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Peninah's family
access_time 8 days ago
Peninah received a $21 sixtieth payment.
"I presently reside with my niece, who has been paying almost all of my financial needs for treatment. Should my recovery go well, I intend to return home next year to take care of my home and cattle. My going home, in addition, will lessen the financial strain my niece is currently bearing. I will engage with my friends more easily at home, which will help improve my mood. I plan to invest in farming while at home for dietary needs and purchase more animals with my successive transfers (I intend to purchase three ewes for $60)."
Kevin's family
access_time 9 days ago
Kevin received a $21 fifty-second payment.
"In the next one year and beyond, my plan is to go back to school to complete my college studies. I already saved an amount exceeding $300 in my account and the goats investment that I have back at home shall too help me a great deal in making sure that I achieve my dream of going back to school. I will be able to use all the transfers that I receive from GiveDirectly to pay rent as I use the goats investment to pay school fees and meet other secondary needs that may come by. I am so lucky that courses at Technical institutions have been subsidized by government and this will make it much more affordable for me. On other future plans is to buy a piece of land with my brother who now works as a casual in the city. We live in a small piece of land where we are not sure of when the owners will require us out of it. It is for this reason that we have plans of purchasing our own."
Esther's family
access_time 9 days ago
Esther received a $21 sixty-fourth payment.
"It has been a challenging time due to the long dry periods, and unfortunately, it caused the maize on our farm to dry up. But I am determined to turn things around and make the most out of the next planting season. One of my main goals is to plough 0.2 acres of land specifically for planting maize. To accomplish this, I will need some financial resources. Therefore, I plan to use the money I have saved to buy maize seeds and fertilizer. It is essential to invest in quality seeds to increase the chances of a bountiful harvest. I am confident that with these inputs, we will have enough maize to sustain our family. I want to start a small poultry business by buying some chickens. By raising and selling them, I hope to establish a steady source of revenue. Selling eggs will not only provide us with extra income, but it will also diversify our sources of revenue, making us less dependent on a single source. By successfully growing maize and establishing a poultry business, I aim to improve our family's financial stability and secure a brighter tomorrow."
Shida's family
access_time 9 days ago
Shida received a $25 tenth payment.
"My objective for the upcoming year and beyond is to invest a portion of our monthly funds in purchasing and raising livestock to supplement both my husband's and my income. As the livestock herd expands, I plan to sell a portion of the animals, using the proceeds to support my two grandchildren's education even after the cash program concludes."
Maurine's family
access_time 9 days ago
Maurine enrolled.
"I'm faced with the big challenge of lacking money. There has been an increase in the cost of living within our country which has seen household commodities and food staffs have high prices. Since we depend on casual labor for sustenance it has been very difficult to purchase food. The situation had been made even worse by the prolonged drought that has affected the productivity of our farm. The food we take is not enough for our family and we are forced to skip 1 or 2 meals occasionally to survive."
Paul's family
access_time 9 days ago
Paul enrolled.
"I consider my life hard because of the lack of food and water. I live at the furthest end of the village where getting water is a challenge and I have to walk for about 10 kilometers to fetch the water. In addition to this, food has also become hard to get which has led me to go hungry the majority of the time. I have to look for menial work to be able to survive and since there is an increase in the cost of living purchasing enough food has become a challenge. I also do not have good clothes since I can't afford to purchase new ones. I sometimes feel that I have to wear torn clothes in this century of civilization. All these three aspects combined make my life quite difficult and I wouldn't wish anyone to live this kind of life."
Hellena's family
access_time 9 days ago
Hellena enrolled.
"We are grappling with the challenge of school fees at the moment. We have a girl in University and 2 children in Patkawanin Secondary, a son and a girl in Form 4 and Form 1 respectively. Both of them have been sent home for fees and they have been at home for 4 days now, we do not have the money to pay for their school fees at the moment. It worries us a lot since we want the best for our children but our inadequacy does not allow. We are faced with a myriad of challenges, even putting food on the table is a tall order leave alone raising school fees. As parents, we try to give the best to our children but sometimes it is not possible and it breaks our hearts, we feel like we have failed in our responsibility bestowed to us by God."
Zenah's family
access_time 9 days ago
Zenah enrolled.
"We are a family of 4, life has been hard. It is full of insurmountable challenges. We are people of little means struggling a lot to make ends meet. Currently, the cost of living has shot high to unprecedented levels unseen before. Nearly all the commodities are very expensive and sometimes unaffordable, recently the cost of sugar increased from $1.5 to $ 2 which is unaffordable, we have stopped taking tea with sugar as a result. My children are unhappy because they are not used to tea without sugar, they feel so bad, and the youngest one, Brigit, has been crying a lot."
James's family
access_time 9 days ago
James received a $21 sixty-fourth payment.
"My main goal for the coming year is to raise enough money for my son, who is currently in form three, to pay his school fees. Next year, he will be a candidate, so he will need plenty of study time at school to enable him to focus on his studies to make him record good performance in the national examinations. Since my income from the small business I now run is unreliable, I will set aside $10 each month from my transfers and ask my friends and family to help me."
Namalike's family
access_time 9 days ago
Namalike enrolled.
"We currently face of a problem of sickness which disturbs and yet there is no money to cater for health care hence hindering us from doing work that can earn us money. We also face a problem of lack of school fees for our school going children who study at Lusagali primary school hence attending classes irregularly."