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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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John's family
access_time 1 day ago
John enrolled.
"The main challenge is a lack of finances. Apart from school fees, I have been sick for a year now. My feet started swelling and became painful. I have visited many local hospitals but the issue has never been resolved. Sometimes they swell a lot such that I can not walk or perform other duties. During these days I cannot go to work, therefore, I earn anything those days. All this hospital visits require a lot of money, as I can spend up to KES 5000 per trip."
Chebet's family
access_time 1 day ago
Chebet enrolled.
"I take care of two orphans and adding up my family members is a challenge fending up for them especially in paying school fees. The school calendar is now too short because it was disrupted by Covid 19 pandemic. Schools close for just a week, with schools, almost going on throughout I do not get enough time to look for fees. I have pending arrears for last term as we speak."
Selima's family
access_time 1 day ago
Selima enrolled.
"The main problem I face currently is paying school fees. Schools were reopened last week and all my children were sent back home for school fees. I am a mother of little means and affording school fees is a big deal. Sometimes, I hold fundraising to raise the school fees but since I have done many times people have become so reluctant to come through for me."
Sigei's family
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Sigei enrolled.
"I am a farmer who uses a hoe to prepare my farm for planting. Using this tool is energy consuming and it takes me 1 month to get my 1.5-acre farm ready to be planted. I have had the desire to own oxen to ease my work in the farm but this dream has never materialized due to lack of finances. I keep a dairy cow that produces 5 liters of milk daily which I sell at KES 30 for every liter. This translates to KES 4500 every month and all of it is spent on paying school fees for my son, leaving me with nothing. Receiving this money will make my farming a bit easier and faster, therefore, saving me time to focus on other important things."
Judy's family
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Judy enrolled.
"The challenge we are facing currently is food insecurity. I used to cultivate maize for consumption but maize necrosis disease have been destroying them for some years now. We are left with no other choice but do casual jobs so as to meet this."
Stanley's family
access_time 1 day ago
Stanley enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a improved living standard of my family. I depend on dairy farming as a source of income which I thank God it has been doing well. I plan to use around KES 30,000 to add another dairy cow. This will increase my income in future so to meet school fees for my 3 children who are about to join secondary level. The remaining amount I will use in building a house to my grown up sons and other family basic needs."
Dama's family
access_time 1 day ago
Dama enrolled.
"Receiving this money means a better house for my family. This is because my house is not yet complete due to lack of money. I am planning to spend KES 40,000 for the house as well as purchase of two beds and mattresses. I will also use KES 15,000 of the second transfer to clear fee balance for my child so that he can have a good time to study for his final secondary school examination. The remaining amount will help me to cater for other basic needs such as food and water."
Kugo's family
access_time 1 day ago
Kugo enrolled.
"Being an old coupled aged 70s ,we have lived in a traditional single house for our whole lifetime. Receiving this amount means a modern and better shelter for us.The societal lifestyle has changed because modern houses are mushrooming and for our case we have not afforded to be at bar with them .We feel embarrassed whenever visitors like you are around, this is because the house is smoky and sometimes soot falls into the cup of tea our guest is taking.Moreover, there is no privacy in this house because this is the bedroom, kitchen, sitting room and store .A person can see all the stuff within this household.These transfers will enable me get rid of this shame and get privacy because I shall build a big modern house of two rooms.I shall spend almost KES 50000 for materials and labour."
Annah's family
access_time 1 day ago
Annah enrolled.
"My household is currently facing the challenge of inadequate food and poor shelter. Having 3 children and 1 grandchild to shelter is a challenge because as you can see this small hut cannot accommodate all of us. My son has to seek a place to sleep in from the neighborhood. This usually hurts me a lot because my children will not have a strong bond and his safety also worries me. Having no dairy cow also subjects my family to nutritional deficiency because we depend on purchased milk which sometimes we do not get."
Zeddy's family
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Zeddy enrolled.
"Raising school fees has been the biggest challenge am facing currently. Production from the farm has been so little. I always depend on farm produce like keels, onions, and potatoes to sell so that I pay school fees, For the last 8 months I have not harvested anything, from the farm because of the low Rains in the area. I feel so bad as a parent to see my children out of school."