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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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Caren's family
access_time 1 day ago
Caren enrolled.
"I separated from my spouse In the year 2015 and came back home with my two children. My parents gave me a space in their land to build my own house to live in but since I had been married off initially, I was not given land for cultivation. To provide food for my family, I usually engage in tedious casual labor on people's farms which earns me $3 daily. My health has lately deteriorated, backaches and chest pains is what I experience daily and yet there is no other reliable source of income that I can venture in. This is the biggest hardship I face"
Elizabeth's family
access_time 1 day ago
Elizabeth enrolled.
"Due to my current age of 78 years, I am no longer that productive as I used to be during my prime years. I am unable to perform all the household chores and other income generating activities like farming. I am left only to do those kind of task that are less intensive. Over reliance on my grand children after they are back from school is something that I do not fancy. This is because there are some personal tasks that I would wish to be doing alone but I am unable to. This for me is the biggest hardship I have ever experienced."
Emmy's family
access_time 1 day ago
Emmy enrolled.
"Growing up I was fascinated with cooking and wanted to be a professional chef. My parents could not send me to college because of financial difficulties which led me to getting married immediately after my high school education. Getting this money will mean a lot to my family because we can use our first transfer to build the main house and use our current house as a kitchen. This will enable me to have more space in cooking and learn new recipes which I can use to start my own food vending business within the village later on."
Cynthia's family
access_time 2 days ago
Cynthia enrolled.
"Being a semi arid area, rain hardly falls making our farms to dry up and crops to wither away. For a jobless woman like me, I have to fully depend on my husband who occasionally would get house construction jobs in Bomet town, one and a half hours away from here. Over relying on him takes away my esteem and dignity as it reduces me to nothing less than a beggar. Life would be better if I had a productive farm to cultivate."
Patrick's family
access_time 2 days ago
Patrick enrolled.
"Financial constraints has been my biggest hardship in life. I was brought up in a very humble polygamous set up. I have 7 siblings , not to mention my step brothers. My parents could not afford school fees for me to study beyond primary education. My dream was finishing my studies, building a decent house, marrying early enough and raising my children well. I married my wife few months ago at the age of 36, and have not build a decent house. Lack of finances are to blame for my plans not going as expected."
Kabunda's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kabunda enrolled.
"My longing has been to build a spacious house for my family of 4 members because the current one can not accommodate all of us. Thus forcing my 2 boys to seek shelter from my neighbor's house something that I feel is unworthy. Receiving this money signifies composure. I am planning to spend 70,000 shillings to construct a semi-permanent house so that my children can stay comfortable. Also, I can monitor them with a lot of ease at night. Other than that, I will use the remaining transfer to clear school arrears for my children."
Prudence's family
access_time 2 days ago
Prudence enrolled.
"About a year ago, my husband of 2 years lost his job in the Masai Mara where he worked as a tour guide. When covid came and international travels were banned, this greatly diminished his fortunes. On a typical day, he could earn about $15 including tips. Our ambition was to open up a shop keeping business for me at home so I could also contribute in putting food on the table, and saving up for our future. He has since been staying at home including running a motorcycle taxi with which he hardly makes $5 a day. My dreams of becoming a business woman were thwarted by the onset of the pandemic, owing to my husband's job loss. This is the biggest hardship I've faced."
Mwenda's family
access_time 2 days ago
Mwenda enrolled.
"Lack of a reliable source of income is my biggest hardship. I depend on my son who works as a casual laborer. The job earns him 200 Kenya shillings and is not guaranteed.This not enough to cater to all our basic needs such as food."
Kangombe's family
access_time 2 days ago
Kangombe enrolled.
"Receiving this money means boosting my daughter's education and this generally will contribute to a better living when she completes her studies. At the moment she is in form 2 and all that is possible due to my efforts of vending charcoal. I plan to ensure that I settle all the school fee arrears and also to pay the first term's fee, which will cost me 300 dollars inclusive. A portion of the transfers ($400) will help me to buy 10 goats that will multiply within a short period. This will act as my long-term investment plan to help me pay my daughter's school fee in the future. The remaining amount will aid in buying food and also sort out other basic needs like clothing."
Karembo's family
access_time 2 days ago
Karembo enrolled.
"Receiving this money means improving food security for my family. This has been my ambition for a long time because we depend on subsistence farming for livelihood. However I do not produce enough food since I do it single handedly, after my husband lost his limb. Besides, I use the traditional hoe and it is quite tiresome hence slowing down the process. In this regard I only manage to farm 1.5 acres which produce only 3 sacks of maize. My plan upon receiving this transfer, is to purchase a pair of oxen and an ox plough at a cost of 37000 Kenya shillings. This will not only scale up farming but also generate income for the family."