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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.
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Mkwavi's family
access_time 9 days ago
Mkwavi received a $450 second payment.
"All my life I have been a farmer, it's the only job I do well. I would like to add more livestock to my current one, add the chicken so that I generate more income and save more for rainy days." (Country: Kenya)
Kasiwa's family
access_time 9 days ago
Kasiwa enrolled.
"Lack of employment opportunities in this village is really crippling. I used to work for a particular sisal plantation next to Mtwapa but lost the job when covid 19 started and the company was down sizing. I have since tried so many opportunities I could get around the village like working for a particular bamboo plantation here in the village, but most of them are just seasonal. Currently I have three children who are in high school each paying $450 per academic term. This is quite a lot of money, and I have only managed because of the support I get from my brothers-in -law who've been paying the biggest percentage. By just burning charcoal and selling firewood, I wouldn't have done it." (Country: Kenya)
Charlotte's family
access_time 9 days ago
Charlotte enrolled.
"Our main source of pain here in the village is getting a meaningful employment opportunity. I separated with my husband in the year 2020 and that marked the beginning of my struggles as a single mother with a special child. I two sons to take care of but the eldest one has a condition where he's not able to properly coordinate his body. This was the source of friction in my marriage and I knew we had to eventually part ways because my then husband wasn't ready to be part of this. The boy can't even lift a mug of porridge to his mouth, he should be getting some therapy sessions to improve but I'm not able to afford it. Since then I have tried my luck severally but nothing is coming forth, until I just decided to be burning charcoal and supplying to Kilifi town. I started this with $350 I got from table banking which I used to secure a motorcycle from a credit society at a deposit of $200. The rest of the money was spent on paying people to burn charcoal for me then my brother ferries using the motorcycle. But again I realized that the cost was extremely high that I couldn't get a good margin." (Country: Kenya)
Eunice's family
access_time 9 days ago
Eunice enrolled.
"I do not have any reliable sources of income at the moment. My husband is a motorcycle taxi rider at Kilifi town while I take care of our three children who're attending a local grade school right here in the village. I pay school fees totaling to $60 each academic term. Alongside that I also need around $50 monthly to be able to get family supplies like cooking oil, sugar, soaps among other things. My husband sends me around $10 weekly which isn't enough according to the needs of this family. I sometimes have to burn charcoal and sell to be able to supplement." (Country: Kenya)
Katana's family
access_time 9 days ago
Katana received a $435 second payment.
"I have huge future plans but the challenge is money. I received two transfers and already the money is finished, do not have money at the moment. I would have boosted my business and paid school fees for my children since it is giving me a big headache" (Country: Kenya)
Dzendere's family
access_time 9 days ago
Dzendere enrolled.
"As a widow and the breadwinner of my household, I am compelled to perform very strenuous work like quarrying to sustain the family. This work has drained my energy and, a situation that makes me look so old than I should be. Imagine spending the whole day at the quarry, maybe hungry on some days due to the nature of my work. My pay is usually $20 per week, an income that settles my bills only. I have never thought of investing because my work is just hand-to-mouth. What a sorrowful life!" (Country: Kenya)
Kizi's family
access_time 9 days ago
Kizi enrolled.
"The lack of a reliable source of income is the biggest challenge that I am facing in my life. With a family of 10, we normally depend on my husband who does bicycle maintenance, a job that has currently been challenged by the existence of motorbikes. He usually gets $3 per day, an earning that we spend on food. This means there are no savings for our future and our children's education is also affected since they are frequently sent home due to a lack of fees." (Country: Kenya)
David's family
access_time 10 days ago
David received a $435 second payment.
"I want to build a new house so that we can all fit in. Currently, we live in a single room. If I am lucky to get customers during this festive season, I can manage to build one." (Country: Kenya)
Kaingu's family
access_time 10 days ago
Kaingu received a $435 second payment.
"I would like to boost my business from its current worth of kes. 50000 to bigger and better booming business. I would also like to build my house to completion and do its finishing well. The house windows still are not fixed. I believe that by saving little by little I will be able to do it." (Country: Kenya)
Umazi's family
access_time 10 days ago
Umazi received a $435 second payment.
"My biggest accomplishment would build single rooms on the piece of land that I bought. The funds enabled me to clear the outstanding fee, and I got ambitious to complete the project. To have at least three single rooms complete means that I will rent out for $20 every month, which would help in paying my children’s school fees." (Country: Kenya)