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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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Wesley's family
access_time 17 days ago
Wesley enrolled.
"I work as a masonry helper on construction sites here in the village where I earn $4 per day. I am the sole breadwinner in the household because my wife is still a student and cannot engage in any economic activity. My two children are in school and I am required to pay $30 every term toward their school fees. I also pay $150 every term for my wife. I am in a financial crisis and I am just surviving by God's grace. I do not remember the last time I bought myself or my children a new pair of clothes because I live from hand to mouth."
Samuel's family
access_time 17 days ago
Samuel enrolled.
"When I think of the effort I put into acquiring skills in mechanical engineering, only to end up unemployed is disheartening. I am playing my part by looking for jobs and at times I succeed in finding some casual jobs but the pay is peanuts $1 a day and we end up spending it on food. I am living from hand to mouth and it is stressful since I can not meet other needs at home."
Zawadi's family
access_time 17 days ago
Zawadi enrolled.
"We have had a lengthy drought period of close to two years putting us on a very tight spot that without money it's totally impossible to get food. As villagers we mainly rely on subsistence farming to get most of the foods we need to feed our big families. Personally I have a family of eight; six children and the two of us. My husband works several villages away from here tapping palm wine, a job that doesn't pay him much and he normally sends me just $5 weekly. Since the onset of drought, I haven't been able to produce crops. The last time I did was two years ago and it was two sacs of maize. With these new conditions I decided to try out casual jobs at the manganese mines in the village, but this had very bad effect on my health and so I ended up in charcoal burning. I've been able to produce ten sacs per month which fetches $30 at the current market price, but the new challenge is that we do not have trees anymore to burn in this village."
Thamaa's family
access_time 17 days ago
Thamaa enrolled.
"The biggest challenge here in the village is just drought. And as you might have noticed, most of our problems stem directly from that. I'm a widow living with my two children; a son and a daughter. They're both adults with my daughter still attending high school currently at form two, while my son already dropped out in primary level but never the less he's jobless and dependent on me. To take care of all that, I have been taking all sorts of casual jobs that I can get ranging from casual labor at construction sites to working for manganese mining companies. Construction jobs are heavier and pays $4 daily while mine jobs pays $20 weekly. This has been my life for the past two years of extreme drought that we weren't even able to to grow and harvest any crop."
Sidi's family
access_time 18 days ago
Sidi received a $437 second payment.
"My primary goal as a single mother is to make sure my children receive the necessary educational support. In the past years, I have been struggling with this. To make sure they can continue their studies in the upcoming year, I have thought about exploiting possible avenues of raising additional money for the family. For instance, I will work toward paying fees in advance to prevent them from being sent home, giving them more time to concentrate on their studies. I am confident that I can succeed in this by continuing to look for part-time jobs to make sure they accomplish their academic goals."
Peninah's family
access_time 18 days ago
Peninah enrolled.
"When Lake Bogoria broke its banks, my family of 6 was vastly affected by floods. Luckily, we were evicted to safer grounds leaving behind the then-productive farms where we had planted maize. My life changed as we had to engage in other economic activities such as charcoal burning to purchase food for the household. Since then, we have been living from hand to mouth to even going to bed hungry. It pains me for even if the floods subside, this land can no longer be productive because of the salt deposition from the lake."
Weldon's family
access_time 18 days ago
Weldon enrolled.
"I am involved in the bakery business where I bake and sell cakes. Recently, my business has hit headwinds because the cost of raw materials shot up, a bale of wheat flour that use to sell at $13 rose to $23 and the cost of 20-liter cooking oil skyrocketed from $20 to $60 and it had a huge impediment to my business. I had to take painful measures of cutting down costs since I could not transfer the cost to the consumers which subsequently affected the sales volumes. The cost of gas also went up and so transporting the product to the consumers became costly. My business is on its knees, if the situation continues this way I am on the verge of closing it down. Where I have reached I have no other option, I have reached a dead end. I feel bad that the business that I have built for years with sweat, tears, and blood is facing imminent closure. It bothers me a lot."
Adam's family
access_time 18 days ago
Adam received a $437 second payment.
"I want to concentrate on crop farming and livestock keeping in the upcoming year. However, the success of this endeavor is heavily dependent on rainfall availability. As a result, I will be able to embark on my motorcycle taxi business when we observe an increase in food crop production because many people will have more cash flow. However, since there is currently no money, I have let go of the taxi business, and I do charcoal burning more often. People stop using taxi services because of low cash flow. Unlike before, things were better because there were plenty of crops and low fuel prices, so people were not in extreme poverty as it is now."
Rachael's family
access_time 18 days ago
Rachael enrolled.
"I am expectant with a six-month pregnant. I feel alot of pain in my lower belly since the fourth month. I went to the nearby health centre for medication and got some medicine but there is no improvement. I have no money to go see a specialist. This is the second pregnancy and the first one did not have such challenges. I am so worried about my health and the baby. This is the current challenge I am facing."
Alphinah's family
access_time 18 days ago
Alphinah enrolled.
"I have been having ulcers that have become chronic and from time to time I have been going to Tenwek hospital for medication. It has given me problems, sometimes it is so bad that when I eat I constipate immediately. I had tried the traditional herbs but it has not been of much help. So bad is the situation that doctors have recommended that I avoid taking some food including my favorite fermented milk. I feel bad about it. I hope one day I will be healed and be able to regain my normal health status."