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Bendera
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
60
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($537 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the purchase of the oxen which I did not have before as this has really changed my life since it is a long term investment to me. I know I will be able to produce much food enough for my family now that the oxen will be tilling bigger acreage of land as well as relieving me the burden of hiring from neighbours.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Receiving this transfer made me happier than before and at least I could now think positively on reshaping my future plans, and I felt like the heavy burden of poverty and owning nothing at all had been offloaded from my heart and I could smile, for with this amount I will base on improving my own life.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first transfer to buy a pair of oxen for ploughing. Previously I was farming and cultivating a small piece of land which would produce poor harvests which would not last long, due to the inefficient methods I was applying and also it was expensive to hire from neighbours. Oxens are always the better choice in my area for anyone who would wish to cultivate a bigger tract of land and for early preparations which promises better yields. I know that with this single pair, it will relieve me the burden of hiring from neighbours and be able to increase my acreage. I also spent part of my transfer to purchase 3 goats that and I am trusting that they will reproduce and be able to further my investments and also will be of great help to help me providing education to my children. On the remaining amount, I bought some food for my family and also did some shopping for children for this was an opportunity for me to prepare as the schools reopen for another year.
 
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access_time 5 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to construct a good house for myself and buy beddings. I will also use the balance to purchase livestock for rearing. This will be my reliable source of income because I will be selling them to get money that can meet my needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up healthy. I do my morning duties and when I finish them I feel relaxed. Having finished my day's work makes me feel very happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is the loss of my husband that have made me feel lonely. I had depended my husband fully but since he died I was left in the hands of my sons who have no reliable jobs. I sometimes go without food.