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Caren's family
Subsistence farming
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Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($473 USD)
access_time over 7 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent the third transfer on buying three dairy cows because by reproducing and getting milk from them. I will be able to sell the milk at a price of 50KES per jar and through the profit I can expand my cereal business( maize) .I bought four bags of maize to boost my cereal business and I also bought household items such as a thermo flask and plates that I had admired for a long time as I could not afford.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goal is to buy a water tank for storing water because I experience water shortage problem hence I have to take several trips to collect water , this is very exhaustive and time consuming.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The biggest difference in my life is that being a widow and mostly I depend on farming to put food on the table, I have harvested low farm out put in the recent sessions hence inadequate food in my household making me to miss daily meals at times, but now being that I have expand my business, I longer have to worry of sleeping hungry any more because I get double profits from the business to feed on.I very happy that I have household Item such as plates and thermo flask that I could not afford before the transfer. Thanks to GiveDirectly.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($494 USD)
access_time almost 8 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spend my second transfer on buying 2 bulls and a cow worth 30000KES, I also bought furniture worth 15000KES and the remaining 5000 KES i used on buying food .
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Farming is easy now , i can use my bulls to plough, this is a biggest difference in my daily life.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time almost 8 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I bought three goats at 7,700 KES, one blanket at 995 KES and 20 kilograms of maize at 1,100 KES.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
Am planning to build an iron roofed rental houses of four doors with cemented floors.
access_time 8 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to buy sand, cement, timber, round poles, nails and iron roofing sheets which I will use to build a better house for my family.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is having planted very many trees in my home. They usually make my home very cool and this makes me very proud.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face right now is lack of enough money to build a house for my son and his children. They have nowhere to sleep and this means that my son has to request neighbours for a place to sleep at night while I sleep with my grandchildren.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is around midday after finishing any tasks that I had planned to carry out in the morning. I usually relax and enjoy a meal with my family.