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Esther's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660965 UGX ($451 USD)
access_time over 5 years 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 if I never received the transfer because I have not yet been diagnosed with Ulcers due over thinking on how to get money. My daughter is battling with Sickle cells and the father abandoned me and the child so treating this child has been a hustle. But from the time I got my transfer I have been able to get her treatment.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give Directly has done so well to send money to my account directly and not passing through other avenues. Everyone received their money and did collect by themselves. One good thing I got to learn about Give Directly is that they do not collect money from people during enrollment. Everyone in the village is enrolled freely and benefit on merit. Give Directly allows me spend the transfer the way I choose. However, Give Directly should carry a thorough background checks for some recipients who come to the village purposely to benefit and yet they don't actually live in that village.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
My house that I live in is open at the top and leaks during rainy season damaging everything in the house. So when I got the transfer I started constructing my house and it's already at the window level. I have just collected my second transfer that will help me complete its construction.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1754517 UGX ($469 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have acquired money to construct my house. I am happy and stress free because I can now afford to buy whatever I need.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I remember when I received the mobile money, I ran out of my house and jubilated loudly. I felt so happy and excited that my life was going to change forever.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to purchase iron sheets and cement and sand worth UGX800,000. I spent UGX80,000 to pay for my child's medical bills. I also bought food and cleared my debts. At hand I have a balance of UGX500,000 which I intend to spend on constructing my house.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means i will build a house and complete paying my plot of land.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in afternoon while sharing with my friends
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is managing my children as a single parent.