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1660300 UGX ($440 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than it would have been because I am happy to have cultivation land to grow food crops, livestock, better sleeping on a bed with a mattress, better feeding on time, and my ailing children received better treatment from hospital, all thanks to these transfers. Before, I used to sleep on the floor with a mat where black ants would bite, feeding was irregular at home, and I could have lost one of the children to ailment if I had not received this money, and I wouldn't get that opportunity to have a mobile phone in my home in a life time.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well giving money directly that has enabled people to marry wives, build iron sheet roofed houses, pay debts, acquire cultivation land. This has made people love Givedirectly a lot in the village. I don't see anything it hasn't done well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
My second transfer was spent to buy a bull, household items like a bed, clothes, shoes, pay hospital bill, and buy food at home.
1728300 UGX ($473 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, my health has improved because I am living with HIV/AIDS. I was able to receive adequate treatment with part of that money.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my cash transfer, I felt happy because I had never received that amount of money in a single day.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I lent a neighbour UGX 400,000 in return, I have me an acre as security. I gave my children UGX 300,000 as support. I bought a bed worth UGX 70,000. I again lent UGX 110,000 to my daughter for treatment of her child. I bought utensils worth UGX 31,500. I bought shoes and clothes worth UGX 38,000. I used UGX 400,000, for treatment and UGX 330,500 for feeding the family. The balance of UGX 20,000, I have kept it for emergencies.
access_time 9 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
When i receive this money, i will build an ironsheets house because grass is very scarce.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is when i wake up in the morning and am not experiencing any health complications.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship i have faced in my life is poverty. I don't have enough land for agriculture which is the main source of income in my household.