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.
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..
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.
I am a resident of Mathare slums for the past 20 years. I have a family of four children and three grandchildren. I have a small beadwork business which has been my main source of income for the past eight years.. The pandemic has affected my business because people prefer buying foodstuff items than other items. Most of my customers too have opted not to make orders as before the pandemic. Right now I look for casual work to get an income.. When I get the transfers, I will use the money in buying food for my family so that we don’t go hungry as we have gone for the past one week. This will sustain us during this time. I will also use the money to pay my house rent..
My name is Caroline. I am a kenyan who lives in Mathare and does casual jobs.. The disease has affected me so much because our employers do not want us to work for them because they are afraid that it can be a lee way to transmitting the disease hence my income has reduced. I have not been able to pay rent and food is also a problem.. I plan to use GD’s funds to buy food..
I am serah Njoki, a mother of three residing in Mathare. I was doing business of selling snacks to school going children before learning was paralyzed due to the coronavirus outbreak.. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to closure of schools and my children are now at home. At least the school feeding program was helping them to cope with the difficult situation. Now that we are not working anymore due to the restrictions to curb the spread of the disease, providing for my family is now a challenge. I am also unable to pay for my house rent.. When I get the GiveDirectly funds, I am planning to pay for my house rent and also do some shopping on foodstuffs and other necessities that will last for a longer time even during this period of the pandemic..
My name is Hannah, a mother of four children currently living on Mathare Kosovo. I am married and mostly depend on small business for income and sometimes make and sell bead embroidery in my spare time.. Other than the fact that the Coronavirus has put a stop to my rice business and bead work, it has also instilled a lot of fear in me as resident of this slum. One of the major ways of preventing the virus is keeping away from others as much as possible. Here in the slums, there is barely no space and once you step out of your house, you will be on another person’s door. We are living a life full of fear because we do not know how long we have until we catch the virus.. With my business now on pause, I have no source of income hence not unable to provide for my children. The funds will be of much help in purchasing foodstuff and other household needs, but my biggest prayer is the the third transfers comes when the virus has cleared so that I can use it to revive my business..
I am Elizabeth Twili, A resident of Mathare. I do business of selling vegetables for a living.. I have not been able to take care of my family’s basic needs adequately since my business of selling vegetables has really gone down. Also, paying rent has now become difficult. My sons who were previously working have been retrenched and they are at home too. To cut down the costs, we are now taking one meal except for the very young children, because of the coronavirus outbreak.. When I get the GiveDirectly funds, I am planning to spend the money on buying enough foodstuffs that will be able to sustain us for a longer period of time even during this pandemic..
I have been a resident of Mathare all my life. I am a single mother with a family of 5 children whom I have been taking care of. I have always relied on a small business of selling potatoes and vegetables as my main source of income for the last 20 years.. My income has really gone down since the start of the pandemic, I no longer go out for the business as before because of the fear of the virus and at the same time I am sick. I cannot go out and rely on well wishers for our daily needs.. When I get the transfer, I would like to buy food to sustain us during this time since we do not have any in the house. I would like also to pay rent so that my landlord cannot send me packing out of the house. .
I am Augustus Maingi,working as a security guard in one of the companies in the city. I am a father three.. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected me in that my children are no longer in school. I have to hire someone to provide tuition for them. Also, I am forced to adjust my budget to fit to the current situation since the money I have saved is not enough.. I am planning to spend the money to hire the services of teachers to provide tuition to my children until they resume their studies. .
I am Mishek, A resident of Mathare, I am married and blessed with four children. I am a business man here in Mathare. Currently I am operating a milk shop, selling and supplying milk within my location.. The Corona virus outbreak has affected my business of selling and supplying milk because the number of customers has greatly reduced. Because of this, my income is declining daily. This has made it difficult to raise my house rent and also adequately provide for my family. In addition, my children are no longer going to school after the education institutions were closed due to this pandemic.. When I get the GiveDirectly funds, I am planning to buy enough foodstuffs that will sustain us during this period of Covid-19 pandemic, since I am not sure when it will end to resume our normal business..
