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1661910 UGX ($449 USD)
access_time 15 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Life was very difficult before receiving cash from GD because I did not have an income generating activity. I could not afford to provide for the wellbeing of my household in terms of feeding and other necessities. I did not have enough land to farm on since my dad had used land as collecteral security to acquire loans. Now that I received this money, my life is different because I have managed to pay off all the loans and repossesed our land. This transfer enable me buy household items like clothes, shoes, Utensils and food stuff.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did so well to give cash direct to a recipient. They provided us with phones where cash was sent. This initiative is good because it reduced corruption since money came straight to recipients.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I paid off land mortgage, bought household items, livestock and feeding
1728300 UGX ($458 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life is good now, am at peace with my wife having bought for her clothes that she needed most. Prior to receiving the money, my wife could not believe me whenever I told her I did not have money. I could not meet her needs yet it is what she expected of me and this often brought angry arguments. Ever since I got money, I have experienced peace and our love is growing.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer,I felt happy. My body got relaxed and I was at peace. My home was hit by hunger yet my wife had just given birth. This transfer came to my rescue at a right time.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer for purchasing a bull, utensils, a solar panel, clothes, seeds, shoes and food. I have saved UGX 200,000.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I am going to marry my wife because her people need dowery.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening after once I have finished the whole day without any problems in my home like sickness of children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing right now is getting back the garden I rented out to someone who bailed me out when my in-laws came demanding for dowery.