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Grace's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660300 UGX ($440 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life currently seems to be flowing in an easy way in that I have the money that is enabling me to handle most of my financial issues such as feeding my family, giving my children proper treatment, Hiring farm lands, buying oxen and seeing to it that my children's fees is paid up on time. Before getting this transfer, all that I have acquired would be imposible since I used to go and farm in other people's gardens to raise money that could help to cater for my family needs. This money was never enough since my children really never got to stay at school. They were always sent back home due to lack of fees. When it came to treating my children, I had to take them to hospital leave them there and first come home to work for someone to raise the medical bills.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well by giving me money that has enabled me to buy my personal bulls that will relieve me from the issue of hiring oxen in the next season. On the other hand, GiveDirectly has nothing really bad except for the issue of leaving out other eligible households.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to buy two bulls. I bought a sack of ground nuts that I used as seedlings. I spent some so hire labor that helped me to plough, plant the ground nut seedlings and cultivate my farm land. I used some to cater for my family needs such as feeding , medication of my children and clearing off the fees at their schools.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
These days, I am happy because GiveDirectly's cash transfer has supported me solve family challenges like lack of adequate land for crop cultivation, household items (bedding), and clothes. I spend my time in a more productive way by clearing my gardens in preparation for the first rains. Previously, I used to hire small pieces of land for crop cultivation and I did not have adequate household items respectively like a mattress, bed sheets, a bed and clothes.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my first cash transfer, I felt happy because the cash transfer would help me acquire household items like bedding, buy clothes and pay medical bills. Besides, I have acquired two acres of land that I will cultivate in order to produce adequate food for my household and part of it, I will sell to get income to cater for other family needs.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first cash transfer worth UGX 700,000 for buying household items like bedding, clothes and paying medical bills. The balance of UGX 1,000,000, I have lent it to my neighbour in exchange for two acres of land that I will cultivate until he pays the money.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to buy a piece of land that I can cultivate in order to support my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happiest in the evening when I am seated with my parents.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is lack of land that I can cultivate to provide for my family.