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Joshua's family
access_time 4 years ago
Joshua received a $467 third payment.
"I spent my third transfer on repairing our late father's fishing boat for 7,000 KES , which my brother uses to earn his living.I spent the balance on 32 iron sheets with the intention of building a house in the near future."
Long's family
access_time 4 years ago
Long received a $465 third payment.
"When I received my third transfer, I spent on a cow, plastered my main house with sand and cement and invested the rest in fishing lines and nets. The money not only helped me but also one of my children who got employment through the fishing business I opened-he is the manager of the business and every evening, he brings money earned that we share proportionally enabling us to meet our household needs such as buying food."
Christopher's family
access_time 4 years ago
Christopher received a $467 third payment.
"I invested my third transfer in fishing equipment; I have been working for people in the lake shore to earn a hundred shillings a day which I considered very frustrating to me and therefore when I received my the money I bought a net and fishing lines as a result, I have become an employer. People can now work for me as I enjoy more profit from the business making close to 300 KES a day."
Tobias's family
access_time 4 years ago
Tobias received a $464 third payment.
"I spent my third transfer on building a 3 room house since lump sum money is hard to come by in life. I took advantage since my family lived in a terribly leaking house for 4 good years and housing was always a need. It happens that I spent my second transfer in establishing a business. For 6 goods years I had been attached to a Carpentry workshop in Eldoret where I trained and thereafter worked for the owner. Things were not working out, so I moved back to the village and ventured into fishing for people for an income, but still things were not working out even after doing this for seven years. As a result, my family lived in a leaking house. I am grateful to GD for financing me for my own Carpentry Workshop with a Capital of 30,000 KES, which I decided to locate in Eldoret. I make beds, sofa sets, wardrobes, and other furniture items. My current acquisitions from the 5 month-old business is a heifer and 2 goats valued 22,000 KES, and cash savings of 15,000 KES. Besides, I have ready-made furniture items worth about 80,000 KES.I have also managed to buy clothing materials worth 3,000 KES for my wife who is a tailor but could never venture into the trade due to lack of starting capital, as much as she had the tailoring machine already. Currently she is running the tailoring business at home in the village. Thank you very Much GD."
Wilson's family
access_time 4 years ago
Wilson received a $484 third payment.
"I spent part of my third transfer on fishing nets, but unfortunately there is not much gain currently since the fish in the Lake is depleted and we often have no catch, resulting to no income.Nevertheless, I am very grateful to GD for the financial support."
Kilaris's family
access_time 4 years ago
Kilaris received a $462 third payment.
"I used my last transfer to pay school fees for my two children one in high school and another in primary so I finished paying the arrears and paid also for the remaining part of the year. Then I bought ropes and nets and leased a boat for a month to help me in fishing I have employed someone to help in fishing this transfer has changed my life because now I can afford food and provide for my family, then the remaining money I bought utensils and other household items."
Caleb's family
access_time 4 years ago
Caleb received a $465 third payment.
"I spent my third transfer on making a boat that I use for fishing given that I am a fisherman. Previously,I used to work in other people's boats and I fear of being sent away anytime but I am glad now I have my own. I also enjoy all my profits."
Carren's family
access_time 4 years ago
Carren received a $483 third payment.
"I used my third transfer pay school fees for my children and parchase a fishing boat that I hire at a fee for my daily income, I also bought food and bedding with the reaming amount."
Sabina's family
access_time 4 years ago
Sabina received a $462 third payment.
"I spend my third transfer on building a fishing boat 34,000 KES which my husband uses to harvest fish that I sell in the nearby center /market hence making a double income .I bought a bag of maize for my family consumption and two goats .I also bought decent clothes for my children and paid school fees for my two children who are in nursery and three in primary school respectively."
Nancy's family
access_time 4 years ago
Nancy received a $462 third payment.
"I spent my third transfer on buying a new fishing boat for my business since the amount to hire a boat was very expensive and my business was making losses, hence I could not recover the money I used to hire a boat."
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