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1660300 UGX ($444 USD)
access_time 5 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different now, my dreams and plans have come to pass. I am happy and my mind is settled because I have constructed a two bedroomed iron roofed house and I am hopefull of marrying a wife. I used to gamble with life and completely had no hope.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well to give me money directly to my phone. I have put this money in development projects. How I wish they could continue giving us more money.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer for buying materials(sand, cement, timber, bricks) that I used for constructing an iron roofed house. I paid for labour, cleared debts and bought food.
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest differnce in my daily is that, I am now a busy person working on my project of making blocks for building my house. I have a lot of hope and morale, besides, I now spend my time productively. Before, I used to go early to the trading center wasting a lot of time doing nothing.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Because It was my first time to receive such a Lumpsum amount of money, I felt happy. That was because I have been longing to build a permanent house but I had no idea on how to accumulate money to that tune. Long live GiveDirectly!
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first cash transfer worth UGX 890,000 for buying a bull with intent to support the household in opening land for easy and early cultivation. I have spent UGX 500,000 for making blocks which I want to use for building. The balance of UGX 310,000, I will spend it on transporting logs for burning blocks.
access_time 5 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
It means building for myself a house
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of rhe day for me is evenibg because the setring sun is beautiful
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is getting school fees because I lost my father at an early age and had no one to pay for me. My grandmothers were old and could hardly afford to take me to school.