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Leah
landscapeCountry:
uganda
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
49
workCampaign
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1661910 UGX ($442 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life before receiving GiveDirectly's transfers was demeaning because when my marriage failed, I decided to return home to my parents. I never had a house for shelter but lucky enough my brother surrendered his to me and my children slept in a kitchen. It was so shameful in the sense that there was back and forth transfer of children's beddings from the kitchen to my room daily to create room for cooking. Secondly, my brothers reproduced many children and there wasn't enough land to cultivate. I lived a beggar's life for where to farm. Currently, My life is at peace because I managed to put up a permanent structure of two rooms (bedroom and sitting room). My children have occupied the iron roofed house and no more suffering of carrying beddings on daily basis. In addition, I managed to hire farmland for cultivation meaning that I no longer have to beg for gardens. In conclusion, I want to thank GiveDirectly for elevating me from the bad conditions I lived in to the level I'm in right now. if there was a way I could set my eyes on the donors who showed much love to me, I don't know how I will express my happiness unto them.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly in my opinion has done a very good to uplift us from abject poverty. The transfers helped me construct a house, pay school fees and hire farmland. There is nothing wrong done by GD.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spend it on paying school fees, Completed the house I began with the first transfer and the remaining money I will spend on acquiring livestock.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($466 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I have own a cow that will help me plough my land. This transfer has enabled me get additional acre of land for farming which I expect to increase my crop production mainly for food and sell. I was in position to take my son to a boarding school and save some money for future use. Previously, I didn't have a cow of my own because I couldn't afford it and my son used to commute from home.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I woke up at round 3 AM when my phone rang, upon checking it was a message indicating that I had received money. I gave my boyfriend to cross check with my mobile money account who told me that I had received money from GiveDirectly. I was overwhelmed my joy then thanked God Almighty and got back to sleep.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to Purchase a cow at UGX 600,000 that I will help me plough my land and I lent out UGX 500,000 in exchange of an acre of land. I paid school fees, bought school requirements for my son to join boarding section and I saved UGX 300,000.
 
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means, I shall use it to buy a cow and a bull. These will multply and become my future assets.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is afternoon and this hours I spend exchanging Ideas with neighbours which are developmental.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is poverty. Iam a separated and i face a serious burden of up bringing my family since I donot have land to farm.