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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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Mary's family
access_time 2 months ago
Mary enrolled.
"There has been little or no rain this year. This has affected us a lot. We had planted 2 acres of land. On a good season we could harvest 8 bags of maize and 50 kilos of beans. This year we lost everything. It has made our life's really difficult. To survive during this dry season, we've sold 6 goats. When we sell the goats we're able to buy bags of maize. It's sad seeing our stock reduce." (Country: Kenya)
Alex's family
access_time 2 months ago
Alex enrolled.
"My name is Alex, 21, I completed my secondary education in 2020. In 2002, my father passed on, I was very young. When our father died, my mother left us with my younger brother who now stays with my aunt. To get education, food and shelter, we've always depended on well-wishers and relatives. Since I completed my secondary education, I've always wanted to do a course in Supply Chains Management. This has not been possible because I lack school fees. To complete the course, I will need about $2000. It's really stressful that I cannot do the course. This is because I believe when I have the certificate it will help boost my livelihood." (Country: Kenya)
Pauline's family
access_time 2 months ago
Pauline enrolled.
"Food insecurity is the greatest challenge because I live in a semi-arid area. It has been two years since I last had a good harvest from our farms. I must work to get money to purchase equally expensive food. I take two meals a day when I have money otherwise it is most once. This becomes a problem and it deteriorates my health as I lack enough nutritional food." (Country: Kenya)
James's family
access_time 2 months ago
James enrolled.
"The cost of living has increased to the extent that I cannot meet all the basic needs of my eight school-going children. I rely on business profits to make ends meet, but this year it has been tough and I have $500 in school fees arrears. Come January, I will need $1000 to send them to school but with the little income, I get stressed up knowing they may fail to go on time for their studies." (Country: Kenya)
Cherutich's family
access_time 2 months ago
Cherutich enrolled.
"I lost my sight 40 years ago after being struck in the head with a machete by an estranged wife. Because I can't take care of myself, I view this as having been and continuing to be my challenge for many years. Despite the fact that they have their own families to care for, my grandchildren are the only people I rely on to take care of me. This makes me sad a times since they struggle also to cater for their families. Due to my condition, I haven't been able to construct a decent home for myself, and as a result, this semi-permanent building is currently in poor shape and is also quite small and freezing at night. Since I must rely on others for everything, including sitting down, I often feel depressed." (Country: Kenya)
Mathew's family
access_time 2 months ago
Mathew enrolled.
"The challenge that I am currently facing has to do mainly with my housing condition. I borrowed this house from my grandparents before they passed on and they allowed me to settle with my family here despite the house having a leaky roof and cracked mud walls. It's nightmare to live because it is too cold at night and inhabitable when it rains. I can't afford to carry out any repairs now because the effort will be worthless, the house is already too old and it's not worth. You'll sort out one problem only to realize another. We depend on selling small household items in a small kiosk here in the village and it can only sustain our food needs this makes us to shelter in this house because wee have no otherwise." (Country: Kenya)
Tabitha's family
access_time 2 months ago
Tabitha enrolled.
"Being a single mother of two, life has not been easy for me. At 22 years, I feel like I am going through challenges that are way above my age. My family is going through financial challenges that are occasioned by lack of a stable income. I am a poultry farmer collecting at least 20 eggs per day which I sell locally for $0.2 each. I have a 2-month-old baby who requires pampers which are expensive to buy." (Country: Kenya)
Kahindi's family
access_time 2 months ago
Kahindi received a $28 ninth payment.
(Country: Kenya)
Damaris's family
access_time 2 months ago
Damaris enrolled.
"Climate change has adversely impacted the rainfall pattern in my area. For instance, the last time we had a heavy downpour was in September 2022 but it only lasted for a week. Since then, rainfall has been seasonal and almost a nightmare. Even though I wish to produce food in my garden, I am saddened that the climate is harsh as nothing can grow on it. My family of 5, concurrently cannot access clean water as we depend on the seasonal river which is 2 kilometres away. Therefore I cannot even irrigate the crop I have been intending to plant on my farm." (Country: Kenya)
Toiyoi's family
access_time 2 months ago
Toiyoi enrolled.
"Earlier this year, 2022. I planted maize and groundnuts on a quarter a acre piece of land. It's has been very dry this year, I lost all my crops. We currently buy 1kg of maize at $ 0.80, which is very expensive. The price is not dropping, could get worse. I depend on selling some of my goats to get money for sustainance. A goat goes for $30 now, which is low. I am worried of my food security since I now have fewer goats. The goats have also lost weight due to the drought." (Country: Kenya)
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