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Mary's family
Mary
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
42
homeHousehold Size:
8
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48250 KES ($476 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
I bought sand 7500 KES, cement 8800 KES, two windows 5300 KES, mattresses 4000 KES, cushions and table clothes 5600, school fees 3800 KES, silk loan 6300 and spent the rest on utensils and food.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I have a goal of building a pit latrine, a kitchen and educating my child.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have paid school fees, bought cows and now lighting with a solar lump instead of paraffin lamp.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($497 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I bought and installed a water tank at 22,000 KES. I bought a cow at 14,000 KES and two plastic chairs at 1,400 KES. I paid Mkopa solar deposit of 9,000 KES. I spent the remaining amount on food, bedding and clothes.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I possess a Mkopa solar which I use for lighting, phone charging and even charging neighbours' phones at a fee to earn a living. Besides, I currently have a water tank from which I get clean drinking water and I ceased from using dirty water from the pond.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($98 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used a larger portion of the transfer to buy a metal door. I also used the remaining amount to settle some debts.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I'm planing to buy a water tank with a portion of the transfer. I'm also planning to buy a cow.
 
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access_time almost 6 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer in increasing the number of rooms in my house, I plan to buy a cow and also plan to buy a tank to harvest rain water. I am also planning to pay school fees for my children with the remaining cash.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is we were able to build a house and have iron sheets for roofing which is a big step from our initial grass thatched house.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that we face as a family is that we fall sick and find it hard to buy drugs which may be expensive for us.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is when I have tilled my farmland and expect to have a good harvest.