this."
Angeline's family
access_time 3 days ago
Angeline enrolled.
"Payment of school fees and insufficient food are the challenges we are currently facing. My cobbling business does not offer a reliable source of income since I operate on small scale level. The little I get from it does not adequately sort my daily needs moreso education and food for my family."
Cures's family
access_time 3 days ago
Cures enrolled.
"Since I am an aged person, accomplishing the essential household chores, including maintenance of my house, has become more challenging. In that regard, receiving this money means that I will be relieved of some of such tedious tasks. This is because I will spend at least two-thirds of the transfer on building a semi-permanent house. Aside from rendering maintenance services easier, living in a less dusty house is ideal for me because my ailing eyes do not need smoke or dust."
Elizabeth's family
access_time 3 days ago
Elizabeth enrolled.
"My age has advanced and I am worried about sustaining myself in the future because a relatively poor widow. Hence, a dramatic decrease in worries will happen upon receipt of this money. Specifically, I will buy a dairy cow using approximately KES 50000. This is a great investment because the cow will give me milk for consumption and sale of any surpluses. Currently, I do not own a cow yet I have the necessary resources for rearing one. Besides, I will use any remaining amount on paying college fees for my youngest son so that he resumes his studies after pausing them for about two years due to lack of fees. Indeed, God is great, thanks a lot GiveDirectly."
Naomy's family
access_time 3 days ago
Naomy enrolled.
"It means alot to me since it will enable me to build a descent house that I have been longing to have for a very long time. I struggled alot to buy this plot ,it is so small just a quarter of an acre. I have not been able to build a better house as a result. I intend to build a 22 roofed iron sheet house worth KES 25000. I will us e the rest of the money to buy maize for consumption."
Baskalia's family
access_time 3 days ago
Baskalia enrolled.
"Receiving this money means putting my dream of owning a dairy farm into life as well as scaling up my business of rearing poultry farming. I will plan KES 50000 as a starter capital for this business. This will help us earn more income through the sale of milk and poultry products. To help me avoid perennial food shortages in our household, I will use KES 20000 to buy maize grains, beans grains and clothing's to my family members. I have been ailing from diabetes for some time, this made us struggle a lot to get money to buy drugs. My husband is a subordinate staff in Kipsuter secondary school and he is the sole breadwinner for the family. His earning is little about KES 10000 monthly. This is not enough for my medication and buying other household essentials like food and clothing. Thus with the remaining money, I will plan to go for a better medication."