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When I received my first lumpsum transfer, I built a semi-permanent house of 25 iron sheets at total cost of 30000 KES, I spent 8000 KES on a sofa set, 6000 KES on 2 goats and the remaining 6000 KES on 2 steel windows.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Initially, I lived in an overcrowded room, that even walking around was a problem in itself. There was poor ventilation and poor general circulation of air, where we lived with fear of attracting respiratory related diseases/ complications, however, we are now living in a healthier room with proper ventilation, where we can now walk around with ease. That is the biggest difference in my daily life.
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time almost 3 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the entire transfer on buying ironsheet for building an iron roofed house.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I hope to buy more iron sheety, timbe, and nails and build an iron roofed house.
access_time 3 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I plan to spend the transfer to expand the size of my house to accommodate my family. I also plan to spend the transfer to buy household items like furniture. I also plan to spend the transfer to buy a cow that would provide me with milk.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is that I have worked hard and bought a goat. I saved a little money which I got from the sale of harvested crops and used it to buy a goat.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have faced in life is that I have a very small house which is not partitioned. This denies me privacy between me and my children because being that we share the same room as sleeping room and some of my children are teenagers.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I am in the farm cultivating. It has been a source of livelihood to my family and I am proud about it.