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.
I am Maureen, from Mathare. I do menial jobs like laundry to some people as a source of livelihood.. Providing the basic necessities like foodstuffs to my family has now become challenging since my husband and I are no longer working. We have to adjust from eating three meals a day to one. My children are no longer in school and I had paid for their school fees in advance and now learning has been paralyzed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.. When I get the GiveDirectly funds, I am planning to do enough shopping on foodstuffs and some other basic needs for my family to take us through this period of coronavirus outbreak..
My name is Epainito, I am a casual labourer. If I go to work, the casual jobs are there in plenty but people are reluctant and scared to hire for fear of spreading the virus. When I get this money, I will spend it on food for my children. This is my most felt need.
I have been a resident of Mathare for the last twelve years. I have been relying on a small income from domestic work as my main source of income for the last thee years.. My income has been affected by the spread of corona virus because my clients no longer calls me to work as before. I do not have any source of income. My husband too has lost his job due to the virus. We don’t have any source of income now.. When I get the money I plan to use it to start a small vegetable business since this is the only way we can get an income to sustain our daily needs. I will also buy food for my family..
I am Florence, currently living in Mathare. Before the Covid-19 outbreak, I was doing some casual jobs within the city. However, its now difficult to get one due to the spread of the corona virus. My husband also is not working. We do not have enough money to even take care of our family’s basic needs. When I get the GiveDirectly funds, I am planning to do enough shopping on foodstuffs that will sustain us during this period of Covid-19 pandemic.
I am Lydia, A resident of mathare. I normally do fruit vending as a source of income in the city.. My children are no longer in school following the closure of all education institutions. My business of fruit vending and selling of vegetables has also been affected and the daily income has greatly reduced. Evening was the best time to serve many customers but due to the curfew, we are forced to close our businesses much earlier than expected. This eventually has made it difficult to provide the basic necessities for my family. I cannot as well pay for my house rent on time.. Despite the challenges brought by the Covid-19 outbreak, I am still doing my business of fruit vending in the city. When I receive the GiveDirectly funds, I am planning to spend a portion of it to buy more stock of fruits and vegetables to sell and also pay for my house rent..
My name is Duncan, a member of SHOFCO. I am single man living in Mathare for quite sometimes now.. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been a great impact in my own life. I stopped working and My sources of income are currently unreliable. This is due to the fact that the nature of the work we had been doing requires us to be moving from one region to another but with the restrictions put in place by the Government, we could no longer move around in search of jobs.. At the moment since there has been restriction put across by the government, I have a plan to spend most of this money on buying foodstuff and other basic needs..
My name is David, Covid 19 has really affected my life. Casual works that I usually do in construction sites are hard to find now that this disease is here. This has made survival real hard for us here in Nairobi. There is high likelihood of sleeping hungry due to lack of money. GiveDirectly transfers will help me buy food for my siblings and at least pay rent.
My name is Wavinya . I live in Mathare and work as a tailor. I depend on this business to earn an income to support my family in meeting the daily basic needs.. Coronavirus has impacted my family in that my business has gone down and I no longer earn some income like before. Providing basic needs has been a big challenge for me.. When I receive the money from GiveDirectly I will use the money to buy food and pay rent..
I am Jackson from Mathare,I mainly do some casual jobs as a source of livelihood.. I have not been able to pay for my house rent on time and I might be required to move out of the house with my family. Getting the casual jobs that I normally do is now difficult. I cannot even take care of my family’s basic needs effectively and at times we stay without taking anything due to lack of money.. When I get the GiveDirectly funds, I am planning to first pay house rent and also do some shopping on foodstuffs that will sustain us during this period of Covid-19 pandemic..
I am Maurine Adhiambo a resident from Mathare. I am married and blessed with three children who are ll in primary school. My major source of income that I have been depending on for the oast six years is selling of foodstuffs,. The major challenge that I am now experiencing SInce the COVID 19 came to Kenya, is that I am no longer working. Due to this, I can not pay my rent and currently, I stay at our friend’s house with my family. Getting the daily bread is also a challenge and sometimes we can go without taking a single meal.. I am planning to use my funds to settle the rent so that I can stay with my family comfortably like before. This is because I am now lacking freedom and the fact that I am jobless I feel like I am a burden to my friends. The remaining amount of I will buy foodstuffs family..
