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Yolam's family
Yolam
landscapeCountry:
uganda
workOccupation:
small business
faceAge:
22
workCampaign
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1652800 UGX ($456 USD)
access_time 9 days ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
First of all I am very happy because that money helped me alot, I bought construction materials and completed my house and I was able to pay my bride price.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give directly did well and helped us alot because before I was personally helpless and very depressed. So far givedirectly has done the best for the poor.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
There is a big difference in my life, I am now happier and I have no worries like I did before. I never thought I would ever build and own a house. The cash transfer changed my life and status. I am living a debt free life, this would have never happened had I not received the cash transfers from Givedirectly.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1719800 UGX ($477 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to buy a mattress and a bed,I bought bricks to start building,I also bought clothes for myself and my family members.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was my happiest moment when I recieved this money, and the end of the stress that I have been having.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The difference in my life now is that,I have been worrying a lot about how I will get money to build an iron roofed house because the house I am living in is grass thatched and it even leaks , all my worries are gone now because I have already started building an iron roofed house and there is now a future that I will sleep in a comfortable house.All my family members are now dressed in descent clothing unlike before when we were all lacking clothes. Am happy because I had never handled this amount of money in my life before but now am so proud to have got it.
 
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access_time 4 months ago
 
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship in my life is sleeping without good bedings for example I don't have a matress and good bedsheets .
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is evening hours especially when I have sold my goods to my customers and I get interest which I will use for buying supper and soap for my family.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will helps our family to construct permanent house and to buy another piece of land.