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Mary's family
Small business
homeHousehold Size:
Standard Kenya
Upcoming Stage
Next Payment
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($496 USD)
access_time 3 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I paid secondary school fees with my transfer (15000), and plastered my house (34500).
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My house is now beautiful after i plastered it and i managed to pay the school fees burden i had. I am so thankful to GD.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time 3 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I paid 6,000KES for school fees, and 4,000KES for M-kopa solar lamp.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I plan to pay school fees for my child to keep him in school. I also want to buy a water tank because we have a problem getting water for household use. I also plan to cement the floor of m house to finish it.
access_time over 3 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I would like to use part of the transfer to pay school fees for my son who is joining form one and l do not have enough money to pay school fees. Secondly we would like to buy two oxen to help us plough our farm. Lastly I would like to plaster my house because we started plastering but because of lack of money we had to stop.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is that l have struggled and bought goats of my own.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship in life is lack of water since we have serious water problem.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the evening when in Mery go round with my fellow women.