My name is Elizabeth and I am a housewife.. The virus has affected me in that, my children are at home and my husband’s income has reduced . We normally depend on him fully and since some days they skip going to work he gives me less money nowadays.. I plan to use GD’s transfer to buy food and pay rent..
My name is Vincent from Mathare. Covid-19 outbreak in Kenya brought about many challenges in my life because I ended up losing my job as a gardener in a nearby school. This forced me to go live with my brother because I could nolonger afford to pay rent. I am really looking forward to receiving transfers from GiveDirectly because it will enable me to secure a new place of my own to avoid inconviniencing my brother.
I am a resident of Mathare for over 20 years now. I have a family of one child who I live with. I have a small businesses of foodstuff business which has been my main source of income.. My business has gone down because the supply is low and many people stay at home which has reduced the number of customers we get.. I would like to use the money to buy food since we do not have enough in the house now. I would also like use part of the money to reduce rent deficit I have now..
My name is Wellington, a resident o Mathare, Kenya. I am married and I run a small retail shop.. When COVID-19 was declared in Kenya, the government in a move to minimise movement and spread of the disease imposed a 7Pm curfew. this is the time that my business is at its peak as most people go back to their homes after a days work. This has seen my business dwindle and I do very little sales and in turn I make too little to meet my daily needs.. I plan to improve my business by buying more stock using the transfer from GiveDirectly..
I have been a resident of Mathare slums for the past 10 years. I have a family of 5 children and I depend on casual work of washing for others so as to get an income. This has been my main source of income for the past two years. . Corona virus has really affected my income negatively because I no longer go for my casual work of washing as it was the case before. This is because everyone fears the virus and they feel when washing for them we are exposing them to the virus. I no longer for the business anymore. Right now I do not have any source of income I rely on.. When I get the transfer, I will use it to start a small foodstuff business so that I can also have a income to help sustain my family needs and provide for their needs. I would use the rest to buy food for my family..
I am a resident of Mathare for over 40 years. I have a family of 4 children and 2 grandchildren whom I am taking care of. I have a small soda business which is my main source of income.. The Global pandemic has affected my business because my customers who used to buy from me no longer come to work as before. Therefore my sales has reduced a lot.. I would like to use the transfers to buy food for my family to sustain us during this difficult times when we are affected by the pandemic..
I am Margaret, I do laundry services to the rich people around my village. The Covid 19 has greatly impacted my family and my casual work as I nolonger get laundry services from my usual clients. Should I get my transfers, I plan to stock enough food for my children.
I am Teddy a resident from Mathare region and I am a married man and with two children.. I usually work as a waiter in one of the hotels in the town. Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, I have been rendered jobless after the hotel was closed down. Because of this, my spouse is currently our bread winner.. I am planning to use my GD funds on food and other household necessities for my family..
My name is Michael, I am a father of 3 and I work as a tailor as well as a driver to earn a living. All of my children are in school and I have been managing to gather for them at least quite well. I have been struggling but somehow I have managed to gather for them. My wife works as a cleaner but has since been stopped and the entire family is looking up to me. . Corona has made lose customers and consequently reduced my income. This has made life for us really difficult. I can only rely on my driving skill which has also been affected badly after government directive. The cost of living has just been high and life is so difficult for us. . I plan to use GiveDirectly transfers to buy foodstuff and pay school fees for my children if possible. .
My name is Rose. I am a mother of six children. I stay in Nairobi a place known as 4A where I have been residing for over ten years.. The coronavirus has affected me in that my income has reduced. Our bosses don’t want us to help then do the manual jobs for fear of infection and in some places, a lock down has been implied which has blocked us from getting the jobs that we could have earned from.. I plan to use GD’s funds to buy food and save some for my children’s school fees..