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1662250 UGX ($454 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Currently I am delighted that receiving this transfer has enabled my spouse and I to start up a business that will help us generate money to support my family needs. Prior to getting this transfer, it was really difficult to get by given that I am a disabled person and can not physically and actively engage in any labor activity. People would then choose either to help me or not because I really had nothing much to offer but now, people come knowing that I have money to pay.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well by bringing help that has enabled me to cater for my family given that I am a disabled person.
On the other hand, GiveDirectly has done nothing bad.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to start a business of buying and selling oranges
I also used part to hire farm land.
I then paid fees for my daughter.
I then bought a cow.
I am using the balance of my transfer to cater for some arising family needs like feeding.
1730250 UGX ($464 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I am now having two meals a day and some days we take tea and bread in the morning. This has made me very happy because we used to sleep without meals before. In addition, I have been in position to pay off the debt that I had and I was able to get back my acre of land from the money lender. Prior to receiving this cash, I didn't have enough money to buy food.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money, I became very happy and thanked God because this money came at a time when I didn't have anything to eat with my 8 children.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to pay off debt a debt worth UGX 800,000, school fees at UGX 150,000, bought a cow at UGX 630,000 and food at UGX 120,000.
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to purchase cows. I was involved in an accident and my hand is permanently deformed , so I can not do any garden work which has been a serious source of income generating activity in my family. There fore onces I own cows , I will be selling milk got from cows to raise money for my family up keep.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest moments is in the afternoon. I discuss with my neighbours on better ways of over coming some difficult situation in life. This has always kept my life moving with some hope.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is terrible bitting poverty. Ever since my hand got broken , I can no longer do any garden work which use to be my main source of earnings. So my family members totally lack basic needs like food, clothing thus our living standards are at a mess.