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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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Zeddy's family
access_time 1 day ago
Zeddy enrolled.
"When my husband passed on 10 years ago, my life hit rock bottom as I had to struggle to make ends meet. Raising 5 children single-handled through casual jobs is stressful as they pay $1 a day. This is insufficient to cater for the needs such as education, food and clothing of my family of 6. Additionally, these jobs are difficult to find and one can stay without earning for even 2 days meaning, the household will lack food for the day and hence stay hungry."
Kobilo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kobilo enrolled.
"I am 64, years old. Getting food here is very difficult. I mainly depend on my goats and chicken. I have 30 goats and 11 chicken. Due to the drought it's hard feeding my goats. Most of the vegetation is dry. The milk I get from the goats is little and not enough for me and my grandchild. Due to the drought, I have sold many goats for food and school fees. I am worried that I may lose all the stock by selling them to get food."
Rael's family
access_time 1 day ago
Rael enrolled.
"There's a lot of poverty in the community. Our place is dry and we depend on livestock mainly. The country's economy has also worsened. Prices of commodities are high. There's little to no casual jobs now. In this village, one cannot get any jobs unless you move to the lower part, near lake Bogoria. Irrigation is done there. Due to lack of rains and the fact all farmers depend on irrigation. I can only get at best two days of work in a week. One's paid $2.50 per day. It's difficult sustaining a family with that. When it rains, many people farm and we're able to get plenty of jobs to support ourselves daily. Lack of casual jobs has affected my ability to support family."
Sidi's family
access_time 1 day ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Lack of food is the challenge I am currently facing. I do subsistence farming as my job. However, it is four years now without rain in the village. This has caused drought and affected my work. I turned to casual jobs which are not accessible. The family takes only one meal per day. This has affected my family health."
Kadzo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"20 years ago, our area had huge forests and people lived in harmony since we used to receive plenty of rainfall but this is not the case at the moment. Due to deforestation, the area is now desert and we no longer depend on farming because of prolonged droughts. We are currently depending on charcoal work which is also not reliable because we are forced to dig out tree remains to make the charcoal. This has made life so difficult and meeting our basic has always been a task for us. This has affected my children's education since my first son had to drop out of school when he was in form three. What a life! In addition, we are living a very miserable life which does not give me peace of mind. Thus, these are the challenges that I am currently facing in my life."
Janeth's family
access_time 1 day ago
Janeth enrolled.
"My three daughters are in secondary school and another one is about to join a medical school. Unfortunately, they are all at home for lack of school fees. My husband and I do subsistence farming to make ends meet and for the past two years, we have not had a bumper harvest. This has made it difficult to raise school fees for them which disheartens us."
Kt's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kt enrolled.
Chuma's family
access_time 3 days ago
Chuma enrolled.
"The challenges that I am currently facing are all money related challenges. I have children who are working yes but they have great we responsibility of taking care of their families among other needs. This has often left me and my ageing wife helpless and yet we can do very little to raise income at our old age. There are projects that I have always wanted to accomplish and which requires money but getting this money has always proven to be tough for us. All these projects have had to stall until such a time that we will get some money."
Margaret's family
access_time 3 days ago
Margaret enrolled.
"The greatest challenge that we are currently facing as a family is lack of enough money to adequately meet all our family's needs. We have not been able to raise enough money to pay school fees and to buy food for our family. Despite my husband having to stay away from family in order to make extra cash and despite the fact that we have made some harvests from our farms. All these have not enabled us to meet all our needs adequately. We for example have one of our children who recently completed his secondary school education recently but has not been able to join any tertiary institution due to lack of money to pay his school fees. We have other four children in various secondary schools who all look up to us. We can only hope that things will get better with time and that we will have better living standards as a family once we receive the transfer from GiveDirectly."
Cynthia's family
access_time 3 days ago
Cynthia enrolled.
"The challenges that we are currently facing as a family are quite many. It has been tough relying on odd casual jobs to make ends meet. The situation have even been worse with the current weather conditions. Following the recent few days of scorching sun, it has been hard to even get those casual jobs. The subsistence agriculture that we rely on have also not been so profitable. This is largely because of the small acreages of land that we till. This situation left us to rely entirely on my husband who does motorcycle taxi to earn a living. The motorcycle that he uses was bought on credit terms and we had huge balances to clear. My husband could not afford to pay off the debts and at the same time buy us basic household needs. The situation that even got out of hand and we had to finally let go of our one dairy cow that helped us feed the family. This was one of the lowest and challenging moments in our lives. We can only look forward to getting some money and buying at least one dairy cow."