Resilience in the Face of Challenges: The Story of a Resident in an IDP Settlement in Turkana

At the onset of the political crisis that erupted into violence in Kenya in 2007, Apua, now 33, fled from her home to Kanamkemer Internally Displaced People (IDP) settlement in Turkana Central sub-county seeking refuge for her and her family.

Over the years, Apua started engaging in subsistence farming to provide for her family but in 2020, the desert locust invaded part of Turkana and devoured her crops - her only source of sustenance and income. Apua then started working as a domestic labourer, performing errands and chores in different households in Lodwar town (Turkana’s main town) and surroundings. The income she was making, however, was hardly enough to provide for all her family needs.

In August 2020, through the European-funded Kenya Cash Consortium intervention, the community committee identified her household as extremely vulnerable and in need of assistance and she began to receive a monthly cash transfer.

 

 

“My life has improved since I started receiving the cash. I can now buy food for my home; I am also able to buy tomatoes in bulk and sell them, making a profit of about 150 Kenyan shillings each day [equivalent to EUR 1.1/USD 1.3]. I save some of this extra cash and can also buy more nutritious food for my family” she said, adding that the savings will also be instrumental in helping her to restore her kitchen garden. Apua hopes that the desert locust invasion and the COVID-19 pandemic will come to an end for her to be able to fully rebuild her life, starting with her kitchen garden.

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