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Lucia Mildred
“It's been challenging because we are still living. We are still using water. We are still living in our house, so the rent days keep adding up.” - Mildred Lucia Lucia Mildred The COVID-19 Pandemic has made life difficult for businesswoman and mother of 4, Lucia Mildred | Photo by Brian Otieno/...
Albert Otieno
“I tell you, I've never believed that I could not do anything, or that anything could defeat me. So I tried anything that would make money because I have two children, I have a wife, I have rent I have to pay. I have responsibilities.” - Albert Otieno Albert Otieno 32-year-old security system...
Rehema
How cash transfers helped one survivor find independence, security and peace
Evans Momanyi Mugambi
Evans Momanyi Mugambi is a 32-year-old father of four. He lives with his spouse and young children in Kibera. Before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, Mugambi used to work as a driver – transporting commercial goods and personal parcels for clientele who have since dissapeared. “The coronavirus has...
Priscilla Ngilla
Priscilla Ngilla is a 47-year-old mother of two – a young boy and girl. She worked as a school cleaner before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and washed clothes for rich clients on the side to earn up to 2,000 KES ( € 16.57) on some days. Since the pandemic struck, private school closures and the...
Emmaculate Onyango
Emmaculate Onyango is a 25-year-old mother of three children who also is the main breadwinner for a household of 7 people. Onyango used to juggle a series of odd jobs to make a living before the Covid-19 pandemic. Her primary source of income was washing clothes for wealthy clients in Nairobi, and...
Robina Kwamboka
Robina Kwamboka is a 60-year-old woman taking care of four children, by herself in the Kibera informal settlement. To earn a living, Robina works as a cabbage saleswoman, on commission from other traders. Since the pandemic struck, the construction workers that used to buy Priscilla’s cabbage no...
In April, most families living in informal settlements in Nairobi were only able to afford one quarter of the food they needed, according to a rapid food insecurity assessment conducted by the Urban Early Warning Early Action Coalition (UEWEA), with partners Oxfam in Kenya, The Kenyan Red Cross...