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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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Joan's family
access_time 2 months ago
Joan enrolled.
"The most challenging thing at the moment is the rising cost of living. It affects us more because we do not have a good source of income. We only depend on livestock farming to meet our needs. This kind of farming is affected by prolonged drought and it is a common occurrence in this area. Once the dry spell starts milk production also goes down. This affects our $20 monthly income from this venture. At that moment we have to look for casual jobs around to supplement our income and it is not easy to come by these jobs."
Mercy's family
access_time 2 months ago
Mercy enrolled.
"Lack of financial stability is the main challenge that has deprived my family of many essential needs like access to education for my children. I have four children who are in various schools and raising their school fees has been nothing short of a nightmare. Farming is not doing well in this region and this has forced my husband to relocate to Nakuru to lease land because he is the sole bread winner. In Nakuru he plants maize, beans and sometimes potatoes. Leasing land costs $ 100 per acre for a period of one year and buying farm inputs is also expensive. Every year we get a profit of $150 from the farm and this is $ 100 short of the yearly school fees. I feel that our hard work is not enough to sustain our children in school because they are always sent home because of unpaid arrears"
Paskalia's family
access_time 2 months ago
Paskalia enrolled.
"I was infected with polio during my childhood days and the effects are still active in my body. I walk in a staggering manner that someone can mistake me for someone who is drunk. I cannot do anything task because my body is weak and it is sad that the condition is not treatable. I have one cow which produces 2 liters of milk daily and this is what keeps me going. I am worried of what I will survive on when the cow will get to it's dry period."
Bii's family
access_time 2 months ago
Bii enrolled.
"Lack of financial stability to meet the growing needs of my family has been a challenge. I have been employed by a friend to work as a motorcycle taxi operator where in a day I earn $2 or even less. Prices of food commodities are going up each passing day while the money I earn is not. There was a time I was asking friends to lend me money but since I cannot repay, most of them are not answering my calls. The presence of GiveDirectly speaks hope to desperate people like me."
Jumaa's family
access_time 2 months ago
Jumaa enrolled.
"It's really hard to get employment opportunities in this area especially given my level of education. I didn't get a chance to go beyond class two. I have been employed as a herdsman within the village now for about three years earning $50 monthly. This amount is extremely low for our needs as a family. I have a wife and two children who are not yet schooling, but I can't even afford food throughout the month! My house is built halfway because I did not have money then to complete it and still I haven't been able over four years that have passed by. It's just a single room mud walled house with a grass thatched roof that is terribly leaking during rainy seasons."
Salima's family
access_time 2 months ago
Salima enrolled.
"Prolonged droughts has made it quite hard to produce crops that we could have been depending on as subsistence farmers. This has led to most villagers resorting to charcoal burning and sell or firewood business to be able to make ends meet. Personally, I tried charcoal burning but we ran out of trees. Finally we decided to do small scale mining of manganese and selling to middle men. This earns us $ 240 monthly as a group of ten workers. We decided to team up because it's not possible to get the required 30 tons so fast working alone."
Loice's family
access_time 2 months ago
Loice enrolled.
"The ongoing drought has completely hanged our lifestyle in this village. Initially we used to majorly depend on subsistence farming, but this is no longer possible as it has been continuous drought for the past two years or so. To keep lights on, I have been selling fried fish at a nearby high school to students who are boarding. My husband on the other side is employed by some Indian family in Mombasa town as a casual labor.kame. Together we've been able to feed and educate our five children."
Claris's family
access_time 2 months ago
Claris enrolled.
"I am operating a kiosk at home, a job that I have been doing for 3 years now. Currently, I am experiencing financial challenges because the profit from this work is very low and some of my customers have become unreliable. Imagine giving someone goods on credit and ending up unpaid the bill! It has been a life full of stress because I feel like I do the job as my routine since I don't get my desired profit. I have always hoped to expand this job but it's very hard due to the low capital which has not grown over time. What a life!"
Mickey's family
access_time 2 months ago
Mickey enrolled.
"I am a barber by profession and I earn $35 a month. However, this job is seasonal and sometimes unpredictable. As a family man, I am required to provide for my family of 3 always but unfortunately, finances have been a pitfall. It pains me when I do not meet the family's needs always hence viewing myself as a failure."
Grace's family
access_time 2 months ago
Grace enrolled.
"I have lived in this village for last 5 years. Came here in 2017 when I separated with my then husband in Nakuru. My brother gave me this house to stay at with my family of 7. The biggest challenge is that I don't have a place to call home. This land belongs to my brother. It's expected that as time goes by, I buy my own land to settle. It makes me sad because women are not allowed to own ancestral land in our culture. To do some planting, I am forced to hire a piece of land. This affects my ability to plant crops such as maize, groundnuts and millet. Therefore, we may not have enough food as a family."