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1661910 UGX ($451 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Life is different in that I have been able to pay my children's school fees and this has given me a peace of mind seeing them attending school. Before, children not being at school due lack of money brought a lot of stress in my mind. I am so grateful to GiveDirectly.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well in giving money directly to people which has enabled them acquire household items like clothes, livestock, taxi motorcycles and wives. In addition, it gives you money in whole sum in the manner promised without any hitch. I don't see anything it hasn't done well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
My second transfer was to pay school fees, labour for weeding my gardens, and balance is saved to take care of next school fees.
1728300 UGX ($463 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life has improved because I have acquired household goods like bedding. I now sleep well. Before receiving the transfer, I slept on the mat. In addition, I have bought curtains which have safeguarded and beautified my house. Previously, anyone passing near my home could see what's inside my house.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received money from GiveDirectly, I felt happy and ululated because I had never held money worth a million in my life.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
Rented Agricultural land worth UGX 1300,000, clothing/household goods (utensils,bed,curtains and a mattress) worth UGX 200,000. There is a balance of UGX 200,000 which I'm planning to spend on paying school fees for my 2 children who are in boarding section.
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to take care of the education needs of my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am listening to radio programs for example news and music.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is lack of money to take care of the education needs of my children.