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Michael's family
Subsistence farming
homeHousehold Size:
Standard Kenya
Upcoming Stage
Next Payment
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($494 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I bought a cow 14000 KES, gave my son 12000 KES for his family, gave my other two sons 8000 KES, bought iron sheets 4080 KES and a goat 2000 KES, gave my wife 4000 KES for her business and spent the rest on food.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I now have a cow for ox-ploughing my farms. This is a big difference in my life.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the transfer on buying my son one cow to go and pay his wife's dowry ksh 5000 and bought 1 goat the remaining part i spent on meals.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to spend it on plastering my house.
access_time almost 6 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I plan to purchase an ox-plough and two bulls that will aid in farming. I also plan to spend the remaining amount on school fee.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement has been being able to provide for my children and see them go to school despite the hardships we are facing.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is lack of proper source of income since I cannot afford to raise school fees that can enable me send my children to school.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I'm happiest in the morning when I take my breakfast because I get enough strength to start my day.