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1660965 UGX ($453 USD)
access_time 29 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
This transfers have greatly improved my life in that, I went back to school to pursue a certificate in teaching. When I achieve it, I hope to get a job that will give me monthly income. Previously, I used to solely rely on music for livelihood since I'm a musician. This provided unreliable income that couldn't support my further studies and even meet basic needs like food, medical in months when I didn't make money.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly according to me has done well by enabling me to return to school in order to complete my studies. However, everything that GiveDirectly has done everything inch perfect because non of the staff returned to us asking for the bribe.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used my second transfer to pay my tuition for teaching course worth UGX 100000 and the balance was spent on upkeep.
1754517 UGX ($472 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I am less stressed because I have been able to achieve my goal of taking up a teaching course.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was at around 2:00am when I received my first cash transfer, that moment I knelt down in prayer thanking God for this miracle that I had never seen and received in a life time.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my cash transfer worth UGX 1,700,000 for completing the payment of my plot of land worth UGX 600,000 and I spent UGX 200,000 for buying household items like a mattress, two pairs of bedsheets and clothes. The balance of UGX 900,000, I spent it on my primary teaching course tuition and requirements.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means investing in my education.
This money gives me an opportunity to pursue an education course at university.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the afternoon.This is the time i find my mind settled about every days task.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is lack of enough money to continue with my education career.