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Aquinas's family
Aquinas
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
23
homeHousehold Size:
9
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($483 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
The transfer that I got was of great help to me. Firstly I paid 10,000 KES to my son's school fees. The remaining balance I added 50,000 KES and bought a new motor bike. This has been of assistance till date. We are able to feed well and support ourselves with ease.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I extended my semi-permanent house from 22 to 30 iron sheets at a total cost of 30000 KES, I added 60000 KES, my saving with the remaining 20000 KES I got from GD and purchased a new motorcycle at total cost of 80000 KES.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
GD has enabled us diversify on our earnings; we are currently running a shop and a motorcycle-"boda boda" business that has increased our earnings and consequently our living standards- we can eat well, drink well and dress well, the biggest difference in our daily lives.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time almost 3 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
i spent the entire transfer on buying barbed wire and fenced my compound fronm hippos from damaging my crops. I also increased stock for my grocery shop.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
My house is small and we are 9 members, I therefore plan to buy iron sheey, timber and nails, and build a spacious iron roofed house.
 
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access_time almost 3 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
We are planning to spend our transfer on the following ways; Renovating our current house by cementing it fully,Paying school fees for our children,constructing a toilet since we do not have one of our own and lastly we intend to invest more in our shop business.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement we're are proudest of is having been able to build our current house since initially we used to be homeless and had rented in the nearby center.Paying rent there was not easy given that we had no proper source of income.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship we are facing currently is on making ends meet and raising the children left to us by my deceased brother.The business is not promising enough to cater for the large family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when we are gathered as a family and enjoying the evening meal.Seeing the family feeding happily makes me happy too.