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1661910 UGX ($450 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has changed in that, I'm peacefully staying in my marital home because my dowery was paid with the GiveDirectly transfer. Previously, my parents didn't leave us to stay in peace since my spouse couldn't afford paying dowry.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well by giving me the money which has helped me alot. There is nothing bad it has done.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used my second transfer for paying a loan, treating my children and buying household items like mattress, utensils, clothes and a bed.
1728300 UGX ($458 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life has improved because I bought solar energy so there is enough lighting in my house at night. In the past, we used kerosene which could cause alot of pollution and our health was at a risk. Secondly, I'm going to be officially married to my husband and my parents are going to be happy. Before this transfer, my parent were not happy because my husband had not yet paid my bride price and I was also not comfortable.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the money, I felt happy because I got money for feeding my family since there was a lot of drought in my village.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I bought Livestock (2 cows and a calf ) worth UGX 1,440,000, household goods( curtains and utensils) worth UGX 127,000, solar 100,000, food worth UGX 50,000.
access_time 7 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
When I receive this money, my spouse and I agreed that we shall buy cows that will be used as dowry to my parents and some for agricultural purposes.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon during lunch hours.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is poor feeding because there is no food plantedbor harvested because of poor weather conditions.