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 Eunice I am a mother of 6 and I am married. I have been working as a grocery seller while my husband has been working in jua kali sector. This has made life quite affordable for us until Corona came in. . Corona virus has impacted our family since it has reduced our income by a great extent. Curfew has reduced the amount of customers that I had and has led to reduced the amount of income that we receive. My husband’s business has not been spared either. . I have plans of using my transfers to buy food for my family. .
My name is Boaz I live in Mathare. I depend on the casual jobs in the village to earn daily income to support my family. . Coronavirus has impacted my family in that I no longer able to provide the basic needs like before. There are no jobs , people who could have given us casual jobs are at home. The curfew set by the government has also reduce the number of hour that we work and this has resulted in low incomes. Paying rent also has been a challenge on my side.. When I received the funds from GiveDirectly I will use the money to pay rent and buy food for the family..
|My name is Stellah Achieng and I am a salonist. I am a widow and I normally depend on this to meet the entire needs of the family. Life has not been easy but Corona has made thins even worse. . My salon hustle has just come to a stand still. I have had to resort to selling groceries to earn some income and at least keep going as I hope that this virus will come to an end and life will be back to normal. . I plan to use the transfers to buy food for for the family. .|
|I am name is Anastacia a resident in Mathare for the last 20 years. I divorced my spouse some years back because of domestic violence and left me with four children. I am a tailor by profession and apart from that, I do some other casual jobs of laundry. This is where I get my daily bread and save a little for paying fees for my children. COVID 19 has brought a negative impact on my life because I no longer go for work. This is because of the new measures that the government has introduced to prevent the spread of COVID 19. Due to this, I can no longer raise my rent and foodstuffs for my family. I am now utilizing the little that I had saved in my account.. I am planning to use the funds from GiveDireclyy in buying enough foodstuffs for my family. This is the major challenge that I am encountering currently. I will also by some items and start the business of selling some vegetables and earn a living. I believe this will boost for the meantime.|
|I have been a resident of Mathare all my life. I have a family of three children and one wife. I have always depended on casual work of picking up scrap metals and selling to get an income to meet my family needs. This has been main source of income ever since.. The spread of corona virus has affected my income because the people we used to sell to no longer come to buy the scrap metals as they used to due to the lockdown. Right now I do not go for the hustle because I also fear contacting the virus. I do not have any income now.. I would like to use the transfers to ensure we have enough food for my family because my children are to young to go without food. I would also like to pay rent to reduce the deficit I have already to avoid being sent away from the house..|
My name is Margret from Mathare, a 57 year old mother of six children five of whom have their own houses within the slum. I mostly depended on small business hawking fruits.. Since the virus was detected in Kenya, my life and that of my family has never been the same. My business has not been doing well at all and most times I have bee forced to stay at home. It has been tough providing for my family and eben paying the rent and now my landlord is threatening to kick us out. My children who live close by have also been going through tough times and most times send their children over to my house with hope of getting food. They mostly depend on domestic casual jobs which they are unable to find at the moment because one wants strangers in their houses.. Even though I am getting a lot of pressure from landlord to pay the rent, I have no plans of doing so and when I receive the funds, I will prioritize purchasing foodstuff so that I can feed my family, especially my grandchildren whose mother’s are not able to provide for..
|My name is Perez. I depend on the casual jobs to earn an income to income to support my family. Currently due to the outbreak of Coronavirus there are no jobs. This has made life for us harder in slums.. Coronavirus has impacted my family negatively in that I no longer get the casual jobs. People are staying at home and the demand for services has gone down. This has made life for me hard since I depend on those jobs to feed my family and even pay rent.. I will use the funds from GiveDirectly to start a small business and also to buy food for my family..|
|I am a resident of Mathare for 15 years now. I have a family of 3 children and a wife whom I have been taking care of. I have a relied on a small casual work of working in a small cybercafe.. Corona virus has affected my income because I no longer go to work as I used to before the pandemic. The owner of the business closed down and I no longer have any source of income now.. When I would like to use the transfer to buy food for my family so that we can have food to sustain us during this period and also to pay rent so as to avoid being locked out of the house..|
|My name is Mary Wairimu, I am an aging person but I have grandchildren to take care of. I work as a shopkeeper to earn a living and Corona virus has hit this small business real hard. . Corona virus has hit my business real hard. Curfew has reduced the daily profits from my business. Life has really been difficult for us lately. . I plan to use this transfer to buy food for the family and improve my shop keeping business. .|
My name is Annastacia, a single mother of three from Kosovo Mathare. I had a small business selling bead decorations in the morning and coffee in the evening.. Since the virus landed in Kenya, my family’s life has changed a lot because I am no longer able to run the coffee business I used to run due to the danger of exposure to the virus that it can pose to my customers. Due to this, we now have to limit the number of time we eat a day and the portion of our meals. I have also not paid my rent for the past two months because the little I can get through other means is all spent on foodstuff.. My biggest need at the moment is foodstuff, so when I receive the funds, I will spend it on foodstuff and other basic requirements..
