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Mariam
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
76
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($484 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
For years, after burying all my children and spouse, life became so hard for me. I had no better source of income that could sustain me. That could clearly be proven by the kind of the house that I was living in at the time of enrollment. All my attempts to acquire a better house never bore me any fruit. When I received this transfer, therefore, I constructed a nice house that every passing by could admire. That was a very big transformation looking at the kind of the house I had before. I can clearly attest that, that was one of the motivational factors towards accepting the project. I could imagine resisting GiveDirectly yet I was living in a house that was which could collapse on me anytime. I had no food at all, leave alone better clothing. I was extremely poor....
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($481 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the whole of transfer to build a spacious iron roofed house that accommodate me with my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that l am now staying in a very nice spacious comfortable house which l have been longing to have.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time 6 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first cash transfer on buying basins 2,800 KES, a dozen of utensils 450 KES, transport 300 KES, bed sheet 300 KES, 1 sac of maize 2,000 KES and paid school fees 4,000 KES.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I'm planning to spend my upcoming cash transfer on building a house because my current house leaks a lot when it rains. The house is in a very bad state that I fear it may crumble down when a harsh storm comes.
 
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access_time over 6 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to go to a special hospital in kakamega in order to seek treatment for an eye condition. The remaining transfers will be used to buy sand, cement and lime which I will use to plaster my house.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is having started a small business selling onions in kisumu town, I was thus able to educate my children with proceeds from the sale of onions until they managed to have their own families.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face right now is ill health. I am partially blind in one eye and this makes me have difficulties when tilling my farm, this means that my income has diminished.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when my grandchildren come home from school. They usually narrate stories of events that happened during the day and this often makes me very happy.