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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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Hellen's family
access_time 11 days ago
Hellen enrolled.
"There is a sense of contentment that comes with working or even studying, just having something to occupy one's day. I am a mother of one and apart from raising my two-year-old son, I have nothing else to do. I feel it is time for me to engage myself in other activities, (acquiring skills as a tailor) to place me in a better position to make a living. But I feel stuck because I lack the funds to do so. I need to find my purpose."
Samuel's family
access_time 11 days ago
Samuel enrolled.
"I am a farmer doing crop farming and rearing chickens for sale. I do irrigation on my 1.5-acre piece of land. It is now one year without receiving rain in our village. The river dried up since April 2022. Due to the shortage of work I had to stop my work. I only depend on casual work now. I used to earn approximately $100 every month from my farm products but now I can a whole month without getting any income. I lack money to buy food now. This is the challenge I am currently facing."
Victor's family
access_time 11 days ago
Victor enrolled.
"I have a lot of challenges to face in my life. I was charged with looking after my grandfather's property and livestock after he passed away. However, given the prolonged draughts and lack of water for irrigation, this has not been simple. Since I finished my automotive engineering studies two years ago and haven't been able to find work since then, I am totally dependent on the farm for all of my basic necessities. The lack of rains though, has led to low productivity and lack of cash which is a challenge for me."
Nicholus's family
access_time 11 days ago
Nicholus enrolled.
"I was passionate about studying to become a plant operator once I had finished my school education.  The problem I have, though, is that I don't have the money to pay the fees because it will cost me roughly $1200 to finish. I currently work as a motorcycle rider for boda boda and earn around $3 each day.  This money is insufficient to pay for my son's nanny and buy food because Felicity, my wife, is still enrolled in school."
Khadija's family
access_time 12 days ago
Khadija enrolled.
"I have a family of two members and I have been to marriage for only nine months now. I am a housewife and my husband works as a casual worker with an income of $120 per month. We are expecting a baby for three months to come. That income changes depending on how much work he got in a month. As an expectant woman, I need to feed well every day but that is not the case. Two days ago, I had a cup of porridge and spent the whole day without food. I feel dizziness nowadays due to a lack of enough blood. This is caused by a lack of food. This is the challenge I am facing ."
Chenda's family
access_time 12 days ago
Chenda enrolled.
"I have been living a life full of happiness till four years ago when I developed hypertension problems. The problem made me lose consciousness and fall on a burning fire and had bad burnings on my right knee. Since then up to now, I can not walk for long distances alone. Hypertension is also still a challenge to me thus I cannot work anymore. I depend on my son for survival."
Kazungu's family
access_time 12 days ago
Kazungu enrolled.
"I am currently living alone. My wife lives with our children who lives in the Malindi sub-county. I am a farmer doing crop farming and rearing animals. It has been three years now without rain in our village. This caused drought and famine. I had ten cows and they all died due to a lack of water and grass. It happened last year 2022. I am now having a challenge of getting food. I rely on my children and neighbors for food. Food is the current challenge I am facing."
Josephine's family
access_time 12 days ago
Josephine enrolled.
"If problems had a tag, it would have my name. It has been a tough year, having to battle sickness, and a lack of finances. I have ulcers and chest problems, recently I had a scan taken, and the doctors discovered a swelling in my heart. I need medical attention but I have exhausted all my finances in seeking treatment. My grocery store business is crumbling and this has affected my ability to provide for my children, especially in paying for their school fees. Anxiety has taken over my life and my heart is crying out for rest."
Linner's family
access_time 12 days ago
Linner enrolled.
"We are currently struggling with payment of school fees and it has drained us financially as a family. I have 3 children all of them in high school and their school fees amounts to $1000 a year. We were lucky this year because they just joined and we sold all the cattle that we had to cover for this. We have however exhausted our investments and we were worried about next year and how we shall be able to meet this expense. We are just livestock farmers and we have invested all our energy in this, the next option would have been selling the land but it's not a sustainable option. We are grateful for the assistance."
Emmanuel's family
access_time 12 days ago
Emmanuel enrolled.
"The challenges I have experienced in my life are so many. Having grown up as an orphan, life was so difficult. I lost my parents at the age of 14 when I had just started high school. I had to depend on well-wishers in the community to educate me. I used to be sent home almost every month to collect school fees which was not even there. I still owe the school about $300 4 years later and they have held to my high school certificate so that I cannot apply to any college to further my studies. It is so challenging now to provide for my family of three because I have to depend on casual jobs that are hard to come by lately. I wish I could continue with my college education because this will keep me competitive in the job market."