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John's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660300 UGX ($443 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have been able to marry a wife with the cash transfers. This has raised my self esteem. My community accords me enough respect because I have achieved what most youth have not. Earlier in time before receiving the cash transfers, I was very desperate and could not afford dowry. The cash transfers have fulfilled one of my future plans.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well to send the poor direct cash transfers without segregation. There is nothing wrong that I can point out about GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I bought two cows and three goats. I spent the balance of the cash transfer to pay my dowry and feed the family.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I have experienced an improvement in my daily life in that, I acquired a heifer and more land for agriculture. I didn't have money previously to acquire all these but now I'm very happy for achieving them.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The GiveDirectly transfer made me feel very happy when I received it. This is because, I didn't have enough farm land for agriculture and I was confident that this money would help me get it.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on a heifer worth Ugx 300000, bought a music system at Ugx 400000 and mattress of Ugx 200000. I also hired three acres of land for farming at Ugx 800000.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to build an iron roofed house and better my farming activity.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happiest in the evening when I am listening to music over the radio.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is lack of land for cultivation.