I am a casual worker who depends on handcart as my mains source of income. I usually vend water with the handcart and sometimes transport goods from one place to another. Right now we don’t go for the business as usual because of the pandemic. We are afraid of contacting the virus. I would like to use the transfer to buy food which will sustain us during the period we have the virus.
My name is Benard. I am a Kenyan whose residence is in Mathare.. I have not been working for the last 21days due to the pandemis which has affected my income hence using my savings to carter for my family’s needs.. I plan to use GD’s transfer on purchasing basic needs such as food..
My name is Joan. My home town is Ugenya. I am a mother of three children and I depend on casual jobs.. The virus has affected me in that I was laid off due to the pandemic. Getting basic needs has been a challenge and I only pray that things get better.. I plan to use GD’s fund to start a small grocery business in order to sustain my family. Besides, I will also use the remaining amount to buy some foodstuff..
My name is Gilbert and I am a shoe vendor.. Since the outbreak of coronavirus my business has been adversly affected in that I no longer make sales as I used to.. I plan to use GD’s funds to buy food and pay rent..
My name is David. I am a Kenyan who stays in Nairobi and I have passion for my job. I am a father and a counsellor too whose speciality is on youths. I make them understand that they should work hard in life and never involved themselves on criminal activities.. The disease has affected us in that, my children are now at home. This is a challenge because providing basic needs for the whole family is a challenge. Getting money is a major problem because there is a slow down on work operations as many clients have resorted to staying at home as per the Goverment guidlines.. I plan to use the money to do shopping in my house especially concentration on foodstuff..
I have been a resident of Mathare for the last twenty years. I have a family of one wife and four children. I have been relying on casual work of working in a construction site as my main source of income for the last ten years now.. The start of the corona virus has affected my income because I no longer go to work as before. This is following Government directive and to keep safe from contacting the virus. I do not have any source of income and have to rely on anything which can get me money to meet my family needs.. When I get the transfer, I will use it to ensure I stock enough food for my family so that we don’t stay hungry as we have stag in the past three weeks. I will also use it to reduce rent balance I have already. Right now I hide from my landlord since I have not paid rent for thee months now..
I am a resident of Mathare slums. I have been staying here since 2008. I have a family of one husband and two children. I have been relying on a small vegetable business as my main source of income since 2008.. The pandemic has affected my income because my business has gone down and my husband too has lost his job because of the virus. Right now I depend on help and any small casual work to get money to feed my family.. When I get the transfer, I would use the money to first buy food for feeding my family. We do not have any food now since we had not made any savings before..
I am Joseph, a resident of Mathare. I mainly depend on casual jobs for a living.. I was mainly depending on casual jobs as the only source of income from which I was paying for my house rent and also provide for my family. Currently, its hard to get a job due to the measures put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus. Now I am staying at home with no income and I have a family to take care of. I have not been able to also pay for house rent.. When I receive the GiveDirectly fund, I am planning to do a shopping on necessities such as foodstuffs to adequately provide for my family during this period of Covid-19 pandemic..
I am Peter, a father of four from Mathare. I do welding as a source of livelihood.. I am now unable to pay for my house rent on time since I am not working due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, at times I am forced to stay without food or skip meals since I do not have an alternative source of income to take care of my family. Getting another job is now difficult.. When I receive the GiveDirectly funds, I am planning to do enough shopping on foodstuffs that will sustain us during this period the coronavirus outbreak. I will also pay for my house rent..
My name is Everlyne. I stay in Mathare and I am a family person.. I have been affected in that I no longer go to work hence I can not provide for my family as I used to. The fact that I have my with me and I cannot fend for them is already a challenge that I am facing. Currently, I depend on my husband who is also a casual worker. I remember a few weeks ago, I had to seek help from my sibling when my husband did not get money from casual jobs.. I plan to use GD’s transfer on purchasing food and paying rent..