|I have been a resident of Mathare for the last four years. I have always depended on my income from a small cloth and shoe business as my main source of income. I am a single mother with four children whom I am taking care of.. Right now I do not have a reliable source of income because my business has closed down since I do not have any stock. Where I used to get my stock, the businesses have closed down so I cannot go for the business. I now have to look for casual work of washing for others to get an income.. Now that I have rent deficit for two months, I would like to use the transfers to pay rent partly and use the rest to buy food for my family. .|
|I am a resident of Mathare for the past 12 years. I depend on casual work of hard labour of carrying goods and luggage for others in the nearby market place. I have a family of six children and a wife.. The pandemic has affected my job because I do not go for work as I used to before the pandemic. . I would like to use the money to buy food for my family so that we may not stay hungry during this difficult times..|
|My name is Benna. I am a widow who stays with my grandchildren and children. I stay in mathare and I fight for peoples rights.. The disease has affected me in that, I have been shocked because of the news that people die from the disease. I also stay at home and do not get the tips that I used to get from the NGO’s hence it has affected my income.. I plan to use GD’s funds to buy food and pay tuition fee for my children and grandchildren..|
|My name is Beatrice. I am married and a mother of four. I am a sales attendant in the nearby beauty shop where we sell beauty products. I love making fun and generally a funny person!. When the government declared that COVID-19 was in the country, things immediately changed. People were asked to work from home and a curfew was put in place. Business deteriorated as most of our customers did not seem to want to come shopping hence we were forced to close down. I am currently on unpaid leave and I have children to feed. We now fully depend on my spouse for all these needs and it taking quite a toll on him. My children’s studies too were affected as schools were forced to close. Wearing a mask on daily basis is something we never did and have not gotten used to as it sometimes gets really uncomfortable wearing it.. Now that we are almost running out of the household needs, these transfers will come in handy in buying more of these and ensuring that my children have enough food..|
|My name is Philomena. I stay in Mathare. I am a mother of five children.. The disease has affected us because I have not been able to go and do casual jobs because our bosses stopped us for a while. I have been forced to depend on my husband who is also a casual worker. When he does not get any deal we stay hungry. I plan to use GD’s funds to buy food and pay rent.|
|My Kennedy living in Kayole one of the informal settlement in Nairobi Kenya. I live with my family , spouse and three children. Before moving to Kayole I use to live in Mathare slum but I recently moved due to security issues. I majorly depend on casual jobs to provide for my family.. Since I do depend on casual jobs to cater for my family needs, I can say that things have not been the same since the corona virus was reported here in Kenya. Now the casual jobs which I use to seek are no longer available as potential employers are now minimizing on the number of employees to have within the workplace. Some have banned entry to their premises due to fear of spread of Covid-19. This has really affected my income as I no longer have some work which earn me some wage to buy food for the family.. I intend to spend funds from Give Directly to stock some food items for the family so that we won’t stay hungry when I can’t have some income from casual jobs. This would safe us from starving..|
My name is Edwin I do casual jobs in the village to earn an income to meet basic needs for my family, pay school fees and pay rent. Coronavirus has impacted my family in that I no longer get the casual jobs that I usually get because most of the people now are indoors. Working hour has also reduce due to the curfew set by the government. The amount of money that I get is not enough to meet all the basic like. When I received the money from GiveDirectly I will buy food for the family and even start a small business to support my work.
My name is Erick, a resident of Mathare location, Kenya. I am married and have three children. I am an artist and usually do branding for individuals and business as my main source of income to support my family.. I usually do branding for a concert or where there are a group of people meeting. Ever since COVID-19 was declared in Kenya, any kind of meeting was prohibited and those that had been scheduled cancelled. This meant that henceforth, I did not have any branding work to do. This has meant that my source of income was literally closed and it has been quite a challenge meeting my family’s needs. Going home too after a long day is no longer the same. My children used to hug me when arriving at home but nowadays I have to keep them away before cleaning myself with the fear of infecting them. Life has never been the same.. The transfers from GiveDirectly will help me pay my house rent now that I not assured of any other income. Once the rent issue is sorted, then we will see how we meet other daily needs such as food with my spouse..
|Since we heard of this disease we have been receiving information from the news and the government on how we should be taking care of ourselves. The major symptoms we have heard of is the fever, difficulty in breathing and even headaches. since the first case in Kenya we have been really struggling to find our daily income since our places of work have been closed. When we receive these money, I have a plan to spend this money on buying foodstuff and used the remaining on establishing a small business.|