Recipient Stories Kenya

We asked recipients of our Kenya program if they wanted to share their story publicly. Of those who consented, their stories are below in their own words.

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Jane, May 7, 7:46 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

I have been a resident of Mathare slums for the transfer 18 years now. I have a family of five children and a husband. I do not have any source of income now and my family needs depends on my husband’s income.The pandemic has affected my husband’s income because he used to have a small cloth business as his main source of income. The spread of corona has reduced his working hours because of the curfew and again customers prefer buying foodstuff items other than clothes.I plan to use the transfer to buy food sustain us during this time when our income has been affected by the pandemic. This will help us as we look for other source of income.

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Alphonce, May 7, 7:07 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

I have been a resident of Mathare slums for the last 22 years. I have a family of three children and a wife. I have been relying on a small casual work of working as mechanic as my main source of income.The spread of corona virus has seriously affected my income because I cannot report to work as usual. Most of our clients are at home and now even if I report to work, I can take a whole day without any client coming.The transfers will help me in buying food for my family during this time when my income has been affected by corona virus and also to pay house rent to reduce the deficit I have already.

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Paul, May 7, 7:01 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

I have been a resident of Mathare slums for the last twenty years. I am a widower with four children whom I have been taking care of. I have been depending on a driving job as my main source of income all these years.The spread of corona virus has affected my income because I cannot report to work as usual. My bosses has laid me off now because there is no more movement during this time and to avoid close contact with other people The transfers will help me buy foodstuff to sustain during this time when I do not have any source of income.

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Victor, May 7, 5:30 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

I’m a family man with 2 kids and a wife. I’m also a casual laborer in the building industry.We no longer go out to look for work. So we don’t have money for food and rentI will use the funds from GiveDirectly to buy food and pay for rent with the rest of the money.

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Phanice, May 6, 6:17 pm
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

I have been a resident of Mathare slums for the last ten years. I have a family of four children whom I am taking cre of. I have always relied on casual work of offering laundry services for an income as my main source of income for the rich families in a nearby estate.My income has been affected by the spread of corona virus because I can no longer go for the job as I used to before the pandemic. Right now I do not have any source of once as well as my husband who was a cleaner at the airport. We re both at home jobless.I plan to use the transfer to buy food for my family so that we not go hungry without food. I will also use it to start a small mandazi business to help me earn a small income to sustain my family needs.

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Judith, May 6, 9:05 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

I have been a resident of Mathare slums all my life. I have been raised here and got married here but unfortunately, I separated with my husband and I am now a single mother. I only depend on casual work of doing promotions for different companies for various products as away to get my daily bread.The spread of corona virus has affected my income a lot because I have never got a call for any promotion ever since the first case was announced in the country. As a result, I do not have an income I can rely on to meet my family needs and I have to do any casual work I come across to feed my family.The transfers will help me buy food for my family during this time when I do not have any source of income to rely on. It will also help me in paying house rent as the only I used to pay my rent in no more.

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Charles, May 6, 8:58 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

I have been a resident of Mathare all my life. I have a family of three children and a wife. I have been relying on a small casual work of working as a mechanic as my main source of income.The spread of corona virus has really affected my income because most of customers do not come as so many do not move hence we do not have any work now. I can go to the workshop and spend the whole day without any work.The transfer will help me in buying food for my family during this time when my income has reduced because the the virus. I will also use the rest to pay house rent.

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Vivian, May 6, 8:49 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

I’m a single mother of 3 children. I was married before but currently single and fending for my children aloneIt has impacted my family negatively because i cant continue doing my casual jobs like i used to do.I will use the money to buy food and the rest i will pay rent with it.

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Freshia, May 6, 8:44 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

I have been a resident of Mathare all my life. I was born, raised and even got married. I have a family of three children whom I have been taking care of since we separated with my husband. I have been surviving on a small cloth business as my main source of income.Corona virus has really affected my income because I cannot report to my business as before. This is because the supply of goods has been stopped as a result of the lockdown and furthermore, many people prefer buying foodstuff items more than clothes during this time. Thr transfers will help me in buying food for my family during this time when I do not have any source of income.

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Carolyne, May 6, 7:31 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

I have been a resident of Mathare all my life. I was born, raised and got married in Mathare. I have a family of seven children and a husband. I have been relying on sardines business asy main source of income all these years.The spread of corona virus has affected my income because my business has reduced due to low supply of goods and there are no customers. My husband too lost his job and we now rely on my small income from the business which is not doing well now.I will use the money to buy food for my family since we do not have enough food in the house. We might miss food anytime now and also pay house rent to reduce the deficit I have already.

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Robinsobn, May 6, 7:26 am
Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

I’m a father of 3 children, and i have been working as a mechanic in the nearby garage.It has impacted negatively on my family because since the government restricted movement i haven’t been able to go work, our clients haven’t been able to come to garage too.I intend to use the funds from GiveDirectly to purchase food and also pay for rent because that’s the challenge we are facing at the moment.

