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Mary's family
Small business
homeHousehold Size:
Standard Kenya
Upcoming Stage
Next Payment
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 6 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
When I received my first lumpsum transfer, I built a semi-permanent house of 25 iron sheets for my son at a total cost of 45100 KES, and I saved the remaining 4900 KES.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have moved from a hard mat to orthopedic mattress- one recommended for a healthy living. Initially, I used to sleep on a hard mat that could make us suffer frequent backaches and this is no longer the case.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I paid 8,750 KES school fee for my child then used the rest to buy for the same child school shoes and sox.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
Am planning to an iron roofed house with cemented floor and walls.
access_time over 6 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I plan to build a house, a toilet and to invest in business. I am a herbalist, so I plan to capitalise on it.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement am proudest of is raising my children, as a single mother, since my husband died many years ago. The well being of my children is my pride.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is the fear of the fact that my children may not go beyond primary school, due to lack of finances.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is when I am working on preparing the herbal medicine that I sale during morning hours.