In June 2015, as Dorcas was minding her business, she was approached by a Community Health Worker (CHWs are members of a community who are chosen by community members or organizations to provide basic health and medical care to their community) who had previously attended to her when she was sick. Jacinta, the community health worker told Dorcas about Dodore Foundation and asked her if she would be interested in joining a meeting with a representative from Dodore for more information.
‘For a moment, I felt like it was all a dream because seriously, what are the chances that you will be going on with your daily work and get such news?’ Asked Dorcas in a giggling voice. ‘I was more than interested to attend the meeting. The next day I was at the venue at the meeting right on time, well let’s just say my days been better since I started receiving monthly grant from Dodore.’
Dorcas husband passed away in 2014 and his death left her worrying how to start being the father and mother to her children at the same time. ‘I have never gone to school and I wasn’t aggressive enough in terms of looking for a job, my husband was the only breadwinner, when he passed away, I was devastated’.
Through a woman friend, Dorcas learned to do menial jobs, like vending confectioneries and doing nanny, through these, she was able to buy food every day. She was literally living from hand to mouth, because whatever she earned would go straight to food and there was no money left for anything else. Some days there was not even enough for food. But as they say, half is better than nothing at all.
‘Before Dodore Foundation came to my life, I was famous for being kicked out of the house or my door being padlocked by the landlord for paying my rent way over the due date or not paying at all (this happens a lot in Kenya’s slums, often residents who live on less than 1 dollar a day, don’t make enough to pay for their rent and thus landlords lock their houses).
This is bound to happen to any single mother who has five mouths to feed, has no stable job and is living in the slum. Dorcas knows this just as much as any needy single mother in her state.
The small unconditional grant given to her by Dodore has helped her to pay her rent monthly and on time.