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Hellen's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660300 UGX ($445 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has changed for the better in that, I have owned oxen and ox-plough that I'm currently using for ploughing my land. I have got additional two acres of land that I believe will increase my yields. Before I could harvest low yields because I didn't have my own oxen and ox-plough to enable me cultivate my land in time. I used to borrow oxen and ox-plough from people after they finish using, when it's almost out of planting season.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well to give me cash that I have used to buy Oxen and ox-plough. GiveDirectly has not done bad in anyway and I'm forever grateful for the unconditional cash I recieved.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to purchase an ox to supplement the one I had bought with the first transfer for ploughing my land. Further more, I bought a bag of ground nuts, food, paid off all the debts and lent out UGX 200,000 in exchange of an acre of land.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference is that my life has changed because I was able to purchase an ox-plough which will increase our food production. I also hired a piece of land that will boost our crop production.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I came out of my house and shouted with joy. I screamed with excitement and praised God for giving me this opportunity. I felt happy because I had never received such a huge sum of money in my life. From that moment I knew my problems were no more.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the cash transfer to purchase an ox worth UGX840,000 and an ox-plough worth UGX250,000. I also hired a farm land worth UGX500,000 and UGX110,000 was spent on buying food.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means alot to me because i want to buy bulls for ploughing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is morning, especially when i wake up healthy and ready to engage my daily tasks.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship i have faced in my life is lack of adequate land for agriculture.