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Kabunda's family
access_time 16 days ago
Kabunda enrolled.
"Most of our challenges are connected to this prolonged drought that has been in existence for almost two years causing a lot of food security issues. Personally I have four children; two are in high school paying school fees of $60 while the other two in primary school pays $15 per academic term. My husband has always been in the habit of running away from responsibilities and so he doesn't help at all. I'm single handedly running my businesses and paying all the bills plus feeding my children. He recently decided to go live with his brother in the next village leaving us here to fend for ourselves just so that no one reminds him of his responsibilities. I normally sell vegetables at Matanomanne market in the evening, but I do take time in the day to do other things that also earn me extra cash like casual jobs in a construction sites."
Sidi's family
access_time 16 days ago
Sidi enrolled.
"We do not have reliable sources of income here in the village. Culturally, we're subsistence farmers, but due to prolonged droughts we have to find some other ways of generating income to be able to provide for our families. Therefore I have been taking up casual jobs around the village mostly construction ones paying about $5 daily to be able to feed my eight children and pay school fees for six of them. My husband on the other side is employed as a gardener in Malindi town where he earns $100 monthly. Out of the six children who're still schooling; five are in primary school paying school fees of $15 every academic term, while the one who's in high school pays $300 annually."
Johnson's family
access_time 16 days ago
Johnson enrolled.
"I have been in pain for the past three months just because of someone's negligence to observe traffic rules. I remember it so vividly, I was on the road on my motorcycle when I decided to take a left turn at a junction, I was careful and did not forget to indicate but the rider behind was not. He was at high speed and ended up knocking me off the road. I have been bedridden for those months, in pain, and unable to go to work. It is affecting my productivity at home focusing my wife to look for extra jobs just to feed us."
Zawadi's family
access_time 16 days ago
Zawadi enrolled.
"When I was pregnant, my blood count was very low, a situation that restrained me from actively engaging in my fast food vending job. This has currently affected my ability to sort out some basic needs because I do not have enough money. Nowadays, I am forced to depend on my husband who is a casual laborer on construction sites. His income hardly sustains us since his work is inconsistent and its payment is low, usually $7 per day. This means we forfeit some meals on some days a situation that has affected my health considering that, I am breastfeeding."
Christopher's family
access_time 16 days ago
Christopher enrolled.
"As a parent, I would feel so much happy to see my children being responsible. This has never been the case since they abandoned us and decided to live in Mombasa. This has robbed away my joy as a parent because I no longer get their financial support considering that, my welding job does not earn me much and it's unreliable. This means that sometimes, I am forced to forfeit meals or survive on one, a situation that has directly affected my health status."
Kaduche's family
access_time 16 days ago
Kaduche enrolled.
"Currently, I am experiencing many challenges but financial constraints top the list. This means it has not been easy to settle some of my very basic needs like seeking proper medication despite having been diagnosed with ulcers 2 years ago. I have struggled to seek medication from our local health centers but my state is yet to improve, which prompts me to visit a referral hospital. What pains me most is the lack of money ($10) to facilitate the transport and this has compelled me to stay at home hopelessly."
Samini's family
access_time 16 days ago
Samini enrolled.
"Money is everything, this is what I have recently come to learn. I have a grandson who passed well in his secondary school final exams 4 years ago, but he is yet to join college to pursue his dream career. This has forced him to engage in casual labor to earn little income to support himself, a situation which makes me feel like having wasted my money on school fees. Imagine what I feel as a parent! I am so stressed by this and I am always feeling one day, the financial problem will come to pass and I will have a reason to smile."
Sidi's family
access_time 16 days ago
Sidi enrolled.
"I am living with my husband only. My children left for Mombasa and never come home. I do subsistence family and my husband is old he does not do any work now. We have had a drought in our village for the past three years. This has affected farming and caused famine. I rely on neighbors to feed my aged husband. Lack of food is the challenge I am facing now."
Agnes's family
access_time 16 days ago
Agnes enrolled.
"I am a housewife who depends on subsistence farming and my husband is just a casual worker. It is three years now without rain in our village. This has caused famine in the community. My husband earns approximately $ 50 per month from his work. This is little for the family expenses and mostly it caters for food only. Children have not been going to school always due to the lack of fees. Lack of a reliable source of income is the current challenge I am currently facing."
Linet's family
access_time 16 days ago
Linet enrolled.
"I have accumulated so many debts that sometimes I think to myself and wonder how I am surviving. I have five children in school, I owe two different schools $320 and $120. I also belong to a women's group where I also took a loan of $180 to settle some school fees arrears. I am in so much debt that I have become the talk of the village and it is affecting my mental state."