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Hellen's family
Subsistence farming
homeHousehold Size:
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48250 KES ($475 USD)
access_time almost 4 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent 20000 KES to buy timber and iron sheets,cement 10500 KES, transportation 2000 KES, bought a calf 7800 KES and spent others for shopping utensils and food.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I have a new goal of ploughing my farm with an ox-plough.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life life is different because I can now tilt my land independently without borrowing a bull and ox-plough. I living in a bigger house and generally not very poor like I was before receiving transfers.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I bought two bulls for ploughing at 30,000 KES and doors & windows at 12,000 KES. I spent the rest on a mattress, plastic chairs and food.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference is that I didn't have bulls earlier but now I do. This will ensure I increase food production by ploughing my farms both timely and conveniently.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($98 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
l spent the transfer to buy a cow.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
l plan to repair my house , l plan to plaster my house l also plan to do larger scale farming.
access_time over 4 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I have planned to first rebuild my house
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement has been making sisal. The money that I get from making my sisal enables me to sort out some of my daily needs.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The difficulty that I have had the most is being sick and have not been able to get proper treatment.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part is when am doing my job of making ropes.