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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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Lydia's family
access_time 2 months ago
Lydia enrolled.
"We used to depend on charcoal burning to earn a living but this has been restricted by the government. I could earn $40 in a week which was enough to sustain the basic needs of my family. Recently, I am not able to even purchase food for lack of money. I am forced to seek casual jobs which can earn me only $5 in a week. Financial constraints is the greatest challenge."
Benard's family
access_time 2 months ago
Benard enrolled.
"Land determines how successful you can be as a farmer and the more you have it, the better the income you can get. I have a 0.5 acre farm right now and I use this space to rear 2 dairy cows. I make an average of $25 monthly throughout the year. My income is little basically due to the high cost of production. I am forced to buy feed that I could have produced if I had enough land size. I therefore wish to increase the current land size by another half an acre."
Ngenoh's family
access_time 2 months ago
Ngenoh enrolled.
"I am facing a big challenge currently with my income which has been the root cause of all the problems that I am facing. I am a teacher by profession and I earn $40 every month from coaching students in a nearby primary school. This amount half of it goes to paying my student loan and the rest is left to cater to the needs of my family of 3 and for my parent also. This leaves me with nothing to invest or acquire any asset. This is a trend that has been worrying me for a long time now that in future I'll have nothing to show for in the work that am currently doing."
Joseph's family
access_time 2 months ago
Joseph enrolled.
"Lack of financial stability is the main challenge that I face at the moment. I am a dairy farmer and just last month I lost 3 cows to East Coast Fever and this has been a setback because they were all producing 30 liters of milk per day. I have lost income since I used to earn $18 per day from the sale of milk. I have not recovered from the shock and I don't know if I will continue with this venture."
Augustine's family
access_time 2 months ago
Augustine enrolled.
"Food insecurity is one major challenge that my family is facing. I am epileptic and this hinders me from working to my full potential in order to provide for my young family. I normally get at least one seizure per day and I always confine myself to my compound to make sure I am safe in case of an attack. This leaves my wife as the only breadwinner and more often than not she is overwhelmed. She works as a casual laborer, working in other people's farms, doing manual jobs like weeding, to put food on the table for the rest of us. The much that she can earn on a good day is $3. This is not enough to buy 3 meals for the day."
Regina's family
access_time 2 months ago
Regina enrolled.
"It is 1 year now since I started my food kiosk but there have been so many financial challenges to operating it. My capital has ever been $15 and it has not increased yet, which means in a day, I only make $1 after paying my worker $1.5. Since my husband has other responsibilities, he has not gotten the opportunity to help me in this business and I find it hard to save and expand my job. Hence, the stress of operating a low-performing job is the biggest challenge that I am currently facing."
Christine's family
access_time 2 months ago
Christine enrolled.
"It is slightly past 1 year now since I separated from my husband and this left me with the burden of taking care of my 8 children. Considering that my tailoring job has not been stable since I came back to my maternal home, I have faced a lot of challenges including the provision of my family's basic needs. What a life of worries as a mother! My children's education is what has been affected most since they have frequently been sent home due to the lack of fees. At home, we have been forfeiting meals, a situation that has affected our health status. Therefore, I consider financial instability as my biggest challenge."
Dominic's family
access_time 2 months ago
Dominic enrolled.
"Lately, the cost of living has risen which has affected us a lot, especially the cost of food. We depend on casual jobs which have become hard to come by and so it is a tall order to put food on the table. We have resorted to food rationing where we skip lunch just to have supper so in a day we survive on one meal. Sometimes we feel so hungry but we have no otherwise but to withstand the situation. In the past, we used to buy 2 kg of maize grain at $0.7 but it has since tripled to $2.20 per 2 Kg which is expensive and at times unaffordable."
Andrew's family
access_time 2 months ago
Andrew enrolled.
"Life is not easy, we are faced with a myriad of challenges that have derailed us from progressing and improving our standards of living. We made a deliberate resolution to educate our children to better themselves and to assist us in our old age when they get employed. We are people of little means, I am employed as a watchman in the nearby Kimatisio Catholic parish and earning a paltry $40 per month which is hardly enough to meet our needs. I have sold all the livestock to cater to the school fees of my children. Raising schools is a major challenge that we are faced with right now and it has made our lives extremely difficult."
Richard's family
access_time 2 months ago
Richard enrolled.
"I don't have access to clean water. There is a scarcity of water in our village. I am forced to share the little I have with my neighbours who do not have water too. I am magnanimous and I find it hard for me to refuse them some water. So that is the main challenge I face. It was even worse some few months ago when the long rains had failed and so accessing water was a challenge and the feeds for the livestock too."