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Florence, Apr 25, 9:36 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

My name is Florence, well known in Mathare as a daughter to the village elder John, I live in Mathare 3c, a mother of 6 kids and a dedicated business woman.. Since I first heard of COVID-19, life has really been hard. I am a business woman who’s major business product I have been offering to the villagers has been firewood. This I have been sourcing from the construction sites or elsewhere out of Nairobi. Currently, constructions are not going on a lockdown was imposed within Nairobi which has made it hard for me to find what to sell. This has affected my daily income and in turn the sourcing of the daily food for my family. I am glad that I am now receiving good news fro GiveDirectly which will really enable me push through the next three months.. Receiving this money will really help me in terms of stocking foodstuff and also will be using the remaining on offsetting the accumulating rental fees since I have not been able to pay in the last two months.

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Florence, Apr 25, 7:58 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

My name is Florence, a Kenyan business woman living in Mathare. I am a mother of two children selling fast foods which includes chips, sausages and also smokies as my sources of income.. Since we first heard the announcement about COVID-19, my business is no longer doing well. This is according to the fat that most of the people stay home and many cannot move to eat outside. People started eating in their homes thus any food business is not doing well.. When I received this money, I have a plan to add up to my business which is currently not doing well.

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Mary, Apr 25, 7:04 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

My name is Mary a mother of four children. Currently I am a widow after my husband passed on. I live in Mathare both as a business woman and also doing casual labor as my part time job. Being a business woman, life has never been easy after the first case of COVID-19 was announced here in Kenya. Most of the businesses was closed, operating time was also reduced due to the curfew which really affected us a great deal. I had to stop my business since I was operating at a loss each other day and at the moment I have been moving around the estates as I wash their clothes to be paid. This has not been that easy too due the great rejection in fear of the spread of the disease. So far since then I can say that life has not been that easy, we struggle a lot to ensure that our children find food.. Having been promised to receive 3000 KES if I will be successfully enrolled, I have a plan to spend the money on buying foodstuff and also used the remaining on paying part of the rent fees since I have now defaulted fr two months..

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George, Apr 25, 3:55 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

My name is George a resident of Mathere, I am a father, business man although we are struggling currently after the government lock down since we are not allowed to travell out of Nairobi to source our business goods.. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, life has really been hard and I can say that my family has been affected. We are no longer able to operate our businesses as before, sourcing business goods also is so hard and more often we have been forced to buy from other business partners and resell them which can not really profit us as it used to. . I have a plan to buy foodstuff, pay rent and also use the small remaining on adding up to my business..

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Albert, Apr 25, 3:17 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

My name is Albert a resident of Huruma, a father of five children and a casual laborer in Mathere. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been a great impact in our family. Working has really been hard since most of the places we used to go for work were closed. We have had to move around but with a lot of rejection too since not most of the people welcome us at the moment in fear of OVID-19. Looking for food for my family has also been hard for me, we sometimes go without food for the whole day which is really hard for my children. . On receiving this money from GiveDirectly, I have a plan to buy enough foodstuff which will push us for some weeks as we look for money to top it up.

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Sammy, Apr 25, 2:16 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

My name is Nicholas a resident of Mathare. I am a father of two kids – a boy and a girl. I am a driver and this has been my main source of income. . Since I heard of COVID-19, a lot has really changed in our family. Our daily work has really gone down to a point where we are currently getting a small income compared to before. My wife’s business had to close since the government gave a directive that the small food businesses be closed until further notice. In general I can say that life has not been easy since then.. On receiving this money, I have a plan to do a mass shopping for my household which will be mostly foodstuff and will use the remaining amount on paying our house rent.

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Joseph, Apr 25, 1:20 am
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

My name is Joseph, a resident of Mathare 3C, I am a widower and a father of 7 children. . Since the outbreak of this disease, there has been a great fear in my family. With our businesses they have been affected a great deal. The source of the product that we had been selling in our business is currently closed forcing us to close our business too which has made us struggle in order to have a meal every day.. On receiving this money I have a pan to spent part of it on paying school fees for my child and the remaining part will serve in buying foodstuff for my family.

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Mary, Apr 24, 10:11 pm
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

My name is Mary, a resident of Mathare, Kenya. I am married and a mother 3, I run a small Avocado business within the locality and also do casual jobs such as doing laundry for a pay to help me meet my daily needs.. I usually do cleaning jobs for my neighbors but since the disease was declared and people asked to stay home, almost everyone is doing the cleaning now. This is because they have time and they are aso trying to cut on costs during the pandemic. This has cut short the main source of income I usually depend on and the side business I have been running too is not doing so well. My customers do not have money and hence my stock take time to run out sometimes they rot from overstaying.. I plan to spend the transfer from GiveDirectly to buy food for our family and pay for our house rent with the rest..

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Maurice, Apr 24, 10:10 pm
Nairobi, Kenya

I am a casual worker who works as a mechanic. Right now the business has gone down because most of our customers have been locked out of the city hence we cannot get much as before. We have to close earlier than we used to. I would like to use the transfers to buy food for the family.

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