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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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Ngumbao's family
access_time 10 days ago
Ngumbao enrolled.
"I do crop farming together with my wife. My last born son works as a teacher though he gets salary from parents not yet employed by the government. The village has faced drought for the past three years now. This has affected my work and caused famine. I only take one meal per day due to lack of food. This is the challenge I am currently facing."
Nzingo's family
access_time 10 days ago
Nzingo enrolled.
"I am a widow living with my two children. My husband died two years ago and I now have the burden of taking care of the family alone. I rely on subsistence farming only and as for now farming is not doing well due to the lack of rain. This has resulted to famine in my family. So lack of food is the challenge I am facing."
Saumu's family
access_time 10 days ago
Saumu enrolled.
"I have a family of seven and we all depend on my husband for survival. He works as a gardener at Malindi earning $50 per month. The family requires 60 bales of maize flour per month for us to have three meals per day. This cost $120 and the husband's income is only $50. I am just a housewife doing domestic chores. I normally budget with have I have thus the family takes one meal per day only and sometimes goes without food the whole day. My children have grown weak and this has health implications. Lack of food is the challenge I am facing in life."
Koi's family
access_time 10 days ago
Koi enrolled.
"I have a family with seven members living in a piece of land worth 10 acres. My wife and I have done agriculture since our youthful age. That has been I am the source of income. It is four years now without rain in our village. This means no agricultural activities can take place. I have been doing casual labor which gives an income of approximately $30 per month. This caters for food and sometimes the family goes without food. My two grandsons have dropped out of school because they cannot go to school while hungry. The family takes one meal per day now. This is a challenge to me as the family head."
Dennis's family
access_time 11 days ago
Dennis enrolled.
"Raising a family of three single-handedly is the biggest challenge. We have a sickly child, which means my wife has to stay at home to look after him while I fend for the family. I work as a tout at the nearest town earning $5 a day. This amount is unreliable as it is seasonal and I hardly save any for future use. All of it goes into purchasing food and medication for my child. Living like this makes me sad but I am hoping to change my life for the better in future."
Sharon's family
access_time 11 days ago
Sharon received a $436 second payment.
"My ambition would be to purchase a parcel of land. I am optimistic that with hard work and determination I would be able to raise money from my business to realise this dream. Above all, I am grateful for the support that amazingly lifted my living standards."
Helen's family
access_time 11 days ago
Helen enrolled.
"Old age comes with a lot of challenges, health problems being one of them. When I lost my husband in 2020, I was depressed because I no longer had someone to lean on in times of need. All my children are married and they relocated to another town but only come over the holiday. Since then, my health deteriorated as I developed recurrent blood pressure and ulcers. It pains me because I do not have the finances to manage this condition as I always depend on my children for support. At times they do not have the finances and I have to borrow from friends which is embarrassing."
Caroline's family
access_time 11 days ago
Caroline enrolled.
"My 2 children, 27 and 18 have not acquired their KCSE certificate from their former school because of fee arrears. I depend on casual jobs such as collecting firewood and cultivating people's farms to earn $10 on a good month. I use this money to pay part of the school fees for my children as well as purchase food for my family of 8. However, I have not had enough savings to exhaustively pay my children's fees and they they have to forego their certificates until the $100 arrears are cleared. It pains me because they are lagging in employment as they could have eased my financial burden by supporting their siblings now that my tomorrow is almost uncertain."
Loice's family
access_time 11 days ago
Loice enrolled.
"Money, it is as if we are playing hide and seek. I am so frustrated that I have to struggle to get food or pay school fees for my children. The odd jobs I get (washing clothes and fetching firewood) only support me for less than two weeks a month. I have to live within my means. Sometimes it gets hard and we go to bed hungry but I am hopeful that things will get better someday."
Sylvia's family
access_time 11 days ago
Sylvia enrolled.
"I feel so hurt and abandoned, the weight of the world on me. Never in a million years did I think that I would live the life I am living now. My 51-year-old husband left me for a younger wife not so long ago. I found out a year ago but the pain is still fresh. He has neglected us as his family and I have been left to fend for a family of ten, nine children and I. I have to look for odd jobs( wash clothes, burn charcoal and sell tomatoes) just to earn a living. It is tough I tell you, his parents are also against and I feel trapped since I can not go back to my maternal home because my children are yet to clear primary school. I regret having been married."