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Dickson's family
Subsistence farming
homeHousehold Size:
Standard Kenya
Upcoming Stage
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($497 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the first lumpsum to buy iron sheets (6700 KES) timber (4500 KES) wheelbarrow (3500 KES) bed and mattress ( 8200 KES) cushions (5400 KES) bedding , uniforms,clothes, school fees and household shopping.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that I will extend my house and have a spacious house, my family eat and dress well, my children goes to school comfortably without being sent home for school fees.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I paid 5,000KES for a solar lamp, and bought clothes and suitcase with the rest of the money.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I hope to buy ironsheet and timber and use them to extend my house and make it more spacious. I also plan to construct a pit latrine and buy a cow for keeping.
access_time almost 5 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to pay school fees for my children who are in primary school, buy iron sheets and enlarge my house. I will also use part of the transfers to buy farm inputs like seeds and fertilizer for my farm.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is having struggled and built my house with money I earned from selling my farm produce
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face right now is lack of oxen to assist me when I am ploughing my farm, it means I have to use a lot of manual labour and this is very inefficient.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning because I am sure that I can look for some work to do and get paid.