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Mohamad's family
access_time 7 days ago
Mohamad received a $435 second payment.
"As a father, few things give me more pride than being able to educate my children and give them the best chance at a better future than mine. My biggest accomplishment in future is to be able to educate my kids from beginning to end. In the near term, I am striving to ensure that I restart my business , and be able to buy a few cattle to then go on to sell at market."
Amina's family
access_time 7 days ago
Amina enrolled.
"Lack of reliable sources of income and poor agricultural practices. We do not have better ways of generating income and because we largely depend on subsistence farming, I would say our crude agricultural practices also contribute in low yield that puts us all in constant poverty. Currently I'm hawking roasted peanuts through the villages and sometimes at Matanomanne trading center. It's somehow slow and can only generate around $3 daily. This much can only buy food."
Irene's family
access_time 7 days ago
Irene enrolled.
"Lack of reliable source of income. My husband is a plumber based in Mombasa town, but he gets jobs from a lot of different places within the country. I don't know for a fact how much he makes, he normally sends me between $5 to $7 weekly. Myself I used to take up casual jobs around Matanomanne trading center, but since I delivered my forth born two months ago, I haven't been able to do so for the obvious reasons. The much I get from him isn't enough to pay all family bills and therefore right now my eldest child is out of school for fees areas. She pays $17 per academic term."
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."
Safari's family
access_time 7 days ago
Safari enrolled.
"Financial constraints remain at the top of my list of problems. Being jobless at the moment means failing to meet most of my family's basic needs, a situation that has robbed away my joy as a father. Despite struggling to support my children in school, I have on the other hand failed to provide better housing for ourselves. This means our security and health are at stake because my house is collapsing from behind and it's just braving the strong wind. What a life to worry about!"
Jumwa's family
access_time 7 days ago
Jumwa enrolled.
"Being a widow has been a big challenge for me because it comes with a lot of responsibilities. As the head of a family of 4, I am tasked to carry the burden of their misfortunes in life. Since I lack a reliable source of income, I depend on subsistence farming which is currently undependable. This means I am forced to seek help from my son but his support is limited due to the many commitments he has with his family. Hence, I consider financial constraints as my biggest concern."
Mishi's family
access_time 7 days ago
Mishi enrolled.
"Food insecurity! In my household, getting 2 meals in a day is so impossible and this means forfeiting meals on some days. Since I am in a polygamous family, my husband can not fully support us, and getting our very basic needs is a challenge. We majorly depend on our sons' incomes but since they have families, their assistance has been inconsistent. What a miserable life!"
Salina's family
access_time 9 days ago
Salina enrolled.
"I am Salina with a family of 10, my husband is a carpenter. He has a dislocated hip joint, fell when he was a boy. When we were newly married he used to work well without experiencing pains on his hip. Initially, he could build houses and earn on a good day $5. Since 2012, his hip joint has been causing him pain, which saddens us. We took him to hospital but it's too late. Now he only works minimally and can hardly support us. He can only manage $2 a day, and sometimes he cannot work due to the pain. This affects us immensely, we are not able to get meals daily."
Benson's family
access_time 9 days ago
Benson enrolled.
"When my mother passed on in 2016, I took over her responsibilities of raising my 2 siblings. My father remarried and he then abdicated his father's duties to us. Therefore to make ends meet, I attend casual jobs like charcoal burning and land cultivation to earn $2 daily. All of this only caters for the food for the household and I have nothing to pay for school fees for my siblings. It pains me to see my family's anguish in poverty as tomorrow is almost uncalled for we live from hand to mouth."
Alfred's family
access_time 10 days ago
Alfred enrolled.
"I have a money problem. The absence of job is to blame for this. Since leaving the Capital (Nairobi), where I was employed in an industrial sector, in the year 2020, I have not been able to find a steady employment that pays me enough to support my family. I had to relocate to the village because the arrival of the coronavirus made life in the city difficult. My current employer offers me a small salary that is insufficient to cover my family's essential necessities. Since my wife and I are expecting our second child in December, I'm concerned about tomorrow."