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.
from the information that I already have, I only know that COVID-19, it is a deadly disease, we are required to protect ourselves as much as possible too by washing our hands regularly, masking up whenever we are going out of the house, use sanitizers and avoid interacting closely with customers, I should always ensure that hygiene is kept as much as we can. Receiving this money, I will be able to pay my home rent, buy foodstuff and also settle the electricity bills for the next three months.
I am a single mother living in Kibera slum in Nairobi. Living with me are my four children and two orphans whom am raising after their mother passed on. Providing for the family has been through casual jobs has not been that easy. I woke up early in the morning to cook some chapatis which I would supply to banks around the slum. After delivering chapatis to my customers at various banks, I do also seek casual jobs to enable me earn income to support my family. Some of the main jobs I engage in is washing clothes and other household duties for those living in a nearby estate. Since the Covid-19 pandemic was reported in our country, things hasn’t been the same for me. When the government issued some directives on how to prevent the spread of the disease it has affected my daily hustles. I no longer supply chapatis to the banks as my customers and the institutions they are working for have put measures which affected my daily earnings. None of those whom they would call me to clean for them can ask for my service just because of the fear of spread of corona virus. Since then, I have been surviving with menial income which I can make through casual jobs and sale of chapatis to a few people. This has forced us only to have breakfast and supper as I no longer afford to also buy food for lunch. Receiving transfers from Give Directly will enable me to buy food for my family and to buy water for use. Water is costly and that I will manage to buy with less struggle.
I am Sarah, the emergence of corona virus has really affected my work. I majorly depend on washing clothes for people and currently, people no longer allow us to their houses since they believe that we might infect them. Due to this, feeding my family has been a great problem to me. I am planning to use GD funds buy buy some face masks for my family, soap and food
My business has not been doing well. The curfew has affected us very much in that we have to close our business very early hence getting low income. I plan to use the money to buy food.
As per my understanding, what I have read and what other people are saying is that no one nows exactly the cause and the spread of Corona virus. I have only heard that it’s transmitted from person to person and we are advised not stay close to infected people, since particles from their mouth can reach us and get into our bodies through mouth, nose, or eyes. We also have to protect ourselves with masks, washing hands regularly, and also maintaining general cleanliness. We also have to sanitize, avoid crowded places, and keep social distancing. It has been a great challenge since our employers are currently careful and don’t welcome us to work for them in their houses as we used to do. They are currently hiring those who are able to stay with them without having to go home and forth every day. Nowadays we find it hard to make any income since we heard of the outbreak. I am now grateful that with this money I will be able to pay our home rent of 2500 KES, electricity bill worth 200 KES, and buy foods with the remaining amount.
I am a single mother of 4. I offer laundry services to the well off families in the outskirts of Kibera. This is the only source of income that I have for my household. Currently, my work has been greatly affected with the coronavirus outbreak which has limited my movement to my usual places of work. I’m currently forced to keep off from those households that offered me jobs until the situation in Kenya normalizes. Should I qualify to get the GD transfers, I would first consider availing food for my children and then sort other basic needs such as payment of rent. I would also wish to save some cash that I may use to pay school fee for my kids should the government call over the suspension of learning in the country.
Being a casual labourer, the corona virus outbreak has greatly impacted my family. The places where I normally do laundry no longer accepts visitors which therefore mean that I can no longer do any laundry to earn an income. When I receive this transfer, I will buy my children food, pay my rent and save any surplus for the future.