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Mercy's family
Subsistence farming
homeHousehold Size:
Standard Kenya
Upcoming Stage
Next Payment
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time almost 3 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
l spent 40000 kshs of the transfer to buy water-tank, l also spent 4600 kshs to pay debt, l also spent 5000 kshs to buy 2 sacks of maize.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life has changed because in our home area there is big problem of water but now l have a water-tank that will supply my family with water and l will also sell it to the community to get my daily income.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time 3 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the transfer on cementing my house both inside and outside ksh 9000 and bought food at home with ksh 1000.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to buy a water tank and chairs.
access_time over 3 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to use the transfer money to buy a water tank to help me in rainwater harvesting. I also plan to build a kitchen and buy furniture. I also plan to buy oxen plough to help me during ploughing.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that am proud of is that I have managed as a widow to build a house.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have faced in my life is lack of adequate water for domestic use especially during dry seasons. This area is water stressed and it gets worse during dry season. I have to trek for a long distance to the lake to fetch water.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I sit together with my children having supper.