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Mary's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($473 USD)
access_time almost 7 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent my third transfer to buy cement , sand ,paid hospital bills and have kept the remaining money for further use (paying wages) once the plastering of the house is finished. I used most of my third transfer on plastering my house with sand and cement because i live in an area that is affected by rains,every time it rains the mud that we smear on our walls are often washed a way , plastering it would give me peace of mind not having to worry about the aftermath of the rains.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
Yes, my desire is to see my children through school hoping that they will be able to find jobs and became independent in future, this has made me to invest more time,energy and money into my grains and seeds selling business in order to get more returns to be able to pay their school fees .
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different because i no longer have to take loans or beg to make ends meet , i started a business with my second transfer, i grow tomatoes and plant kale,i also sell grains and seeds this is what gives me the ability to fend for my family.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($494 USD)
access_time 7 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spend my second transfer to build a house for 37000KES, i paid school fee for my child at Kodhoch school for 6500KES, i also bought a 7 seater chair for 7000KES. The remaining 4500KES i spend on daily household expenses.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The greatest difference in my life is the better house am living in. My children do say mum we have a spacious house!
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time 7 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I paid 6,000 KES school fee for my child in high school, 500 KES debt, bought 60 kilograms of maize at 2,000 KES then used the rest on food for the house.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
Am planning to start a second hand clothes business then buy a bull for ploughing.
access_time over 7 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I'm planning to spend my transfer in the following ways; Paying school fees for my three children,two in secondary school and one in college, I also intend to buy some livestock to help with ploughing and lastly, I will put up a small business to generate some small income.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I'm proudest of is having been able to build our current house after suffering for many years in a thatched house which would leak during rainy seasons.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship we are facing currently is on paying school fees for our children,most of the times they are sent home due to arrears which is very hard for us to clear given that we do not have proper source of income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up and check on my grandchildren,finding the healthy and okay makes me happy.