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1661910 UGX ($450 USD)
access_time 8 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has improved in that, I sleep in a spacious permanet house. In the past, I slept in one old thatched house which wasn't enough to accomodate my whole family. Infact some of my children slept in my neighbours' homes due to lack of space in my former house.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
According to me, GiveDirectly has done well by giving the unconditional transfer. On the other hand, GiveDirectly has done everything well without any fault.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used my second transfer for constructing a permanent house.
1728300 UGX ($458 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in daily life is that the cash transfer have empowered me to construct a three roomed house. This is a dream come true for me. However, currently I am still living with my children in a crowded small hut as I await the second transfer to enable me complete the plastering of the house.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I ululated on top of my voice that night when I received a mobile money message on my phone.
I felt very happy because this was the first time ever that I had received this amount of money.
I felt happy because my dream of constructing a spacious house had come to pass.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first cash transfer to purchase iron sheets worth UGX 406000, timber worth UGX 258000, a metalic door worth UGX 180000.I spent UGX 246000 to bake bricks. I also cleared a debt worth UGX 110000. I spent the balance of UGX 500000 to pay the builders.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to build an iron roofed house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when my children return from school.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is lack of oxen to support cultivation.